Post Ride blues

I completed my first RAGBRAI and the ride was much easier than anticipated.  I actually felt like I got stronger as the week went on.  I took the first week off since I got back and yesterday was the first time back in the saddle. 

What surprised me most was that I actually felt much weaker (speed, endurance, and stamina) since I completed the ride. Is this normal or is my body still recovering? I was really hoping I would come back a much stronger rider but it looks like the opposite has happened.

Does anyone have any suggestions to get back to where I was before I did the ride?

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kicks9, August 8, 2011 at 8:52 am

My first ride post RAGBRAI is always weak.  Keep riding, it is there you just need to wake those muscles up again.

Kicks9

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barbara45000, August 8, 2011 at 11:33 am

I believe your entire system goes on a post shutdown after Ragbrai but it all comes back. Kind of a post Ragbrai withdraw….at least that’s how it works for me…….continue to ride on!!!!!!

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KittySlayer, August 8, 2011 at 12:02 pm

ScottStoef said: …I took the first week off since I got back and yesterday was the first time back in the saddle.  What surprised me most was that I actually felt much weaker (speed, endurance, and stamina) since I completed the ride…

Just the opposite for me. Had not been on my bike for a week since finishing the ride in Davenport. Work, weather and life kept me out of the saddle all week. Showed up at the state road race on Sunday and was amazed that I was able to hang with the field, do a little work for some teamates and be in the mix in the field finish.

Perhaps you did not drink enough beer in Iowa?

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CyclingRoberto, August 8, 2011 at 2:06 pm

I’ve ridden over 200 miles since RAGBRAI.  Does wonders for the blues.

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BackInTheSaddleAgain, August 10, 2011 at 11:35 pm

Finally, after four post RAG rides, I have my mojo back, and then some!  I enjoyed my evenings to excess during my week in the corn, but chose to put in some pretty hard training each day while the sun beat down on our backs.  I was very depressed when my first rides two last week were major bonks, but it seems that my system has now recovered and tonight I rode my 26 mile weeknight training ride with a 19+mph average — not exactly blazing, but that’s a full 2 miles an hour faster than I was riding before RAG.  Thanks, Loess Hills!

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Ragbrai Nation, August 11, 2011 at 8:08 am

There should be plenty of opportunity in the psychiatric field for Post-Ragbrai Syndrome treatment specialists.  The doctor will lay you down atop a ThermaRest pad, turn the room temp up to 105 deg. F., direct a heat lamp on you, hand you a pork chop on a stick and say, “Tell me all about it… Uh-huh…Uh-huh… Would it help you to know the 2012 route announcement is only 5-1/2 months away? That you only have the rest of Aug & September to just leasurily ride your bike before adding a little cardio/endurance training to each ride? That spin classes start in just 2 months??? The fee for today will be applied toward your purchace of your Ragbrai XL wristband.”  Not too bad.

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ScottStoef, August 14, 2011 at 9:38 am

Well I now have a few more rides since getting back, including 2 on the mountain bike for a change of pace,  and I’m still not back to the speeds I was at before I left.  Yesterday I did 37 miles at a 18mph average which is about 1mph slower than normal.  When I got home I took a shower and took a 2 hour nap….NOT NORMAL.  When I got up I almost fell down because my legs felt so weak, but as the evening went on they felt better.  I’m going to go out and do another 35 miles today. 

Never would have thought this ride would have done that to me, but I’m going to keep pushing on.

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WFS, August 14, 2011 at 5:18 pm

Hey Scott….get down here to TX and do Hotter’nHell 100 with me, man!  That’ll get you out of the blues!  My speed initially picked up but is back to what it was pre-RAG now. 

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Rachel, August 14, 2011 at 5:49 pm

I rode 50ish hilly miles on Saturday here in Ohio.  First time on the bike since RAGBRAI.  Temps were in the low 70s before noon and overcast.  It’s amazing how much easier it is to climb hills when it’s not 95 degrees out with the sun beating down on you!

