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Rebuilding my stamina

Old 11-11-07, 03:04 AM
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Rebuilding my stamina

I'd love some suggestions. I began riding regularly in April. I started with some shorter 10- to 15-mile rides and gradually built up. In June, I started riding with a local bike group, beginning with their Level 1 and eventually Level 2 rides. By September, I was regularly doing 40- to 50-mile rides twice a week.

Then I got sick with a respiratory virus that has lingered for weeks. It inhibited my breathing, which was exacerbated by the fires we had in Southern California. I've been completely drained. In the last six weeks, I've been on my bike twice -- once for 40 minutes and today, for just over an hour. Not surprisingly, my speed and stamina have taken a huge hit. I averaged just over 14 mph for my moving time (I had built up to a 16-17 mph average before I got sick) and started to tire out after only 10 miles. I don't want to go back to my bike club's rides until I feel like I can keep up, but I would love some suggestions for regaining the stamina I lost.
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Ride with someone slow.
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