Not quite immediately! I’m a week into the break. Week 1 was completely exercise-free bar a leisurely walk and a couple of bike errands. Now in week 2 which is bike free but I’m using it to build up my running stamina (I’m a complete beginner) to where I can run 30 minutes without ruining my legs…
Edit: also, going for a 30 minute run is very different to 2 hour turbo or 4 hour weekend ride. Just slip on shorts and vest and socks and shoes and go.
I have to tell someone! Have just completed a 20min ftp test and managed 310w, so 295ftp, 4.2 w/kg.
This is within spitting distance of my peak ability a few years ago using a coach and training myself to death 5 days a week. However for the last two years I’ve done no formal training. I’ve spent periods trying the gym, pilates, running, sitting around… through it all I’ve ridden my bikes loads but nothing structured. This year I’ve been doing bikepacking. Have had tons of days off the bike but have also done around 7 off road centuries since March. Last weekend I did a two day trip then this week I didn’t ride apart from a cx play on Thurs and a gentle spin this morning just to enjoy the dawn. Then I test near my best this afternoon!
Suffice to say I now support anyone who wants to broaden their repertoire a bit.
Hah, it was a bit of a tongue-in-cheek comment, to make fun of your exercise ‘addiction’. Running is good, and agree its easier to fit in than a bike session. I’ve been trying to do more running again too, but I’ve got dodgy ankles and struggling to shake off an injury.
Planning a two week break from structure or maybe entirely off the bike. We will see how I feel. Already own running shoes so I might go for one or two. Otherwise, I plan on walking with my wife and playing with the girls during my normal ride times. I’ll start base when I feel like it, sometime in October.
My method is the walk-run-walk method, as I don’t have an injury as such, but really struggled when I did too much on a holiday without the bike once.
Did 5x(3min run / 1 min walk) today. Taking it in alternate days, I’ll go to 5x(4/1), 5x(5/1), 5x6/1), 3x(10/1), 2x(15/1), then just start running 30 minutes at a time. In a week’s time I’ll be back on the bike too, and as the volume builds, hopefully continue doing at least one run a week during base period.
Sometime in October, once the weather turns for certain, I’ll take a full two weeks off to reset myself physically and mentally before diving back into training/riding.
For those that haven’t done it before because they are afraid of the losses - I strongly recommend it. you’ll get everything back quicker than you think, and frankly who cares if you drop fitness a bit during your off-season
I “gave up cycling training” for the year, a week ago. Since then i’ve run 5 times, including 11 miles at race pace yesterday and had a 90 min easy bike ride which rapidly degenerated into a non-stop blast at sweetspot and a PR up a local steep hill. I’ve also just baked a vast tray of flapjacks as if to fuel some bike rides and i’ve charged all my bike electronics… But i’m trying. Despite it being sunny and Sunday i’m only going to go for a walk later… I’ve promised myself.
Started my off season a couple weeks ago after getting burned out from over a year of structured training. Also started running and really like the change of pace. Only doing what I feel like and not stressing about any power numbers.
I’ll probably keep this up till the real crappy winter weather hits and outside riding becomes less fun. Really enjoying this off time. Also, I think I’ll keep the running year round. Love the feeling of freedom it gives me. Plus, it’s super time efficient and good for bone density.
As a heads-up to a new runner. Go carefully at first. Your aerobic fitness from cycling will mean that you are able to go further, faster and more often than your legs are ready to take. It takes a while for the connecting tissues to strengthen and adapt to running. So don’t try to do too much too soon…