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What can you do after a brisk 25 mile ride ?

Old 06-09-22, 02:44 PM
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I try to do a 20 mile ride every morning before I start working. It's not enough to tire me out ... as a matter of fact, I find that the ride invigorates me and wakes me up. Maybe I need to ride harder. lol
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Old 06-10-22, 07:31 AM
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Originally Posted by Biker395 View Post
I try to do a 20 mile ride every morning before I start working. It's not enough to tire me out ... as a matter of fact, I find that the ride invigorates me and wakes me up. Maybe I need to ride harder. lol
i ride before work too when warmer here, just started last week. only 9 miles because i ride to work and we have no showers so don't want to stink for the day. i bring 4 days worth of clothes and ride the rest of the week. i feel like i have more pep at work. then the fun ride home, i usually do 28-38 miles home.
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Old 06-10-22, 03:57 PM
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Originally Posted by AJW2W11E View Post
What can you do after a brisk 25 mile ride? I'm in my late 50's . Before when everyone was working on home, I had extra time.
I spent that on my heavy gravel bike and over that time I somehow managed to get to 25 miles at 17 mph.
Now we're back to the office . I still try that brisk ride. I did it yesterday and today.Yesterday I was tired and managed to cut the grass and fought off a nap, but gave up. Today, I had no pretense of fighting the nap. I embraced it fully!
So my answer is "Not much".
There is nothing wrong with taking a nap, relaxing and doing absolutely nothing after a ride.
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Old 06-10-22, 06:32 PM
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Originally Posted by big john View Post
If you're doing yardwork in high heat you could try a small Camelbak..
Ditto on this ! plus gives me a place to carry my phone to run my music
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Old 06-10-22, 08:44 PM
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My best 25 mile rides are followed by four to sixteen more 25 mile rides. Usually sleep after eight to ten of them. I have taken a few roadside naps on long rides; those are pretty sweet.

​​​​​ Eat, drink, ride, repeat.
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Old 06-12-22, 05:56 AM
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My husband and I do a 50 km brevet once a month. We've done that for the past 18 months.

Often we will nap after we do the ride ... him, because one of the side effects of his severe brain injury is extreme fatigue and me, because one of the side effects of being a carer is fatigue. But I've also carried on with what I usually do.

My husband is 66 and I'm 55.
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Old 06-12-22, 12:41 PM
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Originally Posted by Machka View Post
My husband and I do a 50 km brevet once a month. We've done that for the past 18 months.

Often we will nap after we do the ride ... him, because one of the side effects of his severe brain injury is extreme fatigue and me, because one of the side effects of being a carer is fatigue. But I've also carried on with what I usually do.

My husband is 66 and I'm 55.
GLAD to read of the continued pairs riding. You all are very inspiring and I wish for long rides and lots of them for the both of you.
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Old 06-12-22, 03:53 PM
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Today's ride was 60km with 758 meters of climbing with a fatbike that - with water onboard - is north of 50 pounds.

After the ride it was a shower, played with the puppy then made supper to break my fast. Currently flipping laundry loads.
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Old 06-16-22, 08:16 AM
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I like to sit in the garage and drink either iced tea or a couple of beers. Depends on what I have to do the rest of the day.
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Old 06-16-22, 06:04 PM
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Originally Posted by scottfsmith View Post
The need for a nap is definitely a gauge of what condition you are in. I did 40 miles with half a mile of climbing on Sunday; I didn't require a nap but I enjoyed one. A few years ago I was in less good shape and I really needed a nap after any ride longer than about 20 miles. I also got a lot better about pacing my food/water consumption which helps from getting too wiped out. On any longer ride I now use Skratch Labs Superfuel, it gets me exactly the amount of carbs I need. Five bucks a bottle isn't cheap, but it is worth it for me.
I must be in pretty good shape then because I very rarely take a nap regardless of mileage. I have to be totally wiped out before I would even consider napping and a 25 mile ride isn't going to do that. I don't know if it's a cultural thing, but here in the UK I've never heard of people taking naps after a ride. But it seems pretty common over the pond. It's something I've noticed before on this forum.
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Old 06-16-22, 07:35 PM
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It all depends on the type of tasks. After a long ride, I still have energy for doing chores at home, other minor hobbies, doing maintenance to the bike, watching a movie if I got the time.

But doing work-related spreadsheets? Absolutely not! I only do long rides or HIIT sessions after work later in the afternoon. In the morning, I can only do lighter sessions like a recovery ride or "wakey" exercises. I can only do hard and long sessions in the morning during off days.

It takes a couple of hours for me after a hard workout to feel sleepy. Most likely from adrenaline. Even for long indoor sessions.
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Old 06-16-22, 09:29 PM
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Take a shower and jump in the pool before finishing the morning.
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Old 06-17-22, 08:32 AM
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Originally Posted by tkamd73 View Post
Same issues, switched to biking every other day, way better.
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Nice to know I'm not the only one who rarely seriously rides on consecutive days. If I do a long ride or a fast ride I'm not on the bike the next day.
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Old 06-17-22, 11:54 AM
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I do a 25 miler on the weekends. I'll do a few things after the 25 mile ride, maybe clean the house and cook.

I'll do shorter rides during the week but try to get in at least 60 miles during the week. I'll pick up the miles if an event is coming up. That gets me to 80 plus miles a week. Plus I do a hard walk every day and weights 2x a week.

I love riding but I have to balance it with life things.
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Old 06-17-22, 12:52 PM
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I finished a 7 day self contained tour of Vermont on Tuesday. Some very hard days in the 40-60 mile range with steep grades, including some on dirt. After each day's ride I had to shower, set up camp and cook most nights.
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Old 06-17-22, 01:12 PM
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Originally Posted by 55murray View Post
Nice to know I'm not the only one who rarely seriously rides on consecutive days. If I do a long ride or a fast ride I'm not on the bike the next day.
Saturday I usually do 65-70 miles with at least 3000 feet of climbing and I'm usually the slowest one in the group. Chasing or trying to limit my losses tires me out more than if I was solo. Lately on Sunday I do a casual 25 miles by myself and I feel better than if I had stayed off the bike.

I always want to at least do a little spinning the day after a hard ride. Sometimes I take the mountain bike and do a little ride with some hike a bike.
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Old 06-19-22, 11:17 PM
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No matter the mileage, 25 to 100, I have never taken a nap after a ride. I might be tried after a long ride, but not enough to nap. Not that I have a problem with that.

I have taken a nap or two before a ride though.
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Old 06-20-22, 01:17 AM
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6 days a week I'm out doing 2-6 hrs of varying intensity. I aim to do at least 400km per week and the average is closer to 500km.

My routine is generally the same, get up, shower, have breakfast, go cycling, shower again when home, have lunch, and then the afternoon can be any or all of the following: do some work, play with the dog, watch GCN Race network if there is a cycling race I want to follow, swim etc. Basically, just carry on as normal, no special recovery albeit I do take longer to recover between hard efforts so more Z2 is required these days in my rides.

I'm only 53 though so it might be different as I get older. There's a local guy in his 70's who, while slower, covers more km and elevation per week than I do - he generally wins his age category in all the races we go to, strong chap.


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Old 06-20-22, 01:18 AM
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