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    It is my second week back on the bike after 2 months off because of accident. Something I've noticed is the legs have little power (speed) for the long haul. Is this common with so much time off?

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    Yes. Muscles atrophy depressingly quickly.

    edit: I'm speaking from running experience here, but I don't imagine cycling is any different.

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    2 months? I feel like a weak little kitten after a couple weeks off.
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    Yup. The good thing is that if you don't over-do it, you should be able to get a lot of that strength and power back almost as quickly. Might want to add some protein shakes to the daily intake for awhile.

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    Very common, I took around 4 months off for a knee injury. Even my shoulder/arm muscles felt like noodles during my first ride. It takes time to build them back up.

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    red blood cells die at a remarkable rate. IIRC they have a life span measured in weeks.

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    Took me most of a month to recover from about two months off the bike.
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    Took off 3 months after a leg injury from a driver (he ran a red light) and it took a good two months to be back in shape where I was that night. Just ease back into it, and you'll be good in no time!

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    Yep, that's comparable to the winter layover we see in the Northeast. Depending on your age and overall condition it can take from 2-3 weeks to 2-3 months to get back to where you were before.
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    I was off for a month all most to the day, and it took me 2 weeks to get back, now my pedal muscles are bigger than ever haha. Kinda sucks though, as i may need to start getting my pants altered. If i'm not careful i'll end up looking like this guy:



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    I agree with the majority here - it takes me quite a while to get my legs back after even a couple of weeks off the bike. But I am in my 50s, I suspect younger riders recover quicker.

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    It really depends on the nature of the accident.

    When I tore my Achilles tendon, I lost probably 90% of my calf muscle in just 2 weeks, following surgery. If you have a muscle immobilized it will atrophy very very quickly. If you're still somewhat active, things atrophy much more slowly, and its just a matter of building back up.

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    I was off the bike for six weeks after a crash that resulted in a broken collarbone and have been back on for three. I lost a little strength, but lots of endurance at upper power levels.

    Conventional wisdom is that it takes two weeks to regain the strength you lose from each week off the bike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TransitBiker View Post
    I was off for a month all most to the day, and it took me 2 weeks to get back, now my pedal muscles are bigger than ever haha. Kinda sucks though, as i may need to start getting my pants altered. If i'm not careful i'll end up looking like this guy:



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    Quote Originally Posted by jeffpoulin View Post
    The Triplettes of Belleville was a strange, nostalgic, and well-drawn animation with no meaningful dialogue. I've watched it several times and I still can't decide if I like it or not.
    I love it, and the illusionist.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeffpoulin View Post
    The Triplettes of Belleville was a strange, nostalgic, and well-drawn animation with no meaningful dialogue. I've watched it several times and I still can't decide if I like it or not.
    The grotesque jabs at Disney films (take a look at what's in the toilet bowl next time you watch) tip me in favor of liking it.
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    It is odd after a week or two off to have the cardio and stamina, but not the muscle strength.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobbyG View Post
    It is odd after a week or two off to have the cardio and stamina, but not the muscle strength.
    These come back and develop at different rates.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gsa103 View Post
    It really depends on the nature of the accident.

    When I tore my Achilles tendon, I lost probably 90% of my calf muscle in just 2 weeks, following surgery. If you have a muscle immobilized it will atrophy very very quickly. If you're still somewhat active, things atrophy much more slowly, and its just a matter of building back up.
    Good point - the last time I was forced off the bike for any length of time was with a grade 2 hamstring pull. That kept me off the bike for about 2 months, man was it slow going to get my strength back!

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