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Old 07-06-12, 10:37 PM   #1
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Two weeks off my bike and today's ride left me feeling like a noob............

I was unable to ride my cross bike for a little over two weeks. Right before that I rode my mtb for a 37 mile ride with some friends. Then for two weeks nothing. Today I was uber excited to go out for a short ride on my cross bike. So I got dressed in my gear and I noticed that my shorts fit a little snug and my shoes were a little loose. Then I got on my bike and clipped in, and noticed that I was using the float on the pedals more than I normally would. The whole ride felt off, I mean I was way slow (my legs were crazy sore from ultimate frisby two days prior), my butt hurt which is unusual, and my hands were going numb much more than normal. I was even slighly wobbly. Have any of you ever experienced something like this? I just felt like a total noob!
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Old 07-06-12, 11:26 PM   #2
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It happens. I took most of January and February off this winter, only managing 60 miles each month. When March came I basically felt like I was starting from scratch again, and even 30 mile rides seemed impossibly huge, even though I had been doing regular 50's just 4 months prior. Fitness is a fleeting gift, and I'll definitely have to work harder maintaining it this winter.
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Old 07-07-12, 12:49 AM   #3
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The strange part is that fitness wise I was fine. I mean I was/am crazy sore and this was a recovery ride. When I did push it a little my cardio was better than ever. But it truely weird to feel uncomfortable in the saddle, the pedal float, the numbing of the hands, and all the other strangeness that made the ride feel off.
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Old 07-07-12, 01:23 AM   #4
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They say two weeks off an exercise really does effect you and cardio. I am looking down the same path as you bro. I have been laid up off the bike most of the time for the last month with kidney stones, stent, and pain. Almost done with surgery and it is a love/dread to think about getting back on the bike. But as they say, embrace the suck!
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I notice the same type of thing when I go back to another exercise program like the eliptical machine at the Y. Even though I'm fit from cycling, it feels weird to do something different and I have new aches and pains. I've even experienced it when I ride a route with hills (Illinois version) after riding in the flats. I wouldn't worry or try to make up for "lost" time. It'll come back amazing quickly.
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My guess is the soreness..that in me at least equates to stiff movements, which would explain using more float.
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My guess is the soreness..that in me at least equates to stiff movements, which would explain using more float.
I hadn't thought of that but it makes great sense. I know that yesterday I was walking a little goofy because of how sore I was so I'm sure that would translate to me riding a little different because of the soreness. I plan on riding again tomorrow provided that weather permits and that I have a baby sitter. I am still slightly sore today but by tomorrow it should be almost gone so that will be a good way to see if my soreness was the primary cause of my strange ride yesterday.
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I notice the same type of thing when I go back to another exercise program like the eliptical machine at the Y. Even though I'm fit from cycling, it feels weird to do something different and I have new aches and pains. I've even experienced it when I ride a route with hills (Illinois version) after riding in the flats. I wouldn't worry or try to make up for "lost" time. It'll come back amazing quickly.
Yea I guess a small amount of remembering exact positions and movements is required when you have been away from something for a while. I just hope that in the next ride or two things feel normal again.
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