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Old 06-12-04, 06:07 PM   #1
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Will I burnout training like this ?

Ive been riding around 50 miles a day for almost 3 weeks now . I even ride when it rains . Im taking my 1st day off today , but even today I rode a slow 10 miles . What do yas think ? Will I burn out ?
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Old 06-12-04, 07:02 PM   #2
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If it feels good, I don't see a problem. If it were me, I would burn out and drop over dead. If I were doing what you do, I would worry a lot more about injury from overtraining and lack of recovery. One of the main reasons that I don't ride every day is that I know I will burn out if I don't take a break and do something else. Best -
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If you're a cat 2 racer, and alternating hard days with recovery days, probably not. OTOH, if you're closer to the other end of the spectrum, you may be digging yourself into a hole, and won't have much to show for it.
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I personally think a couple of rest days each week is great for motivation (and your legs).

Try running or weight training on your off days.
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Some days I ride for the nature , some days I ride looking for other bikers to race , I usually pace myself until the challenge which could be 20 30 miles for me , but Im ready cuase I paced , other days I go all out and then other days I train . So I do ride with a diversified training program .
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Just watch for signs of overtraining, different individuals can train at different efforts without taxing their system depending on their conditioning.

Elevated heart rates, noticably diminishing performance, and chronic fatigue are the most obvious signs you are pushing too much.

I like to do a test time trial of 20 miles once every two weeks just to keep tabs on improvments.
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Just watch for signs of overtraining, different individuals can train at different efforts without taxing their system depending on their conditioning.

Elevated heart rates, noticably diminishing performance, and chronic fatigue are the most obvious signs you are pushing too much.

I like to do a test time trial of 20 miles once every two weeks just to keep tabs on improvments.
Yea , I mean just listen to your body and most of all have fun . My red flag is that I become less safty minded , ie , I am not focused and make mistakes . Thats when you head to the phone and make that call for ride . I admit , Ive been having some close calls as of late . When your over trained , you lose focus and you lose the ability to think sharply while dealing with car traffic ect ect.
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I really like Maffetone book on the issue of over-training:

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg...56140?v=glance

Anyway, I've done some seven day a week cycling this year (not 50 a day- I'd have to lose my job). Anyway, as Maffetone notes, at this level, something else in your life could push you over the edge-- stress from work, a cold, etc. The training could then make the non-training issues bigger than they should be, or harder to recover from. Being overly susceptible to colds is a sign of over training, as is waking up at night and not being able to fall asleep.

So, if you doing fine, great, but training itself can become another type of stress if it becomes "something you've got to do" or "I don't want to break my streak." Train hard, but take it easy on yourself, too.
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I really like Maffetone book on the issue of over-training:

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg...56140?v=glance

Anyway, I've done some seven day a week cycling this year (not 50 a day- I'd have to lose my job). Anyway, as Maffetone notes, at this level, something else in your life could push you over the edge-- stress from work, a cold, etc. The training could then make the non-training issues bigger than they should be, or harder to recover from. Being overly susceptible to colds is a sign of over training, as is waking up at night and not being able to fall asleep.

So, if you doing fine, great, but training itself can become another type of stress if it becomes "something you've got to do" or "I don't want to break my streak." Train hard, but take it easy on yourself, too.
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One day only rest and one day just recovery ride (30 miles with 15 miles per hour is the best for a week.
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I have also been wondering if I was "overtraining" my body. I have been going at it pretty hard for most of the summer. Actually, yesterday after my morning ride I was just worn out all evening. I just couldn't get it going. I then decided to take today off. I have either done some sort of ride, weight training, or run everyday for the past two months. I would at least put my bike on the trainer and do a recovery ride for 45 minutes or so. Taking today off has been great! I just hung out with my wife, took a Sunday afternoon nap, and ate food all day. I honestly had to make myself not go to the gym but after the way I felt yesterday and this morning I know my body needed to rest. I again feel rejuvenated and can't wait to get on my bike tomorrow. I don't necessarily want to make a habit of it, but I'm beginning to think that one day a week of "rest" is good for my body.
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I rest one day and recover ride the day after a really hard workout. It works well, for me. You need to determine what works for you.
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Ive been riding around 50 miles a day for almost 3 weeks now . I even ride when it rains . Im taking my 1st day off today , but even today I rode a slow 10 miles . What do yas think ? Will I burn out ?
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I ride quite a few miles and I ride every day as a routine. If I do a hard day, I just go slower the next day and it works for me. I find that sometimes it takes me a few slow days to fully recover but it is just a matter of taking what the body will give you. I have never had the "overtraining" problems and I am a reasonably fast recreational rider.

It really depends on your approach. If you have the idea of "no pain, no gain" and have to hammer on every ride, you really have to take days off.

As I recall, Fred Hoffman does not take days off and he only does 50,000+ miles per year so it can be done.
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