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How we resolved our mileage issues-for now. Ride report too.(4 posts)

How we resolved our mileage issues-for now. Ride report too.MB1
Nov 6, 2001 3:05 PM
We have been riding a lot and I began to require a break from all the miles. Miss M and I are likely to have well over 30,000 miles this year between us. So we talked a little and agreed that for now we would do our usual weekday miles, ride all day Saturday (Sunrise to Sunset or more) and then just goof off ride on Sunday.

This worked out pretty well last week. I got about 120 miles during the week (Miss M 30-50 more), had a nice 130 miler on the tandem Saturday.

Sunday we started by riding to our favorite bagel shop for breakfast then to the Metro to catch the train to the end of the line planning to ride home from there. Miss M took her ATB since she thought it would be easier to carry onto the train, I took my cyclo-crosser.

We started riding home through the 'burbs-yeech! We like the city, we like the country but 'burbs? Why anyone would live there is beyond us.

Just as we exited the burbs onto some nice country roads we came upon a Mountain Bike Trailhead! All sorts of cars parked there and lots of full suspension bikes. Since we had the right bikes we decided to try it and had tons of fun single tracking on the 'crosser-got all dirty. A couple of stream crossings, short steep climbs and logs down everywhere-now that is riding!

After an hour or so we exited the very crowded parking lot (funny, the trails were empty) and rode home. Got home by 3pm after 60ish miles. So it was probably still too many miles for the week (312 for me 350 ish for the Mrs.) but Sunday was a whole lot of fun.

I've been thinking about it and I think/hope that this is the cure for mental fatigue-have fun. I know Miss M isn't about to cut down on the miles anytime soon and if I want to keep the wife happy......
You guys are nuts!Wannabe
Nov 7, 2001 8:23 AM
You two are nuts! The "cure for metal fatigue" is 300+ miles?! Good gravy you two spend a LOT of time on your bike.

Okay, okay, so I'm a little jealous. My wife is not athletic and my son is a little young yet for long rides in the trailer... But even if I were single, I don't think I would ride as much as you two!

I am curious though, your riding, do you actively "train?" I know that you are not reacers, but do you do intervals, strength work, climbing exercises?? Or do you simply do long aerobic rides for distance?

Andy - Wannabe
Some times we move right along but I wouldn't say we train forMB1
Nov 7, 2001 9:03 AM
anything. Quantity has a quality all of its own.
Metro? are you in DC?utopiamyopia
Nov 7, 2001 12:01 PM
What trailhead did you come upon off the Metro? I live in DC and have been looking to add some nearby MTB to my road program. Much thanks!