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    Default How seriously do you take easy on a rest day?

    I'm thinking mostly about stuff like stairs. I try to do them as much as I can, but after a fairly busy weekend my legs were feeling it today (Monday) so instead of doing the three flights up to my office I took the elevator.

    Your thoughts?

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    Default Re: How seriously do you take easy on a rest day?

    I don't ride; or I do 1 hr zone 1; or I just ride 2 hrs at the bottom of zone 2 for a couple of days until I feel good again.

    Don't limit your daily activity to recover. Don't be that guy, the guy with the compression socks on at work and who worries about how many TSS cutting the grass should count for. None of us are really training so much as to need to do more than just take it easy on the bike for a day or two.

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    Default Re: How seriously do you take easy on a rest day?

    If you are not recovering from the weekend than running stairs is not your in season friend.

    I TOTALLY get using stairs at work so why not slow it down on mondays eh?

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    Live your life.
    Do what feels right.





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    Quote Originally Posted by Hellafab View Post
    if your racing, ask your coach. if not, just do what makes you smile.
    Customer of mine is one of the few responsible for bringing Hostess back to life. He's given me a lot of cases of various goodies that I pass on to others. Most recently, he gave me some strawberry-cream Twinkies. OMG. I had one. Big smile.
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    Quote Originally Posted by -Dustin View Post
    Customer of mine is one of the few responsible for bringing Hostess back to life. He's given me a lot of cases of various goodies that I pass on to others. Most recently, he gave me some strawberry-cream Twinkies. OMG. I had one. Big smile.
    as long as it doesnt turn into that white fluff on the goopy thing in the middle in a jersey pocket you've got a winner.


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    Default Re: How seriously do you take easy on a rest day?

    Just my opinion/feeling, a little exercising always helps to recover, whether it's from an effort or an injury. Nothing worse than doing a hard training or a race and jump on the bike after 48 hours of complete inactivity.
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by -Dustin View Post
    Customer of mine is one of the few responsible for bringing Hostess back to life. He's given me a lot of cases of various goodies that I pass on to others. Most recently, he gave me some strawberry-cream Twinkies. OMG. I had one. Big smile.
    And you're not sharing? Bastard.
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    Default Re: How seriously do you take easy on a rest day?

    I like using Mondays after a hard weekend to not get in kit and stay away from the bike, other than a short commute.

    What I do like doing on rest days is go for a nice long walk at a quick pace at 15 minute/mile (1 mile at lunch, 2-3 miles after work). Some core stuff, like pushups, pullups. Sometimes I am so thrashed on Monday that I can't even muster the energy to do anything other than walking at a slow pace. That's a good feeling.
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by kentinmania View Post
    Nothing worse than doing a hard training or a race and jump on the bike after 48 hours of complete inactivity.
    Not for everyone. I usually have good power after two days rest. Experiment to see what works.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Todd Mosley View Post
    Not for everyone. I usually have good power after two days rest. Experiment to see what works.
    Yep. I've done it both ways many times. 2 days after a hard race I've never felt markedly better if I don't ride the day following the race or if I do an easy spin. Personally I give an small edge to doing nothing, but it might be a different story if you're in the 15+ hours per week range. However I have found that if you do an easy spin that turns into something less than easy or less than short it can easily be detrimental to your recovery. Whatever you do, if you truly went HARD (extended periods above FTP), try to do a cooldown within 15 or 20 minutes of the end of the race.
     

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    Default Re: How seriously do you take easy on a rest day?

    This:
    Quote Originally Posted by BSUdude View Post
    ...it might be a different story if you're in the 15+ hours per week range...
    If you're used to training a lot, a day off the bike weirds out your body. I often do an easy hour on the MUT, which is about 15 mph and 140w.
     

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    Default Re: How seriously do you take easy on a rest day?

    Nothing makes me feel like crap more than a day completely off the bike. If I take Monday off, Tuesday is truly miserable. I need to get out for a small spin (~50% FTP, 45-60min) or a short jog or else I'm stiff and my energy systems just don't engage.

    For what it's worth, that's at 17-20hr/wk training time on the bike + an additional 3-4hr focused strength/core/flexibility work.
    "Do you want ants? Because that's how you get ants."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Octave View Post
    Nothing makes me feel like crap more than a day completely off the bike. If I take Monday off, Tuesday is truly miserable. I need to get out for a small spin (~50% FTP, 45-60min) or a short jog or else I'm stiff and my energy systems just don't engage.

    For what it's worth, that's at 17-20hr/wk training time on the bike + an additional 3-4hr focused strength/core/flexibility work.
    Ditto for me even at 12 hrs. Maybe it's age related -- turning 52 in a few months.
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    Quote Originally Posted by David Tollefson View Post
    Ditto for me even at 12 hrs. Maybe it's age related -- turning 52 in a few months.
    I'm 27..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Octave View Post
    I'm 27..
    One foot in the grave, man... ;^)
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    Default Re: How seriously do you take easy on a rest day?

    Quote Originally Posted by Octave View Post
    I'm 27..
    Yup, half-way to death.

    And David is in that statistically challenged group that has outlasted your life expectancy so he is now projected to live into his 90's.
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