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Not ridden for 7 months - feels tough!

bluedoggybluedoggy Posts: 284
edited January 2015 in Road general
After 7 months out of the seat i finally got back on to the road. Wow - those same gradients felt hard! I had to get off the bike and walk half way up the hill! It wasn't even a steep hill just a long winding one. I did have a different bike this time round so maybe that had some effect as i wasn't used to it.Plus i've added 8 pounds to my weight which hasn't helped. Thats one thing i've noticed is that if i don't ride and eat well the fat comes back quick! Is this normal? How long will it take me to get back into the rhythm?
Wilier cento uno.

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  • FitzMFitzM Posts: 232
    edited January 2015
    Bluedoggy wrote:
    After 7 months out of the seat i finally got back on to the road. Wow - those same gradients felt hard! I had to get off the bike and walk half way up the hill! It wasn't even a steep hill just a long winding one. I did have a different bike this time round so maybe that had some effect as i wasn't used to it.Plus i've added 8 pounds to my weight which hasn't helped. Thats one thing i've noticed is that if i don't ride and eat well the fat comes back quick! Is this normal? How long will it take me to get back into the rhythm?


    Years probably if you get off and walk :shock: Did you leave the bike?

    I went about 5yrs without turning a pedal but the fitness will come back if you stick at it. :)
    Klein Quantum, Cervelo Soloist Team, Boardman SLR 9.0S, Boardman SLS 9.8, Kinesis Racelight 4S, DengFu FM028
  • The good news is that when you're starting from a relatively low level of fitness, you'll notice big gains quite quickly, especially if you've cycled a lot previously. It's dispiriting to feel you've 'lost' fitness but it will return.
  • bluedoggybluedoggy Posts: 284
    I did manage too push the bike up the hill:)
    I just didn't have any strength in my legs at all.
    I did commute 30 miles a day 4 times a week for two years. Ended up being reasonably fit. Maybe it was just a bad day.
    Wilier cento uno.
  • FitzMFitzM Posts: 232
    Bluedoggy wrote:
    I did manage too push the bike up the hill:)
    I just didn't have any strength in my legs at all.
    I did commute 30 miles a day 4 times a week for two years. Ended up being reasonably fit. Maybe it was just a bad day.

    Good man, it would have been a shame to have left the bike on the hill :)

    Your strength will come back. I love the bad days as it makes me want to push harder the next time :)
    Klein Quantum, Cervelo Soloist Team, Boardman SLR 9.0S, Boardman SLS 9.8, Kinesis Racelight 4S, DengFu FM028
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