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    When do you find time to train ??

    Well after getting over a cold this week, I wanted to get back on my bike this week and get some saddle time going. I decided I'd get up at the crack this morning, thinking that there would be some light at 6am... unfortunately there was none... only darkness, and fog in my 'hood. I usually get home from work about 6pm every night, and by the time I grab something to eat, it gives me about 20 minutes of riding time before it gets dark. Not nearly enough time to do anything really... I've been trying to ride a bit at lunch this week, but that doesn't seem like nearly enough either... my questions I guess, is when can I ride ? when do you ride this time of year ? do you just pack it in, hit the gym, and ride on weekends ? I really would just like an hour or so a few times a week, and then a longer ride on weekends, but can;t seem to find the time.... any suggestions ?

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    Your only other choice this time of year is to buy a good light and flashers. My morning commute (Chicago area) starts at 5 AM and I couldn't survive without my lights! If you have a bike path close by it's even more fun to ride the path at night. The tree lined paths get a little spooky at times, though!
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    Riding in the dark isn't bad. I also use my thrice-weekly commute (15 miles each way) as training, and I'll sometimes go on a longer ride instead of going home (I rarely have time). That, plus weekends, gets me in for a bare minimum of riding; when I'm not in school, I can go out on the bike almost every day.
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    Oh, so true.

    1) I'm sure some commuter types will suggest lighting up and riding at night anyway. Good lights are expensive, though, but this is an option.

    2) For under $15 you can get a red, rear blinking light to clip on to your jersey pocket. You'll get a few more minutes to ride and be better seen from approaching traffic.

    3) Get an indoor trainer, plunk it in front of a TV and spin for an hour.

    I got on my trainer for the first time in 6 months the other evening and hated every minute of it. However, it's that, or get fat. By mid-October I'll be on it 3 or 4 times a week and try to get a nice ride in on Saturdays. . . at least until it snows.

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    It's getting to be time for me to break out my stationary trainer and Spinervals videos for weeknight training. I'm not a big fan of riding the trainer, but the Spinervals video series (www.spinervals.com) helps keep it fun and interesting--plus they're awesome workouts. I usually do a couple of Spinervals workouts during the week, then get out for a ride on the road over the weekend, weather permitting. If the weather's bad on the weekend, I put on one of the longer Spinervals videos and work out indoors.

    It's not as fun as being on the road, but it beats not doing anything at all! Cross-training also helps keep it fun.

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    From one Jeff to another ... "You live in Southern California man!"
    Buy a light and ride. Norco has great deals on digital lights and their reputation for quality is superb. Nightriding (do a search here) is sublime .. I actually look forward to fall and winter for just this reason.
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    This is REALLY sick. . .
    I get up a 4:00 am, slug down a cup of coffee and
    hit the rollers for an hour every morning (weekdays).
    Try to get an hour evening ride in but depending on
    work that isn't always possible.
    Save the weekend for long milage rides.

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    I would start early in the morning regardless of whether or not it was dark. It only going to get brighter as time goes on. Or buy an indoor trainer and use the bike on weekends sorta deal( last resort)
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    i can't comment on "training" but i have had terrific results engaging in "commuting," which is another word for "traveling" by bicycle.

    seriously, commuting is the only way i know to routinely ride, and it's amazing how fit you'll feel in short order. i'm not sure it is preparing me for the next tour de france, but it has made me healthier, slimmer, and stronger.

    it matters not a whit to me that i am not doing the correct number of "interval days" or "recovery days," etc. the simple facts are i am riding, enjoying it, and feeling great. all you need are some lights, reflective gear, and a safe route. try it, you'll like it!

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    Thanks for all the good avice ya'll...

    I'd love to commute... but it is about 26 miles each way with about 3 gnarly hills... my company is talking abotu moving early next year, possibly closer to my home. I sure hope this is the case... i could easily do 10-15 miles each way if it wasn't too hilly...

    Until then, I'll just keep heading out on the weekends, trying to ride a bit at lunch, and hitting the gym for spinning classes or just some time on the crappy stationary bikes they have there... IAlthough I have noticed that since starting to ride this summer, my cadence on the stationary bike has gone from around 110 on the average once i'm warmed up to about 135... that'ts pretty good for me... just wanna work on longer rider on the weekend :-)

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    26 miles could make a good 1-way commute, if you alternate with your car. Its a way to get the miles in. Cycle into work one day, and ride back the next. Im sure the California climate won't bother you, but you may want to winterize your bike, (fenders, lights, luggage rack, and slightly wider tyres). If you have some serious hills in the way, just get some lower gears.

    A <light> touring bike
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    with a road triple and clearance for 28mm tyres/fenders would be much more useful than a road racing machine for this kind of use.
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    Or drive part of the way to work, and ride from there.

    It's all about getting a "base" and you just ain't going to get that at the gym, I know about that one.

    Real miles is the way to go
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    sipper .... my one-way commute is 24 miles. i do the distance in the morning, then take the train home in the p.m. (which involves an additional 8 miles for getting to/from the station). the ride was tough at first, but not any more.

    you an also mix it up with the car as someone else has suggested.

    where there is a will there is a way, and it feels so much better to cycle freely than to wait in a line of traffic.

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    originally posted by Banditi can't comment on "training" but i have had terrific results engaging in "commuting," which is another word for "traveling" by bicycle.

    seriously, commuting is the only way i know to routinely ride, and it's amazing how fit you'll feel in short order. i'm not sure it is preparing me for the next tour de france, but it has made me healthier, slimmer, and stronger.

    it matters not a whit to me that i am not doing the correct number of "interval days" or "recovery days," etc. the simple facts are i am riding, enjoying it, and feeling great. all you need are some lights, reflective gear, and a safe route. try it, you'll like it!
    exactly!! bike commuting is the secret training tool for those of us with limited time. i find that w/o bike commuting, no matter how commited you are, there are always those times when you're so busy at work and home that your training time falls out... when you bike commute to work you have your training time as part of your normal daily life --- getting to work!

    as the others have suggested, with a long commute, do half per day or twice a week or something. Start with 1 day per week --- or maybe half the distance or whatever and then work it into your routine where "Mondays and Wednesdays" you bike commute to work...

    if you just ride in twice a week, that's 100 miles! and i assume for driving you need, say 30-45 minutes for that commute and for cycling you'll need about 1:45 (15mph average) plus a little time to change -- so say 2 hours compared to 45 minutes -- so basically for an extra 1:15 of your time, you get 1:45 of training!

    in the winter, i personally find that i am less likely to go for a "recreational ride" when it's dark out as (compared to the summer) but for commuting it's not much of an issue -- sure, you need some lights, but what you'll save on gas commuting less by car will pay for some basic lights. if you want the really nice expensive ones then OK too (i personally have nice expensive lights, but only use them for off-road and use a basic $30 Cateye rechargable light for commuting) -- do a search and see other threads for lighting options
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