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Rest Daze

One of the biggest challenges in riding every single day is the lack of rest days. Normal people (i.e., people who aren’t idiots) would allow themselves some days off. Muscles could really use a day off. In fact, I’m sure many, if not most, physiologists and trainers would argue that days off are completely necessary. So the whole Ride 365 thing probably isn’t very smart. Oh well. Too late to quit now.

Fortunately, there is such a thing as “active rest.” Those would be days when we’re still active but we take it relatively easy in order to give our bodies time to recuperate, at least to some extent. In order to hit my 100 vertical miles goal, I seem to have settled into “rest days” of about 1,200′ of climbing. That’s less than the 1,447′ I need to average over the course of the entire year and, since I’m in a hole compared to where I should be, way less than what I need to average for the rest of the year.

However, by doing bigger rides most days and interspersing them with “active rest days” I think I’m able to maintain bigger weeks overall (i.e., a higher daily average of climbing). So, that’s the basic plan going forward. All I need now is discipline. 🙄

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