You need to hydrate yourself with water and not tea whether you think this had a bearing or not. Your legs felt the way they did because of lack of hydration not because of overuse. You should not have felt the way you did that long.
Trust me ... try hydrating yourself really well and do the same ride at the same pace and you'll experience no leg tiredness several days after the event.
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Fitness Minutes: (13,405) Posts: 43 8/1/08 2:01 P
I don't normally drink the recommended amount of water. I do drink a lot of tea. I think it is just that I really pushed way too hard on that ride. I was on a hybrid trying to keep up with rode bikes. 25.29 miles w/ an avg speed of 13.3. Just beyond my capabilities at this time. Buy hey, thanks for the interest.
OK, here is a question. How long should it take to get your legs back after a long, hard ride (at least for me). I did a group ride Monday and over did it. This is Thursday and my legs still aren't back.
I think the best idea is to ride like a kid ... no goals ... just relax and have fun. Don't worry about cadence, speed, miles, or anything. What could it hurt?
Tonight I took my hybrid out around the neighborhood and on the local trails ... something I hadn't done since winter. No HR monitor; no bike computer; wore tennis shoes instead of cycling shoes (campus pedals); only wore shorts so I wouldn't get sore; otherwise a total Fred.
I just went wandering around ... stopped to talk to some neighbors and got a Coke on the way home. I have no idea how far I went ... I was out for about an hour. No BikeJournal entry for this one.
Edited by: HEYPUTTHATDOWN at: 7/31/2008 (21:14)
I'd rather be sitting on my bike thinking about God than sitting in church thinking about my bike ...
Jim: My recovery rides are slow and short. 30-45 mins generally, an hour tops. I try not to sweat and never use the big ring. If it's hot and you're sweating already, then if you're being passed by little kids on tricycles then that's about right! If you want numbers, I cruise at 28-30kph and race up in the low to mid 30s. Looking back, my recovery rides are in the low 20s, 25kph tops.
In God we trust, all others bring data. - W. Edwards Demings
If God invented marathons to keep people from doing anything more stupid, the triathlon must have taken Him completely by surprise. -P.Z. Pearce
Thanks for researching .... i thought that is what he had said. So no more than an hour and no breaking into a sweat. How to figure out on hot days whether it is weather related or exercise related on the sweating;-) LOL
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That is what I can not remember is how slow and for how long. I find it hard to just do a warm up pace before I go into my work out pace. Warm up pace is usually at 15 mpg and work out pace as fast as I can.
Like you I can not contain myself so I may have to force myself to off days to do recovery rides. But at the same time I want time in the saddle
Generally speaking how long should recovery rides be and at what pace?
For example this week on Sun 22.3 miles @ 18.65 avg speed; Tues 21 miles @19.09 avg speed; Wed 39.17 miles @18.30 avg speed. On Friday I will take off. On Monday we were at a water park so alot of walkiking and steps to climb.
So given the info above what should I aim at doing?
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