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Old 09-24-12, 09:02 PM   #1
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Anybody else feel depressed/crappy when you don't get to ride?

I understand that it is advisable to take a rest day at least one day a week from cycling to let the muscles heal and grow. But I have discovered that I feel crappy on the days I don't get a ride in. I sometimes feel downright depressed. I read something someone said that they had "developed a relationship" with his bikes. I can say that I have done the same. I love my bikes and the time I spend on them. Sunday I had a wonderful easy ride through the country. I didn't push hard at all, just kept a leisurely pace for about an hour and a half. I took a day off today as is recommended and I just feel like crap; all down in the dumps.

I am about to just ride every day just to keep myself in high spirits. I am at the beginning of a training plan, but I am thinking of on my scheduled off days, I can just have an easy recovery ride at my leisurely pace to keep me from feeling depressed. If I actually get to the point that I really do need a real off day, I can alway take it.

Has anyone ever come to this type of decision before? What did you do? If you have not, what would you do? I absolutely love my bike. She is my baby...lol. Time apart from her is just unbearable.
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Old 09-25-12, 04:34 AM   #2
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Taking a day off once a week can be a good idea to help repair the muscles and become stronger. But riding at a very leisurely pace on the day off might not be a bad thing ... or you could try doing something else like going for a walk or playing a different sport.
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Old 09-25-12, 08:42 AM   #3
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I'm 67 and ride every other day (advice in Cycling Past 50). Haven't ridden since last Wednesday because I had cataract surgery last Thursday and the doc said nothing strenuous for a week. Can't wait until Friday.
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Old 09-25-12, 08:50 AM   #4
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You can ride everyday without any problems.

I did a cross country tour where 10 riders rode everyday for 57 days.

Northern route riders got in 5000 miles
Southern route riders got in 4200 miles.

I rode ten straight days then took a rest day. (after 820 miles of hills)
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It's the lack of endorphin that will leave you feeling a bit depressive. endorphin is secreted by the body when exercising, endorphin is good, hmmmmm (I'm a junky)
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Try to keep it below the point I got to when my wife told me, "Go ride your bike!"

I did, and felt much better after that.
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I... must... ride... every day. I'm addicted to riding my bike and I can live with it. There are far worse things to be addicted to. I ride everyday. If I'm tired I'll just ride shorter and slower, but I'll still ride.
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Old 09-25-12, 07:47 PM   #8
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It's the lack of endorphin that will leave you feeling a bit depressive. endorphin is secreted by the body when exercising, endorphin is good, hmmmmm (I'm a junky)
I know what you art talking about...lol. Every time I begin to pedal, I start to smile
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Old 09-25-12, 07:49 PM   #9
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Try to keep it below the point I got to when my wife told me, "Go ride your bike!"

I did, and felt much better after that.
That's funny. I am the opposite, though. I once had a girlfriend tell me I spend more time with my bike than I do with her. This was when I would only ride 3-4 days a week. Lord, if she could only see me now...LMAO
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Old 09-26-12, 08:07 AM   #10
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I thought I was the only one. I feel downright crappy and my wife says that I'm also cranky.
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Old 09-26-12, 08:24 AM   #11
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Not me, I don't miss my Urban Combat Commute ™, and equally enjoy my off days from the bike.
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Old 09-26-12, 10:12 AM   #12
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Taking a day off occasionally, no problem. With my schedule I can't ride every day. BUT, when you've planned a ride a s**t happens it is a bit depressing. Sometimes, we even get rain, but not very often
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Old 09-26-12, 06:07 PM   #13
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I agree; I feel down when I do not get a ride in....nothing like dispersing all the negative energy from the long work day with a nice long bike ride!
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I need to start a local club called 'Velo Junkies' around here...LMAO. Who's in?
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Old 09-26-12, 11:44 PM   #15
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I hate the days when I can't go out because cycling is the only thing that makes me forget all of my worries and helps me clear my head.
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Old 09-27-12, 12:56 AM   #16
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I feel like I should drive at least once a week, so I don't forget how to drive a stick.
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Old 09-27-12, 03:25 AM   #17
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Addictive personality? I know all about it! At this stage i need days off, i'm sore and my butt hurts to go back-to-back.
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Not really when it is just one day. I commute everyday but do not always ride my bike after/before work, and with the days getting shorter this time a year, I cut back on cycling (*though I ride throughout the year).

The thing that really gets to me is when I either:
-Dont get to ride for a week
-Plan a ride but for whatever reason cant

Like last week, friday evening, 2 hours till sunset, about to leave the house when my sister and a friend show up. Trains are stuck and so they are stuck in the city, so they come visit me...

Told them "make yourself at home" , hopped on my bike and rode off
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Old 09-27-12, 06:19 AM   #19
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If cycling is the only hobby then I can see why it's hard when one is not riding. For me I have other things to do beside cycling so generally it's not an issue.
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I am addicted. When I am not riding I think about riding!
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I am addicted. When I am not riding I think about riding!
I think we are all guilty of this.

The other thing is that I always want to get faster, stronger, better, and if I dont ride I feel like i would just get worse, weaker, slower. Obviously, that creates a problem. Once you already go out and ride plenty, spent too much money on your roadbike, and do core training off the bike, rollers when the weather does not allow a ride etc. At some point you have to realize this is pretty much as good of a cyclist as you will ever be.....

Though cycling allows you to be on top of your game longer than other sports. Most sports you are too old to compete and always weaker than you were before once you pass 30. The fact that people compete on the highest level, and some are half the age of others is appealing to me in this sport.

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Old 09-27-12, 06:40 AM   #22
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Me too and I'm just an old fart doodling around town on the MUPS. yesterday there were thunderstorms that brought much needed rains to this drought stricken area and the first thought through my mind was "Waaa, I don't get to ride".
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I can identify. This morning, I can still feel the helmet band on my head after last night's ride.

My recommendation to the OP is to find other fun activities to substitute. Maybe yoga, card playing (with people, not on the internet), volunteer work, whatever... for those off days. Something that gives you a sense of belonging and accomplishment...men need these, too.

Good luck.

BTW, I'm the same way - love to ride always.
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Yes, almost always. My wife thinks it's endorphins, she doesn't know about the occasional adrenaline rushes ... but even a short slow ride with the family can do the trick so it's more than that.
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I get absolutely irate when I'm forced to work late and by the time I get out its already dark. Also if its really pouring rain and I can't ride i feel miserable, especially if the night before I had a good ride all planned out
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