Results 1 to 14 of 14
  1. #1
    RoadBikeReview Member
    Reputation: Yosoyway's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2012
    Posts
    22

    Lost energy after long break during 50 mile ride

    This is my first time I post something even though I visit the site almost every day and I've learned a lot.

    Recently I did the Tour de Cure and I did the 50 mile ride. At about the 14 mile mark we had our first rest stop and my riding partner needed work done on his bike. It took about 30 minutes before we were on our way. By then we were the last ones. It was quite a hilly ride but so far I had been doing pretty good on the hills. But as soon as we started again on the first big hill I just had no power and it seemed that hill just zapped all my power. After that I felt like I had no energy and at one point I considered quitting but somehow I kept going.

    The first week in April I did a 62 mile ride which was pretty flat and I did pretty good but then I developed a throat infection and I rode maybe 50 miles after that until the Tour de Cure.

    Could the lack of riding have affected my stamina at the Tour de Cure or was it the long wait after the 1st rest stop? Or was it that I was just not prepared for all the hills? Any opinions would be greatly appreciated.

  2. #2
    RoadBikeReview Member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Posts
    1,438
    Sounds to me like your body shut down. You did 14 miles and then rested so the body said "Ok we are done for the day" and quit. I think the lack of riding since early april did not help you any as I bet most fo those rides were probably short.

    So you in effect trained for and tricked your body into "short ride" mode. I was on a long ride once where I was about 3hrs in got a flat. So it took me about 20 min to change it not particularly rushing much. After that I still had 30 min ride to get home and I had nothing left in tank for that 30 min. My body came close to "rest and recovery" mode. At the time 4 hr rides were a bit on the long side for me so stopping at the 3hr mark is sort of why my body was used to.
    Joe
    Road Bike - Trek 5200 | MTB - 2003 KHS Alite 4000 26" Hardtail

  3. #3
    Cycling induced anoesis
    Reputation: PJ352's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Posts
    12,489
    Could be a number of things, or combination of a few. You may not have stayed hydrated, lacked nutritional intake, and/ or your body fighting the infection may have worn you down some. Not riding much between April and this ride certainly didn't help, either.

    Then again, we all have days that our legs lack that certain spring. This is why recovery is important. Although, in your case I'm not sure it applies. I wouldn't dwell on it. Get back to a riding/ training regimen with a balance of exertion/ rest/ recovery that's right for you.

  4. #4
    RoadBikeReview Member
    Reputation: Yosoyway's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2012
    Posts
    22
    Thanks for the replies. Yes, they had been short rides except for a 30 mile ride the week before but it was at a very slow 9 mph pace. I had been anticipating that I wouldn't be in good shape as I had been prior to the 62 mile ride. So I planned on going slow and steady, drinking plenty of liquids and eating like I normally do. I was just surprised to lose so much energy right after that rest stop.

    Like I said thanks for the replies. Best thing to do now is get back to riding often.

  5. #5
    RoadBikeReview Member
    Reputation: froze's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2002
    Posts
    6,115
    That body response is typical when taking a break for longer then 5 minutes, because the blood rushes to the legs and makes them feel lethargic, however at about the 45 minute mark of resting that feeling should go away. Also once you resume riding with the lethargic feeling it should take about 20 minutes for the legs to get going again.

  6. #6
    RoadBikeReview Member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Posts
    93
    I recently decided it's entirely not worth resting longer than whatever it takes to refill a water bottle because of this. Any more than 5 minutes rest and it really does take 15-20 minutes to feel good riding again. I feel better just not stopping at all.

  7. #7
    RoadBikeReview Member
    Reputation: froze's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2002
    Posts
    6,115
    Quote Originally Posted by tom93r1 View Post
    I recently decided it's entirely not worth resting longer than whatever it takes to refill a water bottle because of this. Any more than 5 minutes rest and it really does take 15-20 minutes to feel good riding again. I feel better just not stopping at all.
    I rarely stop myself unless I'm going over 100 miles and I need food and water, then it's no more then 5 minutes.

  8. #8
    gazing from the shadows
    Reputation: QuiQuaeQuod's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2003
    Posts
    22,888
    Quote Originally Posted by froze View Post
    I rarely stop myself unless I'm going over 100 miles and I need food and water, then it's no more then 5 minutes.
    If I do stop longer, I don't sit the whole time. Maybe a bit of sitting, stretch the back out, then walk around. Another option is to take 5 to rest, then slow spin the lowest gear until ready to go. Pedal, coast and stand on the pedals. That kind of thing. Just a bit of movement seems to keep things from shutting down, for me at least.
    .
    Stout beers under trees, please.

