Rest - Frequency and Duration
Is it best to have short rests frequently or long rests ocasionally?
I once read:
Rest before you are tired; eat before you are hungry.
I'm getting on the old side of sixty so now I put both my feet down about every half hour and take as much water as I want. I take a good break for lunch and take as long as I need. I usually cook, so that can be one hour or more. I stretch before and after.
I stealth camp so I stop to eat a couple of hours before I set camp and then ride ahead. I have to sleep from sundown to just before sunrise. I then break camp and ride for an hour or more before making breakfast.
This varies with wind direction, precipitation and temperature.
hmm...I'm on the young side of 18 but on the heavy side of 90kg..can do 40kms comfortably, am looking to push it to 80 this week and carry a bunch of food and water with me, don't want to bonk. just wondering what was generally recommended.
When you get tired, or want to just stretch out a bit, stop and do so. I think this is a very individual sort of thing based upon factors that are only applicable to the individual cyclist. I find at the start of a ride I can go for a much longer time that at the end. So if i was doing your 80KM maybe I don't need to break for the first 40 km, and then more frequent for the remainder of the ride. Food I do the same way, but thats just me, maybe you want to eat as you go along just to avoid the bonk.
To prevent dehydration and bonking, I set up a drink and eat schedule that I apply as a rule.
I drink every 1/2 hour (volume changes based on heat and humidity)
Rest 5 minutes each hour
Rest and eat 15 minutes every second hour.
When riding alone, I stop when I feel like it. Sometimes I feel strong and, if there are no features worth seeing or photographing, I can ride for up to two hours. I drink frequently, on the fly. I don't need a schedule, my body tells me what I should do.
The danger is when I ride with someone who is stronger than I. It is important to go at your own pace, and if I try to keep up, thats when I can get into trouble.
I'm 65 and enjoy selfsupported cycle/camping usually for around 2 months duration. I have a breakfast of oatmeal which is ideal for cycling having a slow burn rate. I eat something every two hours or 20 miles, bananas and bread usually(5 MINS) and drink before I'm thirsty. Lunch takes 20 mins and may be bread, tinned sardines again with a banana. Evening meal is usually pasta/ rice or cous cous, anything which keeps the blood sugar level high. Meat I keep to a minimum but I make sure I eat plenty of fruit and green veg. I do break out from time to time (especially in France where I do most of my touring) and eat out but not at lunchtime as too heavy a meal makes for poor cycling. The important thing is to listen to your body and become aware of it and its needs. If you are young then your body can stand an amazing amount of abuse and you will manage anyway, but if you're my age then you have to know what you can or cannot do. In any case ---go for it! Do not take too long rests as your muscles will tie up. Start gently but ultimately you should be on the bike for 20 mile intervals before stopping for 5-10 mins but no longer. Once you are used to this regime it should present no problems.
Last edited by onbike 1939; 05-15-05 at 01:00 PM.
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Mad bike riding scientist
Get...out...of...my...head! I thought I was the only one who did this! I found that if I don't follow this schedule, I ride until I drop, especially if I'm going solo. I have a Timex watch that allows me to set up a time schedule like this and I finish the day feeling better if I stick to the schedule.
Originally Posted by jimblairo