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Old 06-02-12, 12:18 PM   #26
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I've taken to riding as fast as I can for 15 to 20 miles during the week and my routes are pretty much flat, just way to many turns. On the weekends I try to do 30 or more and ride out to a hilly part of town.
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Longer rides may be better for physical conditioning than short fast rides. Also, I've read that marathon runners develop "chaperone proteins" which provide substantial health benefits. Don't know if sprinters develop the same benefits.

I usually ride 15 miles a day during the week, and 25-30 a day on weekends. All rides are at a moderate pace with a short "all-out" sprint section of a half mile or so.
My 17 mile round trip commute is mostly flat. I can ride this with my eyes closed. But it's the longer 25+ mile rides with more elevation that get me into better shape. After a long (for me) ride on a weekend of 40 miles beats me up, the Monday commute seems like an easier ride. The first time this happened surprised me.

I expect that the search function for training books will help. I think training and improving is not as simple as ride long or hard ride. Lets not forget hills and intervals. You need to understand your goals and current fitness level in order to arrive at the right training plan.
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Both are important and the level of importance varies according to your goals. However, I rather enjoy intense rides as I can ride all day and that gets boring.
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