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    What is your average mileage per month?

    Hi, everyone! I am 6'4 and weigh 295, down 30 pounds from a year ago. I am 45 and started cycling in May, '09, but have been pretty inconsistent. Sometimes, I would train for a local race (17-40 miles), but would have months where I didn't ride more than 20 miles.

    In April, I have ridden 201 miles, my biggest month ever. I am curious how many miles (on average) do you ride each month. I want to set some realistic, but challenging goals. I can't commute to work, so my riding is going to be early morning or at night. Like many of you, I am riding a hybrid bike, a Scott Sportster P4 which is a tank, but I love it.

    So, what is your monthly mileage and let us know if you ride daily or do 1-2 longer rides per week. Thanks.

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    Let's see (looks at my spreadsheet) in the exactly 9 months (Jul 30, 2010 - Apr 30, 2011) I've had my road bike I've done 1,107 miles. So that's 123 miles per month average. I expect that to go up a bit now that I'm riding longer rides and the weather is getting good for riding - I didn't ride much at all during the winter so that brought my average down.

    Oh, and I'm now trying to do a commute or two each week (short ride - 14 miles round trip) along with a 25 mile Wednesday night group ride and a 40 mile Saturday ride. So, 1 short ride a week, 1 medium ride a week and 1 longish ride a week.

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    During the summer, I ride 300-400 miles/month pretty consistently. I generally do 15-mile lunch rides 3-4 times/week. That gives me 45-60 miles before the weekend. Add in 1-2 longer rides on Saturday and Sunday and you can easily rack up 100 miles/week.

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    According to my Garmin, 250 - 300 miles per month. My totals are a little off this month as I threw out my back and was off the bike for a week. Some weeks I will only ride 30 miles or so and then others, 100+. In the Pacific NW the weather really does make a difference...

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    I also started riding in May of 2009. Since then, an average of about 50 miles/week.

    Starting in December, 2010, I've been riding more, and I'm averaging about 60 miles/week, though I would like to be doing at least 75. I missed some rides due to work, weather, etc., so I'm behind my goal by 300 miles at the moment.

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    It sounds like you have been pretty consistent since May of 2009. Were you heavy then or have you experienced much weight loss at the pace of 50 miles per week?

    Quote Originally Posted by ZippyThePinhead View Post
    I also started riding in May of 2009. Since then, an average of about 50 miles/week.

    Starting in December, 2010, I've been riding more, and I'm averaging about 60 miles/week, though I would like to be doing at least 75. I missed some rides due to work, weather, etc., so I'm behind my goal by 300 miles at the moment.

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    At least 400 miles per month - more like 6 - 800 when I'm training for something (Death ride in 2 months!). I've been riding 5 years, and rode a lot back in the 80's.

    No, i don't lose weight when I'm training hard - quite the opposite. I have to be careful with portions because my appetite gets revved up when I'm training. Exercise is good but if you don't watch what you eat and take in less calories than you burn you won't lose weight!

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    In a 12 month cycle, I avg about 750 a month. It gets a lot less in the 3 month winter season we have here.
    Heck I was as low as 400 one month this winter.

    In daylight savings time, there are many months with 1500-2000 miles.
    It's pretty easy riding here with no hills.

    I have been thinking of doing more in the spring-fall time, maybe 2500 a month!
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    Quote Originally Posted by jonathanb715 View Post
    At least 400 miles per month - more like 6 - 800 when I'm training for something (Death ride in 2 months!). I've been riding 5 years, and rode a lot back in the 80's.

    No, i don't lose weight when I'm training hard - quite the opposite. I have to be careful with portions because my appetite gets revved up when I'm training. Exercise is good but if you don't watch what you eat and take in less calories than you burn you won't lose weight!

