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Old 01-25-06, 12:04 PM
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Thats looks like a desent descent. I am sure cars pass you, but they dont pass very fast correct?
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Old 01-25-06, 12:21 PM
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Depends, on the wind, the weather, my mood, if I'm tired, if I'm sick, which bike I'm on, etc.

One thing I know for sure, if I try to push hard days in a row, I get progressively slower.

Another thing that has become apparent is that my commutes home in the afternoon average faster than my morning commutes. This was true on my old commute and on my current one. On my old commute I could ride the same route both ways, big down-hill at the beginning, big up hill at the end, both ways. On my current commute the elevation at home is slightly higher, but there are no hills to speak of. I would think it would be the other way around. The morning commute should be faster when I'm rested rather than in the afternoon after I've already done my morning commute and am tired from working all day. I feel like I push harder in the mornings, but my afternoons are nearly always faster.
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Old 01-25-06, 12:22 PM
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Originally Posted by chipcom
I just ride how I feel - in the morning I usually spin easy and just enjoy the ride, coming home from work I sometimes push it to work out the frustrations of the day.
+1 I don't want to arrive bathed in sweat. On the way home, I don't care.
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Old 01-25-06, 01:22 PM
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Originally Posted by caloso
I am habitually late so I push.
+1. I push a little on the way home too so I can see the kids sooner.
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Old 01-25-06, 01:53 PM
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On my normal commute (7 miles) I push all the way and always try to better my time.

On my current commute (15 miles) I only push hard when I feel I need to keep up with traffic. I'm usually too pooped to push a lot anyway.

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I cruise... No hurry to get to work and take it easy after a long day... I also like to listen to my book on tape, and get in as much as I can..
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I like to cruise in to work for the sweat-less factor but on the way home I take alternate routes (I get bored with the same thing day in and day out) and I use a heart rate monitor. I use it and the chain rings to push myself with interval training, you know, some hard, then recovery, then hard again with warm up and cool down on either end. After that, its shower time!
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Old 01-25-06, 03:50 PM
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Blast it on the way there because it's all uphill and i find it easier to attack them than crawl... Way back is a 30 mph downhill with trafic that's either immobile or trying to kill you, so it's blast it again... (and i have to catch a train...)
So it's just 'fast' then.. :-D
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I usually cruise, sipping my coffee and enjoying the ride. When I have a good tailwind, sometimes I'll get on it, just because it's fun to get up over 30mph for part of the ride. And just as has been mentioned, when I'm running late for the office, (or a soccer game after work), I will wind 'er up out of necessity.
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Old 01-25-06, 04:20 PM
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Some days I hammer, sometimes I relax, usually I'm somewhere in the middle. Was it Greg LeMond who said, "It never gets easier; you just go faster"?
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Originally Posted by Roody
I only go three miles, so I use the big chainring the whole way.
I only go 2.5 miles, and I never use the big chainring. My route is so hilly that I'm either climbing or coasting so fast that pedaling is superfluous.

I guess I take it easy. The hills will still be there when I get to the top, they won't have eroded too much so hurrying up them isn't a priority. So I go for cadence rather than speed..

Going down hill happens by itself.

The only flat spot on the whole trip is the driveway into work. Who wants to race willy nilly when work is so near?
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Depends, some mornings I just start off slowly, then when I get near work I get a chance to claim my lane and race buses and the Metro light rail. Lately, I've been slowing down just so I can practice trackstanding at the lights.
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