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    5 minute blow up?

    Are there times where you just don't have it? I went on a group ride yesterday with some guys that I knew were stronger riders than I am. No big deal, a good opportunity to push a little harder. Within 5 minutes my heart was pegged and I just couldn't recover. It was a three hour ride on some pretty rocky terrain but no real climbing. As soon as I would push more than say 75% my heart rate would hit the redline and I would have to slow down. It took a long time for me to warm up and I felt ok during the middle of the ride but was totally sacked at the end.

    I'm 42 in good shape and eat pretty healthy. I ride 25 miles off road at a fairly high intensity 3 times a week and usually two road rides 30-40 miles twice a week with varying intensity. Not super scientific just sort mixing it up from day to day. My schedule was off due to work and vacation and I didn't ride quite as much the last two weeks but was feeling run down and needed a rest anyhow. Normally I feel better after a little off time not so much yesterday. I felt as if I'd lost 30% of my cardio.

    I know there's not a ton of detail with my training schedule but is there something I'm missing or should do differently? Or should I just chalk it up to just not being on the same level and having an off day?

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    Maybe you are getting sick. A couple times now I have had pretty crappy rides and didn't know what was up. I felt relatively fine but couldn't put down power like I usually can. Both times a day or two days later I was sick with sore throat/flem.

    From what I have heard is that increased training loads for a long period of time can lower our immune systems. Because of this I have heard that cyclocross racers have a really hard time being at their peak performance during the winter and stay away from getting sick.

    I am not stating that this is definitely happening, it is just what has happened to me and a theory.

    Also, some group rides like to peg it right from the start to see who they can put a hurt on early on. Maybe they were more used to it, or more warmed up than you were.

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    It sounds like you were coming off a work/vacation break and tried riding at a level your body just wasn't ready to deliver. It sounds like maybe it was a new ride for you? As tooclosetosee mentioned, lots of competitive riders/rides like to put the hurt on early.

    Don't take it too seriously and try the ride again soon.

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    It was tough terrain for sure but not the first time I'd ridden it but it had been about 2 weeks since I did a really hard ride. I also had a cold that still seemed to be lingering from vacation last week. I was surprised at the condition of my cardio, I hadn't felt that bad on a ride in a long time. The guys in the group weren't chump riders and I may have been pushing harder than I realized as well. I'll agree that it was go right from the start and I generally take a bit to warm up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PdlPwr View Post
    it had been about 2 weeks since I did a really hard ride. I also had a cold that still seemed to be lingering from vacation last week. I may have been pushing harder than I realized as well. I'll agree that it was go right from the start and I generally take a bit to warm up.
    ...I think you just answered your own question.
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    The cold was pretty well gone just didn't expect to lose so much after a short time off the bike. Today I feel fine not sore or anything and don't have that over did it feeling in my legs. Like you guys said probably just a combination of factors that led to an off day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PdlPwr View Post
    The cold was pretty well gone just didn't expect to lose so much after a short time off the bike. Today I feel fine not sore or anything and don't have that over did it feeling in my legs. Like you guys said probably just a combination of factors that led to an off day.
    agreed

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