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    Recovery for a week

    Would i see much decrease in fitness for doing whole week of recovery.
    Reason was sick and could not do any workouts. Still at tail end of a small cough and when i tried to workout, i had fatique, almost no energy, so was ordered to take a whole week off,
    would my fitness decrease much? or would i see more gains after a week off.

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    Irrelevant question in my opinion.
    Sick = rest. One week in the scheme of things is nothing to concern yourself with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by robabeatle View Post
    Irrelevant question in my opinion.
    Sick = rest. One week in the scheme of things is nothing to concern yourself with.
    ^This

    Training while sick is begging for trouble and can lead to all kinds of nastiness. First the infection might spread and turn into a pneumonia after which the week turns into a month and that will definitely impact your fitness.
    Secondly IF the infection spreads to your heart muscle due to training while sick you might never be the same again and it will effectively put you off the bike for a year minimum.

    In short. Don't Train While Sick.

    Also, don't worry if you feel weaker after the sickness. My doctor GF tells me it takes about a month for an athlete to fully recover from a flu so it may take some time before you're up to par.

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    if you didn't see a loss you wouldn't be training continuously. nothing you can do about it, so don't fret. get back into it when you can, these things happen
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    My experience = after riding constantly for a month or more straight my calves get huge (especially if I mix in a few runs) and shrink very noticibly if I take off a week or more, as well as the scale lowers (muscle loss). I'd probably ride at least 30min every other day even while sick lol. Of course in the evenings when its cooler or maybe get on a trainer if you have one. Ideally, I would only take a long break to recover from a really bad crash and/or surgery. Pray to your gods either never happens and you'll be fine.

    Then again, my immune system is pretty stout (if I can even say that without sounding conceited). Then more again, I dont live in canuck-land.
    Last edited by dralways; 06-05-14 at 04:34 AM.

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    I don't think you're gonna notice much of a (lasting) effect.
    The first day back my be a little rough, but fitness doesn't abandon you after 5-7 days off.

    Definitely focus on rest and recovery. I've actually come back to the gym after a week off and performed better because things have a chance to recover, and you feel fresh.

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    You might see some loss.

    Nowhere near as much as you would if you give yourself pneumonia, though.

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