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No intervals. No riding in rubbish weather. No 'dragging' myself out of bed for an early morning spin. Ride for when as and as long as I like.
As what I love, more than racing, beating my times or other people's, is just being outside on my bike. Catching up with mates and enjoying everything around me (and a good cafe or two). Given the choice, I'd take a two weeks away with my bike as my version of a 'relaxing holiday'. Others would go to a resort
If you have a coach hopefully he'll be as understanding as mine. In fact, doing the above came from him. Only ever been in one massive 'low' with the bike, and doing the above fixed it.
Also lost no fitness. The first couple of interval sessions back hurt, but then was back to punching out good power numbers again. And, importantly, loving it.
YMMV, hopefully this helps.
I don't have a coach to annoy with my problems which means I'm neither disappointing anyone nor do I have someone who's been here before to guide me through it. I think just riding when it's pleasant and not doing anything structured may go a long way. Time will tell I suppose.
A break is hugely important, don't feel guilt about it. The first hard efforts after, you will feel like crap, don't fret about it. Your natural pain killers will turn back on after 2 days or so.
Ps its also a great opportunity to lose a kg or 2, I hate starving myself when training. I find it a lot easier when I'm riding easy and metabolism has already been ramped up from early training.
HUMP DIESEL wrote:How do you guys deal with the ever looming question of when to hang up the racing cleats? I have been racing pretty heavily for the past 11 to 12 years, some years more than others, and just this year I switched for Pro 1-2 level events to Masters 35+ events. I love to compete, but the draw of an ever growing son is having me question if I am doing the right thing by spending so much time on the bike. He has his friends and they have their things, but I cannot help but think I may be trading being good on the bike for being a better dad.
Stop when it's no longer fun and fulfilling.
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