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Old 11-02-08, 12:37 AM   #1
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Ok, so after a few set backs on my used bike I've been back in the saddle for a little over 3 weeks now, took it easy the first week riding every other day, second week I rode 2 days with 1 day rest, and finally this last week I rode every day but today as my rest day. I average about 5-6 miles and will probably keep this pace for the next week or so.

Here's my question. My commute to work is 10 miles one way with a bunch of steep hills, like 3% for a mile followed by a slight decline and then 4% for another half mile then I believe it goes to a whopping 8% for a quarter mile. After that I get a nice rolling hill'd decent for about a mile and a half followed by uphill the rest of the way to work. My question is should I train up to the 10 mile mark around the house and on some of the local hills or just dive right in when I can maintain a steady 8 miles?

The reason I ask is because I want to start riding ASAP but don't want to kill myself in the process(still have to function at work and be able to make my night classes.)

Your advice is greatly appreciated
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Old 11-02-08, 09:12 AM   #2
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Try it on a day off to get real data as to how hard it is on you. At first, yeah, it'll be rough, but as your fitness improves, it'll become old hat.
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Old 11-02-08, 09:27 AM   #3
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I second Storm's advice. When I decided to get back into shape and start riding again it was the middle of last December. Being 313lb and horribly out of shape, my ride to/from work was not an option so I rode a stationary bike until the weather (and my fitness) improved.

Then, curious if I could do it, one Saturday I just hopped on the bike and rode to the office. I messed around there for half an hour or so, then I peddled home. Home for me is a killer because it ends with 2 miles of extremely steep and steady hills. I made it, but was beat.

I opted to go for it on Monday. As I recall I had to rest on Tuesday. I just kept doing it whenever I felt like I could. It did not take long at all before I was just doing it every day. It really isn't a big deal now. I even look forward to pushing myself a little harder up the big hill at the end.
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Old 11-02-08, 10:10 AM   #4
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I would definitely try it on your day off, but do it at the same time that you would normally have to leave for work to see how long it would take you and how you feel afterwards.
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