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Keeping volume the same but reducing the number of days one rides

Old 06-20-16, 04:38 PM
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Keeping volume the same but reducing the number of days one rides

So lately I've been toying with the idea of keeping my volume consistent but reducing the number of days I ride. When Im not on a rest week, it's typically 250-330 miles and 12-18 hours with Mondays and Fridays easy.

I've been thinking of changing it to Sunday and Monday off but riding tues-sat without the Friday rest day.

Do you think this might be a good idea? I feel like I will get really good recovery each week. Saturdays are usually long, between 70-130 miles. At least I could really dump it all out on Sat and not have to worry about rolling for two more days.
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More recovery is always better for your body and mental. I hope the 18 hrs rides are moderate and not hard
How about riding on Monday and taking Wednesday & Friday off?
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I've experimented with this a few times and it always works great.

I used to ride every day, usually 2-3 hours with the occasional 0.75-1 hour "recovery day." A lot of the time I felt tired and fatigued. I would keep this up until I felt exhausted off the bike as well and then basically be forced to take a week off.

Last year I started adding in more rest days and keeping the volume the same. This culminated in 1-2 hours on Tues/Weds each and then 9 hours on Saturday. I felt good on all my rides and had more time during the week to do other things, as well as being able to ride further afield and see different things and ride different roads. When I was riding everyday my rides were 95% the same since it's easy to eat up all the roads within 3 hours.

The only issue I have had is that since cycling is the only hobby I really like I get bored and start riding more often for less time and mess it up.
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