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    fitness...easy come, easy go

    I went for a lunchtime ride today, my first for February and first in a month, which was due both to bad weather and work overload. I did just 4 miles to see how it was going to go, and it wasn't pretty. I've lost a lot of fitness and didn't have much to start with!

    This happens to me every time - I get into a good exercise groove for a few weeks, work gets too busy, and I end up back at square 1. This time it's going to be different, and I'm determined to start bike commuting (25 miles round trip) in March. This will take some discipline and coordination with my wife to make sure mornings with the boys go smoothly with me leaving a bit earlier. My car (used 90% for commuting) reports my average commute speed to be 22 mph over several months, so going by bike won't be that much slower, even at my pathetic speeds.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cod.peace View Post
    My car (used 90% for commuting) reports my average commute speed to be 22 mph over several months, so going by bike won't be that much slower, even at my pathetic speeds.



    Thats interesting.

    But you'll get back into it. You know what you gotta do and you'll make it happen. I commuted 14 miles every day for 18 months and really got into it. Then for a while there I started commuting 26 miles round trip until the company fired me, then I slowed down some

    You'll pick it back up.
    ~ "I like the way the brake cables come out of the top of the levers and loop around to the brake calipers!...I like those downtube shifters too!...No no no, don't take 'em off, don't take 'em off,...leave 'em on, leave 'em on! - Thats right baby!!

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    26 round trip can be a lot. If you're having trouble keeping up that kind of pace it might make sense to say from the beginning that you're going to do FOR SURE 4 days a week, or 3 days a week. When I get 'off the horse' so to speak it's because I set a goal too high. And if you're just going to do 80% of your goal, it's not that big of a deal to do 60% and then 40%. I used to do 30 miles round trip and I absolutely had to take days off to prevent sickness and leg mushiness. YMMV

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    Quote Originally Posted by GodsBassist View Post
    26 round trip can be a lot. If you're having trouble keeping up that kind of pace it might make sense to say from the beginning that you're going to do FOR SURE 4 days a week, or 3 days a week. When I get 'off the horse' so to speak it's because I set a goal too high. And if you're just going to do 80% of your goal, it's not that big of a deal to do 60% and then 40%. I used to do 30 miles round trip and I absolutely had to take days off to prevent sickness and leg mushiness. YMMV
    I was going to start much more modestly than that - 1 trip a week, plus riding at lunch the other 4 days, then ramp it up from there. Part of the challenge is working out our morning routine with getting our kids ready etc., so I need to ease into it to avoid too much spousal stress. I think if I start really slowly it will help avoid overuse injuries by too much mileage too soon as well, which would be discouraging.

    I have done the same thing as you with regards to goal setting. Too many times!
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    Looking at the thread title, I think you have the "easy go" part right anyway...

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    Quote Originally Posted by apricissimus View Post
    Looking at the thread title, I think you have the "easy go" part right anyway...
    True, entropy is a *****.

    Today's 7.5 mile ride I managed to up my usual average by 1 mph despite a nasty headwind for part of the ride. Hm, perhaps I didn't get so far out of shape as I feared.
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    Any chance you can get a trainer or rollers to keep up with your riding in foul weather? That might be one way to maintain your fitness in winter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IceNine View Post
    Any chance you can get a trainer or rollers to keep up with your riding in foul weather? That might be one way to maintain your fitness in winter.
    Not until we move out of our cramped, tiny apartment into our first house. Right now I'd be happy with not having to get my bike to the 4th floor attic for storage when it's home, much less set up rollers! A set of rollers is definitely in the plans for next winter, although I might be more tempted to spend a little money on a York Olympic bar and bumper plates and take up (very) amateur Olympic lifting again.
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