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ride to work???(11 posts)

ride to work???if5
Apr 27, 2001 10:12 AM
Does anyone ride to and from work for training reasons, not for the environmental etc??? I am curious about the benefits of two 13 mile rides a day 3-4 days a week as opposed to 3-4 20 mile days during the week????
re: ride to work???Parker
Apr 27, 2001 11:07 AM
It really depends on the route. Give it a shot.
For me, my work commute is filled with stoplights and is a flat route.
When I train, I go up into the hills and do climbs along
with the rolling/flat sections.
Mix it up, if nothing more, you get to work feeling great.
If you can find spots in your commute to do interval training, all the better.
Some.E3
Apr 27, 2001 11:21 AM
I ride home from work a few times every summer.

I commute 52 miles to my office, virtually all of it open road with light traffic and wide shoulders. I'll catch a ride in the morning and, with my bike already at my office, cycle home. With the predominantly S/SE winds of summer, I usually have a decent tail or cross wind most of the way. And it's hot, usually over 95 F, so I pack lots of liquids.

The best part is that it always tends to freak a few folks at my office out. They just can't fathom riding a bike that distance in such heat.
racing benefits? general fitness?climbo
Apr 27, 2001 1:00 PM
20 miles 3 times or 15 miles 4 times would be the same for me. 20 miles is too short for any race training. Commuting is just much more fun by bicycle on my book. No hassles and I enjoy it a lot more than driving!!!
Works fine for general fitnessCory
Apr 27, 2001 1:17 PM
I commute 11 miles each way 3-5 times a week when the weather's good. I'm pretty lucky with the route--eight miles to the first stoplight, then three miles of stop-and-go for sprints (a shower at work really helps). Going home is a 500-foot climb, usually into the wind, with alternate routes to 20 miles if I want.
I'm just trying to stay fit, not race, and it works fine for that. I do need some long days to get ready for centuries or whatever, but the commute is 70-125 miles/week of base work. Big advantage for me is that it takes me 20 minutes to drive to work, 45 to ride, so I can get 90 minutes of exercise a day in only 50 minutes. And once you're on the bike, there's no excuse--you have to work out.
re: ride to work???biker
Apr 27, 2001 3:54 PM
Why not for environmental,training, and financial reasons ?
Personally, I wish more people would think in those terms rather
than I'll drive my oversized SUV to and from some nearby park to
ride on some trail. One thing you may want to do for training is
pick a longer return route back home. That way you get extra training
miles per day and arrive at work within a reasonable time frame.
the way I see itharlydog
Apr 27, 2001 5:10 PM
13 X 2 = 26
26 X 4 = 102
102 miles a week has got to be better than not riding 102 miles a week.
My commute is about the same. In the Summer I'll add some miles in the am.
Cheers
re: ride to work???Steve Bailey
Apr 27, 2001 6:00 PM
My commute is 24 each way, 2-3 days per week in good weather, April to October. I don't race anymore, but still find the commuting makes for excellant "spin" type days. I go hard 2-3 days per week with the club open/AA rides so the commute gets me some recovery mileage.

The concept of using the bike commute as the easy days means my commuting attitude is more relaxed. I don't find the need to compete for space with cars along shoulders, I don't run yellow or red lights, and it's a great feeling when I get home to know that my mileage is done for the day and that I don't have to race home in the car to squeeze in X miles before dark, all the while competing for road space with motorists rushing home.

SB
Its all about timepmf
Apr 28, 2001 6:44 AM
I live in a large metro area (DC) and commute from the suburbs into DC. If I drive to the metro, park and ride the train, it takes about 50 minutes door to door. If I ride my bike the 16 miles from my home to work, it takes about 65 minutes (accounting for stops in traffic, but not the shower I take once I get into work which I would take at home anyway). So for an extra 30 minutes a day, I get 32 miles in, or about 2 hours on the bike. There is no way I could do this if I tried riding once I got home. For me, its not the choice of 6-8 short 16 mile rides (I commute 3-4 days per week) vs. 3-4 32 mile rides. Its the choice between 6-8 short rides, or none at all. Plus, I know my winter miles would be greatly reduced if I didn't commute. Cold weather riding is much easier to take in one hour doses.

Plus, since metro and parking costs $7.25/day, I save almost $1000 by commuting. This helps justify, to me anyway, the money I waste on all this biking stuff.
alternate take on timeDuane Gran
Apr 28, 2001 5:35 PM
I also live in DC, but actually in the city and I commute about 10 miles a day (5 miles each way) by bike. This is a trifle commute that doesn't really count much for fitness personally, and definitely isn't doing much for my racing. I cycle commute because I love riding and it saves resources.

The interesting thing is that I occassionally find myself on the ride home feeling eager to be finished with my commute so that I can start riding. The reason is because my race training is very different from my commuting, but this has a lot to do with the distance of my commute. Actually, the major reason I haven't moved out of the city is because I would still commute by bike and it would cut into my time and energy to do race training. It sounds kind of contradictory, but actually it is different.

My advice to the original poster is to definitely cycle commute. It is simply a good thing to do, however if you aren't mindful the commute miles can become junk miles. This doesn't make them useless, but the goal of racing is to increase your capacity for intensity.
Go for it!SimpleGreen
Apr 28, 2001 8:32 AM
I ride to work everyday. It's a good way to get the miles in. If I extend my commute to 14 miles each way, I can really rack up some low intensity miles. It does help your fitness.

Some caution: Trying to get an interval workout in traffic is a bad idea. I would just ride easy to and from work and be safe. ONce you get home and ditch the bag or whatever, then you may want to add some speed or save your speed workout for sat or sunday if possible. If you race, then one day you should ride for a workout and drive to work to get your intensity up.

If you are lucky, you might have a lightly travelled hill or open road you can get to. Do your hammerfest there!

SG