I think this has been discussed before but . . .
How much fitness is lost per week of non-riding? I have seen estimates between 2 and 30% a week.
I recently was unable to ride for a week because of a sore throat that was the worst I have ever had. I seldom get sick and I have just powered through sore throats in the past. The doctor said it looked like strep, but the test said it wasn't. The five days of antibiotics may or may not of helped. I couldn't eat or drink and lost 8 pounds in 7 days. I lived on a bit of water and yogurt.
Exactly one week later, I was feeling better, ate some actual food and went for a bike ride the next morning. I rode with a "slower" group for 25 flat miles. Mind you, my usual rides are 40-60 hilly miles. I was totally out of it. In this group is a great guy, probably late 60s, who suffers from Parkinson's. Normally, he rides at the back of this pack, but about 8 months ago he fell/crashed 3 times on one ride and fractured some bones (and then rode home). He has been off the bike until about a month ago and now trails just barely in sight of the group. HE BEAT ME HOME!
I have been off the bike for a week before, with no major ill effects. But in that time I have at least continued to eat. This has scared me a bit. May 31st I leave on a 7-day, 560 mile ride and suddenly I feel like I am starting from scratch.
My apolgies to Blues Dawg and others on this forum, who are going through medical matters that make my stupid sore throat well, stupid. And I will ride again tomorrow after a couple days of regular eating. But I am interested in any knowledge this group has on lost/gaining fitness, the role of eating/nutrition in the slightly-more-than-recreational rider, etc.
Thanks for listening.