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Depending on the ride, how many days do you rest, if at all?

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Depending on the ride, how many days do you rest, if at all?

Old 08-02-11, 03:40 AM
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Depending on the ride, how many days do you rest, if at all?

Do you guys need to take a day or 2 to recover or can you do 3 or 4 hard days of riding, then just take a day off then get right back to it?

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Old 08-02-11, 05:04 AM
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As always, depends.

Depends on the definition of hard - I had days when I'd do a 40k TT (or equivalent training), shower, and head straight to work (physical work - waitressing). Or two hours of climbing steep mountains before a shift.

I regularly mix my other workouts into my daily routine - running and swimming between work and friends - day in day out, and commuting solely by bike doesn't leave much rest-time for the legs either. Occasionally I'll take a proper legs-up-aircon-on day off, but I usually go for a week or two in a row without rest.
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I typically have two relatively hard and fast group rides a week, on Tuesday and Thursday. I used to ride Monday's and Wednesday's as well, but have discovered that I ride better having rested the days before, on Monday and Wednesday.

These are evening rides and I work a 9-5 running around the majority of the day.
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Depends on how much you ride; I usually do seven days a week, easy Mon and Fri, hard club racing Tues Weds Thurs. Then either a hard club race on Sat or a 100k/200k ride, and/or then a 100k/200k on Sunday. Of course, there's often something that breaks it up, so I really end up mostly with six days a week. Sometimes nobody's doing anything on Sunday, or I skip the Friday ride and go to work early, etc.

Eventually I get 'enforced rest' like a cold, a blizzard happens, travel, extra work hours or whatever so I just wait for that to get longer rest. I know it'll happen so I don't stress about it.
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I'll usually ride 3-4 days and then take a day off. Nothing to do with how hard I ride or how long. It just seems to work well for me to do that. I found if I ride 5-6 days in a row, by that last day I'm getting pretty low on energy so decided the 3-4 days on - 1 day off was the best thing for me.
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I usually ride every day except Sunday, no matter of how hard I worked the previous day. I have a background with rowing and "rest" was not in our dictionary haha.
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I ride every day I can and let life decide when my rest days are. I could use less rest days.
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I ride Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Rest Monday and do "Insanity" Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday before work.
I like the mix and the "Insanity" really helps my core strength.
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I usually take a rest day each week mostly because I don't have enough time to ride every day.
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right now I'm coaching my sons football teams... I come home from work and go to practice til 8p each night... and I'm friggin exhausted... I've only been riding once per week lately and it sux... so i'm trying to make that one ride a longer one... 20+ or so... going to try a 40ish run this coming weekend with a friend and if we can get some heat to back off a little i'm going to try doing some early morning rides before work, short stuff though, probably nothing more than 10 until the weekends for my one long ride... need to get back to doing 4-5 days per week minimum, even if they are short runs
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Is cycling unique in the sense that rest is not mandatory like going to the gym is? My legs feel like they need recovering after so much climbing. Keep in mind I'm only a few weeks in.
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Originally Posted by mooska View Post
Is cycling unique in the sense that rest is not mandatory like going to the gym is? My legs feel like they need recovering after so much climbing. Keep in mind I'm only a few weeks in.
I'm only a couple months in and I find that if I'm off for more than a few days I pay for it, a week off can be downright dread inducing... I prefer every day for shorter fitness rides (up to about 10mi) and every couple days if I'm pushing longer (not necessarily faster) rides... play with it until you find your best method... either way though, just getting miles is going to help...
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For me it depends on the training program. If I'm closer to race week, then yes, I'll take a rest day two days before the race itself and then just spin lightly the day before. If there's no immediate race weekend and the training regimen is two or three weeks long, then I'll schedule rest days in the program. Rest goes hand in hand with nutrition for me; both support my training and goals and both are important.
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I don't have a program or regime, but I have noticed that when I take a day off after a long ride, I often feel stronger than usual on the next ride. It's more enjoyable than trying to hit it every day. I try to find other ways to exercise on my "off" days--something involving different muscle groups.
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Would something like Powerbar High Intensity or Sportlegs help me recover better? Right now I'm just filling up on carbs before I ride and getting enough protein after to rebuild the muscle. I just got Accelerade in today, but I doubt that does any miracles.
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It really woouldn't make much of a difference.

For example of a week with multiple hard days in a row, I'm doing (or was supposed to before i crashed) the tuesday night training crit, a sprint workout and then a weekly tt (twice), all in a row (day wise not one day) in that order.
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Its more ideal to go out for an easy spin (high candence) ride than take the day completely off. However here and there your going to have to take days off, I find if I do, I will do that easy spin the day before I know I'm going put for a hard ride. Makes a huge difference.
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