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Where on earth do you guys find the time to cycle so much?(26 posts)

Where on earth do you guys find the time to cycle so much?AeroTom
Jun 2, 2003 2:21 AM
Hey everyone,

I was wondering where you guys find all that time you need to do all that cycling! :)

Would you care to share a few tips on how to squeeze as much cycling in as possible? Do you commute? Do you ride early in the morning or late at night? How much sleep do you guys get per night if you do early or late rides?

Any other tips/tricks to get that cycling in would be much appreciated.

5:30 - 6:00 am. Perfect time to ride.Matno
Jun 2, 2003 4:18 AM
Not to mention a great way to start your day. Doesn't interfere with anything, and you avoid the heat of the day. Not quite as much fun during the colder months though...

I usually go to bed by 11:00. That gives me plenty of sleep...
Jun 2, 2003 4:28 AM
I easily doubled my mileage when I started commuting. I always just ride slow into work. On the way home I often extend the route and can still be home for dinner.

On weekends, my wife and I coordinate our schedules. She runs and I ride. we still have plenty of time for the kids.
Jun 2, 2003 4:52 AM
Thinking of doing this as well, the weather in the Northeast has not been kind to cyclists at all, a few questions for you;
How far is your commute ? How slow is Slow ? How do you deal with the "shower issue" ?
Thanks in advance
Commute...QuestionsBike Fool
Jun 2, 2003 5:29 AM
Mine's pretty short, 5 miles in. On the way home I can easily stretch it to a 10 miler. I guess slow is relative, it usually only takes me 20-25 minutes in with the lights (driving takes 15 minutes). We didn't have a shower at the office for a long time, so I take it easy coming in. On really hot humid mornings I use those cool-wipes (Old-spice makes 'em). I've also heard other riders use baby wipes. Office dress is business casual (slacks/golf shirt) so I backpack in, other people on this board swear by the bike courier bag. Good luck and have fun!
Jun 2, 2003 5:33 AM
My commute is 13 miles each way. This morning my avg. was 17.2 mph.

I'm one of the lucky ones. My office is actually an old house converted into commercial space. Two of the bathrooms still have showers. I keep 2/3 of my wardrobe at the office in a closet. I usaully drive in one day a week and will swap clean clothes for dirty clothes.

Showers are not neccesarily required. You can take it real easy on the way in to reduce sweating. Leaving earlier means it will be cooler which helps too. Once at work get those clothes off quick and use baby wipes instead of a shower. Some say that a shower immediately before a ride will reduce odor afterwards but I haven't tested that theory.
Jun 2, 2003 5:51 AM
My commute would be about 15 miles in the morning, slightly longer on the way home due to avoiding high traffic areas which is fine. Most likely doing the pre-shower/baby wipe option - we will see tomorrow if it works when I try it for the first time !
The other hard part is finding a reasonably safe route from home to work(south of Boston to Boston's south end), I hope it works out for me 2-3 times a week.
I'm lucky too. Showers =)KG 361
Jun 2, 2003 9:53 AM
I work 3:30 pm to 12 mid and my conmmute is 5.5 miles 1 way. The ride in can be hot in the summer but the ride home is nice, quiet, and peaceful (usually). I don't break any records on my commute-usually 14-15 mph.
Jun 2, 2003 6:51 AM
About 7.5 miles each way on my standard route. I deal with the shower issue by showering at the gym, a block from my office (gym membership is cheaper than parking, and I like having a gym in any case).
re: Where on earth do you guys find the time to cycle so much?tarwheel
Jun 2, 2003 4:46 AM
This time of the year is no problem because the days are so long. I generally ride about 5 days a week, averaging about 150 miles/week. On weekdays, I ride about 20-25 miles as soon as I get home from work. If it's raining, I go to spin class. On weekends, I usually leave about 8-9 a.m. and ride to about noon, 35-65 miles each day. If I have some comp time at work, I often take an afternoon off and squeeze in a long ride (40-50 miles) on a weekday. I often stretch another 20 miles out of group rides by leaving from my house, which is about 10 miles from the park where I meet my friends to ride.

Winter, spring and fall -- when daylight savings is no longer in effect -- are the hardest times to ride for me. It's often getting dark by the time I can ride after work. On those days, I either bring my bike to work and ride at lunch, go to spin class, or ride in the dark on neighborhood streets with a lighting system on my bike. Living in NC, I am able to ride year-round although my mileage drops in Jan-Feb.

