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Old 05-28-03, 10:52 PM   #1
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Rest Days

I did a 40 mile ride on monday, the longest Ive gone so far. On tuesday I did a run, granted it was 100+ degrees (AZ summer starting already), and it kicked my a**. So today, wed, was my bike ride day, again hot when I started but not too bad on a bike seeing as how Ive got the wind and water. Still, I was dragging on the bike <40 minutes into my normally quick 1.5 hr ride. My question is when does everyone take a day off? More specifically, when does that day off come in relation to your long ride days? Im thinking about changing my day off to the day after my long ride. See how that works. Thanks
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> I did a 40 mile ride on monday, the longest Ive gone so far. On tuesday I did a run, granted it was 100+ degrees (AZ summer starting already), and it kicked my a**. So today, wed, was my bike ride day, again hot when I started but not too bad on a bike seeing as how Ive got the wind and water. Still, I was dragging on the bike <40 minutes into my normally quick 1.5 hr ride. My question is when does everyone take a day off? More specifically, when does that day off come in relation to your long ride days? Im thinking about changing my day off to the day after my long ride. <

I'm probably not the best person to answer this, having only been riding for 15 months, but when I was first starting to get really into it, someone who used to do triathlons told me to do a longer run once a month, adding about 10% each month. At that time, 40 miles was my longest run.

He also suggested I ride about 3 times a week, with a two-day gap after my hardest run of the week (either because of length or trying to really push for speed). Now, keep in mind that I was 53 and just getting away from being a couch potato so I definitely needed those rests!

Now I ride 5 days a week, sometimes 6, but I'll still rest if I do a long ride ("long" is going to vary according to the individual).

Since you said you never rode 40 miles before, that should certainly count as a long ride so I would have recommended at least one day of rest.

He also suggested I rotate my rides to do distance sometimes and other times speed.

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I did a 40 mile ride on monday, the longest Ive gone so far. On tuesday I did a run, granted it was 100+ degrees (AZ summer starting already), and it kicked my a**. So today, wed, was my bike ride day, again hot when I started but not too bad on a bike seeing as how Ive got the wind and water. Still, I was dragging on the bike <40 minutes into my normally quick 1.5 hr ride. My question is when does everyone take a day off? More specifically, when does that day off come in relation to your long ride days? Im thinking about changing my day off to the day after my long ride. See how that works. Thanks
On my rest day, I still ride. But I ease a bit on the pedalling.
I just ride, no goals! I ride a slow 20km distance(flats only), averaging about 15-16km/h.
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Increasingly I'm looking at my commute (26km round trip) as a "rest day".
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My normal off day, and it is completly off the bike, is on friday, and that's the day befor the weekend, which normally are my long ride day's...I used to take thursday's off and then do a super easy ride on friday's, back when I lived in florida, but the club I belong to up here in michigan, dosen't really have any rides on friday's, so I went back to that day off when I moved, and I've just stuck with the friday off thing, works well also for the weekends that I have to travel to the ride I'm doing, cause I leave for those on friday nights anyway..


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I did a 40 mile ride on monday, the longest Ive gone so far. On tuesday I did a run, granted it was 100+ degrees (AZ summer starting already), and it kicked my a**. So today, wed, was my bike ride day, again hot when I started but not too bad on a bike seeing as how Ive got the wind and water. Still, I was dragging on the bike <40 minutes into my normally quick 1.5 hr ride. My question is when does everyone take a day off? More specifically, when does that day off come in relation to your long ride days? Im thinking about changing my day off to the day after my long ride. See how that works. Thanks
I do not take "rest" days. I find that I recover faster if I ride and get some blood flowing through the legs. Of course, many people belong to that "no pain, no gain" school and think that they have to go out and really push on each and every ride. On what would normally be a rest day for most people, I ride, but I just go at my cruising speed. If my legs are a bit sluggish, I take an extra long warm up and go a little slower. If my legs feel great, I might push a bit now and then.

But you are just starting. Getting muscles in shape for a new kind of thing often leaves them really, really stiff so a couple of days off could be a good idea.

It depends on whether you can listen to your body or not. I recall one time talking to a person at work who did triathalons. Since I bicycle, I suggested that we might ride together sometime. He said that I would have to check with him about his schedule. It turned out that in late December, he sat down and planned his entire year down to the number of miles and intensity. No listening to the body with this guy! I was astounded. It never occurred to me that anyone would do such a thing. I guess whatever works for you.
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I try to alternate easy or off days with more intense days. You'll perform better if you get a little recovery time.

The definition of "easy" or "intense" is determined by the individual. An average day for someone else might be an intense day or an easy day for me, depending on who I'm comparing myself to.

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I do not take "rest" days. I find that I recover faster if I ride and get some blood flowing through the legs. Of course, many people belong to that "no pain, no gain" school and think that they have to go out and really push on each and every ride. On what would normally be a rest day for most people, I ride, but I just go at my cruising speed. If my legs are a bit sluggish, I take an extra long warm up and go a little slower. If my legs feel great, I might push a bit now and then.
This is a point that a lot of people overlook. You don't have to ride absolutely flat out all the time. If you back of the pace by just 15%, you'll probably save yourself about 50% of the effort - hence allowing you to recover and not miss out on the pleasure of riding.
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