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    Hey now, the death ride is no more. errr..... we aren't suppose to call it that anymore!

    effin forget it, Whatever they call it now, it's still hard and will always be the death ride.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jr59 View Post
    Hey now, the death ride is no more. errr..... we aren't suppose to call it that anymore!

    effin forget it, Whatever they call it now, it's still hard and will always be the death ride.
    Really? They still use deathride.com as their website. When the chamber of commerce took the ride over from Alta Alpina a couple of years ago, they tried to get people to call it the Tour of the California Alps. However, all the jerseys, the t-shirts, etc. still say Death Ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonathanb715 View Post
    No, i don't lose weight when I'm training hard - quite the opposite. I have to be careful with portions because my appetite gets revved up when I'm training. Exercise is good but if you don't watch what you eat and take in less calories than you burn you won't lose weight!
    Exactly. What I have gained is some speed and some endurance. I now do a 50-ish mile ride about 2-3 times per month. I've seen my average speed increase little by little on this ride. But when I started two years ago, riding such a distance wasn't even part of the plan. I was riding 3-4 times per week, about 10-15 miles/ride. As my fitness level increased, I started riding with a group of riders from my church, and that was a great help. It's good for accountability, good exercise, and it's good fellowship.

    I'd like to lose more weight, and I'm going to take a shot at it this summer. Portion control is key.


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    Like jr59, over the year, I'll average about 750/month. Sickness, fatigue, etc, take their toll. My best month was about 1,200 miles. I put in about 8-9,000 per year.

    When I'm going well, and the scheduling stars are aligned, I usually put in about 225-250 miles per week. Unfortunately, I seem able to only get 1 or 2 of these a month.

    I try to get in 5 rides a week, preferably 6, but schedules often interfere (this week, I'm only doing 2 due to sickness). My rides all run mostly 40-55 miles. When I had time off work (teacher) last summer, I was able to do 70-mile rides a day and ended up with 350 one week. I'm a firm believer that consistent riding (ie: daily) does more to develop your cycling & fitness than intermittent (2-3x a week).

    Also, to the OP: (love your avatar, btw) beware getting caught comparing yourself to others. Everybody is different and has different goals.

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    Ride lots [lots] more, eat all you want.
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    Your average looks pretty good to the folks getting back into things or just starting out!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigclydesdale View Post
    Hi, everyone! I am 6'4 and weigh 295, down 30 pounds from a year ago. I am 45 and started cycling in May, '09, but have been pretty inconsistent. Sometimes, I would train for a local race (17-40 miles), but would have months where I didn't ride more than 20 miles.

    In April, I have ridden 201 miles, my biggest month ever. I am curious how many miles (on average) do you ride each month. I want to set some realistic, but challenging goals. I can't commute to work, so my riding is going to be early morning or at night. Like many of you, I am riding a hybrid bike, a Scott Sportster P4 which is a tank, but I love it.

    So, what is your monthly mileage and let us know if you ride daily or do 1-2 longer rides per week. Thanks.

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    I've done about 3000 miles in two years, but for those two years have been away for two months at a time each year. So that's effectively 1500 miles in 10 months, or 150 miles per month on average.

    April was probably my best month ever with just over 300 miles chalked up. May looks set to be a good one as well, as I'm going to be doing 150 and possibly 250 miles in one long weekend. Aside from long trips I usually do 20-30 miles or so on a ride and might do that 2-3 times in a week. Every once in a while I take a longer trip and chalk up closer to 40. It all depends how I'm feeling.

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    How MUCH is "lots lots more"?

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    Ride lots [lots] more, eat all you want.
    Intriguing answer.

    Assuming I want to keep my job and my marriage, how many miles do I need to put in daily or weekly to eat whatever?!?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jr59 View Post
    In daylight savings time, there are many months with 1500-2000 miles.
    It's pretty easy riding here with no hills.

    I have been thinking of doing more in the spring-fall time, maybe 2500 a month!
    1500 miles/month = 50 miles per day, 7 days per week, No rest days.
    2000 miles/month = 66 miles per day...
    2500 miles/month = 83 miles per day...
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    Quote Originally Posted by skilsaw View Post
    1500 miles/month = 50 miles per day, 7 days per week, No rest days.
    2000 miles/month = 66 miles per day...
    2500 miles/month = 83 miles per day...
    Wow he can do math! SHOCKING!

