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    Is it worth it to add a lunchtime ride?

    Once the temp gets another 5 degrees F higher, I will be out every morning extending my commute to a 30 to 40 mile ride. It's five miles to get back home at night with no time to take longer, which I usually take easy in zone 2 and do fast spins or one-legged drills for technique. Weekends will be group rides.

    Would adding a lunchtime ride help? I don't want additional stressful intervals, because they will be done in the mornings. I'm thinking Z2 for 45 minutes.

    Whatcha think?

    Also, have any of you had any luck organizing a regular lunch run with others around town? Any advice there?
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    It won't do much fitness wise, as you are already doing a pretty good amount of volume. It will, however, stretch out the legs and burn some calories. Personally, I wouldn't do it as the extra saddle time might decrease the quality of your harder -and more important- rides.

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    Could be great for mental health though!

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    I like the idea. It would make work more acceptable. A 20 minute ride. Not enough for me. I'd probably get fired for forgetting to come back by the time the bell rang.
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    Seems like a nice ride during work could help relieve some work time stress.
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    I think it depends on what your goals are whether the extra lunchtime miles will be of any benefit. Similar to you I ride to/from work and often add extra distance in one direction. So at lunch I've found it more valuable to do yoga, pilates, or other abdominal/back strengthening exercises or even just go for a walk. All are beneficial to cycling, even the walking as it provides some relief to the bent over cycling position.

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    Well, if it were me, and i rode 30-40 miles to get to work, i would benefit more from eating a big lunch!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mariposabc View Post
    I think it depends on what your goals are whether the extra lunchtime miles will be of any benefit. Similar to you I ride to/from work and often add extra distance in one direction. So at lunch I've found it more valuable to do yoga, pilates, or other abdominal/back strengthening exercises or even just go for a walk. All are beneficial to cycling, even the walking as it provides some relief to the bent over cycling position.
    That's not a bad idea, I've been wanting to add cycling-specific yoga to my overall fitness plan.
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