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Old 10-07-04, 05:13 PM   #1
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Way Too Little?

Hi guys,

I started cycling a few months back but then got sick and distracted but Im back in the saddle this week in earnest. I'm wondering if I'm doing nearly enough to improve or put any reasonable pressure on myself.

I'm 21, probably not very fit but I don't have a weight problem or anything like that.

I have a little route in my area it is about 6.5 miles of country side, bad roads, OK roads, with a good selection of climbs and descents. I guess I do it in about 30 mins or so and I find it pretty do-able. Some of the climbs are tough when Im doing them but Im not crippled the next day or anything like that.

I've done it two days in a row this week and have a few weeks free so I want to make progress. Should I make myself do 10 miles every day for 2 weeks? Is 6.5 too short? Should I have a rest day?

I want to feel like I'm getting somewhere, so, I'm not sure if 6.5 is adequate.

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Old 10-07-04, 05:18 PM   #2
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IMHO, The dangers of overtraining so early on are negligible. If you heart and soul are into it, and your muscles are obliging, 10 miles a day everyday is not that much exercise. Perhaps a better way to gauge training is with time-in-the-saddle, not total miles.

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Old 10-07-04, 05:28 PM   #3
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dont worry bout miles on your pooter let your body be your guide it will let you know if you need to rest
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6.5 miles is not a lot for someone 21yo.

Let your body be your guide.

Soon you will be up to 20-30 miles per ride. That would be sort of a minimum. Take your time getting to 20-30 miles, but you likely are not pushing yourself hard enough right now.
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Most important thing is to enjoy the rides. Quality not quantity.
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Hi,
do one long ride a week. Try to make it a little longer than last week occasionally. Ride when you feel like it, it'll get to be a habit.
Make sure you have a day or two off the bike each week.
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I'll agree with most everyone here, having been where you are not very long ago. My wife and I started with short rides, and they made us sore. When the short ride didn't make us sore any more, we added some more to make us sore, then the next day rode the short ride. So we alternated. Pretty soon we were up to about 12-15 miles...then 30, then more, without making us sore. Now, and I'm talking literally less than 3 months ago, 50 miles doesn't make us sore, or at least not enough to still be sore the next day.
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Thanks for the tips. I've changed to a route which is 8.1 miles and a bit more enjoyable, it includes a little stretch of good/busy road. A nice change from all the hill climbing.

I like the idea of doing 1 or 2 rides a week which are longer than my normal rides. Might be a good way to push it a bit.

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