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Legs fried - Bike to Work Week(5 posts)

Legs fried - Bike to Work WeekUncleMoe
Aug 6, 2003 8:24 PM
I couldn't bike to work all week during the official San Diego Bike to Work Week in May, so I'm doing it this week. After three days I'm fried. 40 mile round trip, plus I did 20 on the MTB Sunday. 140 in 4-days which I know isn't nothing but isn't amazing either.

I normally average 16 mph on my route. I haven't averaged more than 14.4 since Monday morning on either the TO trip or return. I am not a racer, just recreational, but still like to be fit.

Opinions - OK to just ride the whole week but basically simply enjoy it and don't push myself - or if I am laready fried, I risk feeling crappy for the next few weeks because my legs can't catch up.

Otherwise, I average 4 days of riding per week, but rarely do more than 3 days in a row, road/MTB combined.
re: Legs fried - Bike to Work Weekyellowspox
Aug 7, 2003 1:35 AM
I'm in the same situation here in northern Illinois. My commute is 40 miles and I like to do all of our club rides. Our "season" is a bit shorter and I need to push the mileage if I don't want to be riding in the snowdrifts. I dedicate one full day each week to doing nothing on the bike. I walk w/ a fellow worker at noon for a brisk 3 miles about 4 days of the workweek and do a bit of yoga which really seems to help. Monday is my worst day for riding and our club does a recovery ride in the evening. The mileage is held to around 23 and the pace at 16mph or below. It helps more than just taking the night off. You can do the same thing on your commute. Just relax and enjoy the ride. Let your legs tell you what pace to ride. The worst part of the commute is the last two hours of work when your mind is on the ride home !!
my almost first commutetarwheel
Aug 7, 2003 4:37 AM
I've been waiting for my daughter to start high school so I could try bike commuting. (I had to drive her to middle school.) Today was going to be my first day. I had my clothes all packed in a backpack, a lunch made, and my bike gear all ready. Got up a little earlier than usual, but it seemed darker than I expected. When I looked outside, it was foggy and drizzling. A few minutes later it was pouring. When I checked the TV news, they were forecasting showers and thunderstorms all day, so I ended up driving to work. I hadn't even bothered to check the forecast yesterday because they have been so worthless lately. They make the same weather forecast almost every day on the East Coast this summer -- partly cloudy with a good chance of thunderstorms. Some days it pours, other days it's nice, but there's no way of knowing ahead of time.

BTW, I have cut back my riding from 5-6 days a week to 4-5 this summer mostly because I found that I wasn't getting enough recovery time riding almost every day. I was having trouble hanging with faster group rides, particularly on the hills, because my legs were always tired. I'm feeling much better with more rest days. My total mileage is about the same, though, because I am doing longer rides on the weekends.
Did my first commute some advicegildomilo
Aug 7, 2003 5:38 AM
I did my first commute yesterday and spent the entire night tossing and turning whether I gave myself enough time to make it to work. "What would happen if I got two flats" etc etc. I carry the only key to the office, so my boss would not be happy if I was late. Then on the ride up I was worrying about the same stuff. Needless to say I made it to work 45 mins early and had no problems. So my advice is first of all relax.

1. Relax
2. Drink plenty of water. I spent all day replenshing the water that I didn't drink on the way up. I arrived with a 2 liter camelpak 3/4 full. I should have drank the whole thing on my 25 mile ride in.
3. Enjoy the ride.
4. The ride home was simple for me. It was a nice sunny afternoon, unlike the ride in which was cloudy foggy and drizzly.
5. Relax..
6.Bring a couple of Banannas with you for the AM after you're ride you'll be pretty hungry.
Thats about it. I'm going to be doing my 50 mile commute 2 times/week starting next week. Hopefully I will move it up to 3-4 times/week before winter hits.
Long time commuter w/ advicepitt83
Aug 7, 2003 6:05 AM
Things go wrong. Never predictable.

If I were in your situation, I'd try and get a key to open the office in some other place. Perhaps hide one in a nearby location? Don't know about your situation, but you can easily have a mechanical or crash and not make it to work. Hate to have your boss "not be happy" if it could be avoided.

Been commuting for 20 years and usually, 2X weekly; less so now that I have to bring my daughter to daycare (lost the Burley argument with my wife). I love the AM ride when traffic and the world in general is slower and more civilized.