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Getting in Shape to be a Courier(4 posts)

Getting in Shape to be a CourierReddpoint81
Apr 15, 2002 8:04 PM
This summer I am going to start working as courier. I was wondering if anyone knew of some good ways to train for the long grueling days. Thanks
not neededishmael
Apr 15, 2002 8:25 PM
its not that bad..ive done it in philly and san francisco...i wish they were grueling....the only grueling thing that happends is the frustration of dealing with keys, bags, pens, paper,...i occasionally see the lucky messenger who gets to deliver to the suburbs and back but most spend their day going light to light or bumper to bumper...get a painting, construction, or tree cutting job instead...safer, better paying, and just all around more enjoyable...
re: Getting in Shape to be a CourierThaddeus
Apr 16, 2002 6:54 AM
Having been a messenger for 3 years, I would say that you need not worry too much about base mileage. I rode approx. 30-40 miles per day, so if that is in your range, you should be fine.

More than mileage though, you should make sure you have good hydration habits when riding. Summer riding requires plenty of cold beverages. If you start to suffer from dehydration or hyponeutremia you can become disoriented, dizzy, and unfocused - all dangerous conditions when riding in traffic. I have known friends who have hit or been hit by cars because they were not at their mental peak.

oh, and wear a helmet!

thaddeus
A better idea is get ready for the veteran couriers...Djudd
Apr 16, 2002 1:54 PM
to hate your guts. I was a year round messenger for a number of years in NYC and DC and the most hated riders are the summer "fair weather bikers". Riders who are in the street during the winter figure the folks that come out only when the weather gets warm are taking money out of their pockets. In DC, my last year, the situation got really ugly (punctured tires, wires cut). There are a finite number of runs in a day and the more riders they have the less go around.

Ride Safe