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Old 06-16-15, 10:25 AM   #1
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Time Crunched Cyclist Rest - what will I lose?

Hi guys,

I am nearly through 8 weeks on the New Century Time Crunched Cyclist Program. I've also been losing weight on a low carb high fat diet so I guess my efforts could've been more intense - although I've been going balls out when instructed.

I've missed on average one Endurance Miles session per 2 weeks due to being insanely busy. I intend to keep it up until I go on vacation next month or until I am feeling overtrained.

I have gone from average speeds around my usual flat 30km loop of 22 km/h to 25-26 km/h(although I feel if I time trialed it without intervals on a good day I'd be faster). I'm faster than all my (non-competitive) friends and I'm still 20kg overweight. Brilliant. Better than I hoped for.

I plan to start again in August when I return from my holiday and I also intend to lose the next 20kg then too - before the end of the year I hope.

My question is - will I lose all my new found speed and power when I take a 4 week break on vacation (unlikely to ride more than once a week on a borrowed bike). Will I be able to start at a higher level when I come back?

Just curious about other (relatively unfit) people's experiences.
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Yep lose all new speed? Yep start at a higher level?
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I was a new cyclist late last year and made a lot of progress over the 4 months I was cycling. I was riding around 50 miles over 2-3 rides a week. Unfortunately injury and life side tracked my training for about 6 weeks. When I returned it took me about 2 weeks of 2 rides a week just to feel comfortable in the saddle and get back to my average times.
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You'll lose something in terms of performance, but I bet it won't be too much and it should come back quickly. Your body probably really needs a break anyway. Maybe just do some regular rides for a couple of weeks when you come back (instead of jumping right into the next cycle) and see what your average times are like and how you feel. You'll have to do the field test again before you start the next cycle, which will tell you a lot about your state of fitness.
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In my (mostly running) experience, that kind of lay-off will generate a relatively significant decline in performance. HOWEVER, you will regain that performance much more quickly the 2nd time around.

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You will definitely lose quite a bit. Four weeks is a lot of time off the bike. One week off the bike is pretty ok, you'll lose a bit but also gain from rest. Two weeks off the bike & you'll notice the loss. Four weeks will be a substantial loss.

But by all means, if you need the re-set, take it. Everyone needs a break from time to time. It's not like you have an event you're preparing for or a fitness timetable to meet. Live your life & work the bike in around it. Or try to find a way to ride a little more while you're away.
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Agree with the above... definitely going to lose performance, but you should be able to regain it quicker the second time around?

Any chance you can get some cycling in while you're on holiday? Rent a bicycle a few times a week just to keep your legs spinning?
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I did 250+ miles last week, with a century on Sunday. I didn't ride Monday or Tuesday. I got back on the bike today to do an easy 30 miler and had the worst ride I've had all year. I usually average 18+ mph and today I averaged 16.7 mph, and my legs felt horrible. It wasn't a difficult route at all. Then when I got back home I felt I didn't ride at all, now my legs are sore. Should I have had a recovery ride Monday or Tuesday?
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I did 250+ miles last week, with a century on Sunday. I didn't ride Monday or Tuesday. I got back on the bike today to do an easy 30 miler and had the worst ride I've had all year. I usually average 18+ mph and today I averaged 16.7 mph, and my legs felt horrible. It wasn't a difficult route at all. Then when I got back home I felt I didn't ride at all, now my legs are sore. Should I have had a recovery ride Monday or Tuesday?
I don't know about Monday or Tuesday but it sounds like today should have been a recovery ride. It can take more than a couple days to recover from a big effort.
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Should I have had a recovery ride Monday or Tuesday?
"Recovery rides" don't help recovery, they just limit additional fatigue.
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