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How Much Variety

Old 04-23-08, 04:59 PM
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How Much Variety

I have about 5 different types of rides/loops that I do to bring some variety to my riding. However, my main ride is on 2 rural roads where I live. I find that its much easier to find time if I ride on the road I live on. The first road is 6.5 miles long but has good steep hills with a few flats, I usually ride till I get tired of the hillls and turn around and go back then go past my house and go on another road that is 2 good long hills and the rest is flat.

Right now I'm riding 12-20 miles on these two roads. I have a bunch of combinations riding long on one and short on the other or vice versa. Riding mostly hills, or riding mostly flats.

I've noticed that my AVG times haven't increased, but that's because I'm focusing more on distance and pacing myself than seeing how fast I can go.

Do you guys think there is enough variety on these two roads to keep me from hitting a wall in my riding or from getting bored.

The other 4 loops/ rides I do involve driving 30 minutes to the nearest bike trail.
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As long as you are not bored and enjoy the ride, that is all that matters.
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I've been riding the same areas most of the time for the past 7 months and am not burned out at all. Like you, I prefer to start and end my rides from home (actually, the only times my bikes have been transported is when I brought them home the first time). I live near 3 beach communities and a harbor area so I mix and match to put together anything from a quick 5 mile ride when time is short to 15+ miles when I've got a bit more time. For longer rides I hit the coast and head north (sometimes turning inland along the river trail after a dozen miles) adding an extra few miles to my turn around points each month. I also commute to work and am riding that same route every work day.
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I think the convenience over weighs the boredom factor. Anything that creates a hurdle to doing the ride (like loading up the bike) will probably result in less riding.

I would consider turning the roads into a lap, say a seven mile lap, then track your time per lap. Then create heavy days (more climbing) and lighter days, based on varying the lap route. I have one route that has a killer hill, one route that is pretty flat, and one inbetween.
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Sometimes I ride way out to Brickyard Point or Coosaw Island, and there are times I just ride laps around the school behind the house.
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Originally Posted by Paco97
Do you guys think there is enough variety on these two roads to keep me from hitting a wall in my riding or from getting bored.
Sounds to me like you're borrowing trouble. Just ride and deal with problems as they arise, don't waste your time on imagined problems that might arise in the future.
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Agreed! That's what maps are for if you do get bored with the route. I use map my ride, for example, to plan out training loops, and have several with variable terrain. If I get bored, I just plan a new loop.

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Sounds to me like you're borrowing trouble. Just ride and deal with problems as they arise, don't waste your time on imagined problems that might arise in the future.
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I have done 80 laps around the block for 40 miles one day.
Why would you get bored?
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Originally Posted by Tom Stormcrowe
Agreed! That's what maps are for if you do get bored with the route. I use map my ride, for example, to plan out training loops, and have several with variable terrain. If I get bored, I just plan a new loop.
Or have an unplanned new loop -- like on this morning's commute, there's a point where I usually cut over to take Charles Street up to Boylston, over the Common and into my office on Tremont, only today there was a big truck with a load of lumber...cut right to get around him and then couldn't get back to the left to make it onto Charles, so ended up riding along Stuart/Kneeland to the next street heading north which is Washington...took Washington and then had to go an extra two blocks before I could cut over and head back down Tremont to the office. All in all about four extra blocks. The Red Sox do that to me a lot too, if it's game day I never know what route I'll end up taking to get home.
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That sounds like training for riding around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for 40 laps.

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I have done 80 laps around the block for 40 miles one day.
Why would you get bored?
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I ride around my downtown airport 6 days a week (100-150 miles week). It is 3.6 mile loop and 1.6 miles of that is always into a head wind. I have become a very strong rider thanks to the wind.

Is this very repetitive? Yes, but every now and then I really cute woman will show up to ride and help me forget about it.
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Originally Posted by b_young
As long as you are not bored and enjoy the ride, that is all that matters.
+1 I've ridden basically the same route for the past 2.5 years with a few exceptions. I alter streets and directions here and there based on the wind direction. Each day has a new feel: Opossums, raccoons, cats, dogs, drunks, paper boys, cars, drug addicts, weather and other bikers. No two days are quite alike.
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I have 2 bikes to keep it varied one hardtail mtb and one road one the weekends I get out and bring the mtb some where. The main reaosn I bough tthe road bike was because I could ride it alot more during the week and not need to travel.
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Originally Posted by 10 Wheels
I have done 80 laps around the block for 40 miles one day.
Why would you get bored?
I've done 30 mile training rides on my local velodrome: 150 laps. Oy, I'm dizzy......
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Originally Posted by 10 Wheels
I have done 80 laps around the block for 40 miles one day.
Why would you get bored?
For those that might have missed it when someone posted it earlier:
https://www.theonion.com/content/vide...eveals_winning

To the original post: Ride wherever you feel like it and when you get bored, go ride somewhere else. Loading the bike in the car and going somewhere else is nice every once in a while, I'd hate to do it everytime I rode, though.
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