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

Old 04-11-06, 12:44 PM
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How do you guys find the time to ride???

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.
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Detailing cars/watching Nascar/golf... Are you serious? I own a reliable beater car (why would I detail?) and watch zero TV on weekends besides OLN and maybe a news program once in a while. If you get up a 7 AM and get a 5 hour ride in you're still showered up by 1 or 2 latest and same on Sunday.
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Pretty much all my daylight free time is taken up by work/family/house.

I am only up to 1200 km this year. The biking that I do is mainly early in the morning before work (before 6:30 am) or at night (after 9 pm)

I have lots of lights.
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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.

Meh, 22 year old single guy with no kids.

Nascar? Dude. 4 hours sitting on a couch doing nothing could be 4 hours on the bike. If you "watch it for the crashes" they will be shown and re-shown on any one of the 88,888 nascar dedicated channels.
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6-8 hours on a saturday? That's like, a century time wise I only have 300 miles for the season so far mostly from 40-60mile group rides, but it does count commuting back and forth to work and riding with fixed gear friends who drink about as much as they ride. After getting home I'll meet friends for dinner or bowling or movies. I guess its easy, I'm single, have an apartment in a highrise, about the only maintenance I have to do is cleaning the kitchen, bathroom and doing laundry twice a month.
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Originally Posted by rpc180
6-8 hours on a saturday? That's like, a century time wise I only have 300 miles for the season so far mostly from 40-60mile group rides, but it does count commuting back and forth to work and riding with fixed gear friends who drink about as much as they ride. After getting home I'll meet friends for dinner or bowling or movies. I guess its easy, I'm single, have an apartment in a highrise, about the only maintenance I have to do is cleaning the kitchen, bathroom and doing laundry twice a month.
ok so 6-8 hrs might be alot. So far I see single guys living in an apartment...that explains alot!!
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My only responsibilities are my girlfriend and my dog. We own a beater car, rent an apartment, and the only sport other than cycling that I enjoy is hockey, which I don't watch or play with any frequency.
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20mi a day 4 days a week after work (1hr), 60mi on Sunday leaving at 7:00a home by 10:30a. I'm at 1,546mi for the year. Top person on bikejournal has 8000mi, now that's a lot of riding.
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Originally Posted by Cypress
4 hours sitting on a couch doing nothing could be 4 hours on the bike.
Seriously. Why would you watch cars turn left when you could be out enjoying yourself? This is so bizarre.
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If you want it bad enough, you'll make time. I used to commute to work but changed jobs and can't. So I'm putting together a fixie to keep at the new office for lunchtime rides. I also get home around 4:30pm and put in at least a good hour of hilly riding every work day except Monday.

EDIT: I also put in at least one good, solid weekend ride. And I am married with a 15 year-old son, I own my home, and have a full-time job.
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Old 04-11-06, 01:01 PM
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riding is the number one thing in my day. everything else is secondary. i ride in the morning so i know nothing else will screw it up. if you want to put in the miles, you gotta make it a priority and plan everything else around it.
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On the weekends I try to get up early so I can be back by noon or one. Weeknights I'll try to do 20 miles or so after work...
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Originally Posted by iamtim
If you want it bad enough, you'll make time. I used to commute to work but changed jobs and can't. So I'm putting together a fixie to keep at the new office for lunchtime rides. I also get home around 4:30pm and put in at least a good hour of hilly riding every work day except Monday.

EDIT: I also put in at least one good, solid weekend ride. And I am married with a 15 year-old son, I own my home, and have a full-time job.

Haha...ok...I'm not looking to be chastised!! I'm just curious as to what others do. I ride Tuesday and Thursday either on the trainer or the road depending on when I get home from work. Saturday I do around 30 miles or so. I might get in another trainer ride Sunday night if time permits.
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It's all about time management - if you want to do it, you'll manage to find the time. I find the time by using my bike to commute. Instead of a 30 minute drive through the city, it's a 60 minute long breath of fresh air. For the record, I have a job, a demanding family, sing in a choir, camp with scouts, and maintain a house. I fully intend to put 2K on my bike before the first snow flies. What I don't do is sit around and watch four hours of television in a stretch. Ye gads! My brain would explode!
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Well you could cut out the golf and the NASCAR, that would free up some time.

