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How do you feel after a ride?

Old 04-09-11, 10:43 PM
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How do you feel after a ride?

Last Saturday I did a 37 mile ride and felt great at the end of the ride. It vitalized me and I had a ton of energy to work on the house when I got home.

Today I did a 45 mile ride and my butt was kicked. I went home and fell a sleep for several hours and as I am writing this I am still physically exhausted.

I am finding it difficult to predicted how a ride is going to affect me. I think the main difference in today's ride is that there were really strong head winds and this ride had a lot more climbing.

I am wondering if I ate more during the ride or took Goo with me would I have finished with more energy?
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Old 04-09-11, 10:49 PM
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You sound like you bonked a bit.
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Old 04-09-11, 11:39 PM
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Food, drink and even proper clothing will all play a part in your recovery. Also if on this windy day that you rode in to tall of a gear will also tend to wear you out and mentally will bring you down to, and rain as well.
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I did 50 miles about a month ago and felt like I was hit by a train. Two weeks later I did a century and felt great. Did 42 last weekend and had to take a nap afterward.
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Old 04-09-11, 11:47 PM
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i hate feeling like i wasted my time by feeling all fresh. i know there is the whole "junk miles" discussion but i feel much better after a good long ride and i know it does my body a lot of good. i measure my blood pressure before and after and a long time after a ride. a long ride reduces my blood pressure for up to 3 days.
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Yeah, I didn't wear proper clothing. The day started out cold and I expected it would warm up but it didn't. A heavier jacket and full gloves would have helped and I had them in the car but I would get too hot.

The head wind was really strong. I hill I typically ride down at 36 MPH just coasting, I was only hitting 24 MPH.

I do think I probably bonked. I drank two bottles on the ride but didn't take any food with me, next time I will.
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Old 04-09-11, 11:50 PM
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Originally Posted by pgjackson View Post
I did 50 miles about a month ago and felt like I was hit by a train.
This is a good description. This is how I felt today. I finished the ride about 8 hours ago and still feel wiped out.
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Old 04-09-11, 11:58 PM
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This is a good description. This is how I felt today. I finished the ride about 8 hours ago and still feel wiped out.
going to sleep may help
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Old 04-10-11, 12:29 AM
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Biggest effect must be lack of recovery between the rides. I´m sure your body still had to recover from the last run, thus your physicall reaction will be in addition to the last one. Prepare your body after ALL runs, even if you feel lika a king of the hill. Never neglect food and drink + other nourishment of your preference after practice. Vary your training. Dont ride on top of your prestanda all the time.
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I am usually tired after all non-recovery rides. After intervals, I am wasted - if possible, I take my recovery shake, walk down to the beach and laze around in the water for 15-20 min with my dogs before doing anything else. That helps.
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After mile 30 or so my soft parts ache really bad. I've tried adjusting my saddle and bought some Canari bicycle shorts but none of that helps. Maybe my anatomy is out of whack but it seems alot of my weight is not on my sit bones but on the parts in between.

Other than that my legs get weaker on climbs towards the end of my long(er) rides.
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Originally Posted by guadzilla View Post
I am usually tired after all non-recovery rides. After intervals, I am wasted - if possible, I take my recovery shake, walk down to the beach and laze around in the water for 15-20 min with my dogs before doing anything else. That helps.
I´m sure it does! Sounds to say the least, nice....
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Old 04-10-11, 06:17 AM
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For me there are mental as well as physical aspects that seem to affect post-ride status, but I find I'm more energized at the end of a ride if I can keep my HR below Zone 3 for most of that ride. Some days it's just not possible for me to do that, and I really feel the toll of that effort afterwards. I'm trying to find a climbing technique that keeps me below Z4, but am not having much luck so far.

Food is important. I forgot to bring any yesterday and was really wanting something into the second hour. I managed o.k. because it was a three hour ride, but not having food was a mistake.
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I´m sure it does! Sounds to say the least, nice....
That's what motivates me, especially when i am doing intervals on the trainer. Certainly cant complain
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I'm glad someone else experiences this, and I've been trying to figure out why the same ride can be hard one day and easy another.

One of my theories is that if you're kind of tired when you start the ride, you don't push yourself so hard, and you sit back on the saddle more. This results in discomfort, which can be perceived as fatigue. The same can happen when riding with a slower rider.

My butt was sore on a recent ride, and I noticed that every time I stood up and rode, I felt less tired.

Another theory is that sometimes I haven't gotten enough rest from previous days' exercise.

I've had tiring rides even after getting plenty of sleep, having a good breakfast, and eating and drinking during the ride, so there's more to the cause than that.

Maybe my anatomy is out of whack but it seems alot of my weight is not on my sit bones but on the parts in between.
You can try tilting the nose of your saddle down a small amount.
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Did you mess with either your bike or body position or both?
Did you ride with greater effort on either ride?
Did you get more sleep?
Hydrated more?
Under stress?

The difference between 37 and 45 miles and effort could be what did it. If I have to battle winds early in the ride and then I try and ride harder, I am shot.
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It depends. Every ride is different, an autonomous masterpiece.
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Yeah, my condition at the end of a ride can be across the board, too. My favorite is when I feel invigorated but my legs scream when I go up or down stairs - this happens more often than not, recently.
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You probably started with a lower tank. That and 45mi + wind + climbing is much harder than 37mi. I doubt that what you eat on a 2-3 hr ride would make that much of a difference to help you feel better at the end and post ride. I'm not saying it won't help at all but if you start low on fuel then eating during a ride will not top you off.
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A lot has to do with where your glycogen levels are at the end of the ride. If you eat 35 gms of carbs or so every hour and keep hydrated during a long ride, it'll help keep your energy levels up at the end.
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Originally Posted by Trouble View Post
Did you mess with either your bike or body position or both?
Did you ride with greater effort on either ride?
Did you get more sleep?
Hydrated more?
Under stress?

The difference between 37 and 45 miles and effort could be what did it. If I have to battle winds early in the ride and then I try and ride harder, I am shot.
Nothing really changed. My stress level is higher this week than last, but the big differences are with the two rides. Yesterday's ride was harder, colder, windier and a lot more climbing. After a good night's sleep, I am feeling much better.
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Originally Posted by Looigi View Post
A lot has to do with where your glycogen levels are at the end of the ride. If you eat 35 gms of carbs or so every hour and keep hydrated during a long ride, it'll help keep your energy levels up at the end.
Thanks, this might do the the trick. Now, I just need to find a good source of glycogen that I can carry with me. I can set my bike computer to notify me when it is time to take it.
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