I've read numerous posts by many well informed folks on here, like Danno, and others. And as they all point out, once you've gotten to a certain level you need to add a more structured routine in order to continue progressing once you hit a plateau.
I've gone from 195 lbs, down to 165 lbs and my cardio is much improved. Im at a point weight wise im happy with, but would like to get much more toning and just overall fitness improvment. So im a candidate for a more structured training program.
Unfortunatly all the training programs/schedules ive seen have a lot of rest days, long ride days, short but intense interval days, etc. Which is wonderfull if I did my cycling after work. But I commute to work and home via bike and thats the ONLY way i can personally find the time to do it. I also find it impossible to come up with an excuse to not do my exercise that day when im at work and HAVE to cycle to get home
Anyone have any good results or ideas on how to mix up a daily commute of a set distance into something I can get max benefit from ?
My current commute is 18 miles, with one 600 ft climb in morning (early in route) and 2 - 600 ft climbs on way home (middle and very end). The morning and first evening climb are prolly 5-8% and the last evening climb is about 12-15% grade. Each route is about a 1 hour commute, and i do it each way 5 days a week. In the summer i also do weekend longer runs, but winter its pretty much mon-fri only.
Any help appreciated