Originally Posted by 08211964
I'm 44 years old and have been riding for 3 years (2 seriously). During the season I train 12 hours a week (about 250 miles). This winter I have been training 8 hours a week on a fluid trainer at a PE of 7 (out of 10). Three months ago I had to take a week off because of the flu. Since then I've been back on my 5 day/8 hours a week schedule training pretty hard for 3 months straight with no recovery rides. This morning I woke up and did not feel like getting on the bike. Should I take some time off or continue to work through it until I get motivated again?
Your current training regime is a recipe for burnout, injury, or both.
Unless a rider is gifted, doping, or both, a recovery ride at least once per week can only improve performance in the long run.
If you don't feel like getting on the bike - yet feel physically amped - find another form of exercise to do that day. Just be sure to choose an exercise that doesn't aggravate the muscles and tendons that are cycling related. Also, you may want to focus on exercises that target parts of your body that are neglected.
Last edited by LifeIsSuffering; 03-29-08 at 02:29 PM.