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    I never ride three days in a row

    I'm thinking -right now- of doing just that.
    Tell me why I shouldn't
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    Quote Originally Posted by SaiKaiTai
    I'm thinking -right now- of doing just that.
    Tell me why I shouldn't
    You'll spoil a lifetime streak.
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    Can not think of a good reason to give.

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    Third time is charm...

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    Begin a new habit, to go with your new bike.

    What are you waiting for? You're burning daylight!

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    I think skipping days is good to prevent over training and burnout. If you are just itching to ride, you are probably not likely to do either of these.

    Go for it.

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    Another 8.5 miles down... Did I say I love this bike?
    Tomorrow, though, an enforced layoff -it's practice night- and Friday is a rest day before my big Saturday outing.
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    My experience is that that "spreading" mileage out over consecutive days -- as opposed to loading up your mileage by riding every second or third or fourth day -- is completely different emotionally and physically. Neither is better or worse, they're just different.

    Of course, if you ride a lot every day and your overall mileage increases, then that's another thing altogether.

    I did back-to-back centuries in the summer of '05, and as hard as it was to get going the second day, it was very zen-like once I got back in the groove. The third day felt weird not to ride, as tired as I was. I rode 60 miles on the fourth day, and it felt like a ride around the block. My legs were still tired, but mentally, I was prepared for a much longer effort, so it was easy.
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    The seminar I attended this spring given by a knee specialist strongly advised against working out hard three days in a row. Said she treated a lot of knee injuries due to overly hard workout schedules. One attendee asked if they biked hard two days in a row, then should she run hard on the third day. The Doc emphatically said NO!

    Said this was especially true once one got over 40 or so. That you didn't need to push this hard to stay in condition and that the joints and muscles needed those days off.

    Said it was okay to exercise lightly on the third day, a cool-down day so to speak. So it was okay to bike or run almost every day, as long as you took it easy every 2nd or 3rd day.
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    Truth is, I'm a firm believer in "One day on, one day off". My legs need a rest day to get their "snap" back
    Or maybe that's just how I've trained 'em.

    But I'm still "learning" the LeMond -well, the whole roadbike thing, really- so I don't mind putting in some extra time. I haven't really had to push so I don't... except coming up the hill home, no choice there.

    But I'm starting to feel pretty at home on this new toy so a couple days off sounds pretty good to me
    I ain't gonna make this a habit. I'm going back to my Fisher during the week, anyway
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    Do what works best for you. For me I ride hard tempo for 4 days in a row, Tues-Fri and do a long 60+mi ride on Sundays. This works very well for me, taking Sat before the long ride and Mon after the long ride helps my legs recover. Doing the long rides make the 20mi rides much easier. If I go out and don't feel up to pushing it I just keep my HR around 75% and take it easy. There is no reason you cannot ride everyday but riding hard everyday would take its toll.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SaiKaiTai
    I'm thinking -right now- of doing just that.
    Tell me why I shouldn't
    I only try not to ride 3 times in the same day. Take one or two days off a week.

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    I never ride three days in a row

    Would you ride three days in a bicycle? I've never ridden in a row.

    Just kidding.

    Seriously, there is something called "listening to your body." I really believe in that. It will readily tell you when you are pushing too hard, and then it is important, IMHO, to change your routine or have a period (1 day or more) of rest.
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    When I grew up on the farm, we rode sometimes in rows. Their a lot like ruts only harder to get out of.

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    Quote Originally Posted by maddmaxx
    When I grew up on the farm, we rode sometimes in rows. Their a lot like ruts only harder to get out of.
    When I grew up on the farm, I made those rows with a John Deere and plow
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    Quote Originally Posted by Beverly
    When I grew up on the farm, I made those rows with a John Deere and plow
    And I sat on a seat on the planter being towed behind.

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    I guess you try and see how it feels. I would think it depends on the type of riding you do. I am trying to get my "tour pace" going so I am riding everyday I can. I am more of a plowhorse and less of a racehorse these days so I don't think it's a big deal for me.

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    Just make them back to back.

    I tend to ride whenever there's a need. And without a car, that's pretty much every day.

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    You CA guys are spoiled by good weather. Our good weather season is so short and good weather days so infrequent that I would never pass up a good day to ride. During our best time of year (July/August) I ride 6 days a week. The rest of the year the weather determines our days off for us.
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    As you are discovering, road bikes are highly addictive. I ride pretty much every day because it just feels so damn good(and yes, us CA guys are spoiled, particularly those of us fortunate enough to live in the Bay Area). I have to warn you though--those 8.5 mile jaunts will start doubling in length at some point. My standard ride was 7.5 mi. for a long time, then one day I followed a whim that ended up doubling that--and never went back. (Well, occasionally, when time is tight--but 7.5 now feels like better than nothing but not nearly enough.) Lately 15 is turning into 20 or 25 more often than not. I should probably think about joining Road Bikes Anonymous.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xlrogue
    As you are discovering, road bikes are highly addictive. I ride pretty much every day because it just feels so damn good(and yes, us CA guys are spoiled, particularly those of us fortunate enough to live in the Bay Area). I have to warn you though--those 8.5 mile jaunts will start doubling in length at some point. My standard ride was 7.5 mi. for a long time, then one day I followed a whim that ended up doubling that--and never went back. (Well, occasionally, when time is tight--but 7.5 now feels like better than nothing but not nearly enough.) Lately 15 is turning into 20 or 25 more often than not. I should probably think about joining Road Bikes Anonymous.
    Darned straight about them being "addictive" (oh, hate I hate that now trite and overused term)
    I had no intention at all of going out last night but as quitting time approached and I could see how nice the weather had turned out (it was supposed to rain) and then saaw the sparkling calm water as I dropped down into Pacifica, I could just feel the urge, the pull. I knew I HAD to ride.
    Keep in mind, my normal after work ride is about 10-12 miles... I stop and smell the roses a couple of times so it takes me about an hour or more. Monday I did over 11 miles but I came in at around 48 minutes. Even with stopping. I know I'll be seeing more distance there; if I can do more in the same amount of time, then why not? Tuesday and Wednesday, I had intended on just doing 1/2 hour "mini-rides". That I came in last night with 8.5 miles in a little over a 1/2 hour was pretty encouraging. You're right, it's totally easy -almost effortless- to rack up miles on this bike. I was crusing along at 95rpm, doing about 15,16 mph and my HR was sitting at 112bpm. That NEVER happens ('course I was pumping 174 at the top of the hill coming home but that's another story). I'm going to start trying to pace myself uphill at about 75rpm and see if that helps my stamina and duration in the hills. My hill home is 11%, Saturday I'll be climbing an 8% and see how that goes. Coming soon is my 2 mile 6-7% climb out of Dodge. Can't wait.

    Now, do I get a B17N for the LeMond? That's the big question
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    Quote Originally Posted by SaiKaiTai
    Now, do I get a B17N for the LeMond? That's the big question
    Only if you have a narrow a$$. The normal B17 fits my sit bones just right.
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    Hard to say... both of my current saddles -Bontrager Race Lux's- measure out at 155mm or thereabouts.
    The B17 is ~170mm and the "N" is 152mm. The Bontragers feel fine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SaiKaiTai
    Hard to say... both of my current saddles -Bontrager Race Lux's- measure out at 155mm or thereabouts.
    The B17 is ~170mm and the "N" is 152mm. The Bontragers feel fine.
    You have either got the numb butt syndrome or you have not tried many saddles. The Bontager saddle is normally the first thing to get upgraded.
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