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Old 10-29-19, 11:16 AM
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Not riding in the off-season

I have been a cyclist for the best part of 35 years, and have raced or ridden competitively for about half that. With that said, I'm really burned out on not only the racing aspect of it but riding in general, especially since I've had more knee problems than usual this year. My hopes are that a really nice, long break will help. And by long, I mean taking four or five months off (aside from my normal bike commute to work) and starting again in February.

Does anyone do this anymore? Will it be detrimental to my plans for 2020? (finishing a few larger Masters 40+ crits, a better time at Copper Triangle). My plan is to work on getting leaner, doing core and strength work and also engaging in my first sporting love, which was tennis (we have indoor courts here). I've heard recommendations all over the place about this, especially saying that masters riders shouldn't let aerobic fitness fade too much. But I'm not in a good place about riding at the moment. I also rode the trainer all winter last winter and had a far less productive season than I expected and was burned out by July.

Thanks for input!

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When I lived in MT, I'd go 3-4 months without riding due to the weather. I stayed in excellent shape one year by religiously playing racquetball. Started the cycling season 10-pounds lower than usual and had a very ripped right arm.

Like this, but different arm

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It may be detrimental to your racing next year to take a long break but not as detrimental as forcing yourself to train through the winter, burning out and increasing your knee problems. Take the time off, enjoy tennis and get back into riding next spring when you can enjoy it.
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It ain't gonna help your fitness, that's for sure. But if you hate riding your bike what's the point of any of it? Agree with above, have fun doing what you want to do and come back fresh when/if you feel like it.
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