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Priority balance - how to ride more??(10 posts)

Priority balance - how to ride more??Mike M
Aug 15, 2001 7:33 AM
Need advice on how to get more riding in without losing brownie points with the kids or wife? Anybody have arrangements that work out well. And before you say ride with the family, we do that and it helps but I want to put in longer rides, etc.
Ride earlymike mcmahon
Aug 15, 2001 7:39 AM
and get home early. I used to leave the house at 8:00 and get back at 1:00, with stops for coffee, re-groups, etc. Now I leave the house before the sun is up, ride without stopping until I get my miles, and go home to the wife and kids. I'm usually home by 10:00 or 11:00 at the latest and have the rest of the day available.
Commute, of courseRich Clark
Aug 15, 2001 7:42 AM
The obvious answer is to commute to work. That way you're simply swapping ride time for unproductive time you usually spend in a car or train.

I get 130 miles a week in the same 8-10 hours I'd be spending on motorized commuting.

Another suggestion is night riding. Dress for riding, get the bike ready, put the kids to bed, hit the road for an hour or two.

Dawn riding works, too.

But commuting is the most time-efficient, and you'll have your bike available at work if the opportunity comes up for a luchtime ride or something.

WCommute, of courseMike M
Aug 15, 2001 10:38 AM
Would love this option but have to take the kids to Daycare each morning. Mike M
Aug 15, 2001 7:43 AM
Piles of miles are available that way. Going faster works better than going longer unless your goal is just lots of miles, a worthy goal BTW.
re: Priority balance - how to ride more??PatM
Aug 15, 2001 7:47 AM
Not sure if this can help you or not, I am a morning person always have been. Anyway I get up early around 4:30 and head out, I have a tail light and a headlight for the times like now when its dark, June its great because its bright that early. I can get a 30 mile ride in and be to work by 7:30. My weekend rides the same thing get up and get out early that way I am back before 10-10:30, and then have the rest of the time to spend with the wife and kids.
Ride at lunch or commute to workDave Hickey
Aug 15, 2001 7:50 AM
I still manage to get in 150-175 miles a week and I work full time and have two kids active in sports. Work your ride schedule around their activities. If I know my kids have hockey games at night, I'll ride in the morning or at lunch. If my wife and I are due for a night out, again, ride in the morning or at lunch. Like the above poster said, start very early on weekends, I leave the house at 6:00am and I'm back before 10:00.
In the same boatPaulCL
Aug 15, 2001 8:45 AM
What do I do?
For example, this AM I got up at 6, on the bike by 6:30, home by 8:45. So I got about 38 miles in. I get up at 5:30 on Sundays, leave at 6:00 and get home by 10am so the wife and 2 of 3 kids can go to church. My youngest and I hang out at home. I start to crash at 2pm. If I can get a nap..great...if not, I suffer through it. Your body will get used to the lack of sleep after a few weeks of doing this.

Remember, miles are important, but quality of ride is important also. Since I work <1 mile from home, I'll drive home at lunch, get on the bike and do some interval work (see the "3 mile TT" post earlier) or some hill work. 10 minute warmup, 40 minutes of riding, 5 minute warm down, shower and get back to work. About 70 minutes total. I don't get a lot of miles in at lunch, but I do get a great workout. On average, I'll get about 120 -150 miles/week. When my youngest is old enough to go to church, my Sunday AM ride will expand to getting home at noon.

My wife acknowledges the fact that riding is EXTREMELY important to me. She also knows that when Paul doesn't ride he isn't a happy guy. She likes to live with a happy guy.
re: Priority balance - how to ride more??ashleyrenfroe
Aug 15, 2001 9:57 AM
Man, all of you guys have hit it right on the head. You gotta head out early if you want to get it done. I have a little girl who is just under 2, and I want to spend as much time with her as I can. Unfortunately, I have to work 50+ hours a week, and I must pick her up after work. So, my riding is unbelieveably diminished right now. Down to vitually none. And, I feel added pressure from my employer to be there all the time. I guess you really have to commit to yourself sometimes and put everything else behind you.

I know now that I am a person who can get a lot done in a given day. But there is sometimes too much in our lives to make us happy. My wife, my baby, and my house are the most important things, but cycling has to have it's place too. It's what I find true fun with, and it is during those times that I can't wipe the grin off my face with plastic surgery.
re: Thanks to allMike M
Aug 15, 2001 10:44 AM
These are all great suggestions. I think I will start commiting to an early ride on the weekends. I also can work in some rides at lunch with a little diligence. I attend a spinning class in the winter at lunch so why not ride outside at lunch in the summer. I think an agreement with the family on how important this is would also help. She knows, but I haven't translated it into commitment on riding. How about business travel. Talk about screwing up any plan!

Mike M