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I need a new coffee shop.

Old 09-02-10, 03:48 PM
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I need a new coffee shop.

I started cycling again in June and have really enjoyed it. My standard ride is 13 km (roughly 8 miles) to a nice coffee shop and then 13 km back home.

I'm feeling now that I need a little more of a workout. I'm a tortoise, not a hare, so I have to add more miles, not go faster. It's time to find a different coffee shop that is 10 to 12 kms from home.

And I'll keep building from there.
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Why not just add miles to get to the coffee shop?..especially if you like the place.

This past Tuesday me and a friend rode to Starbucks. normally, its right around 18 miles, but we made the route so it was 34 miles to get there. Although I do like trying different coffee shops
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I'd start looking for a scenic ride home from the shop. There are a few "destinations" I'll bike to, and pretend I'm out to get dinner, instead of out for a good ride ( or some of both ). I enjoy myself, and the production of cycling (say) to the beach for a swim, not having to park, whatever. If you like the coffee shop, keep going there, and get something to warm yourself up before you head back out into the elements. ( Ahem ... the rains are coming. )
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I've got a favorite spot to stop on one of my routine rides. It is only 10 miles from home so I ride past it on the outbound leg then stop on the way back. Usually my Sunday-morning-before-chruch-ride is 15 miles out, 5 back to my spot, then 10 miles home. Works great for me and you could do the same with your coffee shop.
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Plus you may want to change your tortoise into more of a hare by doing intervals. Read about them sometime, the benefits to cyclists are quite substantial.
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Time to go exploring!
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"Plus you may want to change your tortoise into more of a hare by doing intervals"

Or by drinking more coffee ;-)
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Variety is the spice of life, mix it up as described by the crew above.

You can also use this system for increasing speed. Drink a lot of coffee, until you feel the urge to, well, you know, lighten the load. Jump on your bike and ride 10 miles to another coffee shop, or maybe a good cigar bar. You will be surprised by the speeds you can attain when "urged." Just don't pick a bumpy route.
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