By Lealia Prevost. Cycling. Published at Monday, March 04th, 2019 - 22:13:50 PM.
Similarly, if you’re a power based athlete or someone who enjoys time in the gym, Rowe says he’d treat a session pumping iron as similar to a high intensity bike session or a heavy chaingang – so the same amount of recovery applies. A gym day definitely doesn’t count as a day off.
On weekends, Legarreta goes out with a local riding group. “The guys at work were noticing that I was riding to work every day. They kept telling me I should come out with them but I was embarrassed and didn’t think I could keep up,” he says. It wasn’t until a friend convinced him to go on a ride (“no judgement, just ride!”) that he took the plunge. “I just about died and had to walk up most of the hills,” he says, but thanks him now “After that, I was hooked.” He looked up cycling Facebook pages and reddit groups. “When I start a hobby, I like to talk to like-minded people, so I always look for forums or groups to join. That also keeps him training hard. “I want to be able to keep up with my friends on gnarly climbs and bomb down mountains with speed and agility.”
Over the years you can build up a pretty decent array of quality kit, enough to pass the preliminary peer exams at least, but that leaves you praying that nothing breaks and holds you back on the road to cycling’s upper classes. Even then, winter is always coming and leaves you with the age old dilemma – do you buy a winter bike, ride your best through the bleakest months, or just pack it up and accept your fate until spring?
When you’re fitter, you just train more intensely on training days. There’s a ceiling to how much you can put yourself through, and my advice has always been to overload more on your training days but stick with those two rest days. Rowe is adamant that recovery days shouldn’t be tainted.
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