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How many days on/off?

phreakphreak Posts: 2,692
edited July 2008 in Road beginners
Since I've started commuting to work it isn't uncommon for me to ride every day of the week, and my legs are beginning to suffer a bit. Is there a general rule for how many days of riding before having a breather? Is one day off a week enough?

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  • redddraggonredddraggon Posts: 10,862
    I used to ride to work everyday, and ride at the weekend.
    I like bikes...

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  • phreakphreak Posts: 2,692
    You must be made of sterner stuff than me :D
  • chuckcorkchuckcork Posts: 1,471
    I used in London to be cycling to work too, where I was only doing 100km a week, and was aching quite a bit more than I do now, riding to work every day still (but with a much longer trip and Sunday rides as well now its 230-360km a week.

    One difference is I'm now taking some protein supplements from Holland & Barrett, Amino 1000, the difference after I started taking them was remarkable. I still feel it of course, mainly on the day I don't usually ride (Saturday) but nowhere near as bad as it was.
    'Twas Mulga Bill, from Eaglehawk, that caught the cycling craze....
  • kafkathedogkafkathedog Posts: 242
    Depends on the person and the length of the commute.

    I would have at least one day off, or failing that leave earlier on a commuting day and ride slower in an easy gear.
  • richaricha Posts: 1,634
    How far is your commute?
    Rich
  • chuckcorkchuckcork Posts: 1,471
    RichA wrote:
    How far is your commute?

    What kind of bike? Lightweight road bike with high pressure tyres, or heavy mountain bike that takes forever to get anywhere?

    What kind of riding? 100% effort, or much less?

    Both will have an impact, as well as how you are dressed, whether you have a recovery drink after (if the ride is long enough) and so on.
    'Twas Mulga Bill, from Eaglehawk, that caught the cycling craze....
  • phreakphreak Posts: 2,692
    It's not a very long commute to be honest, only 7-8km each way but I try and go pretty fast.
  • chuckcorkchuckcork Posts: 1,471
    phreak wrote:
    It's not a very long commute to be honest, only 7-8km each way but I try and go pretty fast.

    Thats about 15 minutes of riding? Not allowing for lights of course....

    If you took it easy you'd probably get there in much the same time, suggest slowing down and doing what you body tells you, taking it easy when tired and spinning instead, and only doing the hard sprints in a 52/12 combination when feeling strong enough for it.
    'Twas Mulga Bill, from Eaglehawk, that caught the cycling craze....
  • incog24incog24 Posts: 549
    chuckcork wrote:
    I
    One difference is I'm now taking some protein supplements from Holland & Barrett, Amino 1000

    Apparently about 10% of H&B products are contaminated with banned substances which has sort of put me off them...
    Racing for Fluid Fin Race Team in 2012 - www.fluidfin.co.uk
  • doyler78doyler78 Posts: 1,951
    incog24 wrote:
    chuckcork wrote:
    I
    One difference is I'm now taking some protein supplements from Holland & Barrett, Amino 1000

    Apparently about 10% of H&B products are contaminated with banned substances which has sort of put me off them...

    :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock:
  • chuckcorkchuckcork Posts: 1,471
    incog24 wrote:
    chuckcork wrote:
    I
    One difference is I'm now taking some protein supplements from Holland & Barrett, Amino 1000

    Apparently about 10% of H&B products are contaminated with banned substances which has sort of put me off them...

    Somewhat ironically I type into Google "Holland Barrett Products Contaminated Amino" and this thread comes up with the first two hits on the search results,now first three I don't doubt after this posting!
    'Twas Mulga Bill, from Eaglehawk, that caught the cycling craze....
  • 5 days a week commuting - about 60 miles a day plus a 50-100miler on sunday. Saturday is restday from the bike.

    Gats
  • incog24incog24 Posts: 549
    chuckcork wrote:
    Somewhat ironically I type into Google "Holland Barrett Products Contaminated Amino" and this thread comes up with the first two hits on the search results,now first three I don't doubt after this posting!

    Yeah I can't find a decent source on the net either. I was told this by my weights coach at uni this year, and I've got every reason to believe him as he competes in the clean weightlifting competitions and so would have lots to lose by getting it wrong. He made it sound basically like you get what you pay for, H&B is cheaper and so quality control is worse.
    Racing for Fluid Fin Race Team in 2012 - www.fluidfin.co.uk
  • incog24incog24 Posts: 549
    Although maybe he was wrong...(I hope so seeing as I've got loads of stuff too!)

    http://www.multipoweruk.com/InformationPage.aspx?PageID=2
    Racing for Fluid Fin Race Team in 2012 - www.fluidfin.co.uk
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