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Old 10-22-21, 12:54 PM
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Rides per week?

Iím back to cycling consistently by cycling at least 100 miles a week and 4 rides. I am capable of more but I get mentally and physically burned out. I have other physical activities besides biking like maintaining my turnip farm. That should be enough to keep my fitness level ok. If an event or multi day adventure is in the future I can dial it up. Just wondering how much the older riders ride in a typical week?
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Old 10-22-21, 01:29 PM
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As many as I can

I am retired and 71. I ride 7 days a week, 30 to 40 miles a day. Because I enjoy riding.
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Old 10-22-21, 01:33 PM
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Old 10-22-21, 01:49 PM
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I work 6 days a week. pre-covid also worked 2 nites ea. week. so for me, 1 ride pr week, w/ an occasional ride after work, maybe 1 or 2, was about all I could muster. hoping to get back to that 1 ride per week, maybe starting tomorrow! hoping I didn't just jinx myself ...
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Old 10-22-21, 02:22 PM
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I normally do at least 150 km (around 93 miles) per week. Generally ride 5 days each week.

Sadly, Canadian winter is about to chase me indoors. I bought a Tacx trainer for this winter, so we'll see how that works out, lol.
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Old 10-22-21, 02:41 PM
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I do about 3/week- anywhere between 0 & 4 rides. Up to 200 miles. All depends on the weather. I gave up riding consecutive days.
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Old 10-22-21, 02:49 PM
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6 days typically. I am normally a bike commuter, but I have a standing Friday morning medical appointment that requires me to drive in on those days.
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Old 10-22-21, 04:47 PM
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My weekly goal is 200 miles. I ride 4 to 5 times a week varying distances to achieve my goal. I'm 57 and retired. I have no turnip farm, but I do have a kindergarten-aged child I care for during weekdays while mom works. This gives me about 3-4 hours to get my rides in before I get back to my dad duties.
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I ride every day unless something interferes, but 15-20 miles a day. That's less daily distance than many of you ride, but it puts me over 100 miles a week.. My thought is that I want to get some exercise every day.
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Old 10-22-21, 10:47 PM
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I tried to like turnips but they are tasteless to me. You must be dedicated
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The only days I don't ride are when there's a heavy downpour and/or lightning. I like light rain. It feels good and it gives me an excuse to ride my rain bike. One or two days a week may be a shorter easy ride of 45 minutes to one hour or so depending on how motivated I am. For my body recovery I would rather do a short slow relaxing ride as opposed to not riding at all.

I discovered kratom earlier this year and it's become a replacement for my morning coffee. After I drink it the only thing in the world I want to do it ride my bike, that stuff is awesome.
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Old 10-23-21, 05:50 AM
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Sadly not retired, but 5 to 6 days per week including trainer time, which I do even when the weather is nice to save time and structure some intervals. Overall, around 150 miles on average depending on the mix between trainer, commuting (20 miles one way), gravel and traditional road. Had a bunch of 10,000 mile years 5 to 10 years ago, but not a goal anymore.
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Old 10-23-21, 06:38 AM
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Pre COVID I had a great routine. I was pedaling Monday, Wednesday and Friday for about an hour before work. And then a longer ride on Saturday.
Now I'm totally swamped at work and lucky to squeeze in one mid week ride (20 miles) and a short Saturday ride (35 miles).
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Old 10-23-21, 07:39 AM
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Commute to work 4 days/wk. Ride one day around work. One recreational ride on the weekends. Averaging 90-100 mi/wk so far this year.
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Old 10-23-21, 08:04 AM
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67, retired. 4 rides per week, around 150 miles. Sometimes sub a mountain bike ride for one of the road rides and sometimes add a 5th day with a 2 hour ride.
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I used to overdo it by only getting one day off after the long ride. Now I get 3 days off spread over the week.
The goal is to keep up with the "middle of the pack Keeners" when getting back XC skiing and when cycling getting as many high intensity minutes as possible.