    I know how many a day it is. All it takes is time.

    BTW; I have it to about 50 miles in the am and 50 miles after I get off of work.
    So there is time off!

    I'm off on Sunday, so that is between 150-200 miles.

    You act like thats something you can't do. If you can't spend that much time on a bike, SORRY for you!
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    This is starting to seem like a weiner-measuring contest. Can anyone really remain a clydesdale by cycling 66-100 miles per day? How many chocolate donuts do you eat after each ride to replace the calories?

    I was hoping to gain some perspective as a new cyclist, who is also a Clyde. I am looking to establish some reasonable goals by hearing from my peers.

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    Riding has NEVER made me thin. My diet allows me to lose weight.

    I know some of the guys I ride with in the Rando club, ride a LEAST a 400k a week, and thats not inlcuding the almost every day 150k they ride.
    If you need that in miles, a 400k is 250 and a 150 is a little over 100. Plenty of times they ride 600 and 800k. They ride bents and are fatter than me.
    I am at about 270, so miles alone won't work.

    Diet to lose weight, ride to get in shape.

    Oh yes I don't eat donuts, but I will kill a pint of ben and Jerrys ice cream a night.

    All it takes is time and planing to ride a lot of miles a month. There isn't a day goes by that I am not out the door and riding by 4:45am.
    I'm home early tonight, most times I'm just getting in at 8:30 pm.

    I work from 9-5:30 six days a week.

    I also can get to 245 pretty easy as long as I diet, but miles alone won't do it.
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    I averaged 280 a month over the last three years. I'm averaging 350/month so far this year.
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    Average over the last 12 months is 816 miles/ month. That ranges from a low of 564 last November to 1,364 this April.

    I ride more or less daily, but usually works out to 20 times a month or so. And I either ride with the local bike shop ride, or, more recently have been doing rando rides on the weekends.
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    My perspective (as a father of a 10 y.o. and a 12 y.o. who coaches their sports teams) is that a 100 mile week is easy but a 200 mile week takes planning. I'd love to have the time to ride more, but that's just not going to happen right now.

    Different types of training for different types of cycling. I need goals - long hard rides - to set up my training program around and stick to it. Others like group rides as their primary source of training motivation, and others pile on the miles.

    When I'm training hard, I like to do cycles of 3 hard weeks and one easier one. The hard weeks will have lots of miles (200 - 250), with lots of intervals aimed at specific goals (increase speed, increase lactate threshold, improve climbing, improve endurance when riding tempo) that help on the kinds of rides I like to do. Carmichael's book on training for the time crunched cyclist covers most of those - great reading for those of us with family obligations.

    The easier week will be less miles (150 or so targeted, not always acheived) with most of those rides being LSD types to maintain my aerobic base. If I get bored, I'll do some climbing or throw in a set of intervals. These weeks can often be set up to coincide with heavy family obligations if I plan ahead.

    Riding 100 miles a week when I'm not training for something specific (usually November/December/January) and 200 - 250 when training is plenty to get me in shape for tough climbing rides like the Death Ride or the easier Double Centuries around here. I won't be the fastest out there for these rides, but I'll finish mid-pack usually. For the really tough doubles, I'd need to step up the intensity of the training even more - I wouldn't have made the time cutoffs for the Devil Mountain Double that was run today.

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    Edit - I should mention that time is often as important as miles, depending on what you are doing. Mt. Diablo is my training hill - 10 miles long, 3,200 feet of climbing. Not super steep, but 1.5 - 2 hours on that will definitely test your conditioning and hill climbing ability even if it isn't a whole lot of miles!
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    For me, riding by itself builds fitness, but doesn't help me lose weight. I haven't lost weight in a while.

    So far I'm averaging 450 miles per month. I commute every day. I have more time than some as my daughters are grown, but less than others, because I'm too young to retire.

    I aim for 5000 miles per year. I did hit that last year.
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