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How much is too much?

Old 02-17-11, 09:26 PM
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How much is too much?

Hey everyone, just joined this forum as I am getting more and more into road biking as of late. I have 1 friend that I bike with and so we have only been going for about 2 weeks now since the weather is finally clearing up.
We have been going pretty much everyday taking maybe one break day a week. Our rides have ranged from 10-15 miles so far with some of those being very hilly and tough and other being fairly flat and easy to do.
So onto my question; is this too much riding or is it ok to go almost everyday as long as we take it easy every few rides?
I have a specialized allez and he has a scott CR-1 if that matters.
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Old 02-17-11, 09:35 PM
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Your body will tell you when it needs a rest. Just ride as much as you can, have fun and don't overthink it.
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Old 02-17-11, 09:48 PM
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Na, 10 miles isn't going to kill you. And like sportser said, "Your body will tell you when it needs a rest." If you mix in longer rides you will notice more fatigue on your body.
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Just make sure you can get back home
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I think you will survive
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The exercise recommendation back a few years ago was 60-90 minutes of exercise per day every day in order to maintain or lose weight, or to maintain or gain fitness.

10-15 miles would be ... 45-60 minutes or maybe just a bit more?

It is good to mix it up a bit, and if you feel like taking a day off then take the day off. You might pick a day each week and start doing some longer rides as well.
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You're fine. Put it this way, 200 miles per week is not unusual for a dedicated cyclist. Assuming one rest day, that's on average over 30 miles a day.
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Originally Posted by harryman1212 View Post
Hey everyone, just joined this forum as I am getting more and more into road biking as of late. I have 1 friend that I bike with and so we have only been going for about 2 weeks now since the weather is finally clearing up.
We have been going pretty much everyday taking maybe one break day a week. Our rides have ranged from 10-15 miles so far with some of those being very hilly and tough and other being fairly flat and easy to do.
So onto my question; is this too much riding or is it ok to go almost everyday as long as we take it easy every few rides?
I have a specialized allez and he has a scott CR-1 if that matters.
What is "too much"?
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Old 02-18-11, 01:17 PM
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I'm not sure what your goals are, but I would say if you're enjoying it, it's not too much. If you're overdoing it your body will let you know. Rest and recovery are important parts of any training routine, but the mileage you're talking about doesn't seem excessive.
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