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Old 05-14-06, 04:26 PM   #1
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Apres Ride

How do you all feel after a 2+ hour ride, I've logged just over 2k km. so far this year and am still tired after the ride, feel like a nap, feel good after the nap but still don't have too much energy until the next day.
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rvdv,

Most of my rides are around 2 hours. I've ticked off just over 1000 miles this year on the road and on the trainer. An hour here, two hours there, a few three hour rides now and then--- it's all better than the same amount of time in front of the TV. Enjoy your nap!
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I always like a nap, no matter what.

I have been bicycling about 20-25 miles per day last several days, and have been able to keep it up just fine.

But, yes, a nap is ALWAYS a delight!
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How do you all feel after a 2+ hour ride, I've logged just over 2k km. so far this year and am still tired after the ride, feel like a nap, feel good after the nap but still don't have too much energy until the next day.
I find it depends a lot on what I do immediately after I get home. If I hop straight in the shower, duck up to Subway for lunch and then decide to head off somewhere, I'm fine.

If I get home, sit down and 'relax' - even for a few minutes - I find it very hard to get going again and tend to be asleep before too long. My typical rides are 2-3 hours (50-80 klms). FWIW, I find if I just spin easily for the last 3 or 4 klms of a ride I feel a lot better in general afterwards - seems to serve well as a 'warm down'.

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I just rode 3 days in a row of rides longer than average for me. 126 min. 99 min. 135 min.
(991 miles in 2006) The third one tired me while the other 2 did not. So my remaining
strength depends on the amount of work I have done on the bike the previous 2 days.
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Its kind of unpredictably mysterious. I can come back from a late afternoon, after work 20-25 miler and fall asleep if I sit in a chair........last weekend did a 60 miler and came back pleasantly drained but invigorated and ready for household chores, shopping, etc. This aging thing sometimes defies generalization or common sense. And I'm kinda glad of that. Hate to think my life is following a preset, unswerving formula.
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Well, somehow the wiring in my body must have gotten some connections criss-crossed at the factory. After I did my little 6+ hour ride yesterday I tossed and turned in bed and couldn't go to sleep last night.

Maybe it's what I ate for supper......but then again it was my Mother-in-law's cooking which is first rate. Or maybe it was the second meal of fried rice and heavily seasoned chicken right before bed time that kept me awake. Or maybe it was keeping one eye open for my daughter driving in at 1 am. I weighed this morning and after eating 2 good sized meals after the ride I'd still lost 2 lbs.

Is it just me or do any of you require less sleep as you've "matured"????
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Well, somehow the wiring in my body must have gotten some connections criss-crossed at the factory. After I did my little 6+ hour ride yesterday I tossed and turned in bed and couldn't go to sleep last night.

Maybe it's what I ate for supper......but then again it was my Mother-in-law's cooking which is first rate. Or maybe it was the second meal of fried rice and heavily seasoned chicken right before bed time that kept me awake. Or maybe it was keeping one eye open for my daughter driving in at 1 am. I weighed this morning and after eating 2 good sized meals after the ride I'd still lost 2 lbs.

Is it just me or do any of you require less sleep as you've "matured"????
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Is it just me or do any of you require less sleep as you've "matured"????
Like my father and my father's father, I've been a champion napper my entire life--and continue to be one. I can fall asleep on an airlplane before it takes off and not wake up for a couple of hours. During group bike rides, I can fall asleep under a tree at the lunch stop and pop up 30 minutes later raring to ride. I possess few remarkable talents. Sleeping seems to be one of them, thank God.
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Like my father and my father's father, I've been a champion napper my entire life--and continue to be one. I can fall asleep on an airlplane before it takes off and not wake up for a couple of hours. During group bike rides, I can fall asleep under a tree at the lunch stop and pop up 30 minutes later raring to ride. I possess few remarkable talents. Sleeping seems to be one of them, thank God.
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Now we need to hear from Gary Diego -- I bet he's a champion napper!
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Oh, you mean ME napping?
No, buddy. You had it right with the previous post. At least it was a good start.
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Well, somehow the wiring in my body must have gotten some connections criss-crossed at the factory. After I did my little 6+ hour ride yesterday I tossed and turned in bed and couldn't go to sleep last night.

Maybe it's what I ate for supper......but then again it was my Mother-in-law's cooking which is first rate. Or maybe it was the second meal of fried rice and heavily seasoned chicken right before bed time that kept me awake. Or maybe it was keeping one eye open for my daughter driving in at 1 am. I weighed this morning and after eating 2 good sized meals after the ride I'd still lost 2 lbs.

Is it just me or do any of you require less sleep as you've "matured"????
This "tossing and turning" all night is what happens to me when I have been over-training. Perhaps it is time to taper down before the Mt. Mitchell ride? Is your resting pulse rate a bit higher than normal as well?

And yes, I find that I need a lot less sleep now. When I was a teen I could sleep 10 hours straight, but now I can't stay asleep more than six or so hours unless I'm sick.
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How do you all feel after a 2+ hour ride, I've logged just over 2k km. so far this year and am still tired after the ride, feel like a nap, feel good after the nap but still don't have too much energy until the next day.
I soak in the tub while doing sudoku. Relaxes the muscles and puts me to sleep!
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On Saturday I was up early and did a 45 mile ride before lunch. Had a good lunch, settled into my recliner with a baseball game and woke up in the 6th inning. That's fairly typical for a weekend ride.Two weeks ago I did a 70 mile Saturday ride and was home by 2 PM, but slept away a good part of the afternoon.

One weekdays I try to ride in the mornings or at lunch, 15 - 25 miles, and then I don't nap.
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I feel great and after I change, I take the dog for a walk.
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On Saturday I was up early and did a 45 mile ride before lunch. Had a good lunch, settled into my recliner with a baseball game and woke up in the 6th inning. That's fairly typical for a weekend ride.Two weeks ago I did a 70 mile Saturday ride and was home by 2 PM, but slept away a good part of the afternoon.

One weekdays I try to ride in the mornings or at lunch, 15 - 25 miles, and then I don't nap.

Now thats living! A 70 mile ride, and then a long afternoon nap. I guess it just goes with age, I'm just a normal 50+er.
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If I come home and keep moving, I'm fine. If I come home and clean up and sit down, I am hard to move for several hours. Of course, I am a recreational sleeper.

There is nothing I like more than coming home after a Sunday ride, getting a shower and a bite to eat, and settle in to watch a NASCAR race. I am asleep within five laps of ol' DW yelling "Boogity, boogity, boogity." (You citified folks just ask a country boy what I'm talking about.)
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It's different for everyone. It changes as you get into better or worse shape. Last fall after a 120 mile ride I would take a shower and go out and do whatever I wanted. I generally felt better than if I did not ride.
Now I can't do that I'm very tired after 75 miles, it's been raining and I have been sick, so I can't ride as much. By September I'll be back where I was last summer. Your body adapts to what you do. I'll be lighter too. If this is spring where you are and you have not been riding much, just keep riding.
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