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    How do I HTFU?

    So I'd like to start throwing some workout into my commute home, since it's only 2.5 miles... I've heard people talking about hill repeats and intervals... What are these and how do I best do them? I'm a complete noob to this, so I have no clue haha. I tried a forum search, but couldn't find what i was looking for.

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    Intervals (To alternate between forcing the pace and resting, with the intention of wearing out other riders. Riding hard for relatively short periods).

    http://www.dummies.com/how-to/conten...r-fitness.html

    Interval training: With interval training, you alternate short, fairly intense spurts of exercise with periods of relatively easy exercise. For example, say you're out bicycling. After warming up for 15 minutes or so, you may try cycling all-out for 30 seconds and follow this with a few minutes of easy pedaling until your heart rate slows down a little, to about 120 or fewer beats per minute. Then you do another tough 30-second interval, and so on. In essence, you're switching between the low and high ends of your target zone.

    When you first try interval training, keep the high-intensity periods short — 15 to 30 seconds. Follow these periods with at least three times as much active rest (so, 45 to 90 seconds). Active rest means that you keep moving between intervals instead of stopping dead. So after you do that 30-second bike sprint, pedal slowly for about 90 seconds. You may need even more recovery than that, especially if you're a beginner. As you become more accustomed to higher levels, you can increase the length of the high-intensity intervals as you decrease the length of the low-intensity intervals. Eventually, you can aim for a 1:1 hard-to-easy ratio, measuring intervals in terms of time or distance.

    Fartlek: This charming word means "speed play" in Swedish. Fartlek is basically interval training without an exact measure of time or distance. You just do your intervals whenever you feel like it. You may try sprinting to every other telephone pole. Or set your sights on that horse standing in the field down the road and pick up your pace until you reach him.

    Uphill battles: You can add hills to walking, biking, running, or skating workouts. You have to work harder when you come to a hill, but ultimately you're rewarded with extra strength and stamina. As a bonus, going uphill can burn twice as many calories as exercising on flat land. One fun drill is to do hill repeats. Find a long, fairly steep hill and then sprint up it and jog down it, repeating this sequence four to eight times.

    http://roadskater.net/chris-carmicha...skate-training

    Climbing Repeats

    Goal: Increase your climbing lactate threshold

    Where: A road with a long steady climb

    (I didn't have one of those but a shorter, steep climb that I did 3 times in a row)
    How: Focus on continuous riding without interruptions for the length of the prescribed interval. Riding intensity should be in the 78 percent to 83 percent range of your maximum heart rate (...) The length of the workout should range from 5 to 15 minutes and recovery time between repeats should be 5 to 10 minutes.


    http://sportsmedicine.about.com/od/s...ndBasics_2.htm
    http://www.pponline.co.uk/encyc/0252.htm

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    Wow, a great post! Thanks! I will try some of these this week!
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    Quote Originally Posted by spwelton View Post
    So I'd like to start throwing some workout into my commute home, since it's only 2.5 miles...
    You've heard of taking "the long way home"? You don't have to go straight home after work. Add blocks and miles to the ride and enjoy the weather and new sights you'll see.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RonH View Post
    You've heard of taking "the long way home"? You don't have to go straight home after work. Add blocks and miles to the ride and enjoy the weather and new sights you'll see.
    That's actually what i did today. Got on the Greenway trail after work and rode downtown and then back to the apartment, trying to stay above 13 MPH the whole time... That was a workout hahaha
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    If you're only doing 5 miles a day now, you might try doubling that a couple days a week. That might be a workout for you at this stage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Machka View Post
    If you're only doing 5 miles a day now, you might try doubling that a couple days a week. That might be a workout for you at this stage.
    It depends on the day, some days my schedule has me all over and I'll do 10 miles of commuting, sometimes its only 3... Guess that comes with being a grad student haha. On weekends I take a trail that ends up being around 15 miles. But yeah, I'll be taking the long road home whenever I have the time. Also gonna throw in some intervals on the commute home
    Sean

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    2.5 miles is pretty short, possibly not enough to get warmed up for a hard effort (time for a cooldown on the bike is good too). Taking the long way home and just doing some easy/moderate miles sounds like a good idea. Once your rides are 30+ minutes maybe add some intensity? 10 to warmup, 10 of moderate/hard effort or interval work, 10 to cooldown?

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    check out google maps and explore some new longer routes home.
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    Quote Originally Posted by spwelton View Post
    So I'd like to start throwing some workout into my commute home, since it's only 2.5 miles... I've heard people talking about hill repeats and intervals... What are these and how do I best do them? I'm a complete noob to this, so I have no clue haha. I tried a forum search, but couldn't find what i was looking for.

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