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Old 06-02-09, 12:09 AM   #1
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Tips, Techniques, Drills during commute

Hi all,

I was wondering if anyone has suggestions on exercises, tips, techniques, drills, etc to help me become a faster and more efficent rider. I got into cycling last year primarily for commuting/fitness aspect. Earlier this spring purchased a fantom cross pro and commuterized it(fenders and gatorskins). My commute is 10 or 15 miles depending on the route. The 10 mile route is my primary route and is more up hill. On my commute to work I do my best to push myself to beat my last time to work. It takes between 46-51 minutes with an avg of 12.1 mph(I know not very fast, however the 15mile route my mph is 2-3mph higher). On my commute home after a 12 hr night I am not as full of energy so the ride home is more liesurely. I would like use my commute home as an opportunity to work on that would aid in me being a better rider on my commute to work as well as fitness rides on my off days. Any suggestions?

P.S. New to the clip-on system, are hot spots something one just has to get use to or is there a way to relieve this feeling. Moved the clip/cleat back on the shoe to next mounting point(only 2 options), seemed to help some but still experience the hot spot.


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Old 06-02-09, 07:10 AM   #2
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Race the cars. Stoplights and hills provide natural intervals.

Other than recovery, I'm not sure what sort of training you can do while still keeping a ride leisurely.
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What sort of cleats are you using that has only two set points? I use spd and spd-sl and the cleat can slide front and back and even side to side a bit.

You may want to try new insoles. I use the Superfeet black insoles but since each person's feet are different, your mileage may vary.

Intervals are the way to get faster. Go as fast as you possibly can for a minute, then rest a bit. Repeat till you think you are going to die, then begin again.

Find streets with fast dogs to provide encouragement. Taunt hipsters to get them to chase you. Fear makes you faster.
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