Not too long after my cut ended I decided to stop doing direct leg work. The reason I made that choice is because the recovery time was keeping me off the bike for too long. The problem is I’ve noticed a loss of leg stamina when I’m actually riding, and I’ve also noticed that I feel the rides more the next day. Last week I rode on Monday, took a day off on Tuesday and then I rode Wednesday and Thursday. Yesterday my legs felt pretty fatigued from the back-to-back rides, which is silly because I only rode a total of like 13 or 14 miles. Granted those miles were on dirt and I was pushing hard, but still…
Aside from all of that, I miss leg training. I like it.
I’m not really sure what to do here. Generally if I train legs I’m off the bike for at least two days following the workout due to DOMS (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness). Maybe I should do a lighter workout just so I’m getting some direct work in, but not enough to really destroy my wheels?
Avoiding direct leg work has allowed me to ride more often, but I feel that it’s also hurting my performance. Maybe not terribly (I’ve set 4 new personal records over the past couple of weeks, after all), but I’m definitely feeling the difference.
I’m sure some of you mountain bikers or roadies out there have faced this leg training issue during the riding season. I’d love to hear what you think in the comments section.