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Does anyone here train and commute?(25 posts)

Does anyone here train and commute?Kristin
Nov 12, 2002 6:22 AM
How do you work your commute into your training schedule? Does it ever throw you off?
i dowonderdog
Nov 12, 2002 6:29 AM

i use commuting for the easy spin that wakes the legs up. do the hard rides in the evening after work. the way i see it, it's all time spent in the saddle.

hope this helps.

much the same for me.dzrider
Nov 12, 2002 7:14 AM
Commuting is a recovery workout most days and sometimes a 30 to 45 minute hammer session on the way home. I'm too old and lazy to work hard every day and the environmental benefits of commuting make me feel better about doing just a little bit and counting it as doing something.
re: environmental benefitswonderdog
Nov 12, 2002 8:00 AM

that's the REAL reason I commute. gotta do something to counter the effects of fossil fuels. not trying to start a flame fest here, but if every cyclist would commute just a day or two per week (and realize that a bike is not something you tow around on your car), it would make a big difference.

Work to Eat / Eat to Live / Live to Ride / Ride to Work


re: environmental benefitsRode Warrior
Nov 12, 2002 8:21 AM
is the environmental benefit the real reason, or is it just so much fun? For me the enjoyment of life on two wheels, and open air is the foremost reason, but the environmental benefits is close behind.

And I like your mantra

Nov 12, 2002 8:34 AM

Being on two wheels is the best reason. I guess what I meant is that I don't ride to work for "training purposes." i have alternative reasons, and you are correct when you say that it's just so much fun.

looking forward to my ride home already....


You guys have it made [hair rant]Kristin
Nov 12, 2002 10:39 AM
I wish it were easier to commute, but I can't very well go about all day with hemet head and wrinked clothes. If I were a man, I could just run a wet comb thru my hair and change into the same pair of slacks I wore yesterday--which I would keep haning in my cube.
Hair rant? HAIR RANT? Cry me a river.djg
Nov 12, 2002 11:31 AM
I, too, find that I cannot go about all day with helmet head. In my case, that is due to the fact that the full head of hair of my youth is substantially missing. Gone. AWOL. With each passing year, more and more helmet vents reveal flesh. You fret over a bad hair day? I have a bad hair life. Show a little sensitivity PLEASE. If not for my sake, then do it for Levi Leipheimer.

Thank you.
Wait! djg? Isn't this Debi??Kristin
Nov 12, 2002 11:56 AM
If so, I am truly sorry about your hair loss problem.
Um, I usually go by "Dan."djg
Nov 12, 2002 12:09 PM
Does that mean that you're not sorry?
solution to the hair rant:lonefrontranger
Nov 12, 2002 12:20 PM
do what I did and cut it all off, short. My boyfriend takes more time to get ready to go somewhere than I do.

Oh, yeah - the angry lesbian look saves on the horrendous pickup lines at bars, too.
LOL - the only reason I don't succumb to a butch cut is...Kristin
Nov 12, 2002 12:32 PM
The lack of a significant other. At 32 years of age, I'd hate to pigeon hole myself as a spinster. Or am I too late? I think the official age of spinsterhood is 30. Besides with short hair, I look like a 12 year old boy. (Therefore its not the lesbians who hit on me, rather 55 year old perverts.)
I think that's because...Rode Warrior
Nov 12, 2002 1:25 PM
women have better pickup lines. :)

Or maybe they're smart enough to know that pickup lines don't work.

just my .02
ditto heretheBreeze
Nov 12, 2002 4:23 PM
I think nothing looks more stupid than a pony tail sticking out a helmet, male OR female. Just one rider's opinion.
not me, I like the look (nm)laffeaux
Nov 12, 2002 4:27 PM
Suuuuure we doRode Warrior
Nov 12, 2002 1:26 PM
I get headset head from work, and have smelly people around me all day, how lucky am I really?

re: commutingJS Haiku Shop
Nov 12, 2002 8:51 AM
it's unfortunate that more employers and facility management co.s aren't cycle-commuter "friendlier". having inquired at my office, i was told that no manner of cycle was to be stored in the building, and that "special allowances" *might* be *considered* for use of the outside loading dock area. the best response was "don't you have a chain with a big lock you could use?".

i'm still considering commuting to/from work, but concerns include the storage dilemma, and parental logistics. i rather think it would be a good excuse to purchase an older beater that wouldn't much mind being chained to a FedEx drop box on a diesel-exhaust-encrused loading dock where the smokers have been relegated.

ironic, isn't it?

recycle a trash bike to ride to work instead of driving, yet locking it outside on a loading dock to live all day with smokers and dino-guzzling monster trucks?

work for mortgage / ride lots / get some beer / drink it / stay up late

I rather enjoy my mantra.

