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My cycling coming to a screaching hault - or is it

Old 10-05-06, 06:24 AM
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My cycling coming to a screaching hault - or is it

My longest rides are coming to an end for a while. 'tis teh suck!!
But, can I take these adverse cycling situations and turn them around?

Situation: Nights are creeping up quickly. By the time I get home on days that I bike, I have 1 hour to ride.
Solution: Intervals. So far they are working well.

Situation: Saturdays are gone for a while. Wife has new job. I have become a single parent on Saturday.
Solution: Use the 4 hours that I do have on Sunday and ride like the wind.

Situation: Total ride time has fallen off dramatically. Endurance and strength may follow.
Solution: Running and weight training in the gym at 5am before work.


What have been some of the situation that could have stopped your riding and/or training?
And how did you turn it around?
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Of course with winter just around the corner, my riding will slowly subside. Once it's too dark to ride after work, I'll be hitting the rollers twice during the week (an hour or so each time), and then longer ride(s) on the weekends as time permits. If I can average 60-70 mi. per week throughout the winter, I'll be content.
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Two ACL tears this season, and currently recovering from an ACL reconstruction surgery, wrecked my primary bike in a crit, worked an average 60 hours per week, took 11 semester hours of courses at night...

In between all of that fun stuff, I lost 25lbs, upgraded from 5 to 4, and got halfway to a CAT3 upgrade.

It's all about intervals. Don't have much time? Blow it up for as much time as you have, and use the really short days to get in recovery rides.
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Originally Posted by badkarma
Of course with winter just around the corner, my riding will slowly subside. Once it's too dark to ride after work, I'll be hitting the rollers twice during the week (an hour or so each time), and then longer ride(s) on the weekends as time permits. If I can average 60-70 mi. per week throughout the winter, I'll be content.
+1 ... very similar for me as well. Rollers indoors 2 to 3 times (more likely just twice!) during the weekdays due to working till 5pm or later. Weekends -- keep up the longer rides as long as my body allows from the fitness/endurance built up thru the earlier part of the season. Hopefully, this will help me to rack up the miles all the way till Dec 31st and go for a new high-mileage "for me" goal for the year.
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Get with the times! Buy a LIGHT! Front and back.
Find a quiet road to ride on.
Take back the night.
Or at least 3 hours of it.
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Lights have been the answer for me as well. Whether its riding before sunup or after sundown, I've found its a great time to ride. Many vehicles I encounter just sit there trying to figure out what in the world is coming toward them.
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You get up to run and go to a gym at 5? Why not ride to work!? Like others have said get a good light...not a cheap, weak LED but a proper light...and head to work. You'll get your mileage in, you won't be stuck in a gym at 5 in the morning and you'll save the planet. What's the downside?
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Originally Posted by cyccommute
You get up to run and go to a gym at 5? Why not ride to work!? Like others have said get a good light...not a cheap, weak LED but a proper light...and head to work. You'll get your mileage in, you won't be stuck in a gym at 5 in the morning and you'll save the planet. What's the downside?
This is something I'm working at. I have tracked a route online. Now I', going to drive it home to see how it looks. Then I'll try to commute at least once a week. My problem is that it's not across town. My job is a good, long drive. And that's using all highway. But I think it's doable.
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I've built up a fixed gear with adequate lighting for winter night rides. It's amazing how calm the roads get around here after 8:00 PM. The FG is great for shorter rides. I think it can be a more challenging ride and it does wonders for my spin.
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Originally Posted by substructure
What have been some of the situation that could have stopped your riding and/or training?
And how did you turn it around?
was in istanbul in august/september last year for work. it's not a place to ride your bike, so that effectively ended my season.

when i got back i rode through oct/nov (but not as regularly i wished, due to more work trips) and only a bit in december.

made up for it by getting into a regular training cycle in january. now winding down my season (last race on saturday), and feeling burnout knocking. will probably try and not even worry anout riding for most of october.
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Originally Posted by substructure
This is something I'm working at. I have tracked a route online. Now I', going to drive it home to see how it looks. Then I'll try to commute at least once a week. My problem is that it's not across town. My job is a good, long drive. And that's using all highway. But I think it's doable.
Not knowing where you are at, I'd suggest for very long commutes (mine is 11 miles one-way) looking into public transportation parking lots for shortening your commute. Drive part way, park the car and ride the rest.
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Originally Posted by cyccommute
You get up to run and go to a gym at 5? Why not ride to work!? Like others have said get a good light...not a cheap, weak LED but a proper light...and head to work. You'll get your mileage in, you won't be stuck in a gym at 5 in the morning and you'll save the planet. What's the downside?
I live slightly less than a mile from work- and the gym is four blocks from work. Commuting isn't a way for me to rack up the miles.

