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Old 08-24-09, 12:28 PM   #1
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how many miles to get you warmed up?

How many miles does it take you guys to fully warm up? I noticed it takes me forever, like 9 miles. The first 9 miles is usually brutal for some reason. I'm tired, legs sore and aching. But after I hit about the 9th mile mark, I have all this energy and I can crank up the miles and speed. I noticed this even more when I went clipless. I love riding but I almost hate the first miles until I warm up. So how long does it take you guys?
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Old 08-24-09, 12:31 PM   #2
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maybe you can do jumping jacks or something before you start riding.
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Old 08-24-09, 12:35 PM   #3
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The physical warm-up doesn't take too long; even if the day is cool, I'm usually sweating a bit after a couple of miles. The mental warm-up, though, can take longer. Usually reaching the local mountains is good for an instant mood improvement, but sometimes I just have to settle for it being better to be on the bike than being at home.
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Old 08-24-09, 12:37 PM   #4
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Somedays i can charge right out of the gate... other days it takes me 3 or 4 miles to get warmed up.

One of my favorite rides starts with a climb virtually right from the house, probably a 150' elevation gain in 1.5 miles. then a decent then another climb almost immediately for 2 miles. the first 6 miles of that ride is a series of hills. does awful things to my avg speed for the ride but sure gets the blood boiling.
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Old 08-24-09, 12:42 PM   #5
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I measure in minutes, not miles. It takes a good 20 minutes for me to start a good sweat and feel like I want to be on the bike. The first 20 minutes are spent thinking to myself, "I'm really not that far from the house...".
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Old 08-24-09, 01:14 PM   #6
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Depends on the ride.


If it's a flat ride , it takes about 7 miles.

If it's a road climb into the moutnains, 4 miles.

If it's a dirt climb into the mtns, 2 miles.

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Old 08-24-09, 01:23 PM   #7
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if it's a flat it takes 10 minutes.. to fix.
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Old 08-24-09, 02:50 PM   #8
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About 4-5 miles for me. Usually by the time I get to 5 my legs and lungs finally get in sync.
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Old 08-24-09, 02:50 PM   #9
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I never thought about it as distance. I measure mine in time. In traffic with lots of stops at intersections, about 10-15 minutes. With no stops, about 5 minutes?

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Old 08-24-09, 03:37 PM   #10
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6-7 miles here
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Old 08-24-09, 04:41 PM   #11
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usually around 5...sometimes a little longer. There are those days where I have been able to go at it full on right away though.
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Old 08-24-09, 04:45 PM   #12
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Mornings, about a mile. That's when I get onto a high-speed arterial in the dark with crazy groggy drivers who are more attuned to their coffee than looking for cyclists. I pedal like crazy in a vain effort to match traffic speeds. Cars are usually 45+ mph; best I can do on that downhill is about 30mph.

On my afternoon commute, it takes about 3 miles of mostly softpedaling mostly downhill to get my bad knee loosened up where it is pain-free getting around the top of the crank. At mile 4 coming home is a steep hill that has a minute of moderate grade (mashing 1st gear), then one minute of steep (standing), then 3 minutes of moderate grade (mashing 1st-spinning 3rd gear). By definition I am always warmed up when I finish that stretch.
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Old 08-24-09, 05:17 PM   #13
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If am riding by myselft it take me about 5-7 miles, in a group about 2-3 miles depend on the route.
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Old 08-24-09, 05:22 PM   #14
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It takes me a long time to warm up like around 20km's. It's not that the speed isin't there off the start it's just I really don't feel in the groove ill around the 20k mark. Heck sometimes when doing a club ride I feel like I'm really hitting my stride when we have finished a 80k ride. I am at my strongest between 60-110k hard to explain.
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Old 08-24-09, 05:29 PM   #15
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maybe 4 or 5 minutes.
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It takes me a long time to warm up like around 20km's. It's not that the speed isin't there off the start it's just I really don't feel in the groove ill around the 20k mark. Heck sometimes when doing a club ride I feel like I'm really hitting my stride when we have finished a 80k ride. I am at my strongest between 60-110k hard to explain.
I was begining to think I was the only one who is slow to get moving. I takes about an hour for me to get warmed up and moving. I am fastest for the second, third and fourth hours of a ride.
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Old 08-24-09, 07:47 PM   #18
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It seems to take me about 20 minutes before I feel great. I talked to a doctor on our club ride tonight and I asked if this took so long because I am heavy and he said mabey a little but he said age has some to do with it also. ECB1
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It usually take me about 5 miles to get past physical warm up and somewhere around 20 miles to really catch my stride.

There are days I never make it to 20 miles though.
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Old 08-24-09, 07:55 PM   #20
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Commute at both ends starts with a hill. By the time I'm up the hill at either end, I'm warmed up. Usually 4-6 minutes of riding.

However, I'm just a commuter. I ride 10 miles one-way, six days a week, and that's the extent of my riding until fall term is over.
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Old 08-24-09, 08:21 PM   #21
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For me anywhere from 4-8. Depends on the day.
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Old 08-25-09, 08:16 AM   #22
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How many miles does it take you guys to fully warm up? I noticed it takes me forever, like 9 miles. The first 9 miles is usually brutal for some reason. I'm tired, legs sore and aching. But after I hit about the 9th mile mark, I have all this energy and I can crank up the miles and speed. I noticed this even more when I went clipless. I love riding but I almost hate the first miles until I warm up. So how long does it take you guys?
About 6 to 8 miles. I determined this by noting and recording the mileage on my rides at which I spontaneously thought that I felt warmed up. Now I plan on riding easy and spinning in low gears until I hit that mark, especially on long rides.
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Old 08-25-09, 12:32 PM   #23
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For me it depends on the time of day and what ride I am setting out to do.

For my commute to work it takes a good mile or so. The biggest challenge is dragging my butt out of bed extra early.

For rides starting in the afternoon (club, charity, social)I am ready to rock from the first pedal stroke.
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Old 08-25-09, 12:52 PM   #24
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How many miles does it take you guys to fully warm up? I noticed it takes me forever, like 9 miles. The first 9 miles is usually brutal for some reason. I'm tired, legs sore and aching. But after I hit about the 9th mile mark, I have all this energy and I can crank up the miles and speed. I noticed this even more when I went clipless. I love riding but I almost hate the first miles until I warm up. So how long does it take you guys?
About as far as it takes to get my other foot clipped in Never have had to 'warm' up. Push the pedals down and I'm gone.
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I usually spend the first 20 minutes taking it easy and warming-up.
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