"storage dilemma, parental logistics", showerdzrider
Nov 12, 2002 9:09 AM
Three of the biggest obstacles to commuting. I've overcome the storage dilemma by bolting the bike in a conspicuous spot until I got a good place to put it. I no longer feel the need to shower after an easy 9 mile ride to work. I can't, however, shake those parental obligations. The boys, 14 & 13, often need rides to swim team or football practice or some other event that doesn't allow enough time for me to ride home.

The irony I may soon face is giving them my car so I can ride the bike to work. Kind of fits with doing the cooking and my wife doing the carpentry.
parental logistics..dotkaye
Nov 12, 2002 4:08 PM
is the thing that gets me.. very rarely get the opportunity to take the bike.
I use a $25 Schwinn Continental which looks like trash but rides just fine, it's theft-proof.
commute is gravy (and good for the environment too!)velocity
Nov 12, 2002 8:23 AM
My commute from home to work right now happens to be short and sweet -- if I take the direct route <3 miles each way. It's bracing and quicker than any other of my transportation options -- I love to ride! I can also go for training rides before or after work (usually after ;^) without having to go home first, change, etc.

Especially this time of year, when the days are short and going home and then for a ride is at least alluring, it makes it easy to squeeze in training rides.
I don't...biknben
Nov 12, 2002 8:48 AM
I've never done a strenuous training ride while commuting. Although, on occasions, my commute gets strenuous.

During the season, I'll commute on my recovery days and take it easy (M,W,& F). On Tues and Thurs., I put the bike on the roof and meet up with friends after work. Those days usually involve sprints, hill repeats or the like.

My commute is 27 miles RT and just about perfect for recovery rides.
yes, it's all good milesclimbo
Nov 12, 2002 10:03 AM
an easy 40 minutes spin to work and back (13 miles each way) or I leave earlier and get in a good 2 to 3 hour training ride or some intervals before work, then spin home (2 a week). I find it works great and gives me the time to ride 6 days a week which I might not normally have.
my commute is my training ridelaffeaux
Nov 12, 2002 12:10 PM
The only way I can manage to ride nearly every day is by commuting. Especially this time of the year when the sun is up for so little time, commuting is all I do during the week.

I'm lucky that my employeer has showers at work, so I can work hard on the way in not worry about how I smell or helmet head. I'm also lucky that there is a dead end hallway around the corner where I can park my bike.
Did anyone answer your question?UncleMoe
Nov 12, 2002 5:33 PM
Just kidding, it seemed to turn into a commuting story thread vs. training and commuting. I'm not going to help much cause I don't "officially" train cause I don't race or anything.

I MTB also and sometimes find myself worn out from commuting to get a good MTB ride in. So I take at least one of my two bike commuting days to really dog it and just enjoy the ride in without care for time or gearing.

I'm lucky in my commute. I have a bike locker, showers, flexible time schedule, and a very friendly bike city in San Diego.

Remove either the bike locker or the showers, and I wouldn't be commuting. Its sad that the building invested $$ in about 30 bike lockers. All of the keys were givin out to people who said they would commute to work at least once a week by bike. I can safely say maybe 5 of the lockers get used once a week.
Wow, that is sad. I wish I could get a bike lockerKristin
Nov 13, 2002 7:29 AM
I'm only 13 miles from the office. There are just two turns and I spend the majority of my ride on a fast street with tons of shoulder. But at places the shoulder disappears altogether or turns into a curbed walkway strewn with glass and garbage. For that reason--and because I can't lock it during the day--I'm looking for a commuter bike. One that can jump over 8" curbs, ride through glass, laughs at blizzards, and has a face that only a mother could love. I'm going up to the swap in Madison, WI in January to shop.

The reason I asked about training is because I'm thinking about trying a training schedule from Gail Bernharts "The Female Cyclist" this spring. But trying to follow the schedule to a tee AND commute will be tricky.