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Old 03-17-10, 06:53 PM
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Lunch hour rides? Anybody do this?

Yeah, this could have gone in the Commuting forum but I figured it would get more views here. Mods may move it if they wish.

The last half of my noon to nine shifts are usually brutal. I mean, if I didn't have internet access I'd die. But today I went for a short hard ride on my lunch break and I actually felt alive until 7:30. Incredible. Too bad I've got another hour to go.

Anybody ride on their lunch break regularly?
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I was considering that, since I have my bike with me up in the office. But I'm in Manhattan, the traffic is MAD during this time. I'd need to ride over to the greenway that runs along the East River, but that - in turn - means old ladies with little dogs, skaters, kids on bikes
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I did that when I was still working, and it helped move the day along real well. My boss was dedicated to fitness and allowed an extra 1/2 hour for riding. Went home for lunch, gobbled a fast sandwich and managed to fit in a 45 minute ride. I wouldn't be surprised if most employers wouldn't benefit from such a policy.
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I used to do it when I was in the service. funny thing was, I always got the evil eye for coming back late a few times. no one ever said a word to the guys who went to lunch then went to the gym for two hours.

however it was a great way to squeeze in a workout
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Did it for years, until I retired two years ago. Our office was right on a riverfront path (Reno, Nev.) that ran a couple of miles in one direction and six in the other, with options to lengthen if i had extra time. I probably did the 12-mile out-and-back several hundred times (worked in the same building for 26 years). I also had 15-, 18- and 20-mile rides and a couple of longer ones I used when the boss was out of town (there was a lot of flexibility and not much accountability in my schedule). For most of that time, I kept a bike under the back stairs, and there was a shower and locker room upstairs. I ride less now that I'm home than I did when I was working.
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I get in ten to fifteen miles at lunch hour whenever I can. I can eat lunch while I am working.
I don't ride after work too much because that reduces family time.
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Especially in the winter when daylight is so limited. I will do "hill" climbs repeatedly over the Williamsburg Bridge.
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I do about 4 times a week. 15-18 miles per ride. Makes the day so much better.
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I am going to be starting a new job in June, and one of the bike paths is right down the street. I am hoping to ride over the noon hour, but as of yet, I don't know if there is a locker room at work, or a place to put my bike. I am keeping my fingers crossed!
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Yeah, I do 3-4 days a week. Getting some oxygen in my brain really helps avoid afternoon dullness. No windows where I work, so from November to February, I'd never see daylight otherwise.
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I do this every day, but in my case I'm riding to go get lunch and back. Usually 5-15 miles round trip.

Not many lunch options here within walking range.
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I have done it. It can be fun. depends on my riding. if commute I wouldn't bike at lunch. this means either bringing a bike on the car or leaving one at the office. both options worked fine for me.

right now I walk and sometimes run at lunchtime
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Lately I've been riding home to grill something for lunch. Occasionally I'll invite some people who live too far away for a noon commute to join me.
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I'll be doing a lunch time ride today. Gotta get in some miles before the next weather system arrives from the Pacific.
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