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How many miles (and hours) do you put in on an average day?

Old 07-23-12, 02:27 AM
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How many miles (and hours) do you put in on an average day?

Back when I biked to work I did between 20 and 40 miles per day. I did 10+10 = 20 miles commuting back and forth and an extra 15 to 20 miles at night. This on about 5 days out of the week. On the remaining days I did at least 20 miles just riding around randomly, exploring the forest preserve trails and whatnot. I had to stop doing that because I read a rather scary article about extreme endurance training being linked to scarring of the heart and fatal cardiac arrhythmia episodes and well... sudden death. That being said, I also cut back because of the current heat-wave. We have another day of 100-degree heat scheduled today. I'm looking forward to sitting at home all day with my nice air-conditioning blowing nice cool air my way while I read a nice relaxing book. Anyway, I don't think I'll let the possibility of heart disease scare me away from my bike for good. I'm still young and I am still learning how to pace myself. I guess some people never learn and they're the ones who suffer fatal arrhythmia episodes due to scarring from over-training for decades upon decades. Moderation is key to good health.

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40-60km a day during the week and up to 180km a day one day in the weekend. Sometimes up to 7 hours if I get the time. My kids make it difficult to get out for as long as I would like to though.
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1.5-2 hours a day
600+ miles a month

I am 55, used to weigh 320 lbs, now 220. Lost the weight over 10 years ago (before taking up cycling). I did it dieting and running, but my knees started to give up. Now I Cycle to maintain.

You can ride any amount, and make it as hard or easy as you want. Sometimes I crank it hard, sometimes I do the same route at a moderate pace as a recovery day.

I can tell when my legs and body are feeling overworked, and I lighten up a little. I ride no matter what the temp is. May days over 100, I just Hydrate well.

I don't do rain though Indoor spinning on those days.
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Originally Posted by Midnight Biker View Post
Back when I biked to work I did between 20 and 40 miles per day. I did 10+10 = 20 miles commuting back and forth and an extra 15 to 20 miles at night. This on about 5 days out of the week. On the remaining days I did at least 20 miles just riding around randomly, exploring the forest preserve trails and whatnot. I had to stop doing that because I read a rather scary article about extreme endurance training being linked to scarring of the heart and fatal cardiac arrhythmia episodes and well... sudden death. That being said, I also cut back because of the current heat-wave. We have another day of 100-degree heat scheduled today. I'm looking forward to sitting at home all day with my nice air-conditioning blowing nice cool air my way while I read a nice relaxing book. Anyway, I don't think I'll let the possibility of heart disease scare me away from my bike for good. I'm still young and I am still learning how to pace myself. I guess some people never learn and they're the ones who suffer fatal arrhythmia episodes due to scarring from over-training for decades upon decades. Moderation is key to good health.
40 miles of commuting and riding around is not, in any way, what they are talking about when they talk about endurance training causing cardiac problems.
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Originally Posted by rebel1916 View Post
40 miles of commuting and riding around is not, in any way, what they are talking about when they talk about endurance training causing cardiac problems.
Excessive endurance training, which I initially thought didn't apply to me, but as I kept reading I realized they consider anything over 1 hour per day (yes, you read right) to be potentially more harmful than beneficial to the human body and the cardiac muscle in specific.
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Heartrate matters. Riding around at 12 or 15 MPH is not gonna hurt your heart. You strike me as a worrier though, so do whatever makes you happy.
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I'll avoid the pissing match entirely.

I commute to work. I average 40 miles p/day (5 days a week). 3 Hrs. p/day in the saddle.
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Originally Posted by Midnight Biker View Post
Excessive endurance training, which I initially thought didn't apply to me, but as I kept reading I realized they consider anything over 1 hour per day (yes, you read right) to be potentially more harmful than beneficial to the human body and the cardiac muscle in specific.
No, you didn't read that right. If you really are concerned you need to read the actual articles, not the news headlines. Studies have shown tdf riders live longer than the general population and they are doing 20-30 hrs/wk of hard training.

