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Old 06-26-07, 12:06 AM   #1
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30 minute max workout on the road?

I used to log some good miles but after my son was born about 9 mo ago I've been strapped for time and have lost fitness/put on weight.

I now think that in order to really get myself back on track I need to keep activity to 30 minutes or so.
It'll help me get it in and move on to other things. I used to do these longer rides and each ride was an hour and on the weekends it'd be 3 hours.

There's no way I can take that much time anymore. I don't want to give up on cycling completely but I've had better luck hitting a normal gym or boxing gym in the past.

Any suggestions for me to get fit and not waste the gear I have? Short rides every day? Hard intervals? Thanks for the help!
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Old 06-26-07, 07:40 AM   #2
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Trade your gear for a trailer, tow the kid around....
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I need at least 30-minutes for a warm-up, preferably 45. I wouldn't do intervals until I'm warmed up. You might be risking some injuries there.
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You may want to focus on tempo riding for 20 minutes with a 10 minute warm up. I don't know if I would do it every day though. Maybe 5 days a week.
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I feel the benefits of warming up 10 min into the ride. A 30 minute warm up seems a bit lengthy as the body doesn't take that long to start producing the right energy.
I certainly don't want to do damage by overworking or strain.

I just can't spend 60 minutes on a bike right now. Maybe I'll have to get an indoor trainer so I can ride at night or something.
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3 hrs pulling the trailer can be a great nap time. 9 months is probably too young for that long a nap, and possibly too young for the trailer at all, but you should be able to swing those certainly in the next year.
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I feel the benefits of warming up 10 min into the ride. A 30 minute warm up seems a bit lengthy as the body doesn't take that long to start producing the right energy.
I certainly don't want to do damage by overworking or strain.

I just can't spend 60 minutes on a bike right now. Maybe I'll have to get an indoor trainer so I can ride at night or something.
If you can manage the boredom of the trainer then I give you credit I only use the trainer during the winter when the temps are sub 30. However, it is a good way to get a time consumed workout in. I still think that a 10 minute warm up and 20 minute training ride will work for you. You can always alternate with a 20 minute tempo ride and then with a 10 ~ 15 minute time trial with a cool down after.
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I just bought a trainer recently and have been using it either at night or in the morning. It is boring but still better IMO than riding outdoors everyday in the miserable Florida summer (I save that for the weekends). It also helps to not have to go any farther than upstairs to ride and if you turn on the TV the boredom factor is not quite so bad.
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