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I've decided to commute to work by bike...(11 posts)

I've decided to commute to work by bike...mrrun2fast
Jul 9, 2003 10:48 AM
... in Los Angeles. I've gotten so sick of sitting in traffic for an hour or more. My commute will be from Manhattan Beach to Century City. It's about a 15 mile commute one way. I plan on riding to work 3 days a week. I've joined the gym downstairs to take a shower. I'm so excited to be riding my bike to work.

Question to the other commuters: do you still do workouts on your commute days?
workouts on commute daysRich_Racer
Jul 9, 2003 11:04 AM
I try to commute to work as often as I can - it usually works out 4 days a week. It's only 6 miles by the shortest route but I never go that way. This 6 miles takes 35 minutes in the car in early morning traffic and that really annoys me.

So I never take the shortest routes and and so usually do between 15 and 30miles in the morning, and similar in the evenings, and I can do whatever workouts during these rides.

One trip in the car a week is enough to ship swap clean and dirty clothes and supply a fresh towel. That way I cycle light (no backpack) as for any other ride). There's a shower in the builing where I work.

Do my long rides/ride at the weekend generally.

workouts on commute daysSteve Bailey
Jul 9, 2003 4:56 PM
My commute is my workout. I save my anaerobic days for the non-commuting days and/or the weekend club rides.

My commute is either 36 RT, or 52-54 RT depending on whether I drive part way. I consider my commute my "easy" day, even if it's 3 days per week. It's enough mileage and pushing the pedals on a 32 lb touring bike, what with panniers, fenders, big tires, etc.. is enough of a workout.

One thing I learned early on is don't try to make it a fast ride. I find I get wrapped up in trying to compete with cars and running yellow lights and find it a more dangerous then simply relaxing and getting into a mind set of enjoying the ride, stopping at yellow lights, not fighting the traffic, etc..

I can also caution you to vary the route if possible. It's very easy to get complacent and find yourself zoning out while riding the same route every day. That's when your attention lapses and you get surprised by the un-expected. Remember that it's probably the worst time of day to be riding a bike. You are surrounded by folks in cars who are generally aggravated and speeding to get home.

AM vs PMSmogRider
Jul 10, 2003 11:41 AM
I find that the route to work is fairly pleasant, but on the way home everyone's in such a rush. And with a limited shoulder I just choose not to ride and take the train home instead. Too many side-view mirrors whizzing by!

Frequently do a small time trial on the way home.dzrider
Jul 9, 2003 11:06 AM
My commute is 9-10 miles each way. I add a 3 or 4 mile time trial on the way home to feel like I got a real workout. Sometimes the ride home feels like enough.
Once you start....shamelessgearwhore
Jul 9, 2003 11:24 AM
you'll wonder why you didn't do it earlier. Half the problem is getting up the courage to try it. Once you've done it a dozen times, you'll work out a reasonable route and it's no big deal. Stock a bunch of clothes at work so you can ditch the pack sometimes. In LA you've got no Winter/Bad Weather excuses either.
Change your workout goals ...Humma Hah
Jul 9, 2003 11:40 AM
If you're cycling that much, I'd say forget using the gym for an aerobic workout. You certainly don't need a zone-3/4 session on an exercycle, and very likely not a treadmill or stairclimber either.

I used my gym for mild weight training of specific muscle groups I felt cycling missed. I warmed up on a rowing machine, did some stretching, then a little weight training. On occasion, I did some VO2-max intervals, especially on a StairMaster, to measure and improve my peak power output.
re: I've decided to commute to work by bike...thegeek
Jul 9, 2003 11:47 AM
My commute is 13 mi each way and I do it as often as I can. I take it easy on the way in -- below 80% on HRM and do my workouts on the way home.

another LA commuterSmogRider
Jul 9, 2003 1:59 PM
I use a combination of Metrolink train & bike to beat the gridlock as well. 6 miles to the station in the am, 1 mile to the office. Reverse in PM. Nothing like reading a book or dozing off as the train consistently cruises past freeway traffic.

I've just started riding from home to office, ~23 mi. (and ate complete sh*t on the way in yesterday. Nice 20 mph header. Neat.) I alternate gym & ride days. Lately I ride straight home and hop in the pool for a few laps.

congrats on doing it!
re: commuting and working outFredrico
Jul 9, 2003 3:46 PM
Commuting home after a day of hard physical work has for me, surprisingly, been a tonic. Stress and tiredness gets worked out as the heartrate increases, and one can get home feeling refreshed. Even if you spend all day walking around and lifting things, pedaling home works the muscles differently.

So on days of gym workouts, just take it easy on the bike. You don't have to give it up. They both complement each other, whether they work different muscles, or work the same muscles differently. As Humma says, the aerobic exercise comes from the cycling, so do the treadmills and stair masters on the bike.
Jul 10, 2003 1:45 AM
I commute to work atleast 3 times a week. I would do it more often but 2 days out of the week I have meetings to go to and they're in different parts of the town. I commute 20kms each way. When I started, it took me 45-50 mins. Now it only takes me 30-35 min. I may need to move further away now :)