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Old 05-22-09, 06:19 AM
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big ride this weekend on top of commuting miles

Anybody planning a big ride sometime this weekend on top of their commuting miles? I am and I'm planning on no biking for at least 24 hours prior.
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Old 05-22-09, 06:23 AM
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That is every other weekend for me when my son is at his mom's house.
I used to not ride before hand. Eventually my conditioning caught up and now I taper instead. AKA go slow the days leading up to it.
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Ditto. I've worked up to 100-150 miles on my long weekend training rides - and this is on top of the 30 daily miles I put in during the week. So I'm ready for the centuries & sportifs coming up!

Just go easier on the couple of days before your big ride.
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Old 05-22-09, 08:35 AM
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62+ planned for Saturday ... then it's 2 days of R&R.
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Old 05-22-09, 08:43 AM
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I think I may be heading up to the mountains on Monday for a 50 mile ride with 6000 feet of climbing.
Short in distance but not elevation gain.
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Old 05-22-09, 08:57 AM
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I plan to do 40-60 on Saturday and not ride at all Sunday, the last week and the next two weeks are short weeks for me. Yippee. I love my job.
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I do long rides nearly every weekend, usually 50-60+ miles. I prefer to do long rides on Sunday, so I can get a day of rest on Saturday, but it doesn't always work out that way. If I am planning a long ride on Saturday, I usually ride very easy on my Friday commute or drive that day. Sometimes I do long rides on both Saturday and Sunday, which makes my Monday commute very slow. My annual cycling mileage is split 50-50 between commuting and weekend rides.
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Old 05-22-09, 09:03 AM
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100 miles tomorrow--the Fatcyclist.com 100 miles of Nowhere, actually...

Still doing my 12-mile RT commute today.
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Old 05-22-09, 09:15 AM
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No.

Well, maybe. I usually try to get a longer ride in on Monday nights. Since Monday's officially part of the weekend I may still do that ride or move it to Sunday. Nothing tomorrow.
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Old 05-22-09, 10:05 AM
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Originally Posted by rumrunn6 View Post
Anybody planning a big ride sometime this weekend on top of their commuting miles? I am and I'm planning on no biking for at least 24 hours prior.
I'm a year-round commuter of 14 miles and starting this month I am in week 3 of a 10 week training schedule for an organized July Century. To follow the schedule, I expand my commute, and on Saturday is the weekly long ride, 48 miles tomorrow, which I will do to my workplace since I need to go in at my convenience.

Funny you should ask though because just prior to reading this thread, I received an invitation to a co-worker's wedding the day of the Century.
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Old 05-22-09, 10:16 AM
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Yeah, if my wife lets me out of the house I'm going to ride up to Lambertville NJ for a ride with some of the C&V guys... should come out to about 100 miles. I'm not doing anything special to train for it, except maybe eat a big dinner Saturday night.
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Old 05-22-09, 11:08 AM
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i usually rack up some miles on the weekend anyway once the weather is more amenable, which it has been for the past couple of months. I'll look for you on Cape Cod this weekend. I'll start today with a 50 miler, tomorrow with a 60 miler, Sunday a century and Monday just shy of a century. So about a 300 mile weekend. (over 4 days).

Have fun!
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Old 05-22-09, 11:31 AM
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I'm racing tomorrow. Cat 4 in the morning, 30+ 3/4 in the afternoon. The distance won't be big but the pace will be high. Then maybe a mellow 20 or 30 miler on Sunday.
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Old 05-23-09, 08:09 AM
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Did a Metric last weekend. Did a Metric the weekend before training. Rode to a Ride of Silence event for about 33 miles for the day on Wendsday.

Weather has a big fat suck for the next 5 days with scattered thunder storms and of course I am on vaction this week with a metric but load of projects I need to work on around the shack.

Hope to get a good ride in between storms in the next couple day and see that last part of the Silver Commet trail and part of the Chief Ladiga trail for 75+ mile round trip.
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Old 05-23-09, 08:57 AM
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I rode to work today (38 miles...not my normal route, which is only 12) and I'm doing a 50 to 60 mile ride Monday. Looking forward to riding just for the joy of riding, which is kind of what this morning was too.
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Old 05-23-09, 10:55 AM
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I had my personal best for the year this week since the weather has been nice and my wife and kids are visiting my wife's family. 538.4km (334.6 miles). It started with a 47km recovery ride on Sunday, 4 commute days @ 40-60km per commute (if the weather is nice, I'll take the long way home), a metric century on Thursday (had the day off), an imperial century today (184km or 114 miles). In all, it was 206.6km commuting (128.4 miles) and 331.7km (206.2 miles) on the weekend + my day off. I'm looking forward to my wife and kids coming back so I can rest up a bit.
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Old 05-23-09, 10:59 AM
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Just did a 40 mile ride today, Wilderness Road Ride. Could've opted for the metric century, but I didn't want to be dead tired the rest of the weekend.
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buzzman - holy cr*p, you're an animal. this weather is changeable for sure. I have a red helmet and strobes. I ride old steel 10-speeds or a big converted hybrid with black and white bar tape. I'm putting some new Armadillos and alloy rims from another bike I picked up last weekend on my light blue LeTour.Hopefully she'll do the first 50, if not the whole 100 on the CCRT. I sure would like 60 degrees and blue sky with white puffy clouds and no wind ...