    List of people who get unduly personal and are such a waste of my time I wrote a script to delete all their posts, even those in other people's replies:

    AM999

  9. #9
    RoadBikeReview Member
    Reputation: froze's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2002
    Posts
    6,115
    Quote Originally Posted by QuiQuaeQuod View Post
    If I do stop longer, I don't sit the whole time. Maybe a bit of sitting, stretch the back out, then walk around. Another option is to take 5 to rest, then slow spin the lowest gear until ready to go. Pedal, coast and stand on the pedals. That kind of thing. Just a bit of movement seems to keep things from shutting down, for me at least.
    The only time I stop longer is if I'm touring and pass a river or lake that I had intended to fish, then I may stop for an hour or so to see what's biting. I haven't done any long tours, but when I do I see no reason not to stop at a restaurant get a bite to eat and hangout for an hour or so before continuing. I'm not sure how Adventure Cycling's guided tour programs do their food stops but I would think its the same thing, and their tours are not rushed like one touring agency led by a former pro racer and his wife who get across America in less the half the time it takes Adventure Cyclist to do it, you have to be in really good shape to do that one.

  10. #10
    RoadBikeReview Member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Feb 2002
    Posts
    19,409
    Quote Originally Posted by froze View Post
    I'm not sure how Adventure Cycling's guided tour programs do their food stops but I would think its the same thing, and their tours are not rushed like one touring agency led by a former pro racer and his wife who get across America in less the half the time it takes Adventure Cyclist to do it, you have to be in really good shape to do that one.
    Adventure Cycling supported tours do less than 70 miles per day which is a fairly relaxed pace when you have all day to cover the distance. Lon Haldeman's PacTour rides are aimed at those wanting to get in roughly double that mileage. Totally different target market for these tours.

  11. #11
    RoadBikeReview Member
    Reputation: froze's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2002
    Posts
    6,115
    Quote Originally Posted by Kerry Irons View Post
    Adventure Cycling supported tours do less than 70 miles per day which is a fairly relaxed pace when you have all day to cover the distance. Lon Haldeman's PacTour rides are aimed at those wanting to get in roughly double that mileage. Totally different target market for these tours.
    I know that, but my idea of touring is taking it slower and take in the sights instead of push push push; and Haldeman's is more expensive...well to be fair so far all guided touring places I checked are more expensive then Adventure Cycling, but one would think that since Haldeman gets it done in half the time it should be the cheapest!

  12. #12
    RoadBikeReview Member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Feb 2002
    Posts
    19,409
    Quote Originally Posted by froze View Post
    I know that, but my idea of touring is taking it slower and take in the sights instead of push push push; and Haldeman's is more expensive...well to be fair so far all guided touring places I checked are more expensive then Adventure Cycling, but one would think that since Haldeman gets it done in half the time it should be the cheapest!
    The level of support provided by Haldeman is huge compared to Adventure Cycling. A van-supported Adventure Cycling tour means they haul your luggage and provide a SAG if you break down. You sleep in a tent and help prepare meals. With PacTours they provide all meals, hotel lodging, mechanical support, etc. Completely different goals and level of support.

  13. #13
    RoadBikeReview Member
    Reputation: froze's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2002
    Posts
    6,115
    Quote Originally Posted by Kerry Irons View Post
    The level of support provided by Haldeman is huge compared to Adventure Cycling. A van-supported Adventure Cycling tour means they haul your luggage and provide a SAG if you break down. You sleep in a tent and help prepare meals. With PacTours they provide all meals, hotel lodging, mechanical support, etc. Completely different goals and level of support.
    I realize that, and I'm ok with the way Adventure Cycling does it, I just haven't found anything cheaper then Adventure Cycling so it's a good deal...at least to me.

  14. #14
    RoadBikeReview Member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Feb 2002
    Posts
    19,409
    Quote Originally Posted by froze View Post
    I realize that, and I'm ok with the way Adventure Cycling does it, I just haven't found anything cheaper then Adventure Cycling so it's a good deal...at least to me.
    Don't get me wrong, I'm an Adventure Cycling life member and active volunteer. I just wanted to be clear on the differences between something like a PacTour and an ACA tour. Each serves a completely different audience in completely different ways.

Similar Threads

  1. How long can I ride on available energy?
    By Free2Pedal in forum General Cycling Discussion
    Replies: 30
    Last Post: 05-16-2013, 11:26 AM
  2. How stiffer bike has less energy lost
    By novetan in forum General Cycling Discussion
    Replies: 109
    Last Post: 12-07-2012, 05:51 PM
  3. For those with long break. How long was it before you could climb hills?
    By dandar in forum General Cycling Discussion
    Replies: 21
    Last Post: 04-09-2012, 10:54 PM
  4. I still can't seem to break the 10 mile barrier.
    By trek21 in forum Beginner's Corner
    Replies: 52
    Last Post: 11-25-2010, 01:15 PM
  5. A Great Ride with a Long Lost Buddy...
    By rwbadley in forum General Cycling Discussion
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 08-03-2004, 02:30 AM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

INTERBIKE

Contest

Hot Deals

Interbike Featured Booths

Check out the hottest road bike products from these brands!



















See All Interbike Coverage - Click Here »


Latest RoadBike Articles


Latest Videos

RoadbikeReview on Facebook