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Old 11-20-04, 01:53 PM
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High end riders, how do you get your miles in?

Because I work compressed work schedules, I guess I average off 3.5 days per week,unlike those unlucky ones who get two..But then I work long hours..So a comparsion for long mileage riders...Lets, say those who ride more than 100 miles a week.How do you do it? Work, house stuff and all that non bike crap.Well,much of it...
In the course of 8 work days, I usually get off a long 3 day weekend and a couple days during the week; following 3 days at work...So my riding goes something like this...
This past week I got in206 miles..Slightly more than normal..I had off last Friday , Saturday, and Sunday...Those 3 days I rode recreational ride of 77miles..Completed honey Do stuff..Cut down miles. Work Monday, Tuesday.0 miles..Off Wednesday, THursday..Group rides and errands= 94 miles.
Friday, Saturday= overnight commute to work round trip= 53 miles.
Total= 206.
How does your schedule work you get in 6,000 to 10,000 miles a year..That is a lot of time in the saddle...Divorced, unemployed, commute daily,retired,rich and don't have to work?
If I did not have 12.5 hour shifts, I might commute daily and take up my 600 mile month average..What is your secret.?
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describe "high end riders" please.
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Most 'high end' riders that I come across either live with their parents or are simply unemployed. That pretty much explains how they're able to log 200-300 miles per week. I put in a 70 hour work week on average and I'll be lucky if I can manage to ride even close to 75 miles.

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My mileage varies all over the place as I don't have a regular riding schedule. One year, I broke 6,000 miles easily and the next I was barely able to get in 4,000 miles. This year has been hell on my riding and I have only been able to log a little over 3,000 miles. I am hoping next year will be better. Also, in the winters, I've become more and more of a wimp. I used to do a lot more riding in the cold than I do now. I need to toughen up again. Last winter, I was averaging maybe 20 miles a week which is to say that I went weeks on end without riding. So far, this fall I've not been doing much better due to a combination of travel and being sick.
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Oaxa...As I suggested, committed rider would be at least 100 miles a week...Guess, the math easily that is 5200 miles a year.
100 miles . Well, those living in bike friendly climates live in a blessed world for their sport... Seems many on this forum do average over 5000 miles a year...Maybe,not.?
Since many a rider here might have to plow through snow banks, maybe 3,000 is more the average...
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There was a recent poll in this forum, How far do you ride each week, and I believe, 87% of respondents said they rode less than 250 kms (about 155 miles) a week.

I think finding the time to do what one wants is always a challenge. We make our priorities and try to adjust all the time.

I commute daily, and do my best to get at least one lomg ride in on the weekend. Sometimes I don't get that ride in, but that just makes next weekends ride all that more important.
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I met a guy once who says he puts in 16,000 miles/year, about 90% of them are on a trainer (he works on his laptop while training).

So I guess if you do some kind of work where you could read or work on a laptop, and you count trainer miles as equivalent to road miles (many folks I know *don't*), then I guess that's one way you could get your miles up and still have some semblance of a life at the same time.

To me that just seems boring as hell, though. I'd rather be outside . . .
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thanx for the explanation, iam not a "high end rider" but the way i get my miles is by commuting and riding year round (i live in illinois and winter can be long and tough) i still dont get anywhere close to 10000 miles a year but this year ill ride about to 6000 miles.
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Our best (or worst) mileage year was just over 13,000 miles . . . on a tandem.
For many years averaged 10,000 miles a year.
Yes, we do live in Tucson, AZ where we can ride year 'round. Yes, we rode tandem 6 days a week. Yes, I also did a short commute to work daily on a single bike.
Yes, we rode lots of centuries and tours, mostly on tandem. Including a long weekend 325 miler with 22,000 feet of climbing while we were still in our 50s.
But here's the downside to living in Tucson: In 1984 commuted to work as usual early a.m.; got off work 3 p.m. and temp was 117! A rather 'hot trip' to get home!
Most years we have at least 90 days of over 100 degrees here.
We used to beat the heat by getting up way early and being on the road before sunup (with appropriate lights) and get in 20 some miles on the tandem before pedaling to work. Days off, we kick up the mileage.
Have ridden long tours (500+ miles a week) done well over 100 centuries and about 6 double centuries. All this while working for a living and raising 3 kids.
Now that we are 'of age' (72/69) and have slowed down our speed and distance; we still do 100 a week on tandem plus I ride single also.
Do-able? You bet; but takes a willingness to stay fit/motivated and living in the right climate does help.
When living in 'cold' Michigan in the 70s, we managed to get in over 5,000 miles a year on a regular basis. Summertime we'd be doing centuries somewhere in the midwest or Canada, and yes all 3 of kids rode bikes. At age 11 our youngest son did his first 100 miler and our second oldest, age14 then, did a marathon ride in which he coverrd 250+ miles in 24 hours. Our oldesrt son even got his girlfriend involved in long distance pedaling.
But then instead of contending with the heat, we contended with the cold. We would ride in the winter if the roads were dry and it was 20 degrees out, and that was before all the hi-tech winter clothing was available.
This perhaps may sound a bit excessive to some of you; but bicycling, to us, is an investment in our health.
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heh last week I got to ride a whole 300miles I'm so happy. I guess my teachers minds were already on thanksgiving vacation and they didn't want to be grading work and projects

