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Old 09-22-08, 06:00 PM   #1
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Arrghhh . . . stupid recovery rides!

Is it just me, or does anyone else dislike recovery rides? Man, it was so hard to keep at that easy pace. My body gets on that bike and just wants to go!

Okay, so the real problem is I'd like to sometimes exercise at a low HR, and just cannot seem to do that on a bike. Anyone else suffer this problem?
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Old 09-22-08, 06:40 PM   #2
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I had that problem but what I do now is throw on some board shorts, a t-shirt, and just hit the strand and ride along the beach. Being on the strand keeps my pace slow and I get a friend to meet me at one of the neighboring beach cities to get some coffee. I typically get an hour to two hours of relaxed riding, it makes it alot easier to relax if you don't get all geared up and put yourself in that "gear up, rearing to go" mind set.
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Old 09-22-08, 07:58 PM   #3
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I used to be that way. Now I look forward to recovery rides, I love the slow easy pace. I see things that I missed while I had my head down training. I figure, if I'm passing the little kids with the training wheels my going to fast.
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I LOVE recoverly rides! I'd do almost all my rides at recovery speed if I could.
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I love recovery rides. One way to keep the slow pace is to find a very scenic route and sight-see while you ride. Or invite a friend along and just yap the entire time. If you can keep a conversation going continuously you're not working too hard.
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Old 09-22-08, 08:43 PM   #6
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put me on the list that hates them. all things being equal, meaning flat roads and light winds, i cant stand riding under at a slower pace. so, i guess i need to get faster so that even my recovery rides are at faster pace. later.
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I stink at them. However, if my ride the day before was completely exhausting they are much easier to enjoy.
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get der bike with normal non-clip flat pedals, and as said, throw on normal clothes and shorts and go ride around. you still might want to hammer and still could, but you are dressed for slow going.

btw, if you really rode hard the day before you will want to ride slow the next day. so htfu
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There might not be a great need for a recovery ride. I often wondered about this too. How about trying a different activity?

Low impact walking might be ok. Even doing chores at home might be good too like washing a few cars.
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Why should we think of all possible recovery "sessions" as cycling ones? For folks in Tnt's mindset or those in need of a little diversity to relieve boredom, why not light hiking, walking, stretching, or combinations of these all in Heart Zones 1 through 3?
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put me on the list that hates them. all things being equal, meaning flat roads and light winds, i cant stand riding under at a slower pace. so, i guess i need to get faster so that even my recovery rides are at faster pace. later.
On a recovery ride about a month ago, I actually had someone come up behind and draft for awhile. Normally I don't like strangers sitting on my back wheel, but I was going so slowly I just had to laugh. It was too silly. I think my average for the ride was something like 12-13mph. I figured the guy was either completely out of shape or he had seriously bonked and just wanted a tow home.
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yeah, i don't like them either. i always end up cranking the watt dial at some point in the ride.

i only ride a few times a week now, so i really don't need traditional recovery rides anyway.
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yeah, i don't like them either. i always end up cranking the watt dial at some point in the ride.

i only ride a few times a week now, so i really don't need traditional recovery rides anyway.
That's true ... if you're taking days off, or if you aren't riding hard and/or long when you do ride, you don't likely need recovery rides.

I like to go for recovery rides after difficult centuries and longer rides ... just to kind of loosen the muscles up.
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yep, the "working Dad" recovery day means: play with the kids, run errands, maybe walk to the park and do some calisthenics on the playground equipment while the yard monkeys burn off energy. if we pedal, it's on the SS w flat pedals and a 39x21 coaster gear.

also +1 that your hard days should maybe be harder if you got so much left in the tank.
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all to often my recovery rides in the gym end up in 4 x 5 minutes out of the saddle efforts at 90% MHR!! boredom is a dangerous thing!
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I enjoy them on occasion. It's nice once a week to just kind of chill and not push the pace at all. I will often not change into cycling clothes and keep the effort low enough to not sweat. I like to ride every day, and I find that I feel better the next day if I ride easy rather than not ride at all. I also bike commute to work, so I make sure to pick a shorter and flatter route for the easy days.
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