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    The next street over is a hill that is about 3/4 of a mile in length. I will often do hill repeats for 30 minutes at a time.

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    I only have to go up the block and there's a 11% hill about 0.2 miles long. I do intervals and then recover at the top, I go down that street and come up another one, also 12% average for about 0.3 miles with sections over 25%. Full on workout and can be done in 30-45 minutes. High intensity, my lowest gear is a 42x23 so I am out of the saddle on any of the steeper bits.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cookiemonsta View Post
    I often go through a lot of trouble to clear 2 hours to get a ride in. But I realize that I would be able to get a lot more riding done if I would just accept that I am short on time and would just do 20km here and there (quickly before dinner, or quickly before work, quickly before sleep etc.). Instead of being like "I can not get a minimum of X kilometer in so there is no point".

    Do you feel a 20 km ride is useful at all? Is it part of your routine? And would you advice me to incorporate short 20 km rides in my weekly routine if a longer ride is not possible? (the alternative is going for a run, which is what I have usually do, even though I really do not enjoy it).

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    Any amount of riding is useful. 20 km is around 40 min. After 20 min warmup do some intervals or climbing. Really work it. Do it daily.

    If that is all you have, than that is all you have.
    (Shrugs)

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    Many years ago in the dark ages when I raced a lot of criteriums (1980s), I had a 13 mile loop with a few corners, curves, grades and pop-over type rollers. I would warm up for a mile, hit the timer and then jump out of every corner, hammer over every small hill and up every short grade. In between, I'd tempo around 19-20 mph. The last mile was spun in, also, so in essence, I was getting 10 miles of training. I found it way more fun than structured intervals and the course was perfect for it. It was a great supplement to regular training.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ice41000 View Post
    Any amount of riding is useful. 20 km is around 40 min. After 20 min warmup do some intervals or climbing. Really work it. Do it daily.

    If that is all you have, than that is all you have.
    (Shrugs)
    It's more like an hour for me ... but it's great to get out for an hour in an evening.

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    I'll go up and down my driveway to make sure my Strava KOM is still standing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dudelsack View Post
    I'll go up and down my driveway to make sure my Strava KOM is still standing.
    Make sure you put up barricades to keep other cyclists off your driveway.
    "Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." Einstein

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    Shortest training ride I know is by my wife's niece.. she regularly do a tiring 1.5 mile micro loop.

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    I did an hour on the way home last night. Very short, very hard intervals, and very easy riding to recover.
    Cyclists of the world, unite! You have nothing to lube but your chains!

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    we do 28 miles of 23-26mphr on tuesday and thursday then saturday 50 miles and sunday 30 to 45 miles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by caloso View Post
    I did an hour on the way home last night. Very short, very hard intervals, and very easy riding to recover.
    That's impressive sprint power! I don't know what you weigh but 1700w for 10S should be winning you some Cat 3 races.

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    Yeah, ignore that. I've been having some issues with my Quarq. Those values are a good 400w high. On another recent ride, I was doing 30 mph at 100w. I'll be sending it to SD for recalibration as soon as the season ends for me next week.
    Cyclists of the world, unite! You have nothing to lube but your chains!

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    Done some short rides since I made this topic. Gotta say, feels good. Even found a pretty good well-lit route to do after the sun goes down.

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    Living a few miles from the AT I have plenty of hills around that make for excellent workouts. High intensity output for 30 minutes is high intensity output. I don't think it matters what you're doing. It's good exercise for your heart, and overall good for your health if you are doing high intensity workouts. However, having said that, if you're training for a race that is long distance, conditioning your body for a 30 minute period of exertion may not be sufficient preparation for those long distances. But if all you're concerned about is burning a few calories and improving your health, then yes, I believe you can get a good workout in on a shorter distance if you try

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