I mean, I'll still commute, but ~2 miles a day isn't a lot of riding. I have to wait for the weekends.
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Originally Posted by cyccommute
Not knowing where you are at, I'd suggest for very long commutes (mine is 11 miles one-way) looking into public transportation parking lots for shortening your commute. Drive part way, park the car and ride the rest.
To avoid major highways, a mountain, and some heavily traveled roads, it's 37 miles one way.
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Originally Posted by substructure
To avoid major highways, a mountain, and some heavily traveled roads, it's 37 miles one way.
Drive in Friday am, ride home; ride back on Saturday to get the car...


and to combat the onset of winter, I bought rollers and lights. Rode home the other night from work at 10ish. It was gorgeous and serene....
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Originally Posted by EventServices
Get with the times! Buy a LIGHT! Front and back.
Find a quiet road to ride on.
Take back the night.
Or at least 3 hours of it.
+1,000000 Dark is no excuse not to ride. With todays light technology not only can it be done safely but it is fun and different. For me at least winter riding is just another facet of cycling. While my neighbers are indoors bored stiff on the couch just waiting for spring, I am outside getting base miles in. Keep in mind I am in Tennessee where the lows rarely dip much below freezing.
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I'm going to look into some lights, especially if I want to ride in the morning to work. I'll need to start by 5:30am to get there on time, wash up, and change.
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I'm going to look into some lights, especially if I want to ride in the morning to work. I'll need to start by 5:30am to get there on time, wash up, and change.
I am using a Niterider Evolution Smart and I can highly recomend it. Lots of nice features in a affordable light
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Off the bike for October, when soccer practices end I'll get back on.

So how much is a good front light kit as mentioned above?
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M'kay

40.36 miles one way. 2277ft of climbing.
If I leave work at 4 and average a minimum of 18mph and factor in stops at intersections it should take me roughly 2.5 hours.



Notice the State Park I have to go around. No roads going over at all.

EDIT: I chose this route because if I head south around Crowder Mountain I can get to my church which is on the other side. In case I want to park there and ride to and from work at this point.
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Originally Posted by was7g
I live slightly less than a mile from work- and the gym is four blocks from work. Commuting isn't a way for me to rack up the miles.

I mean, I'll still commute, but ~2 miles a day isn't a lot of riding. I have to wait for the weekends.
I used to live 4 blocks from my work. I still rode 10 miles to get to work. You just have to wander around a little more
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Originally Posted by substructure
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40.36 miles one way. 2277ft of climbing.
If I leave work at 4 and average a minimum of 18mph and factor in stops at intersections it should take me roughly 2.5 hours.


Notice the State Park I have to go around. No roads going over at all.

EDIT: I chose this route because if I head south around Crowder Mountain I can get to my church which is on the other side. In case I want to park there and ride to and from work at this point.
That's what I'd suggest. Park at the church, ride to work, ride back to the church. You get miles riding your bike and don't drive to work all the way. If you like, you could ride from the church one day, ride all the way home and then ride back to the church to get your car the next day.
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Find a convenient parking spot 10 (or so) miles from your work and just ride to and from there. I actually have three bike commute "park-n-ride" spots at 5, 8 and 10 miles distance, depending on time and weather conditions.

But get a light anyway. It'll be pretty dark in the mornings between now and the end of daylight savings time, and dark in the evenings after.
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EDIT: I chose this route because if I head south around Crowder Mountain I can get to my church which is on the other side. In case I want to park there and ride to and from work at this point.
A couple of other pieces of advice. For a really long commute, you probably want to look at LED for your lights. The new MiNewt from Niterider looks like a pretty good package with a good runtime. $150 is a little steep but it's less than other lights. I haven't seen the beam pattern so I can't say how good that is but I have used other 3W LEDs and they are too bad.

If you are going to be riding near dark, you need to know when the sun goes down...even if you aren't riding to and from work. Look at US Naval Observatory site for a sunrise/sunset table. Use it even if you are just riding after work.
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Riding at night with a nice lighting system rules, especially if you are already familiar with the route and road conditions. I used to ride tight singletrack on my mtb with lights, road riding is no problem.

I also bought a trainer. The deal is this: if I want to watch TV on a particular day that I haven't either ridden or worked out, I have to do so on the trainer.
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Why not ride in the dark any time you want to? Invest in quality lights and ride as much as you want.
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