Which means more hills and keeping the average speed as high as possible.
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Originally Posted by Hondo Gravel View Post
Iím back to cycling consistently by cycling at least 100 miles a week and 4 rides. I am capable of more but I get mentally and physically burned out. I have other physical activities besides biking like maintaining my turnip farm. That should be enough to keep my fitness level ok. If an event or multi day adventure is in the future I can dial it up. Just wondering how much the older riders ride in a typical week?
BTW, good choice on turnip's ...
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People talk about miles, but it's really hours that count. Riding 100 miles a week on flat land is not remotely the same as 100 miles in the mountains.
I ride between 5-15 hours per week depending on the time of year and what I'm preparing for. Typically split between 4-5 rides per week.
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Old 10-23-21, 02:09 PM
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I also don't think much about miles, more about hours at a strong effort. I need something like 100ft vertical gain per mile to feel like I am getting a good workout. I don't have time for too many hours per week (maybe 4 max) so I want to get the most out of it.
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Old 10-23-21, 02:52 PM
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I am retired and 71. I ride 7 days a week, 30 to 40 miles a day. Because I enjoy riding.
I am retired and 68. I ride 7 days a week, 5 to 15 miles a day. Because I enjoy riding.
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Old 10-23-21, 03:11 PM
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I'm retired and 68. I've discovered that interests and "hobbies" and family time (6 grandchildren) keep my schedule full. As a matter of fact, I'm busier and more engaged now than when I was employed. I ride 3 or 4 times a week, varying distances, to maintain health.
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Old 10-23-21, 05:11 PM
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Based on yearly mileage and a rough estimate of average miles per ride, it seems I average four rides per week, but in the winter I do well to get three rides per week so itís probably more like five in warmer weather.

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Old 10-23-21, 09:42 PM
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Until the past month, and most of this year, I've averaged 100-125 miles a week, 400-500 miles a month and sometimes a bit more.

But my old neck injuries started giving me trouble last autumn so I switched to more walking, jogging and running. My cycling mileage is way down. And I haven't ridden at all in the past month -- sinus and ear inflammation and congestion screwed up my balance so I haven't trusted myself on the bike. But I started on Prednisone this week and it's helping. I might try a short ride tonight after the drunks go home. If all goes well I'll ride during the day.

Either way, Strava and other data show I'm putting in the same hours per week/month, whether I'm riding, walking or jogging. I just switched activities. Less mileage.

And I don't care what Strava's "estimated effort" claims, jogging and running are much harder than recreational cycling. The only way I could match my perceived effort running faster than a slowpoke 10 minute/mile pace on a bike would be at my maximum time trial effort for 20-60 minutes. There's no such thing as an "easy run." But we can ride our bikes as easy or hard as we care to make it.

That discrepancy between Strava's estimates of effort, and what I was really experiencing, wiped me out by the end of September. Between increasing my cycling and jogging I topped the 1,000 point mark for Strava's perceived effort for the first time in a couple of years, since before my surgery for thyroid cancer. I remember feeling great on a Friday night after some hard hill climbing repeats after a day of jogging.

The next two days I couldn't get out of bed, and was sick for the next month, most of October, until the doc put me on Prednisone.

To misquote Dirty Harry, an old man's got to know his limitations.
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Old 10-24-21, 06:50 AM
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My goal is 100 miles/week as it has been the last 20 years. For a while I was doing more like 120 but that was when I was still working and commuting, which was 10 miles each way and I'd do it 3-4 times a week, then do road bike rides on weekends for the rest.

The problem I find now is it is getting harder to do the 50 mile rides at the pace I used to, so they take longer if I do them and it is hard to leave that much time. I'm an urban rider obviously and that just adds to the time. Of course I can go out of the city but that just involves planning and I hate having plans now that I've retired!
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I am retired and I like to ride everyday if possible. I am a runner too but have some issues that make running hard but a day of fast walking or treadmill is nice. I tend to ride around 50 miles if I get out and only ride. Been on a kick of averaging about 800 a month year around. In the summer it can be 330-380 mile weeks. Weather in Illinois makes riding in winter impossible at times but I don't count trainer mileage either that is not same thing as riding outside.
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