On a typical week though I only get in about 125-150+ miles, depending how much homework I have and my chores. Cycling is right up there after studying/homeowrk and my chores.
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Think it possible with work/home committments; is it, possble to get in 100 miles a week without commuting...Anyone do that?
Most 100 mile plus/week riders just can't get in that kind of distance w/o either being w/o work or retired or a student? 100 mile weekenders would probably mean 6-7 hours taken away from the weekend, minus preparation time...
Commuting is the key...?
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Originally Posted by cyclezealot
Think it possible with work/home committments; is it, possble to get in 100 miles a week without commuting...Anyone do that?
I have a very small window of opportunity for training on workdays, and I manage to sneak in 175-250miles (280 to 400km) each week. Here's how:

Mon - Rest day
Tue/Wed/Thu - Training
Fri - Rest day
Sat/Sun - long rides (3-4hr) or racing

Here what a typical weekday looks like:
8:30pm-3:45am Sleep
3:45am-4:15am Weigh-in, brekky, prep
4:15am-6:00am TRAINING
6:30am-7:30am Train to work
7:30am-4:15pm Work
4:30pm-6:00pm Train back home
6:00pm-8:30pm Kids & dinner

All my training is done on the road, even in the pouring rain, because I can't stand sitting on my trainer for hours. Boring, boring, boring..... However there are times where the coach will set specific tasks that can only be done on the trainer. I can't do these in the morning because the noise annoys the neighbours. So I sleep in on those days and do the trainer session after the kids have gone to bed at night (8:30pm)

BTW: I'm not a high end rider but I do aspire to be one eventually, if my body can hold out for that long. It demands the same dedication, so there's no skipping a session just because "I'm tired".

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This perhaps may sound a bit excessive to some of you; but bicycling, to us, is an investment in our health.[/QUOTE]

AMEN!! i gotta put in my 15-20 hours a week it's a life style! besides i have to be fit for the El Tour, can't make top 10 not training.
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I would guess some high end riders get a portion of their mileage from commuting to and from work.
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Rockmuncher..4:15 - 6 AM...What do you mean by training..Is this your daily ride time? 4:15 AM I am too unfocused to ride...Just a challenge to get to work when I am on day shift.
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Rockmuncher..4:15 - 6 AM...What do you mean by training..Is this your daily ride time? 4:15 AM I am too unfocused to ride...Just a challenge to get to work when I am on day shift.
Workday training rides start at 4:15am, and depending on the programme can finish anywhere between 5:15am and 6:30am. If I finish my ride later than 5:30am then I start work later (more like 8:00 or 8:30). On the weekends I sleep in till 5:00am and start riding about 6:00am so that I'm home sometime between 9:30am and 11:00am (again it depends on the programme).

As far as getting focus goes, it all depends on your goals and how much you want to achieve them. Mind you, I didn't always start at such an early hour. I moved the time back from 5:30am wake up to 3:45 wakeup over several months so that I ended up with least two hours each day with the kids.

For motivation I use an adage that I read somewhere a long time ago, author unknown: "On those really cold and rainy days where you just want to pull an extra blanket on and go back to sleep it is worth the extra effort to get up and put in the miles, because if you don't one of your opponents will."

