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Old 04-05-18, 12:21 PM
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Avoiding Burnout

Today I am shot. Some days I really feel 50 years old I know if I donít ride today I will have a much better ride tomorrow. I got my work finished so I will crank up some AC/DC and relax.
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I have to remind myself of my goals on training rides. If it's switching between sitting and standing to climb and maintain a steady speed on hills -- like Thursday -- I have to remind myself to ignore that sweet tailwind and not go for new Strava PRs at every opportunity (already did that this week anyway). If it's FTP, keep it steady and resist the temptation to max out on sprints and climbs. If it's chasing Strava segments, ease back and save some between segments.

And at 60, I'm not doing interval training more than once a week now. Overdid it last summer and while I saw improvements for awhile it caught up with me and I went into burnout for a few months and had a hard time recovering. I also wasn't watching my diet carefully and was in calorie and protein deficit. To some extent I was lucky to get sick with flu in January and was forced to rest and ride only casually a couple of times a week.

I'm also walking more to stretch the legs and give the other stuff a chance to rest. I hardly ever actually feel like working out so most days I just get on the bike, warm up gradually for 15-30 minutes and then decide whether it's a workout ride or just loafing and enjoying the ride.
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I’m low tech I use a Cat Eye Velo 7 but I always have a decent map. I do use a Garmin when I am out hiking in Big Bend NP. I love riding Rails To Trails did Katy. GAP&C/O and the Mickelson Trail last summer. I read and listen to what you have to say being 10 years older than me with due respect. Taking is easy today and back at it tomorrow.
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I don't even have a basic bike computer. I probably should get one for the road bike. I do carry a phone with Strava and maybe a couple other apps running, but that's all.

I just go by feel after developing a flexible plan for the ride. I check the weather, especially the wind, choose a route that suits the conditions, warm up, see how the joints feel, then either stick with the basic plan (climbs/sprints one day, consistent sustained effort another day, etc.), or modify the plan if it seems like improvising works out better.

My cadence is pretty much like clockwork, 90 rpm in most conditions. Just feels natural. So I don't really need a meter to tell me that. Occasionally I'll deliberately work on mashing in a higher gear and lower cadence, or spinning as fast as I can -- usually on downhill blasts.

When I feel like I need a leisurely ride without a plan, I switch to the hybrid. The whole vibe of riding the hybrid lends itself to relaxing. And I try to join friends for casual rides a few times a month, usually 30-40 miles, so it works out well. My training rides on the road bike are usually solo, so the group rides are a nice change of pace. I'd get bored and burned out if I did all one or the other.
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61 here. Started riding serious last year. Was a slow runner and a bit of a gym slob prior. Am a highly consistent D grouper (lol). I have a low end bike computer with a HR monitor...for me, I watch and try to maintain HR and cadence, the time from point A to B is not a factor. This year I'm working on my "stand to climb" as that looks to me to be where I can make the most gain, if any.. If I'm burned out for the day, I go home or don't ride. There have been times when hitting the wall that it was just too high. Note, in my case, I can burn myself out on any ride by pushing to hard the first ten miles...it takes that long for my metabolism to fall into long haul let's work mode. Nutrition and hydration are key to the feel good as well. AC/DC...relax? C'mon man, where's the Barry Manilow? Lol. Keep smiling.
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