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Is it just bio-rhythms?

Old 06-07-08, 10:01 PM
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Is it just bio-rhythms?

Jeez, I've been feeling good lately. Stronger, better. I survived the Davis Double Century. I did a century last weekend with almost 9000 feet of climbing.

Today I went out for a short 30 miler with my wife and felt like mud, or glue. I was just weak. Really weak.
So much that I came home after 20 and sent her on without me.

Is it just being 54? Is there anything to bio-rhythms? Could it be I'm very stressed this week (major work report due, giant thesis proposal presentation Monday)??

Whine whine whine.

Here's hoping Sunday is much better. I have important, paid-for riding plans.

Are you'all more up and down then you were in your... how to say it... younger days?

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Old 06-07-08, 10:10 PM
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For me stress will wear me down more than anything.
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Old 06-07-08, 10:14 PM
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I had a similar experience Friday. My legs felt like rubber. On the way home my ride takes me up the famous (infamous?) Doylestown hill which I usually handle with ease. Friday I had to stop half way up in a shady spot to gather my thoughts, shake my legs etc. Limping into Doylestown I had a energy bar which helped slightly. Felt like I was bonking. Seven agonizing miles later and I was finally home with a paltry total of 36 miles.

I'm hoping it's a bio-rhythms thing and nothing more. Perhaps you and I are on the same bio-rhythm curve.
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Old 06-07-08, 10:16 PM
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Might be biorythms. No matter what happens, my Russian-born wife says, "It is for balance"
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Old 06-07-08, 10:18 PM
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Originally Posted by Louis View Post
I had a similar experience Friday. My legs felt like rubber. On the way home my ride takes me up the famous (infamous?) Doylestown hill which I usually handle with ease. Friday I had to stop half way up in a shady spot to gather my thoughts, shake my legs etc. Limping into Doylestown I had a energy bar which helped slightly. Felt like I was bonking. Seven agonizing miles later and I was finally home with a paltry total of 36 miles.

I'm hoping it's a bio-rhythms thing and nothing more. Perhaps you and I are on the same bio-rhythm curve.
Let's speak no more of it
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Dude, you're friggin' 54, you've racked up some impressive mileage in wicked conditions, and you're tired one day...give yourself a break. It's okay. Take a nap and all will be right with the world.

Oh, and look for a burst of energy post-thesis and -report. You'll be fine.

I know what you mean, all kidding aside. After last week's time trial I was grateful to take a couple days off the bike. Pardon my sweeping generalization, but we 50+ can focus on a goal and step up when we need to; we just have to respect that our recovery my take a wee bit longer than those half our ages.

Hope you get that CCC mojo back soon.
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Old 06-07-08, 10:21 PM
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You might want to check your mood ring.

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Old 06-07-08, 10:23 PM
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"Bio-rhythms" sounds too complicated.
Hell.. It made my head hurt just typing it.
How 'bout you just need a bit more recovery time now and then?
Happens to me once in awhile. Bike doesn't seem to want to move.
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Old 06-07-08, 10:30 PM
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This must be the first time I've heard the term bio-rhythms in 10 years. Had forgotten all about those things.
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Old 06-08-08, 04:43 AM
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This happens to me as well - it is usually when I am tired, been riding too much.
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Just part of the recovery process my cycling friend......are you taking any R4 or equivalent post ride by chance? I'm a big believer in doing something to assist with recovery. I'm seeing some very positive results.

Also-as you know hydration and rest make a huge difference as well. Have you been drinking and sleeping well**********?
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Thanks all. Sunday and I'm back to my olds self. I did a climbing and descending class with VeloGirls (they let guys into some classes) and had a blast. Maybe I needed a down day to have today be an up day.
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The same thing happens to me. I've learned to just push through it, no matter how slow I have to go. I think it has something to do with lunar cycles - or old age...
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Originally Posted by cccorlew View Post
Thanks all. Sunday and I'm back to my olds self. I did a climbing and descending class with VeloGirls (they let guys into some classes) and had a blast. Maybe I needed a down day to have today be an up day.
Glad to hear.
As a last resort, you could painstakingly chart these rhythms and cross reference them with other potential factors, but then you'd have to grow a beard and ride a recumbent.
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Old 06-08-08, 07:47 PM
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Same here. I've been having some days that I don't feel like I have any power at all. Sometimes it seems like I am 20-30 miles into a ride before I feel like riding. Lotta job related stress these days. Like Rober said, I just push through it and hope it will get better.

I've had a slow start this year (until the last couple of weeks) and figure part of it is my brain wanting to pick up where I left off late last year and my body rebelling at the thought.
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Originally Posted by speedlever View Post
Same here. I've been having some days that I don't feel like I have any power at all. Sometimes it seems like I am 20-30 miles into a ride before I feel like riding. Lotta job related stress these days. Like Rober said, I just push through it and hope it will get better.

I've had a slow start this year (until the last couple of weeks) and figure part of it is my brain wanting to pick up where I left off late last year and my body rebelling at the thought.
This is so true.
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