And I've enjoyed every ride this year
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Rockmuncher...My work schedule allows for extra days off and ride time..But, by focus..I mean , I am such a night person, just getting focused for work, let alone a ride...In ways, I like my really weird work schedule...
An ideal job would be 9-5 and most of the year you could commute to work.
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Originally Posted by cyclezealot
Rockmuncher...My work schedule allows for extra days off and ride time..But, by focus..I mean , I am such a night person, just getting focused for work, let alone a ride...In ways, I like my really weird work schedule...
An ideal job would be 9-5 and most of the year you could commute to work.

I saw you did shiftwerk. Not my cup o' tea tho.

The way I set my times was using a "training comes last" mentality. My wife doesn't really approve of me riding after the accident, and my kids want to play with their dad whenever they can. So I drew a time line and filled in a 'normal' 24 hour day, starting with sleep. The only opportunity to train was in the wee hours of the morning, so that's when I do it.

For you, you might need to draw up a a couple of timelines. And if you just can't get into the swing of things on workdays try to arrange your rest days (off the bike) and lighter rides on those days. Good luck
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Originally Posted by 'nother
I met a guy once who says he puts in 16,000 miles/year, about 90% of them are on a trainer (he works on his laptop while training).
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To me that just seems boring as hell, though. I'd rather be outside . . .
Been there... tried that. And yes it's excrutiatingly boring.

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I ride 200-250 miles per week fairly consistently, and I do it becuase i'm in college. I'm taking 16 credit hours this semester, and managed it so that on tuesdays and thursdays, I have an 8:05 class until 9:20, then I dont have class again until 3:40 in the afternoon. thats good for a 60-70 mile ride. I dont usually ride on wednesdays or fridays, I lift on those days. Saturdays I dont have class, so I do about 2 hours, or about 35 miles. sundays is the long, fairly difficult ride, which is anywhere from 70-90 miles. monday is the recovery ride, just an hour of easy spinning before class starts at 11:20, which amounts to about 15 miles usually.

so basically, since I control my schedule, I "schedule in" my rides like I would a class.
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Originally Posted by cyclezealot
Think it possible with work/home committments; is it, possble to get in 100 miles a week without commuting...Anyone do that?
Most 100 mile plus/week riders just can't get in that kind of distance w/o either being w/o work or retired or a student? 100 mile weekenders would probably mean 6-7 hours taken away from the weekend, minus preparation time...
Commuting is the key...?
I can regularly get 100+ miles/week without commuting. I work out of my home and my lunch "hour or so" is usually spent riding (15 - 20 miles), plus some extra (20 - 40 miles) on the weekend days to put me over the top. But it all goes out the window if there's rain (I don't have a trainer), or if I have to travel, or, as in the case of last week, I get sick. Most I've gotten so far is 125. I suppose I could kick it up a little if I looked for different routes where I'm not dodging traffic, pedestrians, etc. but I'm lazy.

It can be a challenge to balance the home committments; I have 2 children under 4 years old and my wife works part-time, so I consider it a special gift when I get to go for a ride! Work is very understanding, more than half of our small company are also cyclists and have the same "issues".
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10 hours of 15 miles per hour = 150 miles per week. I'ts not that hard really. Commuting if possible is a good way to get bike time in. Daylight savings time always puts a damper on my schedule b/c I don't like riding in the dark. I also don't like riding in the cold unless training or racing cyclocross or mountain biking neither of which I count miles in. I think you need to put a pen on paper and make a schedule that can work for you. Having 3 days off is great but cramming all your riding in those days may not be very good for you. Some peoples secret is getting up early before work. I could never do that but it is nice to get 20 miles in the morning and still be to work by 8:00.
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I get loads of miles in commuting to work every day. Unfortunately my bike's in the shop this week.
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I recently purchased a trainer in order to eliminate the too often used excuses for not riding - cold, wind, rain, darkness, etc. I appears to have worked. True. It is boring compared to actually riding, but I have a TV on the garage to help with that.

An added benefit of the trainer was the ability to adust position and fit. The trainer really helps with that.
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I posted 5200 miles last year, on track for 4500 this year, so I barely qualify. Maybe I'm more of a high-mid end rider.

Anyway, the bulk of those miles were logged either on the way to or home from the office. I only live 4 miles from work but still that's 40 "free" miles a week. Throw in some detours or some lunch-time errands and you've easily doubled that. Add a group ride on Saturday, and you're easily over 100 miles for the week and it's not even Sunday.

So the key is commuting, at least for me.
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