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40 miles, day in and day out(4 posts)

40 miles, day in and day outRoyGBiv
May 21, 2002 10:48 AM
I plan to commute by bicycle to work, a 40-mile, one-way trip (and take the commuter train home at night).
Not that I'm in a hurry to get to work, but I'd like to see what my fastest time might be.
Question: Is a recovery ride necessary if you're pushing yourself for just 40 miles a day? i.e., should I go flat out Monday, Wednesday and Friday, take it easy on Tuesday and Thursday, while still trying to work in a vigorous 80-miler on the weekend? Any suggestions on pacing and scheduling?
Thanks.
Brian C.
Why does this happen? The double posting nmRoyGBiv
May 21, 2002 10:49 AM
Why does this happen? The double posting nmJohnG
May 21, 2002 11:14 AM
I had problems with double posts when I used the "back" key after a post.

As far as you commute goes I wouldn't worry about it. 40 miles a day isn't really that much if you are going at a sub 80% level. You will find that your speed will suffer though. Can't have everything!

ride on
JohnG
Commuting tactics for longevity.Quack
May 22, 2002 6:49 AM
40 miles flat out will most definitely require recovery. By definition, flat out means all that your body can handle, and you will definitely feel 1.5-2 hours of that intensity the next day. I usually go flat out on Mondays and Thursdays and will just ride a comfortable pace the other days. Being that you can ride the commuter train home, you may be able to do the MWF thing. Having to get back on your bike 8 hours after going flat out in the morning can sometimes be a real drag. Frequently, I take Fridays completely off the bike to build energy for Saturday/Sunday races and group rides. A side benefit to skipping Friday is that you avoid the Friday traffic alpha-psychos in their SUVs trying to race home after work.

Enjoy your commute!