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miles per week(10 posts)

miles per weekGTrider215
Aug 3, 2001 5:20 AM
hey i was wondering how many mile per week everyone gets in?i try to ride at least 4 or 5 times aweek but its been raining here in floridalike crazy, but i do about 2 37 mile rides then probably another 25 mile group ride and about an extra 10 miles getting up to stroesand back. So i get around 110 miles a week in. i think i should up it a lil. ok just wondering what u guys do.

not sure it's relevantDog
Aug 3, 2001 5:37 AM
Not sure what anyone else does is relevant. What you do depends upon your time, commitment, level of conditioning, what your spouse will tolerate, as well as environmental conditions. I'd bet people here ride anywhere from 20 miles to 700 miles per week.

Typically, you can increase your mileage safely up to 10% per week, but try to cut back and rest every 4th week. That's a guideline I see repeated often.

If you up the mileage, temporarily cut back the intensity a little. Get your mileage up, then keep mileage constant while your bring intensity up again, and so forth.

Couldn't agree more and.....Len J
Aug 3, 2001 5:45 AM
it also depends on your goal. As we found out in a previous post, people's goals ranged from not dying from a heart attack to doing 508 miles in under 35 hours. Obviously, Doug's milage (to do the 508) is probably going to be more than someone trying to maintain heart health.
re: miles per weekdude
Aug 3, 2001 5:40 AM
i am 15 years old and do 130-150 miles per week. But then again, I do race both road and MTB.
Miles aren't the only measure ...Greg Taylor
Aug 3, 2001 5:43 AM
If you are really shredding the miles that you do (intervals, hill repeats, etc.), then your mileage may actually be fine, depending on your fitness level. Short and intense can get the job done, if you also mix in a few long rides as well. How does your body feel? Are you working hard enough to reach your goals?

You should really ask yourself what you want to accomplish and how to get it. In short, you need a plan. Just racking up tons miles by riding around slowly won't do too terribly much for you. If your sprint is slow, make a plan to go out and do additional hour to work on jumps, etc. If you poop out on long rides, think about working on base aerobic fitness.

This has been said before, but there are tons of good books out there...Joe Friel's is good, and for beginners Chris Carmichael's "Lance Armstrong Plan" book is actually pretty good.

To answer your question, I do 150-200 miles most weeks.
It's more what you do with those miles.k mand
Aug 3, 2001 7:33 AM
For most, it's a trade off between making a living and having a social life. I vary it between easy spinning, interval work, a long group ride, and solo rides between 70-85% mhr. Variety makes it fun and I have found noticable improvements versus just going out and putting in as many miles as possible. Probably 250-300, six days Sunday off always in the early AM. Depending on fitness, try increasing it 15% a week to give your body time to adapt. Keep having fun too.
re: miles per weekALLEN phx.
Aug 3, 2001 7:58 AM
I'm 16 and I ride 180-225 miles per week. I used to ride over 320 miles/week....big mistake! DONT OVER-TRAIN!!

Later Chris,
Good point...alansutton
Aug 4, 2001 11:05 AM
Many seasons ago I used to ride 300+ miles a week and I felt like my fitness was leveling off. Then I cut back to about 180-200 and started noticed my fitness improving, especialy during crits, hill climb ITTs and other short high intensity efforts. My power output really improves if I taper a month or so earlier in the year. However, everyone's body is different so what works for me doesn't necessarily mean it'll work for you.
True enough, depends on one's goalsjtolleson
Aug 3, 2001 10:39 AM
I ride probably fewer miles than most folks here; 100-150 a week. I never really up the mileage as the season goes on or when I'm training for a special event (I'm not a racer but hit sport tours, centuries, charity gigs, club rides), but increase the difficulty. After accumulating base miles, I either add much more climbing, speed work, or both. Sheer number of miles hasn't been an emphasis as much as finding some of our local 12-15% grades and trying to ride them better than before.

Dat's my two cents.
The formal goal is 70 miles/week ...Humma Hah
Aug 3, 2001 12:19 PM
... long-term average. That's low for this bunch. I'm actually averaging about 73, and my average for the last month is MUCH higher, with a 190-mile week, a 143-mile week, and a couple of 100's.

I don't race, my goal is just fitness and the joy of riding.