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Old 12-29-04, 11:53 AM   #1
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Fitness - How long?

How long do you reckon you need to cycle a bike per day to regain a good level of fitness - or how many miles per day, in general? I know it's a very generalised question which varies from person to person, but I was wondering what people think. Maybe I should have made this a poll...
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It kind of depends on the level of un-fitness you're coming from, doesn't it? I would assume, though, that riding three to four days a week 7 to 15km should do you pretty well after a couple of months. Then you can build up more distance and time.
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At a minimum level, riding a "hard" hour three or four days a week. That "hour" hour needs to be buffered by an easy thirty minute warm-up ride, and then a fifteen minute or so "easy" cool-down period. So, a total of about eight hours a week.

That mimimal program of eight hours a week will deliver noticeable results for most riders in just a month or two. And, in six months, you can see dramatic improvements in your overall physical condition.

I have an age fifty-something friend who rides every day of the year for about an hour or so. Probably a total of around 10 hours a week. He never rides fast or pushes himself enough to be breathing hard (his ashma would "kick in"). But, after several years of doing this, he is in much better shape than most guys his age.
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Thanks for the advice - and eating in moderation and cutting out fatty foods will be a good idea. I'll be sure to let you know how I get on.
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Depends what you mean by fitness. For racing you need strong muscles and aerobic system.
For touring you need to condition your body to ride on a bike all day. With regular daily riding you can probably get touring fit in 3 months, ie you can get on your bike, ride a steady metric century/100km and not feel any discomfort beyond mild fatigue.
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As I have gotten older, I am finding that it takes me 3 times as long to gain fitness than it takes to lose it. For that winter weight gain, I figure a 75 miles per pound usually will give me back a semblance of that svelte form I used take for granted.
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Depends what you mean by fitness. For racing you need strong muscles and aerobic system.
For touring you need to condition your body to ride on a bike all day. With regular daily riding you can probably get touring fit in 3 months, ie you can get on your bike, ride a steady metric century/100km and not feel any discomfort beyond mild fatigue.


Strong muscles? i can out ride the strongest man in the world. strenth has nothing to do with it. in fact most pros are weaker then the avg joe.
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