Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Long Distance Competition/Ultracycling, Randonneuring and Endurance Cycling Do you enjoy centuries, double centuries, brevets, randonnees, and 24-hour time trials? Share ride reports, and exchange training, equipment, and nutrition information specific to long distance cycling. This isn't for tours, this is for endurance events cycling

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 09-05-13, 06:15 PM   #1
lungimsam
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Bikes:
Posts: 770
Will 2 weeks off the bike derail my century training if...?

...I will be out of the country a couple weeks due to family emergency, then back for a week before the century?

Anything I should/shouldn't do over that week when I return to help my fitness for the ride?

My first century. Training has been long rides on weekends and commuting during the week over the summer.

I am not a Rando person, just a lowly 15mph commuter.
lungimsam is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-05-13, 08:57 PM   #2
mprelaw
Senior Member
 
mprelaw's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Cape Cod, Massachusetts
Bikes:
Posts: 2,318
Hard to say. Last year, I was called out of town unexpectedly, and was off the bike from August 8th through the 19th. I was able to do a century on September 8, and didn't feel like the lay-off hurt me much, if at all.

YMMV.
mprelaw is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-05-13, 09:07 PM   #3
10 Wheels
Galveston County Texas
 
10 Wheels's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: In The Wind
Bikes: 2010 Expedition, 03 GTO
Posts: 29,011
You will be OK.

Last June I rode with Mary on a 100 mile ride.

She only had 2 training rides with a total of 55 miles for the entire year.

__________________
[SIZE=1][B]What I like about Texas[/B]
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PGukLuXzH1E

Set F1re To The Ra1n ( NY Night Rain Ride)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W7jfcWEkSrI
10 Wheels is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-05-13, 09:46 PM   #4
karenashg
Senior Member
 
karenashg's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Seattle, WA
Bikes: 198? Colnago, 2010 Jamis Quest, 2013 Wabi Classic 46x18
Posts: 222
I just got this: http://www.amazon.com/Tom-Danielsons.../dp/193403097X

I really like the workouts in it, and if you can take time to do them while you're away, that would at least help you with your core strength and stamina. Nothing to be done about the loss of saddle conditioning, but maybe your back, neck, and arms wouldn't be hurting along with your butt...
karenashg is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-06-13, 12:03 AM   #5
znomit
Zoom zoom zoom zoom bonk
 
znomit's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: New Zealand
Bikes: Giant Defy Composite,Trek 1.7c, Specy Hardrock, Nishiki SL1, Jamis Commuter
Posts: 3,301
Its called extreme tapering. Just watch the carb loading.
znomit is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-06-13, 01:44 AM   #6
Machka 
Long Distance Cyclist
 
Machka's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: I ride where the thylacine roamed!
Bikes: Lots
Posts: 45,525
1. What is your longest ride in the last couple months?

2. Can you keep active while you're away ... long walks? some cycling?
Machka is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-06-13, 08:24 AM   #7
ThermionicScott 
Gratuitous glib and snark
 
ThermionicScott's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: CID
Bikes: 1991 Bianchi Eros, 1964 Armstrong, 1988 Diamondback Ascent, 1988 Bianchi Premio, 1987 Bianchi Sport SX, 1980s Raleigh mixte (hers)
Posts: 13,005
Quote:
Originally Posted by znomit View Post
Its called extreme tapering. Just watch the carb loading.
Or "strategic deconditioning."
__________________
Quote:
Originally Posted by chandltp View Post
There's no such thing as too far.. just lack of time
RUSA #7498

Random parts for sale!
ThermionicScott is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-07-13, 06:46 PM   #8
Myosmith
Lover of Old Chrome Moly
 
Myosmith's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: NW Minnesota
Bikes:
Posts: 2,548
Quote:
Originally Posted by Machka View Post
1. What is your longest ride in the last couple months?

2. Can you keep active while you're away ... long walks? some cycling?
If you were well trained for the century before the break, a couple of weeks is no problem as long as you continue with good nutrition and stay active. In fact, taking a week of light activity prior to such an event can actually improve performance (two weeks is stretching it). I don't know where you will be going but you can always do core exercises, walk/run, stretch/yoga, etc. Look for a gym or even bike rentals near where you will be. Whatever you do, DO NOT try to make up for lost time by overtraining when you return. You want to be healed up and fresh the morning of your century, not sore and tired.
Myosmith is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-08-13, 06:15 PM   #9
Chris516
24-Speed Machine
 
Chris516's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Wash. Grove, MD
Bikes: 2003 Specialized Allez 24-Speed Road Bike
Posts: 6,054
Quote:
Originally Posted by lungimsam View Post
...I will be out of the country a couple weeks due to family emergency, then back for a week before the century?

