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    Rest: Knowing when to say when.

    I have been a regular daily rider for going on 4 years now. My biggest problem has been knowing when to say enough is enough and it is time to rest. I usually wait too long to take a day off and end up in a heap. How does one find the balance where you are getting enough rest but not staying off the bike too long?

    It strikes me as odd, how many riders I see that are extremely fast yet never really ride all that much. Many of them only do the group ride once or twice a week and that is it, yet they are very strong on the bike.

    I have found that I can make myself stronger by staying off the bike as well, but I am always concerned that I will stay off too long and lose fitness.

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    Well shoot you've just answered yourself.

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    rest is training. try increasing it and see how your body responds.

    i've made more gains this year by taking 2 days off per week than i did last year riding all the time.

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    My biggest problem has been knowing when to say enough is enough and it is time to rest.
    Yeah, there was a time where I tried to ride as much as I could. Then I tried to drink all the beer in St Louis, after that I tried to see all the porn on the Internet. Now, that I've done all that I feel restless and confused.

    The reason so many guys that seldom ride seem fast - is proof of the the "law of diminishing returns." The "law" simply states that you get the most training benefit from a given volume of activity. The more you train, the less additional benefit you receive for the additional volume of stress. Eventually, there is NO return on investment. Guess what, -- "rest" works the same way, you get the most benefit from a fixed amount, but keep on resting for too long, and you get no additional benefit...........

    Curiously, this "law" applies to beer-drinking and pornography viewing as well........

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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard Cranium
    Yeah, there was a time where I tried to ride as much as I could. Then I tried to drink all the beer in St Louis, after that I tried to see all the porn on the Internet. Now, that I've done all that I feel restless and confused.

    The reason so many guys that seldom ride seem fast - is proof of the the "law of diminishing returns." The "law" simply states that you get the most training benefit from a given volume of activity. The more you train, the less additional benefit you receive for the additional volume of stress. Eventually, there is NO return on investment. Guess what, -- "rest" works the same way, you get the most benefit from a fixed amount, but keep on resting for too long, and you get no additional benefit...........

    Curiously, this "law" applies to beer-drinking and pornography viewing as well........
    Oddly enough, this post makes a lot of sense to me. I'm a little on the obsessive side of just about anything i do.

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