It’s the season of poolside piña coladas, lazy days, and vacations from the gym — which, as any swimsuit-wearing gal or chest-baring guy can attest, adds up to less-than-desirable results. How fast, exactly, will your muscle tone and strength deteriorate? That’s what researchers from the University of Copenhagen set out to determine in a new study, published in the Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine.
It’s personally interesting, given that I broke a rib in March. It was a week before I felt I’d dare try cycling. It would be weeks before I’d try swimming, which in retrospect I still should not have done. Back to my cycling – I went from leading the group to barely hanging on. The best I could do was 2/3rds of the ride, and I’d get dropped on the hill climb because I no longer had the sustained power necessary to at least stay in the pack or be close enough to sprint up to the group after the hill. I have to be more economic about my riding… for now, but I can dig in if necessary.
I’m roughly a little better than where I was last year, starting from zero in March. So I’m waiting for cyclocross season in September to do what it did last year – race to a higher degree of fitness. It was a shame to loose that fitness as triathlon season started, but I’ve got time. I did better than I expected leading into 2015, so I fulfilled my promise about investing in a real road bike for next season.