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How do you guys find the time to ride???

Old 04-12-06, 10:20 AM
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i got rid of my tv 6 months ago, have never had a computer in my house (i am on the one at work ), and do not own an ipod or other music player. i do nothing but go to work, run, prepare vegan meals, read, and ride my bike--a lot--both commuting and for fun. it is a fixed gear. that's all i ride. average 200 miles a week.

throw your tv at your car and you're all set.

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Where you live has a lot to do with how much riding you can get in as well. Here in the Northeast I commuted all Winter, but I only managed a few rides longer than 20mi. I can't stand wind layers for longer rides and tights aren't enough in my book. I wouldn't worry about how many miles others are pulling down, just ride what's comfortable for you. This week I'm on target for 120mi since last Sunday to this coming Saturday. Some weeks will be more, some weeks will be less. Last week I only commuted and skipped the after work rides because of rain and wind. I don't race, I ride purely for the enjoyment and fitness aspect, so if I'm not enjoying it, I don't ride...simple really.
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Originally Posted by FormerBMX'er
Where you live has a lot to do with how much riding you can get in as well. Here in the Northeast I commuted all Winter, but I only managed a few rides longer than 20mi. I can't stand wind layers for longer rides and tights aren't enough in my book. I wouldn't worry about how many miles others are pulling down, just ride what's comfortable for you. This week I'm on target for 120mi since last Sunday to this coming Saturday. Some weeks will be more, some weeks will be less.
I was going to point that out as well. Lots of folks (including the OP) get a lot more months a year to get the miles in. I ride in Feb. here in MA, but not much.
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Old 04-12-06, 11:52 AM
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I basically have a schedule I follow fairly consistently...

Work 7 to 5 m/w/f, 7 to 4 t/th... on Tues and thursday I ride right after work, do about 25 to 36 miles on Tuesday at normal pace, and about 15 miles on thursday at really fast pace (have to get done early so I can make it to my bowling league)... then Saturday morning early I try to do a group ride in the 40+ mile range (leave around 8, be back by noon so I have the rest of the day to ride my CBR, do housework, etc). That's pretty much it. M/W/F are taken up either lifting at the gym or playing basketball, Sunday morning until around 4 is riding my raptor 700 (atv) and Sunday evening is basketball at the local boys club. All house work is done after dark. I'm married but no kids... so of course there is dinner with the wife, to-do's, etc... I dunno what I'm going to do when I have kids.

Basically the guys that are riding thousands of miles this year already are cyclists. By that I mean it is their hobby, their sport, their interest... they work, they ride and that's what they do. Either that or they have no responsibilities so they have time to ride that much AND do other stuff. There's absolutely nothing wrong with it but don't try to measure yourself against them. If all I did was ride I'd get bored, I'd be fast and ride far, but I'd still be bored...it's just my personality. I have to have variety. I've pretty much resolved myself to being a 40 to 50miles max per day rider (once a week), I can do it at about 17mph or so and that's probably as fast as I'll ever get unless I give up some of my other hobbies to get more riding time. I did my century last year just so I know I could do it and I'm happy just riding and being happy for now.

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Old 04-12-06, 01:37 PM
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"Make the time" is right. You have to prioritize what is important in your life. Most of us with families, homes, etc. have a limited amount of disposable time available to ride. If you want to ride 100 miles/week...you better block out 6-7 hours of that "disposable" time for riding. That will usually mean you can't watch TV, sleep in, etc.
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Wait tables at an Outback. Work 30 hours a week. Take home more money than you did teaching school. Get married to a wonderful woman, health insurance is important.
Get up "early" ( 9 or 10 ).
Bike 7 miles to the gym.
Take the long way home, another 20 to 30 miles.
Vegitate.
Take shower.
Bike to work.
Sponge bath.
Walk 3-9 miles at work.
Bike home.
Sleep.
Repeat as necessary.
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Old 04-12-06, 02:16 PM
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I only have around 800miles in for the year. But with the summer months coming and the late sunsets in the Seattle area I hope to put the bulk of my miles in then. Weather will hopefully brighten up some, too.

To the spirit of the question: Do I do anything else with my liesure time? Heck yeah!. And the other activities are tough to fit in. I like to golf (including trips to the driving range for practice) and shooting activities (skeet, rifle, pistol target shooting). The second one is tough on cycling because I can only get to my local range on weekends, so it really impinges on weekend rides. Everything else I do with my free time I can do at night (reading, billiards, reloading, etc.). Really, I just try to focus on time management and take advantage of long daylight hours during Pacific Northwest summers.

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Old 04-12-06, 04:07 PM
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I haven't done a ton of miles yet this year, but I go on a group ride at 6:45 PM twice a week, which gets me 50-60 miles a week.
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Old 04-12-06, 04:29 PM
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Originally Posted by Miller2
I'm amazed at the amount of miles you guys put in!!! I've seen some guys have already put in 3k so far this year!

My question is....do you guys, or gals, who put in those kind of miles have any other interests? Between work, which we all do, yard and house maint, spending time with the wife, playing with the dog, weight workouts, getting in some golf, detailing cars, running errands, watching Nascar on Sunday etc etc etc...I cant imagine being able to spend 6-8 hrs on Saturday riding my bike.

Just curious as to what else ya'll do besides ride.
I am not single, 2 kids a dog, work full time and have a house and spend around 15 hours a week on a bike

if you look at your post you can find room

work = commute to work, I do 2 hours and 60km per day with this alone
TV = lose the damn TV!

Learn to ride at night when its quiet.
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Old 04-12-06, 04:34 PM
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Take the day off work...I did and took a nice 50 miler. Legs are a little weak from the winter hiatus but the sun is shining and better days are coming!!!
Enjoy The Ride

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Old 04-12-06, 05:25 PM
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9-14 hours a week.

1 hour a day during weekdays for the commute. Wake up early or ride extra after work Tuesday and Thursday for an hour for intervals. Saturday Sunday total of about 4-8 hours.

The weekend rides are made possible by an extremely cool wife who does her own thing while I'm out during the weekend mornings.
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Lose your driver's license...

I mean, have it forcibly taken from you by a court of law.
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Start at 0500 on Tues and Thurs on the trainer. Transition to the road by 0615 and wrap it up by 0700. Partake in the local Weds night club ride and always get at least three hours in on one day out of the weekend.
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Wife with 2 kids, own my own business.
Leave at dawn (when ever that is) Sunday mornings, ride 60-80 miles, make it to church with the family by 11:00, have the rest of the day to do honey doos
25-30 mile fast rides on Tuesday/Thursday, Fast mountain bike on Saturday morning
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Originally Posted by Serendipper
Lose your driver's license...

I mean, have it forcibly taken from you by a court of law.

Some of you people are scary.

Really.
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Record NASCAR ... Then zoom through it ... you can watch a 6 hr race in about 1 to 1.5 hrs ......
If you like to ride then you WILL make time.
I used to sit on the couch drink beer, smoke and watch NASCAR........
Now I ride, ride and ride ..........

If you stay healther you will like longer so you can actually watch more NASCAR........
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