You have to make time to pile up the miles, and/or do long weekend rides. I make it a goal to ride every day and that way I can't make excuses. If the weather is nice, I almost always ride. That way, when the weather turns crappy, my mileage doesn't suffer much. As a result, I might have some weeks where my mileage is over 200 followed by a rainy week when I ride only 120 miles. That's actually a good way to train because you get some recovery weeks built in. It's worked out well for me this spring because we have had so much rainy weather. I managed to ride over 700 miles in March and May by piling up the miles on sunny days and weekends, but it rained so much in April, and the pollen was so bad, that I had trouble riding 500 miles.

Commuting is another good way to rack up miles. I haven't been able to do that because I take my daughter to school in the mornings, but may give it a shot later this year when my daughter starts high school and presumably will ride the bus.
less work, more time.c722061
Jun 2, 2003 4:48 AM
I used to work 10-12 hours day, now I cut back to 8,I have more time to ride.
re: Where on earth do you guys find the time to cycle so much?Mazinger
Jun 2, 2003 5:02 AM
Usually an hour to an hour and a half after work in the summer.

Two to three hours a day on the weekends.

I don't have the time to cycle in weekdays during the winter months. It's already dark when I leave work.
Eveninings 6-8, Sat/Sun 7-11 (nm)terry b
Jun 2, 2003 5:24 AM
Early AM Rider HereScot_Gore
Jun 2, 2003 6:27 AM
I try to ride every day, mostly at dawn. This time of year that's 5:30am where I live. I took off both Saturday and Sunday at 5:30am this last weekend I got in more than 50 miles both days and returned before the family had climbied out of bed. On the weekdays, I take off at dawn and run a 13-20 mile loop (varies with time of sunrise), return home, shower and change, get my daughter dressed, fed and drive her to school. Then I return home and ride the mountain bike 1 mile into the office. Rain, extreame heat, lunch chores, and lazyness keep me in the car 2-3 days a week, so I only ride 2-3 days a week in summer. It's only a mile so it dosn't contribute much to my mile totals and I don't feel like to much of an enviromental pig with a 1 mile car commute. When I ride, I don't work too hard in that 1 mile, so I don't shower or do anything different than if I drove. I head for bed around 10:00pm to make this possible, if I don't make it by 11:00pm that oftens causes me to skip the routine.

cycle, sleep, work, cycle, sleep, work, cycle, sleep, work..(nm)ColnagoFE
Jun 2, 2003 6:38 AM
re: Where on earth do you guys find the time to cycle so much?noveread
Jun 2, 2003 6:52 AM
On weekdays, I mostly ride early in the morning b4 work. The exceptions to this are every Thursday evening for the weekly group ride and every other Tuesday evening for the practice crits. The other Tuesday I take my son to watch the crits so the wife has some alone time.

On the weekends I ride one short, one long ride. The short ride happens during my son's (and wife's) nap time. The other starts early in the morning so I can be home between 12-2pm giving me anywhwere from 5-8hrs. Though I never ridden for 8 hrs but the nime could be used if I need to travel to a start of a ride or something.

I go to bed 9-10pm.

simple math -- a matter of priorities.elviento
Jun 2, 2003 7:05 AM
Don't mean to be a smart ass, but it's actually fairly simple. Some people are single with no kids, have jobs with short hours or are self employed, and most importantly they rank cycling higher on their priority list than you would.
It is my non-work priority.eyebob
Jun 2, 2003 7:28 AM
So I commit a bunch of time to it. Early am's mostly. I try to stay consistent with the early am's (even if I can ride later in the day) to condition my body as well as to give my body a predictable amount of time to recover.


