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Screwed up my rest week, what now?

Old 06-07-10, 11:59 AM
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Screwed up my rest week, what now?

So I'm in the best shape of my life right now. I've been racing for 6 years, and while I love the comeraderie and the excitment of racing, I never really trained in a structured fashion until this year. My weight is down 15 pounds and my 20 minute power is up a staggering 50 watts from last year. Memorial day weekend I was coming off the third hard week, and I still did really well. 9th in a 3/4 on friday, 8th in the cat 4 on saturday, 3rd in the 4/5 on saturday and 2nd in the 4s on Monday. A decent weekend for me to say the least.

The problem that I have is that last week was supposed to be my rest week, and I didn't really rest enough. Since my legs were dead, I didn't really get a good workout week either. My weight is up three pounds from last week, and my legs still feel like ****. Should I relax this week to avoid fatigue or should I work the three pounds off with lower intensity longish rides and then rest next week?
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Old 06-07-10, 12:12 PM
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you've been racing and training long enough that you already know what a silly question this is ... but, since you've not had a rest week yet and are stating that you need one, yes, you should indulge
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Old 06-07-10, 02:26 PM
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you've been racing and training long enough that you already know what a silly question this is ... but, since you've not had a rest week yet and are stating that you need one, yes, you should indulge
I suppose I still do need a rest week, but would two medium weeks in a row make me feel as rested as one easy week?
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Old 06-07-10, 02:30 PM
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^for you, dunno. BUT, commit to recovery. it's important for maintaining form through the end of the season (assuming late august early september). this year i've been toying with keeping up the volume (at least 75% of normal) but lowering intensity to only a threshold level workout mid-week (I like the friel pacing workout or doing 2x20s). the key to that (for me) is to not do the other rides hard and be committed to a L2 pace. i usually accomplish this by staying in the small ring, and staying away from the group rides.
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I suppose I still do need a rest week, but would two medium weeks in a row make me feel as rested as one easy week?
no. That's a kick ass way to start to dig a hole you eventually won't get out of.
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Is your racing for enjoyment, money or bragging rights? If the former no need to worry. If the later two maybe you need a coach to keep you on track or rest until there is no question about whether your "up" for the next effort.
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Old 06-08-10, 06:33 AM
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Is your racing for enjoyment, money or bragging rights? If the former no need to worry. If the later two maybe you need a coach to keep you on track or rest until there is no question about whether your "up" for the next effort.
I don't really want a coach, mostly becuase I don't want to pay for one, but also because I have a plan that is working for me right now, and I really don't want someone mucking with it mid-season.

no. That's a kick ass way to start to dig a hole you eventually won't get out of.
The more I think about it, the more I think you might be right. I'm going way easy this week and I'll see how I feel this weekend.
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The more I think about it, the more I think you might be right. I'm going way easy this week and I'll see how I feel this weekend.
ok
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Old 06-08-10, 06:50 AM
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I appreciate the advice, but there is no need to be a jerk.
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Oy, you've got some good advice here. Rest/easy until you feel some life/spring in your legs, and then take one more day off/easy. There is no downside given what you've indicated.
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I appreciate the advice, but there is no need to be a jerk.
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