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Old 09-29-13, 01:47 PM   #1
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Keeping loose on breaks. Breaks for how long? Any advice?

On metric century rides I do, I usually take two or three 10 minute breaks along the way.
Sometimes I feel slower when starting up again, and me knees feel a little tight.

Any way to keep loose while on breaks?

Are longer breaks ok? Or does that make things worse? Maybe not resting enough?
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Doesn't seem to make a lot of difference to me on the riding part of it. Long breaks make you finish the day later is all.
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Yes, many people stiffen up on breaks. The blood leaves your legs, etc. You can either accept it or take shorter breaks. I try not to take a break any longer than necessary. When I get close to the stop, I make a prioritized list of the things I need to do and then leave when I feel I need to. But maybe every 8 hours I'll take a much longer break, maybe 20 minutes, to give my body time to recharge a little after eating.
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I used to only take short breaks. Now I accept that I'm going to have to warm up again after a break. Spin a little and everything is fine again. On the 1200 I did this year, by the last day I had to warm up if I coasted.
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I take 5 min for every 30mi (no clue what that is in metric) or so. The caveat to that is that I a) take electrolytes at the breaks and b) don't sit still. When I stop for a bit, I kind of just walk in a small circle or pace back and forth, so I'm at least doing something with the legs for that 5 min. My breaks are less for being tired and more for getting my sore backside out of the saddle for 5 min.

Plus, riding in Eastern NC, breaks for photo ops are always a good idea, because it's beautiful here!!
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For breaks, my big thing is I never sit, I stay standing and feel my legs don't get as tight when they're not unmoving with weight on your butt in a 90 deg position. While it may be annoying and sitting sounds so good, I use this when I played soccer, on backpacking and hiking trips and cycling (centuries, etc). This helps me from getting as tight, but I will still be tight. For cycling, go a few gears easier, spin faster and get everything loose and warmed up and then get back down to your normal cadence after a few minutes...
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I like to keep moving on my breaks. Some light stretching and just walking around a bit helps. I still take a few minutes to get back up to pace once I'm on the bike again. I've learned to expect it and plan for it when estimating my overall time. Five minutes is about all I spend on a break, longer doesn't seem to help unless you are talking about the time for a sit-down lunch, but that's more day touring than century.
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