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Bruce Hendler of PezCycling News wrote this article for the Active Cyclist. I think all athletes stress over these questions regardless whether they run, bike, swim, etc.

1. What is the meaning of break and how long should it be? Unless you are totally spent and over-trained, the body does not need that much time to recover. Most athletes can take 4-6 days off the bike and feel pretty good.
Mentally? It takes different people different amounts of time. YOU need to be honest with yourself. When you mentally are ready to give 100% at every workout, you are ready to go. If it takes you a month to recover your mental toughness, take 5-6 weeks off.
Have blood work done once a year just to make sure everything is ok. You may feel fine but but some blood components may be out of range and for the most part R E S T will get them back into the proper ranges.

2. What activities should I do when not cycling (training)?
Whatever you choose to do try to be consistent in doing it, to gain any benefits. Yoga and pilates are good choices if you can handle them.

3. Weight training or not?
If it works for then, continue to do it. Often athletes develop dominant muscles as the large muscles are used more. Small muscles get smaller when they are ignored. Try to keep everything balanced.
Primarily, offseason is a time to review the previous year, plan the upcoming year and focus on fitness goals that are difficult to do when you are racing every weekend. A balanced lifestyle and doing other activities to help achieve this goal is what healthy living is all about.
It is OK not to be 100% at the top of your game all the time. It's OK to detrain, take a break, do something else, and give yourself a break.




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