Fitness is a wonderful thing, but very hard earned. Every week I ride more than 200K just to get stronger on the bike. Edging out my body to produce more power, going through mental barriers where pain doesn’t matter anymore and sliding on the abyss to injury – just to ride a minute faster on a 25Km long course.
Would be funny, if I loose this power within a short time. Statistically tough, most of your gained fitness is lost within two weeks and trust me, that’s the case.
At the beginning of 2016 I had a dramatic ear surgery, which knocked me out for almost four weeks. The doctor didn’t allow me, to get my blood pressure up. So I had to keep my legs in freezing mode. After this period, my overall speed dropped almost 4 km/h. I had to work four weeks, just to get to my normal level again. That is – by the way – the good side on fitness. If you had it already, you’re getting there faster again.
But what the hell is now my 4 day rule?
It means, that this is the maximal time between two rides in my training plan. If I’m resting more, I would loose to much fitness. Right now I’m in a recovery week and today would have been rest day number five. But I rode to work 😉
Do you have such a rule?