H2O wrote: ↑
January 13th, 2020, 5:20 pm
During the last vacation I kept myself fit in the high intensity regime doing squat jumps. Put some of these in
it may stem the decline.
Without going into details, the sort of bike rides that I like is on dirt roads with short very steep gradients, above 10%. You have to push your body to the maximum in order not to loose your balance, during several minutes. Much harder than anything I do on a rower. On a rower, you measure your intensity to finish the chosen distance, no surprises. This is very different with fighting to keep going on an unknown track, with your back against a wall.
The reason for the decline in rowing performance after 2 months on a bike is more likely due to the loss of force the upper part of body, mainly arms and hands.
However, the topic poster asked about impact of exercise, or lack of exercise, especially the time effects involved. The graph I posted is to show that 8 weeks of daily rowing is enough to get back to a steady performance after a break of 2.5 months filled with lots of other physical exercise but zero rowing.