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    Falling off the wagon, er bike...

    So, 3.5 weeks ago was my last big real ride -- 55 miles and 6000 vertical feet. I was fairly tired for 2-3 days after that, and have been so busy I've only ridden about 6 times, 5-20 miles each ride. And I increased my fast food intake (99c Big Mac special at a new McD, FTW!). And I started drinking -- 1.5 cases of beer this month. Felt like I was getting to be a fat bastard. Yesterday I did my usual climbing routine and pushed harder and faster and longer than I've ever done, my legs felt fully rested, and today I'm 1/2 lb lighter than a month ago. WTF.

    I do think I needed a break though. I've done so much riding this summer I was getting to be constantly a bit tired and my legs always somewhat sore. Is this like the Jan Ulrich recovery routine??
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    Could hit the gym, go for walks, a swim perhaps. Other things other then cycling you know. Too much riding and you get tired of it, trust me.... i am going through it now

    For leg recovery, if you message your quads from the top of the knee upwards, it feels great. Also a walk or something on recovery days work for me. If I just sit around watching TV, my legs (quads) will start to hurt and feel heavy. So now I take a walk.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gbiker View Post
    Is this like the Jan Ulrich recovery routine??
    LOL. No, it only qualifies as that if you're getting up in the night to raid the refrigerator.
    There have been many days when I haven't felt like riding, but there has never been a day when I was sorry I rode.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gbiker View Post
    So, 3.5 weeks ago was my last big real ride -- 55 miles and 6000 vertical feet. I was fairly tired for 2-3 days after that, and have been so busy I've only ridden about 6 times, 5-20 miles each ride. And I increased my fast food intake (99c Big Mac special at a new McD, FTW!). And I started drinking -- 1.5 cases of beer this month. Felt like I was getting to be a fat bastard. Yesterday I did my usual climbing routine and pushed harder and faster and longer than I've ever done, my legs felt fully rested, and today I'm 1/2 lb lighter than a month ago. WTF.

    I do think I needed a break though. I've done so much riding this summer I was getting to be constantly a bit tired and my legs always somewhat sore. Is this like the Jan Ulrich recovery routine??
    just be careful, fast food and beer can sneak up on you and throw a wrench in your clock work.

    do you weigh yourself every time under similar conditions?

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    Quote Originally Posted by chefisaac View Post
    Could hit the gym, go for walks, a swim perhaps. Other things other then cycling you know. Too much riding and you get tired of it, trust me.... i am going through it now

    For leg recovery, if you message your quads from the top of the knee upwards, it feels great. Also a walk or something on recovery days work for me. If I just sit around watching TV, my legs (quads) will start to hurt and feel heavy. So now I take a walk.
    this a good idea in my opinion.

    also, if you're wearing yourself out biking, scale back your rides for a little while.

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