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Old 11-10-12, 05:00 PM   #1
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Red face Who uses commuting for training.

So much for all the hard organised training, I just use commuting for my training. My morning commute is about 6km, although there is one stretch that I sprint up to 40+kph. I must admit that on the weekend I usually ride about 30km on Saturday and Sunday mornings.
I also only race the Dirty Deeds Cyclocross series, which is a great fun series, and as long as I beat a few riders (and not lapped by too many others) I feel that I have had a great day.
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Old 11-10-12, 11:31 PM   #2
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If my commute fits with my training schedule (in the summer, when the days are longer) I'll do it. It's 18 miles in each direction with a fair amount of climbing. It makes for a decent workout!

Another cyclocrosser? What is cycling coming to??
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So much for all the hard organised training, I just use commuting for my training. My morning commute is about 6km, although there is one stretch that I sprint up to 40+kph. I must admit that on the weekend I usually ride about 30km on Saturday and Sunday mornings.
I also only race the Dirty Deeds Cyclocross series, which is a great fun series, and as long as I beat a few riders (and not lapped by too many others) I feel that I have had a great day.
Don't commute any more, but I used to use commuting for most of my training, with the addition of one long ride - about 70 miles, usually - at the weekend.

But my commute was about 16 miles/25km each way, an average of four days per week. And I sometimes threw in a longer loop on the way to work to get some hills in. A commute of 6km can't take more than fifteen minutes; less if there's no traffic. With the best will in the world I don't see how one can train effectively on two fifteen-minute rides per day and two fairly short rides at weekends, I really don't.
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Old 11-11-12, 08:38 AM   #4
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I regularly use my commutes for training. My long route is about 16 miles each way, and it works for most of my workouts, which are all structured. If you read the thread here for racing newcomers, there is a recent discussion on how that works and doesn't work. It depends on the nature of the commute and your training goals.
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Old 11-14-12, 07:14 AM   #5
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I commute mainly in the offseason. It's hard to fit it in during the racing season unless I'm on a rest week. To me, that's not training.
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