Okay, I've been trying something new this week to good success. I let myself get talked into entering a MTB race that is on July 1, and as such I need to work on my sprinting/speed. So I decided Monday to stretch my riding out over the day, taking the "long way" to work, and home. The "long way" is about 5 miles, a even mix of MUP and lower-traffic streets. It was a fun recovery day, so I did it again yesterday, intent on pushing 90 or 100% for the whole thing. I did three of those rides, one to work, one home for lunch, and one home for the afternoon. On each ride I pushed hard, and LOVED it.
The MTB race for beginners is about 7 miles long, and is pretty much singletrack with some terrain. I'm trying to finish with style, while also showing what "Team Clydesdale" can do. So, I'm pushing myself hard on these 5 mile rides to train my body to really push hard for those 7.
Am I taking the correct approach? Again this AM I pushed hard on the way in, averaging nearly 20mph like I did on the latter two rides yesterday. It was FUN and I kept spinning hard the whole time. I'm about to leave for the lunch ride, where I'll let the iPod pick the symphony for my torture yet again.
I'm finding this a fun way to get my daily mileage in, but is this good for overall weight loss? Or am I better doing rides that last longer once a day?