Originally Posted by slipknot0129
Are you suppose to rest more on a hilly route compared to a flat route? The area I live in is pretty hilly.
I think I noticed from when I do body weight training that I need to do more recovery days when my legs are sore. It takes 4 or 5 days for my arms to recover. I guess it could take that many days for my legs to recover depending on how hard I work my legs going uphill.
I ride a mile or two but my legs dont feel sore going that short of a distance in a day. Do I need to ride more so my legs will feel sore?
First question doesn't compute. Rest when you need to regardless of hill/no hill. W/in a ride you might "rest" when your exertion is starting to take you out of aerobic and into anaerobic range. In the grand scheme of training you might take a "rest day" when you've had previous days with high exertion and your body is sore and needs a bit of a recoup before hitting it hard again.
Second paragraph you talk of weight training (ie anaerobic activity) and recovery time. Not really comparable to cycling. The whole point (usually) is to use your aerobic capacity to propel you over flats and up hills so trying to emulate anaerobic activity/recovery is not useful (outside of specific training for that facet).
Third, a mile or two is really not much of a ride. Do what you can do but at least look to get into the 10mile range so you get more time in the saddle at a higher cadence to really work in your rhythm and build your aerobic capacity. My suspicion is that you are riding in too low a cadence and perhaps in hills that do not allow you to easily train aerobically. That may mean you need to train in a flatter terrain or it may mean you need to use your gears more efficiently. Kinda hard to tell with the info provided...
Bottom line, spin more and mash less because hills (and flats) are more about technique than they are about brute force....
OH, and FYI about "resting" in the flats... Perfectly easy since resting is just a gear shift away. Really doesn't matter if you are "pulling" all the time if you are in a gear appropriate for your goal/desire...
Last edited by HokuLoa; 08-15-11 at 10:28 AM.
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