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Old 05-28-07, 02:57 PM
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'Recovery rides' with other competitive cyclists...

Don't generally work. There's always a hill and somebody always jumps and everybody else inevitably chases him up the friggin hill.

Do them alone. 95% of licensed USCF cyclists are utterly brain dead in this dept.

That is all.
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Yes, I am as guilty as 95% of you idiots. Yesterday I kept doing this and I finally found a purpose for my 30T little chainring (triple). Ride the blasted group recovery ride in the little chainring. You cannot go fast if you want to and you will be forced to spin.
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Originally Posted by Bantam
Yes, I am as guilty as 95% of you idiots. Yesterday I kept doing this and I finally found a purpose for my 30T little chainring (triple). Ride the blasted group recovery ride in the little chainring. You cannot go fast if you want to and you will be forced to spin.
KP: It's not a recovery ride if you're spinning @ 112 rpm going uphill and your HR is @ 95%.
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Originally Posted by TheKillerPenguin
Also, the sky is blue.
And the world is round.
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Originally Posted by DrPete
And the world is round.
Right, and the NEXT thing you'll tell us is we all 'evolved' from a bunch of monkeys.
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Originally Posted by patentcad
Don't generally work. There's always a hill and somebody always jumps and everybody else inevitably chases him up the friggin hill.

Do them alone.
95% of licensed USCF cyclists are utterly brain dead in this dept.

That is all.
correct.
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My coach likes me to do my recovery rides on the trainer, to keep it as light as possible. I just can't do that this time of year, but I understand his reasoning -- that most of us go too hard on recovery rides.
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I did a recovery ride on Sunday after doing a very hard hill workout in MA on Saturday.....11.5 miles in 55 minutes, 114 vertical feet of climbing (found a bike path in Granby, CT), average speed of 12.5 mph .

I tend to agree with you, though. It is very easy to sometimes just push a little bit harder than you should when you see someone else.
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Originally Posted by patentcad
KP: It's not a recovery ride if you're spinning @ 112 rpm going uphill and your HR is @ 95%.
I was not spinning 113 and my HR was not 96%, I was in the 14 on the cassette so there was some power being generated. It just made it easier not to jump at the sight of a hill because I did not have the gears to push it. The idea, as was stated in the OP was an easy ride, so I was trying to go slow so, you know, I could recover.
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An actual recovery ride for me is so slow that I don't think too many people want to ride with me when I'm doing one.

I didn't do ANY last year, and was weaker for it. I'm much faster this year now that I do more verrrrrry slow rides. 39x26 FTW.
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Hmmm, i gotta try this 'recover ride' thing. Mayb it'll be the magic key to make me faster...
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The best recovery rides involve a female riding YOU boys.

'Recovery ride' is an oxymoron in the real world much of the time. And you all know it, DON'T you?
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Originally Posted by patentcad
The best recovery rides involve a female riding YOU boys.

'Recovery ride' is an oxymoron in the real world much of the time. And you all know it, DON'T you?
If you don't do them you're slower than you should be. It's the truth - and we all know it.

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Ride along a nice MUP with your gal - on a SS, like I did today. 40 miles spinning in 70 gear inches at 0-15mph, all flat, dodging kids, pets, peds and rec cyclists. You just gotta fight the urge to chase down the Muppie racers when they blow by you...don't worry, you'll catch em in about a mile after they blow up or crash.
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A recovery ride is best done with one of my kids. If not that, then on my old bike wearing the most "Fred" kit I have on a MUP. I never go on recovery rides with anyone I know that rides.
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If you are *****ing about a recovery ride where people are slammin it, you're the problem, not them.

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I'll admit to not being able to really do a recovery ride even if I'm solo. To me, recovery ride pretty much means mow the lawn or play some basketball with my 7-year-old son.

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The best recovery ride I ever did was aboard a small chartered cruise boat in the Mediterranean. I splashed around in the warm Greek sea water for two days and did NOTHING. On Monday I'm back on my bike riding over the same 6 mile long mountain climbs in a BIGGER GEAR. It was amazing, like I had doped or something. The entire week, same climbs, including the toughest ones I've ever done, significantly easier than the first week.

Recovery rides are often not as effective as staying off the bike. Of course even knowing this I'm too addicted to cycling to follow my own advice. I am brain dead.
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Recovery rides are often MORE effective than staying off the bike, as they clear your legs of lactic acid...provided you keep your cadence up and HR down.
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keep it a recovery ride. if they go, let em go. i do. who cares if they take off, the folks who really want a recovery ride will chill. i'll fall off the back of a ride if the group is being stupid.
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95%

i didn't realize it was that low, i would have guessed much higher
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Originally Posted by obra3
keep it a recovery ride. if they go, let em go. i do. who cares if they take off, the folks who really want a recovery ride will chill. i'll fall off the back of a ride if the group is being stupid.
Yep, it's all about discipline...
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I usually do my recovery rides alone or with the SoCal BF group where the intent of the ride is social. Lots of fun and good low intensity riding.
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Originally Posted by TheKillerPenguin
Recovery rides are often MORE effective than staying off the bike, as they clear your legs of lactic acid...provided you keep your cadence up and HR down.
This is the conventional wisdom. But I actually tend to disagree, primiarily because it can be very difficult - at times impossible (hills, etc) to really not exert yourself on a bicycle. If you do not ride, you inevitably REST. Which is the point.
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