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How many miles per week?

Old 08-31-16, 07:43 PM
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Originally Posted by siliconwafer View Post
Just curious as to how many miles each person bikes per week. I'm currently at around a sad 50, although I really want to get into racing eventually, so I'll have to seriously increase that.
Usually 100-200. My top 3 weeks this year were 339, 290, and 267 working 5 days a week.

5266 miles in 2014, 101 miles/week average (lost time to cancer)
7261 miles in 2015, 139 miles/week average (lost time to a broken collarbone)
5831 miles so far in 2016, 167 miles/week average

Also, is it best to bike say, 50 miles daily, or is it better to take breaks every other day..?
Ride six days a week including one longer ride. Have rest days, weeks, and months with lower intensity and volume.

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Old 08-31-16, 08:12 PM
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Generally I'm good for between 175 and 200 miles a week. I shoot for 9000 a year. All bets are off this year however. I lost about 8 weeks of riding while I was recovering from surgery to correct a mal-union of a pelvic fracture and revision of a hip replacement. That was 12 weeks ago and last week I rode 162 miles.
At this point I'm just grateful to be back on the bike while there is still some nice weather.
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Old 08-31-16, 08:30 PM
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Originally Posted by siliconwafer View Post
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Also, is it best to bike say, 50 miles daily, or is it better to take breaks every other day..?
Best? If training for a 100 mile ride, don't know. Maybe 1X 50 a week.

If training to be faster 2X 25 is better than 1X 50.

At shorter distance you can push harder and have time to recover.
I'm not about to say 5X 10 is better - even if hard as there recovery time is not there. If you have time to sleep, and are younger you generally can recover from more frequent harder training. Too frequent and you will did yourself into a hole.

Me now - about 70-100. Up from 25 last year and down from peak around 400 for several years.
I got about 100K in my legs and pretty much stopped. got more into my kid's racing.
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Old 08-31-16, 08:35 PM
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This time of year 125 mi/week, mostly commuting.
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150 -200 per average non vacation working warm weather week. Less in winter. Couple of 50 mile rides or more on weekend, 2-4 days during week of 25 miles each ride. I work long hours, up at 330 am, start work at 5 am , get home 5-6 pm so it's tough to fit in more.
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Wow - You guys ride a lot!

I am 61 years old and started riding 1/13/2019 and have rode just over 3000 miles, about 45 a week.

So here is the weird thing, before Covid i would drive to a lake near my work and ride around the paved path, no cars, no stop signs etc. ususally 15 miles at a time maybe 5 days a week.

Now that I am working at home I have been street riding, (which at first terrified me) but with the stop and go now 10 miles on the street feels like 15 going around the lake!
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Originally Posted by snoopysvet View Post
Wow - You guys ride a lot!
Well, it's been 18 years since the first post and 5 years since the necro revival. My guess is most of those guys are either dead or aged out. You may be getting more miles than any of them....
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Old 05-26-20, 08:09 PM
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Originally Posted by shelbyfv View Post
Well, it's been 18 years since the first post and 5 years since the necro revival. My guess is most of those guys are either dead or aged out. You may be getting more miles than any of them....
I resemble that. though I am still making more than that a week and working on more

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God only knows why this thread is still around, and Im obviously bored sh*tless to continue it. However, I can give you a recent personal example of my riding in the lockdown to show why tracking miles is a very poor metric.

In April, I was iin Jacksonville Florida and doing 200-250 mile weeks. Ive spent all of May in Asheville NC, and my average mileage is a bit over 100 miles a week, but with 10,000 plus vertical feet.

some of the 100 mile Asheville weeks have been harder than some of the 200 mile Florida weeks.

If you want to improve, track time and intensity, not miles.
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