Anything I should/shouldn't do over that week when I return to help my fitness for the ride?

My first century. Training has been long rides on weekends and commuting during the week over the summer.

I am not a Rando person, just a lowly 15mph commuter.
It depends on(at least to me), whether you are doing it on your own, with a group of cyclists', and whether it is organized.

I will be doing a (metric)century on 9-22-2013. The group that organizes it yearly is http://www.backroadscentury.org They just posted the routes a couple days ago and the (metric)century has rest stops at 12.7mi., 30.7mi., 43.6mi., and 56.6mi., before finishing at 65mi.. In my opinion that is too many rest stops to make it challenging. The (full)century has stops 25.4mi., 51.2mi., 64mi., 79.4mi., 92.4mi., and finishes at 100.9mi.. They should have stuck with the 25mi. legs to make that one challenging.
Chris516 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-09-13, 06:32 AM   #10
JimF22003
Senior Member
 
JimF22003's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Northern VA
Bikes: 2008 Trek Madone 5.5, 2009 Cervelo R3SL tdf edition, Cervelo R5 with Di2
Posts: 2,654
You're allowed to skip rest stops
JimF22003 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-11-13, 08:36 PM   #11
brianogilvie 
Commuter & cyclotourist
 
brianogilvie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Hadley, MA, USA
Bikes: Boulder All Road, Surly Long Haul Trucker, Bike Friday New World Tourist, Breezer Uptown 8, Bike Friday Express Tikit, Trek MultiTrack 730 (Problem? No, I don't have a problem)
Posts: 494
I expect you'll be fine, though it depends on how long your long rides have been. 60-90 miles, no problem. If they're under half the century distance, though, it might be a challenge. But not because of the 2 weeks off. When you get back, I'd do a long ride ASAP after the return, then some short (10-20 mile) rides with some speedwork in the next few days, followed by at most 5-10 mile slow rides in the day or 2 before the century.
__________________
Public accountability: my Beeminder weight loss graph.
brianogilvie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-11-13, 08:53 PM   #12
unterhausen
Randomhead
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Happy Valley, Pennsylvania
Bikes:
Posts: 14,482
my understanding (from a while ago, science may have changed) is that anything less than 2 weeks off will not change your fitness. I have proven this to myself in the past, although for me it's hard not to gain weight with two weeks off. If there are fitness changes after two weeks off, they should be slight.
unterhausen is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-30-14, 11:53 AM   #13
RISKDR1
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2014
Bikes:
Posts: 489
the break could actually be beneficial. Especially if you have the base miles that you need. Pretty much nothing that you do two weeks before the event is going to add to your fitness in a significant way. What the break will do is heal any micro tears in muscles and allow your body to build its glycogen reserves. Just don't pig out on a high fat diet or take in a lot of sugar. Make sure you do daily full body stretching. If you were a sprinter or 10 k runner it could hurt your performance on race day but for long distance I don't think so.
RISKDR1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-30-14, 12:09 PM   #14
skol
Senior Member
 
skol's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Bikes:
Posts: 405
Quote:
Originally Posted by RISKDR1 View Post
the break could actually be beneficial. Especially if you have the base miles that you need. Pretty much nothing that you do two weeks before the event is going to add to your fitness in a significant way. What the break will do is heal any micro tears in muscles and allow your body to build its glycogen reserves. Just don't pig out on a high fat diet or take in a lot of sugar. Make sure you do daily full body stretching. If you were a sprinter or 10 k runner it could hurt your performance on race day but for long distance I don't think so.
agree - try to get in some cardio while out of town if you can. Don't over train when you get back to "catch up"..enjoy the ride, eat and drink more than you think you need and have your mind right as its a mental game as you get tired.
skol is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-31-14, 04:00 PM   #15
Rapido
Green lights for all
 
Rapido's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Ohio, Germany, Florida, West Virginia, and then Georgia now
Bikes: Fuji Team SL 20 speed, Nishiki, Mercian 12 speed. Alan 10 speed, Frejus, Bauer, Morobecane, Schwinn, JC Higgins 3 spd, Columbia coaster brake,
Posts: 94
Take along a jump rope, do it the way boxers do, start out by doing just 50 jumps, and add 25 jumps more every session. Progressive overload. If there are stairs available, run them two at a time and keep a record of the time. Remember, progressive overload and start well within your present capacity and gradually add more duration. This will keep you in shape indefinitely.
Rapido is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 06:32 AM.