Strike that excuse and get back on your bike!

I'm over 50 and train between 7 and 15 hrs/wk averaging around 10 for the year.
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Originally Posted by SkippyX View Post
I'll avoid the pissing match entirely.

I commute to work. I average 40 miles p/day (5 days a week). 3 Hrs. p/day in the saddle.
Decision respected but you don't have to use those implicitly hostile words to pop a wheely in front of whomever you think you're impressing.
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Originally Posted by Midnight Biker View Post
Excessive endurance training, which I initially thought didn't apply to me, but as I kept reading I realized they consider anything over 1 hour per day (yes, you read right) to be potentially more harmful than beneficial to the human body and the cardiac muscle in specific.
No Way....
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Originally Posted by SkippyX View Post
I'll avoid the pissing match entirely.

I commute to work. I average 40 miles p/day (5 days a week). 3 Hrs. p/day in the saddle.
Decision respected but you don't have to use those implicitly hostile words to pop a wheelie in front of whomever you think you're impressing.

I gotta admit, I haven't been biking much recently, but like I said before it's not all because of my health concerns. Over the past 2 weeks we've been getting temps in the upper 90s and lower 100s here and on top of that we have about 30-40% humidity here, it's been brutal. I haven't been biking at all. Yesterday I took a 15 mile ride in the afternoon. The morning was cloudy and cool and when I left it was still relatively nice but then suddenly the sun peeped out and temps shot up all the way into the lower 90s. Brutal summer, they say we've had more 90 degree days so far in Chicago than any other summer in history.

This evening I have a ride planned. My usual 20 miles. Should be done at a nice 11 mph pace. I noticed my heart rate doesn't get that fast when I ride at that moderate speed. I agree that heart-rate matters a whole lot. It's kind of like what I said about pacing in a previous post of mine. I am still learning. I bet by the time I'm out of college I will be like a pro given all the stuff I already know.

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Originally Posted by 10 Wheels View Post
No Way....
I know, it's obvious isn't it? The article just reaffirmed what I already knew. It's just hard to ride responsibly sometimes when you're experiencing biker's high. I once rode for hours and hours at a relatively intense pace... I never got tired so I just keep on pedaling.
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I think someone needs to check my new friends IP address. I'm having a hard time believing this one...
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I think someone needs to check my new friends IP address. I'm having a hard time believing this one...
Looks like we have a Blogotoan on our hands here. Blogotaah! Blogotaah! Blogotaah!

Whatever dude, check it all you want, and try to at least have fun doing it because it won't avail anything else as far as I can tell.
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IDK even know what that means. Nor am I capable of doing any checking. Unfortunately I am a jock, not a nerd. But if you are the real deal, please carry on. You should definitely take this shtick to the road forum!
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I'm noticing a trend here.

The OP has small penis issues I guess.

Post some pictures so we get a good laugh.
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I average 24 hours in a day. How 'bout you?
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Okay, I didn't get a chance to do my 20 miles yesterday, the bloody heat and humidity prevented it. I did, however, go on a nice walk with my dog and collected quite a few aluminum cans in the local forest preserve. 3 bags full. Probably enough to make $3!

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Originally Posted by rebel1916 View Post
IDK even know what that means. Nor am I capable of doing any checking. Unfortunately I am a jock, not a nerd. But if you are the real deal, please carry on. You should definitely take this shtick to the road forum!
The road forum eh? That doesn't sound one bit as clever as you think it does. In fact, it sounds pretty award, forced and downright blogotoan.

Originally Posted by ahsposo View Post
I'm noticing a trend here.

The OP has small penis issues I guess.

Post some pictures so we get a good laugh.
Heh, nice one. Where exactly did the issue of penile inadequacy enter this discussion? Why would anyone even bring something like that up? My friend, the answer to that lies deep within your self.

Both of you are, from this point forth, on ignore.
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