Knackered - any advice

Discussion in 'Commuting' started by Black Sheep, 20 Apr 2010.

  1. Black Sheep

    Black Sheep Veteran

    Hi, some of you may remember me even though I've not been on here in a while.

    I was a student for 7 years graduating last year and used to go everywhere by bike, the last three years by road bike and wouldn't think twice about a 10 or 20 mile trip at a 'touring' pace
    last summer I started working and as I wasn't insured on my wifes car, I biked the 5 miles to work.
    However, one of my brakes broke and it took me a while to sort it along with the winter weather and being insured on a car I havn't biked more than 20 miles since November ( I hang my head in shame)
    I crawled in to work this morning at about 10 mph into a constant wind feeling knackered ( and the wind will turn as always before I go home)

    any sugestions for getting my fitness back up quickly without being tired all the time?

    Bit worried about the fact of moving in a few months and doubleing the distance of my commute.

  2. Short of useing turbo's in the garage (I'm not a fan myself) I would simply suggest, you grin and bare it.

    Your fitness will return very soon and you will back to touring speed before you know it. But, for now, dont push yourself too hard as it may be counter-reactive.

    Had some really good advice yesterday about food intake and the use of slow bur carbs (oats and fruit) and have without doubt noticed that if i eat a banana about 30 mins before I set out I have a better ride.
  3. martynjc1977

    martynjc1977 Guest

    Start with your commute, the 5 miles rely aint that far and should take less than 30 min without much effort then increase the mileage by about 10-20% on the way home each week. make sure you fuel your body properly, and not with junk. Good luck dude.
  4. Chrisc

    Chrisc Über Member

    No quick way or other option but to keep at it. It'll come back to you soon enough.
  5. How are your iron levels?
  6. Oh. And welcome back.
  7. Keith Oates

    Keith Oates Janner

    Penarth, Wales
    If you a tired when you get home then if possible get to bed early and try to get a good sleep. When I manage to do that the ride on the next day is always good!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  8. BentMikey

    BentMikey Rider of Seolferwulf

    South London
    Ride slowly, eat and drink well, and sleep as much as you can.
  9. OP
    Black Sheep

    Black Sheep Veteran

    I've just got home for lunch and quite awake (normally awake after a ride)

    not as worn out, wearing less and no pannier (off back to work after lunch)

    will be using the car until friday and riding again then rather than ride every day and be worn out.
  10. gaz

    gaz Cycle Camera TV

    South Croydon
    Don't forget to stretch.. i find stretching really helps after your feeling it. it's going to take a while to get back into it.
  11. FrankM

    FrankM New Member

    All good advice.

    Also, cycling into a headwind may have played quite a large part in your experience this morning.
  12. Tynan

    Tynan Veteran

    yes, a head wind is always tiring and a lot more tiring that you realise
  13. shippers

    shippers Senior Member

    Sunny Wakefield
    Stick at it- all you can do I'm afraid!
    Make sure you get some rest in too though. Shouldn't take long to get back at it, and the head wind will make a difference.
  14. if I ever have a "bad" ride its usually down to a makes a massive difference to my journey...its just so relentless and sucks the energy out of you, unlike a hill that has a top that you can focus on.
  15. gaz

    gaz Cycle Camera TV

    South Croydon
    And a downhill :smile:
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