how long does it take to lose your fitness….
Due to all this heat I have not ridden for 2 weeks and have found it really hard to get back on pace.
Before my break I had just pulled 700+ miles in a month (offroad) and did my first century with ease, yesterday I did my short 15 mile loop and was 4 minutes off my pace which wasn’t too bad but slogging up the long climbs on my SS which I normally fly up I was getting very slightly out of breath 🙁
sucks manPosted 4 years agoDracSubscriber
Your not really going to loose it in 2 weeks you may drop a little but you’ll not be at the point of pushing up the hills. Even myself who barely ride these days have noticed just by riding almost once a month 😳 and managing twice this month I’ve noticed an improvement. I know if I was to stick in I’d get a reasonable base within a few weeks.
Coped with almost 4k feet of climbing in about 23 miles on Friday there was a few silly steep sections that I know have done in the past I had to push on though which is frustrating.Posted 4 years agoKevaMember
everybody is different and it depends on the level of fitness you have in the first place. I’ve been for months in the past taking hardly any physical exercise then when I get back on the bike I’m all of ten minutes slower over say a 15mile cross country ride. Building quick recovery times back up definitley takes more than a few weeks though.Posted 4 years agojamesoSubscriber
The longer you take to build fitness, the slower you lose it. What you lose over a few weeks is some cardio capacity or top-end ability, but leg strength tends to remain for longer. If you have good base-miles fitness your ability to ride a century etc won’t fade that fast at all, but your pop up the hills may feel lacking, that’s more about the mystery of form than fitness I think?Posted 4 years ago
If you ride a lot, a week or 2 rest can do wonders. Much depends on what you call fitness – 2 hr XC pace or 12hr+ endurance pace.oldgitMember
Depends. After a week off from hard riding I was stronger.
Two weeks off, IME takes a few steady and one hard ride to get it back.
Also depends what you do in the weeks off, putting on a few pounds will set you back loads.
10/20/30/40 years of cycling isn’t going to just disappear.
Edit; I notice that some of my ex club mates go on a training bender after being on holiday/drinking/eating bender. They put on a few pounds and plan silly training schedules to loose it again, schedules they can’t keep and end up ****ing themselves.Posted 4 years ago
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