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Old 03-28-12, 06:45 AM   #1
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How long to warm up?

How many miles/km does it take for your body to warm up to its normal operating temperature when you start riding?
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Old 03-28-12, 06:58 AM   #2
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Back when I was racing I found my optimum warm up was between 10 and 20 miles depending on the conditions. I really don't find the concept completely applicable when touring.
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My pace is slow enough, and I stop often enough, when touring that I don't really need to "warm up".



(But when I'm on a long ride, like a randonnee, I usually don't really settle in, relax, find my rhythm, and feel comfortable until somewhere around the 75 km point.)
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How many miles/km does it take for your body to warm up to its normal operating temperature when you start riding?
It takes me about ten miles to get everything sync'd up for a long distance roadie ride. When I take the touring bike out for a day trip it's much less, usually just long enough to get my spin going comfortably.

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About 5 miles.

Down in Big Bend on a camping tour there was this tall hill just out from our camping place.
I tried riding without a cup of coffee and had to come back.

The store only had sodas, a Dr Pepper did the trick for me and i was able to ride up the hill.

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5 miles or less sounds about right for me. Never paid a lot of attention to it.

Temp related warm up in winter, time for circulation to hit hands, feet, ears, about 20-30 minutes. Energy hit from a Snicker bar, about 20 minutes.
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About 10kms is good for us (+50yo's), unless we're tackling a high pass and we camp halfway up (if possible).
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Takes me a good 1/2 hour in the morning to get to where I start feeling human again.
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for me its around 10to 12 miles at average speed 13mph .
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