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Old 03-11-17, 02:18 PM
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how often do you rest?

How often do you guys take a rest day per week?

I try to cycle 1 - 2 hours every day if I can but I'm wondering if I will eventually overtrain.
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My biking days are Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Really have no desire to kit up and get out more. Today was 165 miles so that will do fine until Tuesday.
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It depends, I used to commute daily, plus did a long sport/pleasure ride most Sundays, leaving only One rest day, and even then, I'd be doing some errands by bike, so Zero.

However, I did notice that I'd often fade by the end of the week.

Now, I'm not working, and other than some local errands, only riding 2-3 days per week.

FWIW - on multi week tours, I don't plan any rest days, but may take them as the mood strikes. Not as much to have a rest day, a to hang around someplace interesting a bit longer, or avoid bucking bad weather.
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Man you guys put down some serious mileage
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Originally Posted by nicetry
Man you guys put down some serious mileage
Not me! My goal is two rides per week- 50 to 60 miles. Too busy (and lazy) for more than that. I try not to force myself to be miserable.
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I usually need a day or two off after rides of 30-60 miles. Bum neck (permanently damaged C2) and exhaustion from Hashimoto's disease conspire to force rest days.

I could probably manage 10 miles every day, but that same ol' route gets boring. I usually join a group ride about once a week, including the round trip riding to and from, which stretches out to around 45-60 miles.

I took Thursday and Friday off after a long ride Wednesday. Planning to stretch my legs this afternoon, just 10-15 miles. Maybe a longer ride Sunday.

Overall I'm satisfied with gradual improvements in conditioning. When I resumed cycling in 2015 I was lucky to make it 3 miles, stopping every 400 yards to catch my breath. Took several months to manage 10-20 miles fairly easily.
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I'm Resting Right now. Next i'm riding down the street to my favorite Bar..




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Originally Posted by OldTryGuy
My biking days are Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Really have no desire to kit up and get out more. Today was 165 miles so that will do fine until Tuesday.
Just have to ask. Where do you live and how do you find that much free time?
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I do 40-50 miles a day, unless the weather gets really wet. Means in reality I prolly ride that 40-50 miles 4x a week on average. I ride primarily for fitness, and also run, so am doing something workout related most days of the week.
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Just have to ask. Where do you live and how do you find that much free time?
SW FL, Rotonda West area and retired so with OK from the BOSS Lady I can do whatever
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My weeks look something like ...

Saturday -- long ride (100 km, 160 km, 200 km) ... or shorter, hillier rides to work on climbing skills.

Sunday -- shorter ride (40-60 km)

Monday - Friday -- 1-3 really short rides (10-27 km) + lots of stairs + lots of walking


About 1 out of every 4 weekends we'll take it easier than that.

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SW FL, Rotonda West area and retired so with OK from the BOSS Lady I can do whatever
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When my season starts, I ride 5 days, 1-2 hrs. Depending on my status, at least 1 day is in the hills and maybe 2, for a hard workout. KB
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200 miles a week. The trick is in moderating intensity and scheduling rest days so I don't blow myself up. I try to fit it at least one dat a week where I stay off the bike entirely.

Then I went and broke my right hand, so I'm looking at plenty of rest days.
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It depends on your goals. When I was racing Cat 1 it varied with lots of rest days (and weeks) off during winter, one or two per week leading in to spring and few to none during the season though we'd have easy days where we'd ride 30 or 40 miles at a fairly easy pace and would often take a day or two after a big race.

These days my upright Workcycles Opafiets is my primary transportation so the only rest days are those when I don't go somewhere.
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I'm 72 and try to ride every other day, but life seems to interfere with my schedule a lot.
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It's not really about miles, but intensity.

If you go moderately hard everyday, you could get worn down...but if you have some days in which you just get out and spin your legs for 69-90 mins, you'll be fine.

In Le Tour, riders will take a 2-3 hour ride on their "rest day", but the intensity is so much less than a 4-5 hour race stage that it actually helps them recover.
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It depends.

Are you still under 30?
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A lot of good replies

^^I'm 26
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Are you actually "training" or just like to ride?
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Originally Posted by nicetry
How often do you guys take a rest day per week?

I try to cycle 1 - 2 hours every day if I can but I'm wondering if I will eventually overtrain.
Yes, you will surely Die, and your blood will be on your own head.

Only joking

But I did know a guy who's heart literally blew up pushing up a mountain one day. He was super fit too. Knew another that died when he lost control in a tricky section of urban steel and concrete at the end of grueling ride.

I like the thought that I will be able to ride next week, and next month and next year. I have the long term perspective that often only seems to come with age. So now I push myself, but not too far, and I try to make sure the end of my ride is as free of obstacles as practical.
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I commute everyday and usually take a long ride on a weekend day. That leaves one day on a weekend when I don't ride, but I don't call that a rest day. It's the day I work my butt off getting all of my chores done that I neglected on my riding days.
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The weather dictates my off days. If its freezing cold or pouring down rain I stay inside and ride the indoor bike or lounge around. Other than that if the weather is good I'm riding. I work a 6am to 2pm shift so I can get out easy. My goal is 150 miles per week. My days off are my long ride days and work days are 25+ mile days. Now that we just changed times it will be easier for me to get my miles in a few days.
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Lol, too darn much lately. A friend and I were griping about how that now the time has changed group rides are back and we are going to have to get our fat butts out and suffer off the back for a minute.
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