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    sniffin' glue zoltani's Avatar
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    First ride after injury

    Today was my first real ride since I sprained my ankle on November 26th. Frankly I am amazed at how quickly I got out of shape. The ride was only about 10 miles, with a few good climbs, but my lungs felt like they are about to explode. The strength was still there in my legs, but my endurance has really dropped.

    Should I be building up miles/intensity more slowly?
    Those who are easily shocked should be shocked more often.

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    Glad you're riding again.

    HTFU, endurance will come back with time in the saddle.

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    Glad to hear you're back on the bike. Since it's only been about a month, I'd guess that just putting in any amount of saddle time will get you back in the swing of things in no time.
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    If you want endurance, focus on endurance. Put in the miles at a moderate effort and it'll come back.

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    i been off the saddle for 4 months (ripped AC ligament of right shoulder, Bike accident) & i have been gainning so much weight from eating. Im expecting to lose alot of weight once back on & im also worried about endurance. I have been rebuilding my bike & i should be back on this week, Im plannin to start off on 16 miles a day ride (work commute) am i gonna over do it?

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    I'm glad you are better!

    Lol ARE you gonna over do it? You could take it an easy speed.

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    Take care you don't take it too quickly getting your form back. It's easy to re-injure if you are not careful.

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    I'm no doctor so I'm not sure what you're "cleared" to do, but maybe work in some anaerobic exercises. Also if you access to a gym, you can increase lung capacity a bevy of ways: swimming, superset lifts and intense core workouts. I'm not saying don't ride by any means, just suggesting some other exercises.

    Glad you're back!
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    Glad you are back.

    The first ride back is always the worst. Just expect it. You will get winded and sore for a few rides, then your body will start changing.

    It doesn't take long for fitness level to decrease. It takes about 2 weeks of inactivity for things to start changing. But, you've only been off for maybe 5 weeks. Things will be back to normal very soon. Maybe 2 weeks or so. Just take it easy. You aren't starting from scratch so things will progress very quickly.

    If you get tired or winded, just take a break, catch your breath for a few (or several) minutes and then continue on. As others have said, don't do anything too intense on purpose.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zoltani View Post
    Today was my first real ride since I sprained my ankle on November 26th. Frankly I am amazed at how quickly I got out of shape. The ride was only about 10 miles, with a few good climbs, but my lungs felt like they are about to explode. The strength was still there in my legs, but my endurance has really dropped.

    Should I be building up miles/intensity more slowly?
    Hi there, it's good to know your better now. I was just wondering what helped you recovery? Was there any specific treatments that you tried or were on? If so, can you please let me know as I too am looking into getting back on track. Cheers!

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    Those who are easily shocked should be shocked more often.

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    Usually when I go home for a week during school breaks, my legs are sore for the first couple of days back in the saddle.
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