gotta mount those tires and wheels now, LL baseball is done for the day
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Old 05-23-09, 01:45 PM
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Originally Posted by rumrunn6 View Post
Anybody planning a big ride sometime this weekend on top of their commuting miles? I am and I'm planning on no biking for at least 24 hours prior.
I normally get a Sunday ride of about 40+ miles and on Saturday it usually adds up to about 15. However, I do longer rides if I am camping or staying in a motel Saturday night.

As others point out, instead of a rest day, you can always simply take it very easy on your weekday commute, coasting as much as possible, stopping occasionally to take in some scenery.

Of course, you can also take a rest day.

But then... how would you get to work? In a car?
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Old 05-23-09, 02:58 PM
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Did about 20 today in hot (80+) weather. Saw cows and horses.
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80F+ is hot?

Anyhow, I went hiking today. Trying to mix things up a bit.
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Old 05-23-09, 07:14 PM
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No big plans per se, just a couple extra 30s or so for fun and to see what's happening on the other side of town. With good weather and an extra day off, there's no excuse not to.
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My 25 mile r/t commute still kind of woofs me . I'm only making it happen 2-3x/week. It doesn't help that I go a little short on sleep for bike commute days. I ride pretty hard. There are enough hills that I go hard downhill to get my speed up to manage the uphill, which still usually puts me struggling in bottom gear by the time I crest. Then there's sprinting across wide intersections to make it all the way across while the light is green. Or sprinting on some short stretches on busy arterials to try to keep up with traffic speeds. Blah blah blah.

I commuted yesterday and today I got a 42.5 club ride + commute to it. There were no other "intermediate" riders so one of the fast guys "fell on his sword" and rode with me so I wouldn't have to ride alone or ride with a beginner (slow+short route). Not sure what hurt the most - maybe listening to him chatting away on his phone while my lungs were coming out of my mouth climbing a hill. So I was riding pretty hard. It was "only" 84F but it was also pretty humid today.

There are some good group rides set up for M Day weekend but tomorrow looks like a recovery day.

I like to swim when I'm recovering from the bike. Usu that's 90 minutes including about a 45 minute main set doing interval training. I do a fair amount of fly so it keeps me honest about doing some legitimate work. My legs mostly goof off in the pool while my core/upper body does most of the work.

But a lot, I just sleep in to "recover". Make sure I get rehydrated. Good day to grocery shop just to walk around the store stretching out the legs.

I've been commuting less than a year. My longest ride is 52 miles; 300 miles total in a good month. I would like to continue to ramp that up but so far I've had some setbacks trying to go too far too soon. So I am trying to temper what I want to do with what I think is best overall.
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https://cuesheetcentral.com/uploads/mon_to_mon+map.pdf

baltimore monument to washington monument plus the miles to and from the ride start, figure 110-115 miles total?
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Old 05-24-09, 08:45 PM
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buzzman - holy cr*p, you're an animal. this weather is changeable for sure. I have a red helmet and strobes. I ride old steel 10-speeds or a big converted hybrid with black and white bar tape. I'm putting some new Armadillos and alloy rims from another bike I picked up last weekend on my light blue LeTour.Hopefully she'll do the first 50, if not the whole 100 on the CCRT. I sure would like 60 degrees and blue sky with white puffy clouds and no wind ...

gotta mount those tires and wheels now, LL baseball is done for the day
I didn't get your description until tonight- I'm back in Newton- one more leg of the tour tomorrow as I'll ride with my bro-in-law and nephew back to Southeastern MA and then turn around and come home. Had a great ride on the Cape. Weather overcast and a touch windy at times but comfortable. Hoped you might give me a shout out on the bike path today. Caught the 3pm ferry back to Boston with almost an hour to spare, which was nice. 200 miles so far for the weekend and I will add another 90+ tomorrow.

Did you ride the CCRT? Lots of people were on it this Sunday.

Did the whole weekend of riding with not a drop of rain and as I pulled up to my place in Newton the sky opened up for 10 minutes and then cleared into a gorgeous evening.
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