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Old 03-11-06, 04:39 PM
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Hey gang,

My work schedule is changing - again - which means for the next month or so that I will have a day off every 3-4 days. I was contemplating of late trying to get in two rides on these days off, one in the morning and one in the early evening as an alternative to a single, longer ride. I am trying to get my milage up for certain, but also looking for some variety in my work-outs.

Any thoughts on two-a-day rides?

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Old 03-11-06, 05:04 PM
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"The Lance Armstrong Performance Program" by LA and Chris Carmichael say that you can recover from aerobic rides in as little as 8 hours, whereas above the lactic acid threshold, recovery takes 36-48 hours. That's a bit over simplified, but you can look at Ch 9 if you're interested.

Anyway, you could spin in the morning and then do intervals in the evening.
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Old 03-11-06, 05:11 PM
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Ive never consistently done two-a-days on the bike. But in my days of running and playing lacrosse we had two-a-days. For running, i could do it (with about 6 hours rest, and 2 large meals) without big problems, i was always a little slow on the second run.

For lacrosse, we would do lifting and sprints in the morning and on the field work in the evenings. This was absolutly killer. I could barely move in the second practice.

So I guess I second SpongeDad, do a less intesne ride in the morning then crank away at night. I think thats the best way to get as much as possible out of you're rare free days
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Old 03-11-06, 07:26 PM
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Try commuting to work-- I ride 22 miles in in the morning and 24 miles home in the evening (to add a nasty hill). That's 2 a days that I do three to four times a week.

Gets me in shape for the long weekend rides with the group.

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two can work, though it is nice to regulate your hormones to be optimum by catching a 30 minute nap in between. I would recomend one workout be in the 60-75% HR range and the other be the typical whatever-you-would-do workout. Have fun.
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