Training & Nutrition - Time on bike
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08-17-06, 02:24 PM
How long do you stay on the bike before you stop and get off and stretch / take a break / etc.
I am up to 2 hours at a time on bike at this point and I was wondering how often it would be recommended to take an off bike break?
I have spent over 3 hours on a bike without stopping and I could do more. However, doing 2 hours straight on a bike is probably enough. Most organized centuries I have seen have SAG stops every 20 miles or so. Two hours or a bit over it will get you to every other SAG stop. Whether you are on an organized ride or not it is good to stop and air out one's hinder parts and get the contact points off of the bike. As time passes things get more painful. Also I have noticed that a short stop prevents things from developing into aches and pains that might last for a few days. Besides, no one has ever paid me to ride a distance in a certain time so whether I get there in 4 hours or 4 hours and 10 minutes makes no difference.
I agree that 2 hours seems to be ideal, although I used to be able to ride for 2 - 3 hours easily at a time. Any more and my back or calf starts to protest...
08-20-06, 10:21 AM
Thank You both. That helps. I can set goals better now that I have a norm to work with.
08-20-06, 11:16 AM
Listen to your crotch (and the rest of your body, to a lesser extent). It'll tell you your limits pretty quickly. If you can go, go. If you can't, stop. Using someone else's experience is not really helpful here, and 2 people doesn not constitute a "norm".
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