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How often do you ride?(30 posts)

How often do you ride?mwood
Mar 17, 2003 1:16 PM
I was wondering, how many of you:
1. Ride everday, oriented towards a specific goal (race training)
2. Ride everday, commute or other
3. Ride every other or few days, as part of a consistent program which includes cross training (weights, running, swimming)
4. Ride as a purely secondary training tool, with no real set pattern (primary runner, x-country skier etc.)
5. Ride only on sunny days w/ no wind and no climbs...would rather hang out and eat potato chips

I'm a 3 (just "training" for life), but 5 sounds good at times...
I'm a 1, but...noveread
Mar 17, 2003 1:26 PM
I ride everyday except for when my coach has me scheduled to be off the bike. Since Jan 1 I've missed only one scheduled ride, and that was a travel day to Florida with the wife and 2-year-old. But I did ride on the return travel day.

But riding 7 days/week on my program isn't bad. Only 3 days are rides more than an hour (Tue/Thurs/Sun).

2 on weekdays, 1 at weekends (nm)Rich_Racer
Mar 17, 2003 3:14 PM
re: How often do you ride?....." 1 ".....(nm)wasabekid
Mar 17, 2003 1:31 PM
those are pretty finite sets!JS Haiku Shop
Mar 17, 2003 1:51 PM
I ride 5-7 days per week, in the winter to keep the legs going, in the above-freezing months to get stronger. certain events (different each year, so far) are chosen late the prior year or early the current year to keep myself honest. last year it was distance and climbing. this year it's distance and time. so, i'm a 1, 2, 3, but don't really "race", only cross-train in the "off-season", and take a day off when i'm tired.
those are pretty finite sets!JS Haiku Shop
Mar 17, 2003 1:51 PM
very true...mwood
Mar 17, 2003 2:00 PM
I was just kind of curious what the make-up of the board looked like.
I'm with JS Haiku.........Len J
Mar 17, 2003 3:10 PM
I train for specific events, ride Every day when I'm home, ride at least 3 days/wk on the trainer in the hotel when I'm traveling with 2 rides on the weekend. I use an organized training program but don't race.


PS I think you need another catagory
PS What would be a good, other category?mwood
Mar 17, 2003 4:10 PM
BTW, if anyone is curious, I actually can spell "everyday"...weird to have the same spelling error two times consecutively (original post)
PS What would be a good, other category?Spunout
Mar 17, 2003 5:21 PM
One for the dedicated racer, who manages a 400 hour (on the Friel schedule) year by only riding three times per week. It is possible, and who has six open days per week anyways?

I'm trying, but the weather isn't cooperating with me at all.
Ditto. (nm)look271
Mar 17, 2003 5:15 PM
3 nmContinental
Mar 17, 2003 1:58 PM
re: 2.5dzrider
Mar 17, 2003 2:04 PM
run or ride 6 days a week, more riding in better weather, more running in cold, dark or rainy times - train to complete ultras.
re: How often do you ride?zooog
Mar 17, 2003 2:19 PM
2....usually every day unless the weather is horrible. Cold does not really bother me. Ride to stay fit.
2 Although I do take a day off every year or so.nmMB1
Mar 17, 2003 2:22 PM
Specific goals??- a 1 or 2boneman
Mar 17, 2003 2:39 PM
Every day, rain, wind, etc. in lovely England.


Eat like a pig, drink like a fish, keep the weight down and try to keep up with people half my age (51/2).

No more racing as it requires total dedication and time.

I can't climb like I did when I was a Cat 2 but again, that was half my age ago and I couldn't tt then like I do now so there's always something to look forward to. Besides, it's interesting being pre-Lance/Greg phenomena. I mean Merckx was in his glory years and you spent your time looking for the AP wire feed. It wasn't better, just different.
Mar 17, 2003 2:39 PM
I ride every weekday as part of my commute, with one or two longer commutes thrown in each week (I take the long way to work for more miles). Saturday I get out for the long ride. On Sunday I drink coffee and read the New York Times instead of riding because that's what life is all about. ;)
THREE IS ME nmafrican
Mar 17, 2003 3:05 PM
I try to commute every day ...Humma Hah
Mar 17, 2003 3:17 PM
... but usually average 4 days a week commuting, year-round. I try to do some extra on the way home to up the mileage and quality of the rides.

I do longer rides on the weekends when I can, but I've got this marriage thing going that gets in the way.

This is the complete opposite of my San Diego arrangement, when I was bach-ing it on a work assignment. Then, my commute was 1 mile each way and didn't even really count, but I'd make up for it with long weekend rides.
1, but 4-5 days per week. nmSpunout
Mar 17, 2003 3:20 PM
I don't guess I fall in any of thoseMike P
Mar 17, 2003 3:34 PM
I ride 4 - 6 days a week, 2 or 3 of those days I ride twice a day. I guess my goal is to get faster on the longer uphill rides. Riding is my primary form of excercise and hike frequently too. Not training for a race as such, but I do train to compete seriously with myself. I don't have a "set in stone" training schedule but I do have a loose schedule based on periodization.

I'm a 3Leroy
Mar 17, 2003 3:38 PM
but I've got a lot of '5' in me.
2--10mi/day everyday, almostkcd
Mar 17, 2003 4:36 PM
on bad weather days, it's stationary bike or treadmill. i love it but sometimes i worry about becoming ROADKILL
none of the abovebianchi boy
Mar 17, 2003 5:26 PM
I generally ride about 5 days a week, but vary between 4 and 7 days. I don't race, just ride for enjoyment and to control my weight. I usually ride at least one week-long tour each year, so that's a goal I work toward. But I don't really need to train for tours because they're not races, and I get plenty of saddle time to handle the long rides.
2+, the consistent program being recreational 50-100+ mile ridesPdxMark
Mar 17, 2003 5:41 PM
1 hereS-U-B
Mar 17, 2003 8:38 PM
train 6 days a week, unless racing on the weekends. Probably get in 600-700 hours this year. already have 140 hours on the bike. I dont think I can take to much more of the trainer, luckily I live in California I'm able to ride outside 4-5 days a week.
1...260 days in a row...jromack
Mar 17, 2003 9:04 PM
Whew I need a break, but day 365 is in my sights
Mar 18, 2003 1:55 PM
I commute 5 miles a day at leisurely pace 4 days a week.

A round trip of 12 miles to my g/friends house 4/5 times a week.

Twice a week I ride hills for an hour for strength. Either on my cyclocross rig (which is a blast) or on the road.

On the weekends I concentrate on endurance. I ride 30 miles on Saturdays as leisurely pace. I ride 60 miles on Sunday at medium pace but very hilly rides.

I ride come rain or sun. We dont get much snow in the UK:-)

I do weights (upper body) once a week.

I dont race. I keep fit for fun & to beat my mates:-). I MTB in the summer months.

So, I ride every day but at different speeds depending on what I want to achieve and how tired I feel.

Average 150-160 miles per week.

I still eat too much though!!

1 and a (3)........K-Man
Mar 18, 2003 1:11 PM
Ride about every other day (5 days a weeks).....unfortunatle until the time changes 3 of the 5 are usually on the trainer. Road riding is specifically for training purposes, MTB rides for training and fun.

(not saying road rides are not fun, but they are more trauining specific in nature.....)
1 w/ at least 1 day off a week. nmMatt Britter
Mar 18, 2003 2:20 PM