And stop paying so much attention to your lawn. Grass grows. Cut it now and then. Or have a kid and make him do it. I'm pretty sure that's why my father had me. Besides, a marginally unkempt lawn is not a sin (unless you're Methodist).

Spend good quantity and quality time with your wife, play with the dog, and get on your bike. And not necessarily in that order.

Of course the short answer is no: I don't have other hobbies. Though I am married, and my wife and I have a dog.
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Originally Posted by $0.00/Gal
Seriously. Why would you watch cars turn left when you could be out enjoying yourself? This is so bizarre.

Fair question. Others might ask you why you would pedal yourself to exhaustion every chance you get. It all depends what you like I suppose. I am a car nut and have always enjoyed racing. I raced go karts as a kid so I grew up with it. If cars and racing are your thing you will get involved in Nascar enough to understand it and find it fascinating. For me, I cant understand why anyone would watch a televised poker game!!
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I get up early and ride before work. Or better yet, I ride to work. I do a group ride on Saturday mornings and sometimes I'll take the kids out in the Chariot in the evenings or on the weekends. I've gotten 5000+ miles for the last 3 years.

But I don't watch much tube anymore and I don't golf much. I like to putter in the yard, usually listening to the Giants, the Kings, or NPR. I am a simple man and I have a simple life.
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Originally Posted by $0.00/Gal
Seriously. Why would you watch cars turn left when you could be out enjoying yourself? This is so bizarre.
It is fun to go out and watch bikes turn right, though.
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Originally Posted by rjkresse
Well you could cut out the golf and the NASCAR, that would free up some time.

And stop paying so much attention to your lawn. Grass grows. Cut it now and then. Or have a kid and make him do it. I'm pretty sure that's why my father had me. Besides, a marginally unkempt lawn is not a sin (unless you're Methodist).

Spend good quantity and quality time with your wife, play with the dog, and get on your bike. And not necessarily in that order.

Of course the short answer is no: I don't have other hobbies. Though I am married, and my wife and I have a dog.

Yea I could but I guess having more interests makes me a well rounded individual!!
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I'm in college, and am willing to skip classes when its nice out
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I'm in college, and am willing to skip classes when its nice out

LOL....I vaguely remember doing that as well!!
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Originally Posted by Miller2
Yea I could but I guess having more interests makes me a well rounded individual!!
You may be a well rounded individual but look what you're sacrificing? Being an awesommmeeeee cyclist! I'd rather be an awesome cyclist!
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You asked a good question, and answers like, "make time!", aren't that helpful if you are trying to lead a balanced life of work, family, (church), and riding.

It's very helpful if you can commute to work, even part way, some of the days a week. That gets you mileage that would otherwise be spent in a car.

Riding before work, even a half hour, before cleaning up and going in can add some important training miles. Nighttime riding, with good lights, is a lot safer at 6:00 AM than it is at 7:00 PM.

Some areas have evening club rides of an hour or so on week nights. Those can be another great way of adding mileage.

Then of course, you need to do some kind of feature ride on weekends, at least one of the two days, of 20-50 miles. In season, you can really build mileage by riding in organized rides of 60-100 miles a few times.

Working in some combination of the above, you should be able to get in some serious miles in the course of a year.
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Originally Posted by Miller2
Yea I could but I guess having more interests makes me a well rounded individual!!
This is true. I'm a baseball fan, and that'll cut out a big chunk of the day. And there are always things to do. Some need to be done, some are fun, some are both. I bike everyday to work too, which helps. Given a choice between chores and a bike ride, I'll fit the bike ride in and do the chores another day. They do get done. Given a choice between a baseball game and a bike ride? I'll go for a bike ride most every time. Golf and a bike ride? Well, that's my wife's call (she's the golfer).
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