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Old 09-13-07, 10:16 AM
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Woke up really fatigued!! Didnt Ride in :(

I quit smoking about 1/2 months ago and started cycling. I commute to work and back (17 miles one way) on Mon, Wed and Fri. I also picked up Rugby which has practice on Tue, Thu and games every Sat. I woke up today morning and was in no shape to jump on my bike. The weather was loveley outside, but my body couldn't let me ride. Has this ever happened to anyone here?
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Old 09-13-07, 10:22 AM
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I worked for 15 hrs yesterday and rode 3.5 hrs. Heck yes it happens. I took the train in this morning.
There is no point in beating yourself into a pulp. Your muscles will appreciate a recovery day here and there.
Plus, when one has had very little sleep, napping on a bike is a bad idea.
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Old 09-13-07, 10:23 AM
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Happens all the time. Doesn't mean you're weak - just fatigued!

17 miles one way is a pretty good haul, and rugby is quite a work out, too. Rest is just as important to fitness as lifting weights / nutrition, etc. Your body needs time to recover, especially as you get older (something I've discovered! haha)
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Old 09-13-07, 10:29 AM
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You have to listen to your body. Don't ride if you are too tired. I did that once and my whole ride felt like crap. I must have been close to what is referred to as a bonk. I believe I slept for 10 hours that night and I was ready to get back on the bike again the next morning.

But there are other times when I feel tired and sleepy as I walk to my bike. But as soon as I hop on and get the legs warmed up I'm OK. Its weird sometimes.
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Old 09-13-07, 10:30 AM
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I'm in the middle of packing up a house I've lived in for over 20 years. I hate moving. And I've been throwing stuff out - especially from the attic - which is on the 3rd floor - so I have lots of steps up and down and I'm tired. Yesterday was a nasty ride in - not only did I have a strong headwind - but I had no energy. Almost took the bus, but didn't only because I didn't have enough time to get to the busstop. So I rode in, and it was at a snails pace that I rode too.
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Old 09-13-07, 10:35 AM
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If you just quit smoking and started cycling, I am surprised that you didn't hit the wall much sooner. I've ridden 400-700 miles/month over the past 7-8 years, and I still have days when I need to take off. You need some off days for your body to recover, also days when you just take it easy on the bike. However, your fitness will also improve if you continue riding and don't smoke any more. Give it time and good work.
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No problem with that. Go for a walk though if you need the movement/mental boost.

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Old 09-13-07, 11:25 AM
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Well, duh, yeah, it happens. Like the morning after a double aikido class. Oof.
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Old 09-13-07, 11:39 AM
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That's it, you're out of the club!

Seriously though, cut yourself some slack and get better.
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I ride a 30 mile RT bike commute monday - friday. I always take Saturday off from any intensive activity, the body needs a rest day once a week or so to avoid burnout. Sunday I either go jogging or take a scenic 40 mile or so bike ride at a medium pace. If you push yourself to exhaustion too often, it can weaken your immune system and the body can spiral downhill into illness and fatigue. Also, get plenty of sleep during the week if you are physically active. 7 to 8 hours sleep will help you recover from exercise a lot better then just 5 hours sleep.
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Don't feel bad when you can't ride, we all go through that. I can barely type right now...so tired after working the last 12 days straight averaging 10 hours a day, I think its time for a weekend off. Tomorrow I am driving because I have to go for a medical appointment accross town 20 miles one way. So hey man, we all have to take an alternative to a bicycle some times...Its what makes us "normal".
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Old 09-14-07, 05:23 AM
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I quit smoking about 1/2 months ago and started cycling. I commute to work and back (17 miles one way) on Mon, Wed and Fri. I also picked up Rugby which has practice on Tue, Thu and games every Sat. I woke up today morning and was in no shape to jump on my bike. The weather was loveley outside, but my body couldn't let me ride. Has this ever happened to anyone here?
I get that all the time. Despite all the weight I've lost, and all the riding I've done over the past 9 months - I'd never ridden a bike before - I still find it very draining to spend so much time riding. I tried my 35 mile round trip commute 4 days in a row and I was unable to complete the homeward bound leg on the fourth day. A day of commuting is the hardest riding I've done, harder even that the metric centuries I've ridden.
 
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Originally Posted by svgone View Post
I quit smoking about 1/2 months ago and started cycling. I commute to work and back (17 miles one way) on Mon, Wed and Fri. I also picked up Rugby which has practice on Tue, Thu and games every Sat. I woke up today morning and was in no shape to jump on my bike. The weather was loveley outside, but my body couldn't let me ride. Has this ever happened to anyone here?
No - but then again my commute's only 6 miles, and I lead a rugby-free life.

Definitely listen to your body - if it hurts to move, a rest day isn't a bad idea. Of course, a nice slow recovery ride could work too. I was beat today after a really long (for me) ride yesterday, so I just stayed in a low gear and took it easy. Do what works for you.

Hell, riding 100 miles a week and playing rugby after giving up smoking is a hell of an accomplishment, you should be proud.
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Old 09-14-07, 08:53 AM
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Originally Posted by zephyr View Post
I ride a 30 mile RT bike commute monday - friday. I always take Saturday off from any intensive activity, the body needs a rest day once a week or so to avoid burnout. Sunday I either go jogging or take a scenic 40 mile or so bike ride at a medium pace. If you push yourself to exhaustion too often, it can weaken your immune system and the body can spiral downhill into illness and fatigue. Also, get plenty of sleep during the week if you are physically active. 7 to 8 hours sleep will help you recover from exercise a lot better then just 5 hours sleep.
I've got the flipside: my most intensive activity at this time of year is not cycling but aikido, which allows me to do my 14-mile rt bike commute just fine, but really precludes more intensive riding except maybe once a week. It's too bad because I'd love to get in a couple of 50-mile rides on the weekend, but that would really be counterproductive. You have to listen to your body -- which is an acquired skill, to be sure, but it's definitely easier if you are consistent about sleep and nutrition. If you eat the same way and get the same amount of sleep, it's easier to tell where fatigue is coming from.
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Old 09-17-07, 04:25 AM
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Thanks for all your encouragement. I have now come down with a cold and I think like zephyr said, my immune system must have been low. I cant wait to get back on my bike
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Old 09-17-07, 08:01 AM
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I hear ya on this. Been trying to quit myself did really well for a month then fell off the wagon started smoking again now im back on the patch, but only been a few days since i got on the patch again. on top of this im still commuting 15 miles home 3 to 4 days a week. It get's rough doing both at once. A rest day is in order when you feel like that even if you don't think you should be that tired your body is telling you something best thing you can do is listen.
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