Rode today with Galwer Wheelers out to Mallala it was over 100kms for me when I got home. I was doing fine on first leg into Two Wells but after Mallala could only really keep in the pack. Thanks to some top riding by Daniel I ended with 32km/h avg.
Do you guys have days when just not feeling up to it, fro the whole day or part of it? Do you put it down to preparation for the ride? Or just sometimes not strong that day? I felt really drain of energy when we reached Jaspers(Galwer) and needed some food straight away(sugar hit).
Do you guys use protein shakes after rides or anything else to help build muscle and recover? I do realise some of you will say that they are full of crap etc but that is whole other discussion.
What sort of workouts do you do apart from riding or is it just about the bike?
Stretching do you do it before and after a ride? I have been told by Dr need to be more flexible. I have never really stretched at all before or after and never been tight after a ride.
I love cycling and want to continue to improve my performance.
Yes I cant reach my toes either im 185cm but set myself the challenge to "touch my toes"
I think whatever Daniel was eating yesterday should do the trick, Mike.
I'm ordering two of the same for next weekend!
I can barely get past my knees and I do some stretching most days, don't want to lose what little mobility I've got.
Sometimes I'll have a post ride protein shake, sometimes a beer but then I don't consider myself a serious cyclist, just a hack who enjoys riding a bike.
As I get older they keep moving "down" further away.
I am much more likely to have a post ride beer than a shake too. On this, why is there not a group ride that ends at a pub for us "hacks"?
When I 1st started cycling my plan was to find out how far you had to cycle to burn off a pint, find a pub that distance away, ride to it, sink a pint, and the ride home would be profit. The next move was to then find pubs further and further away. The ultimate aim was the Lobethal bierhaus. Then I found out how awkward it felt sitting in a pub in lycra.
Thats after we do a Lobethal loop that is, I think my computer says we burnt 1600 calories-average.
Evidently cycling shortens your hamstrings, I can barely rich my ankles let alone my toes.
More than touching my toes, I can put my palms flat on the ground, with no stretching:-P
That's my brag for the day lol!
Srsly tho', I didn't realise that was the case, must remember to monitor that over time...
I'm pretty similar, and always felt a tad smug about it. (Well, when yoga instructors say, gee, you really are flexible, it does promote that feeling), but have been told by my osteopath that I am a little too flexible, if there is such a thing. I was warned that I need to work on maintaining my muscle strength to support my joints, or risk "falling apart" as I get older.