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    Its amazing how quick the Passion and Fitness comes back!

    6 months out of the saddle due to other commitments, and not really missed it that much to be fair, winter and spring here weren't great in the UK. Roll on an epic summer and my maiden voyage back on the Heckler, and i'm madly in love and addicted to cycling again! The passion has been reignited like someone putting gasoline on a fire

    Was looking over my Strava results earlier, i've only been riding again for approx 3 weeks

    Heres a half mile run towards the end of my ride, I genuinely struggled when I first got back in the saddle, and pushed up a lot of hills, and found maintaining good speed was a real chore, legs burning, lactic acid build up, heart rate through the roof, breathing heavy, just no stamina or power whatsoever :shock: I'd even get worst results on consecutive rides! I'm now finding loads more power on tap, huge stamina improvements, I feel like i'm seeing 3 months of progress in as little as 3 weeks!






    Anyone else have stories of epic passion and fitness rekindling after a break?
    [SIZE="1"][SIZE="2"]i can't ride for sh*t but i'm good at extreme pushing[/SIZE][/SIZE]

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    I wish I was seeing that much improvement with my riding!

    Between work and other commitments I do not ride as much as I used to and every ride now is a torture fest! The mind wants to go fast but alas the body is unwilling...

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    Very true.

    I was off the bike for 6 years. When I returned, I spent the first month, riding 2x per week, on a flat walking trail, riding about 8 miles a pop.

    When I felt like I was getting my legs back, I hit a local singletrack loop around a lake. This loop was 11 miles long with a one mile optional loop containing the toughest parts of the trail. I skipped the optional loop and it took me 1:55 minutes with 6 rest breaks along the way.

    A few months later, I did the full loop, non-stop, including the optional bypass in 1:16.
    I live with fear and danger every day. And on the weekends she lets me go mountain biking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KevinGT View Post
    When I felt like I was getting my legs back, I hit a local singletrack loop around a lake. This loop was 11 miles long with a one mile optional loop containing the toughest parts of the trail. I skipped the optional loop and it took me 1:55 minutes with 6 rest breaks along the way.

    A few months later, I did the full loop, non-stop, including the optional bypass in 1:16.
    Sounds like Fort Yargo State Park in GA. Amaright?

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    Quote Originally Posted by PedalDangit View Post
    Sounds like Fort Yargo State Park in GA. Amaright?
    Impressive! Nailed it.
    I live with fear and danger every day. And on the weekends she lets me go mountain biking.

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    One day last year I did the outer loop (minus the monster mile) without stopping. I think my time was 1:18. Then I rested for a few minutes and did the inner loop without stopping. Felt good that day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PedalDangit View Post
    One day last year I did the outer loop (minus the monster mile) without stopping. I think my time was 1:18. Then I rested for a few minutes and did the inner loop without stopping. Felt good that day.
    I've done a two-lap ride at Yargo twice. It kicks my butt. First lap is outer loop with MM and the second is outer loop without MM. It takes me 2:30 but the last half of the second lap is miserable. Every rotation of the pedals is an effort and my only thought is "get me off this bike." It's like hitting the wall when running. I'm fine for the first lap and feel great for the first half of the second lap...then...BAM. Get me off this bike!

    I don't know how endurance racers do this for 6, 9, 12 or more hours!
    I live with fear and danger every day. And on the weekends she lets me go mountain biking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KevinGT View Post
    I don't know how endurance racers do this for 6, 9, 12 or more hours!
    I know! I actually did 2 outer loops once with a small group. We went counter clockwise and I hit a serious wall right before heart attack hill the second lap. (a couple of miles from the end) I mean I felt like I literally hit a wall. I stopped for probably 5 minutes and then at least 2 or 3 more times before the end. Felt good to finish, but I thought I was going to collapse from exhaustion.

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