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Base miles in the dark ...(10 posts)

Base miles in the dark ...Humma Hah
Feb 28, 2002 7:03 PM
... I said I was gonna do this, now I've started.

I've been managing to commute 70-ish miles a week, 5.4 in the mornings, about 9.6 at night, taking the long way home. But I was not taking advantage of a right turn about 3 miles from home, giving me access to 9 miles of nice bike path out, and 9 back. I rarely get off work before 7 PM, when it is quite dark, and I usually have get-home-itis. I'd done a few partial runs, maybe 3 miles out and back, but not the whole thing. Few of my rides exceeded 10 miles, not long enough to count as decent base miles for a century rider with brevet aspirations.

Last Friday, armed with two fully-charged NightStick batteries for the lighting system, I bit the bullet and did the whole route. It felt great. Yesterday, with the temperatures dropping to around 25 F, I did it again. My feet were freezing, although I found I could improve circulation by riding on the balls of my feet (platform pedals on the cruiser, of course). Keeping my weenie warm was a bit more of a problem, but it didn't fall off.

I stopped yesterday at a convenience store at the far end of the ride, bought some lip balm and Gatorade. I drank half of the drink on the spot, the rest was great microwaved when I got home.

Hey, I can do this a couple of nights a week, and probably log better than a hundred miles a week, most of it in the dark. 27-mile rides are enough to build my base. Come spring, those of you who hibernate better be listening for a cruiser catching up with you!
Love those base miles.look271
Feb 28, 2002 7:31 PM
A good excuse to ride and not bust your n&*s doing it. I , unfortunately, have now gone into the hill interval leg strenghthening period of training. Yuk.
re: Base miles in the dark ...bianchi boy
Feb 28, 2002 7:41 PM
I've been getting in 1-2 rides per week riding after work in the dark. With a lighting system, it isn't bad at all. I just stay off the busy roads, wear bright clothes and keep a couple lights flashing in the rear. It's helped me keep my mileage from going totally to hell over the winter. Of course, my flu/bronchitis/cold didn't help much and I lost a couple weeks of riding due to that.
When I am cold I just ride onHumdinger
Feb 28, 2002 8:00 PM
my balls and that warms me up :)
re: Base miles in the dark ...SnowBlind
Feb 28, 2002 9:31 PM
I started at the new year. While base in the dark is great, it is going to be better during summer. 105 F just too brutal. ~90 in the dark starting at 9PM is just so sweet.
More wild life on the bike trail as well.
See you can do it.MB1
Mar 1, 2002 6:20 AM
We have ridden all winter without letting the early darkness stop us. Finished (and even started)lot of centuries in the dark. Plus we are always commuting in the dark.

Humma, do you have the 200K route? If not e-mail me and I'll send it to you. I just don't think you can do it on the cruiser. The second half of the route is way tough. I would just barely consider doing it on my Street Dog. That is a pretty light bike and I am in very good shape right now.

Lets do the C&O. Hard, long but reasonable for the cruiser.
How many miles/time at a clip does one need for enough aerobicbill
Mar 1, 2002 6:34 AM
exercise to count as base miles? I suppose that it depends on where you start, but I've been on rollers for about an hour at a clip, three times/week, try to get outside on the fourth day for a 3 hour ride or so. I feel pretty good aerobically, but any strength demands, anything resembling a hill or a sprint, are killing me. Is this how it's supposed to be?
How many miles/time at a clip does one need for enough aerobicK-Man
Mar 1, 2002 7:00 AM
I'm sure you'll get a wide variety of answers on this, but I did 50-55 hours of base training prior to starting intensity. Three weeks ago I started intervals (CycleRob-X) on the trainer one night a week, now I will begin 2 intensity sesions per week and start some hill training.
Fist race is in 5 weeks!

How many miles/time at a clip does one need for enough aerobickoala
Mar 1, 2002 7:22 AM
One local coach suggested 750 to 1000 miles before you do any hard stuff.
How about miles/time per session? Can I spread the 750 out inbill
Mar 1, 2002 8:13 AM
5 mile increments (twenty minutes or whatever), or do I need to put in at least 3 hours at a time? I suspect that the answer lies somewhere between those two (I can't believe that twenty minutes gives much benefit, and I can't believe you need three hours to get anywhere, either), but where?