PS It helps to be single, no kids, a GF who doesn't mind, and no real other crazy habits.
for meThe Human G-Nome
Jun 2, 2003 7:39 AM
1) no more drinking... that was a big first step.
2)conditioned the girlfriend to accept that i would always be gone on saturday mornings from 7am to 2pm.
3) bought the girlfriend a bike so she would want to ride with me on Sunday recovery ride. further, convinced her and her friends to train for a metric century and now they all want to ride and get better.
4) invested a ton of money in rechargable lighting for night rides. cut out TV and ride instead. it's practical for me because i live at the foot of Golden Gate park and there are plenty of good places to ride at night.
5) when i visit friends, i now attempt to commute as much as possible by bike.
6) vacations... always trying to angle in a bike trip or the inclusion of a bike somehow.
Gratuitious Advice Item No. 1: Turn off the televisioncory
Jun 2, 2003 8:12 AM
I went through this a couple of years ago when I decided if I were ever going to get semi-serious about cycling, it was time to start. I've thought for years that I hardly ever watched television, but when I was looking for riding time, I realized I'd often catch the start of the news, then segue into "Jeopardy" during dinner, and pretty soon it was 7:30.
My commute is 22 miles RT (average 3 days a week, trying for 4), so just by blowing off the TV time from 6-7:30 in summer, I can add at least another 20-25 miles per day. The commute takes 18-20 minutes to drive or about 44 to ride, so just doing that alone gives me (round trip) an hour and a half of exercise in <45 "extra" minutes.
And what somebody else said about priorities is critical, too: You have to MAKE IT HAPPEN. When I was really serious, the only thing that came ahead of riding was my children. The lawn will still need cutting tomorrow; I can do it then.
Gratuitious Advice Item No. 1: Turn off the televisionboyd2
Jun 2, 2003 8:58 AM
I have to agree with that TV comment. That thing is the biggest time drain ever invented. I still record a few choice shows (new yankee workshop and the simpsons) and watch them when I have time.

Commuting about 20 miles a day is the greatest thing for me. My trip in the am is 8.3 miles and I usually do it in 26 minutes. Driving takes 20. I often stretch the ride home. Office dress here is very casual and I bring a bag of clothes in every 2 weeks or so. Hell, this morning I lounged around in my tights intill 9:30. I never worry about the shower thing.

Some other advice that was touched on here. Wherever I need to go I evaluate if I can ride my bike or not. If we are visiting locally I ride my bike and my wife takes the kids. I hope that the trip to the beach this summer begins with my first century. Also I love picking my daughter up at school in her bike seat. When I do that she is suddenly the most popular girl in school!

The trick for me is to keep the impact on my family low. If my riding is a pain in the but for them it is going to get harder for me. So I always go the extra mile with the kids before and after a ride. Boy I long for the good old college days when on Sat morning someone would say lets go for a ride and you could disappear all day!
I work a weird shift...asphalt assault
Jun 2, 2003 8:44 AM
I work 4am til noon so I can usully sneak a ride in before the kids get off the bus/wife gets home from work.

Lately there's been lot of 4am til 5 or 6pm shifts so it has been getting tough to get a good ride in during the week.

I average 6.5hrs of sleep a night...that sleep thing is a terrable waste of time if you ask me!
Jun 2, 2003 9:45 AM
We (my wife,my son and I) carpool from Riverside to Costa Mesa daily for work. in the mornings but in the evenings "ITS ON" 48 miles of bliss. Up the Santa Ana River Trail.

My wife just started riding so now I have to drive 2 days of the week with my son.

thats O.K., She needs the cardio.

On the weekends we ride 20 to 40 up and down the coast.(PCH)

CJ, Orange County
If you have kids, work around their scheduleDave Hickey
Jun 2, 2003 9:52 AM
During the week, my boys have hockey practice from 6:30 to 7:30 on Tuesday's and Thursdays. I drop them off 20-30 minutes before practice and pick them up at 7:45. I started taking my bike with me to the hockey rink. I can get 90 minutes of riding in while they're at practice.

On weekends I ride early. My sons game was at 10:30 on Saturday morning so I left the house at 6:00am and rode for 3 hours before his game.

Like most of the above people have said, it's a matter of priorities.
Jun 2, 2003 3:56 PM
We (my wife,my son and I) carpool from Riverside to Costa Mesa daily for work. in the mornings but in the evenings "ITS ON" 48 miles of bliss. Up the Santa Ana River Trail.

My wife just started riding so now I have to drive 2 days of the week with my son.

thats O.K., She needs the cardio.

On the weekends we ride 20 to 40 up and down the coast.(PCH)

CJ, Orange County
re: Where on earth do you guys find the time to cycle so much?aliensporebomb
Jun 3, 2003 11:34 AM
Sometimes you have to squeeze it in where you can fit it.

Mornings before work (get up super early) or after work or
while others are sleeping or at school or working.

This year has been especially hectic - one friend attempted
suicide, another set of friends, a couple are in a horribly
stressful situation that could lead to divorce and financial
ruin so for me it really behooves me to get on on that bike
so I can unwind my brain a bit. I just came back from a
business trip where I worked 17 hour days and was walking
dead for a bit - when I was there I spotted road cyclists
and nearly went out of my mind since I wanted to be out

So, I'll be doing that tonight after work.

And then another thing is that adding commuting to the
plate will definetely add mileage and it is healthy to