Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Silicon Valley, CA
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Originally Posted by stevebiker
Longer rides may be better for physical conditioning than short fast rides. Also, I've read that marathon runners develop "chaperone proteins" which provide substantial health benefits. Don't know if sprinters develop the same benefits.
I usually ride 15 miles a day during the week, and 25-30 a day on weekends. All rides are at a moderate pace with a short "all-out" sprint section of a half mile or so.
My 17 mile round trip commute is mostly flat. I can ride this with my eyes closed. But it's the longer 25+ mile rides with more elevation that get me into better shape. After a long (for me) ride on a weekend of 40 miles beats me up, the Monday commute seems like an easier ride. The first time this happened surprised me.
I expect that the search function for training books will help. I think training and improving is not as simple as ride long or hard ride. Lets not forget hills and intervals. You need to understand your goals and current fitness level in order to arrive at the right training plan.