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Sandaltan ., August 14, 2011 at 8:10 pm

I lost the post ride blues by riding New Buffalo, Michigan to Traverse City Michigan with 500 of my closest friends last week.  Yes there was plenty of Maize and Blue and lots of Green and White.  Missing were the pork chops and the sweet corn but replacements were cherries, peaches and blue berries.  It is about the food and friends ya know.

RIDE RIGHT

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KittySlayer, August 15, 2011 at 6:45 am

Sandaltan said: I lost the post ride blues by riding New Buffalo, Michigan to Traverse City Michigan…

I have always wanted to do the Shoreline Tour but seems as though they always require the use of those silly flags on a stick. Maybe someday the fool that tought up that requirement will retire and we will ride the lake shore.

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Sandaltan ., August 15, 2011 at 10:30 am

KittySlayer said:

Sandaltan said: I lost the post ride blues by riding New Buffalo, Michigan to Traverse City Michigan…

I have always wanted to do the Shoreline Tour but seems as though they always require the use of those silly flags on a stick. Maybe someday the fool that tought up that requirement will retire and we will ride the lake shore.

No more flags on sticks!!!  The first day of my first Shoreline West some years ago I saw a girl put her flag on, walk to the bathroom, return to her bike and attempt to throw her leg over the seat, become entangled in the flag and fall to the gravel.  They do require an orange fanny patch on your or your bicycle which is not a big problem.  I highly recommend the tour, well organized, well run, decent “school food”, great scenery, and I did not see any riders that did not observe all the courtesies of the road.  There were a couple of riders from your area, one named “Berlein” I believe; who I saw on the road.  We will probably do the ride again in two or three years. 

RIDE RIGHT

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“Bicycle Bill”, August 15, 2011 at 12:37 pm

Sandaltan said:

No more flags on sticks!!!  The first day of my first Shoreline West some years ago I saw a girl put her flag on, walk to the bathroom, return to her bike and attempt to throw her leg over the seat, become entangled in the flag and fall to the gravel.  They do require an orange fanny patch on your or your bicycle which is not a big problem.  I highly recommend the tour, well organized, well run, decent “school food”, great scenery, and I did not see any riders that did not observe all the courtesies of the road.  There were a couple of riders from your area, one named “Berlein” I believe; who I saw on the road.  We will probably do the ride again in two or three years. 

RIDE RIGHT

I remember back in the early ’70s when I started riding, we had those “flags on a stick” also.  Had the same problem until I learned to mount over the handlebars:

  • • Stand on the left-hand side of the bicycle, facing forward, with your right hand on the left side of the handlebars.
  • • Kick right leg forward and up.
  • • As leg clears the top of the handlebars, swing it to the right, over the handlebars.  Simultaneously, let go of the handlebars with the right hand and regrasp with the left (after the leg has cleared, of course).
  • • Bring right foot to the ground; right hand to right hand of handlebars.  You are now straddling your bicycle, and never came anywhere close to that pesky flag.

Of course, we also had those Swiss “Pletscher” racks and in a lot of case mounted the flag bracket to those.  Moved it even further to the rear than being fixed to the axle; didn’t interfere with the QR; and positioned it even higher in the air.

I know I can find a picture of myself and my bike from those days, flag and all.  It’s in a box around here somewhere………

-“BB”-

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Michrider !!!, August 15, 2011 at 3:12 pm

Thanks Beebs, we  can always count on you for those great stories…<sarcasm> <sarcasm>, LOL!!!!

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Sandaltan ., August 15, 2011 at 4:04 pm

Someday there will be a Beebs Bicycling Museum.  Probably across the street from the Big Six Pack at the brewery or maybe on Pearl Street.  It will put LaCrosse on the map!!!  Maybe even dwarf Octoberfest???

RIDE RIGHT

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