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Old 09-21-08, 09:55 PM   #1
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Is there any conceivable way to get "training" benefit form 2.5 mile commute?

I know it is probably a dumb question, but someone once told me the only stupid question is the one you don't ask. Apparently they never visited BF...

Anyways, on those days when my schedule is filled 8am till midnight with school/work/schoolwork, the only riding I do is the 2.5 mile trip to campus and 2 miles to work. Is there any conceivable way use those short trips to improve my riding? Or am I just going to do more harm than good without any sort of warm-up, etc?

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Old 09-22-08, 12:41 AM   #2
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Sprint all out for all you can, take a rest, than sprint the rest. So pretty much sprinting...

Another why is to keep your cadence HIGH for those 2 miles, mean 120mph+
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Old 09-22-08, 01:20 AM   #3
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Yes. Sprint. Either time yourself and make note of your speed and that will eventually improve and will translate over to regular riding.
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Old 09-22-08, 05:53 AM   #4
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I don't think you have time to warm up enough to sprint. I think you will do more harm than good.

Maybe, just maybe you can get one sprint in at the end after warming up most of the way. I honestly don't think you could get much out of it.

What could you do? I suggest that maybe you could work on your spinning. Select a low gear and work on spinning as quickly and smoothly as possible. Concentrate on your technique and smoothness rather than going as absolutely as fast as possible. You would wan't to warm up for some of the way too.

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Old 09-22-08, 06:16 AM   #5
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Hard since you're not really warmed up. You could ride a fixie and/or work on skills/bike handling/pedaling efficiency for some benefit.
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Take a longer route to add some time to your commute.
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as others said

prepare to sweat

and sprint the whole distance, harder and harder.

other than that

the
only training you can do is super lightweight spinning at 80rpm to air out the legs
from a previous night hammer fest
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Sprint all out for all you can, take a rest, than sprint the rest. So pretty much sprinting...

Another why is to keep your cadence HIGH for those 2 miles, mean 120mph+
I think MPH should have been RPM. Don't want to be ticketed, ya know.
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I wouldn't do this on the way to school/work, only on the way home because of the sweat issue (Texas).

I like the idea of working on my spin, I hadn't thought of that. Problem is, my preferred commuter is a fixed gear, geared 42x16. Maybe I'll take my SS MTB (34x20) a few days a week and practice high cadence.

Or maybe one-legged stuff on my current bike?

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Hey Mac, from another Ag who used to ride to campus... if the day is so busy that you don't have time to train, then don't. Call it a rest day, and use 2 or 3 days a week as really hard days to get killer workouts in. If you train hard enough on those days, you'll be grateful to spin easy on the short days.

So where are you at? I used to live way South, near the hospital on Rock Prairie. It was just long enough to campus that I could spin my legs a bit and maybe break a sweat. Perfect for a light recovery.
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Enjoy the simplicity of your situation. Learn to ride in street clothes without sweating.

And if you want to get some exercise in, go for a longer ride.
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If nothing else then you're burning a few extra calories and not burning oil.
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take a longer route, or buy some running shoes and make 2.5 miles worth something
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Ride in your highest gear. Stand up most of the trip.
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