Where am I?
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Houston, TX
Bikes: Old Centurion Accordo (in the process of being SS'ed), Cannondale Quick 5 (racks/panniers/fenders, utility bike), Trek XO1 (fun/fast/main ride)
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I sometimes take a week off (not just cycling, but running, weights, whatever), and I always come back feeling stronger, well rested and generally perform better. I find that the mental break is just as beneficial as the physical one, perhaps moreso.
The rule of thumb (that my experience tends to confirm) is that a week off is beneficial, a week and a half is OK, and at two weeks you are going to have to work to get back to where you were. Of course, this assumes that you have a very good base of cycling (or whatever sport you perform) under your belt already.
Also, it depends on the kind of training you are doing. If you were in race shape, in the middle of your ramp-up, getting ready to peak for a big race, it is going to be a lot tougher to get back there; if you are just trying to put in a lot of miles to stay in shape, it will be easier.