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Old 02-03-06, 06:38 PM   #1
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Will this improve my fitness levels

I love MTB, last year I tried for the first time to do a MTB marathon 90kms (55 mille) it took me 8 hours but I loved it and made a few more since. By September I decided to buke commute.
The reasons to start were:
- improving my fitness levels.
- less CO2 thrown to the sky.
- save on gas and car milleage.

But now a question came to my mind. My commute is 30 minutes each way will this improve my fitness levels for marathons? It's a rolling commute on which I average 20km/h on an old MTB.
On Tuesdays, at the end of the day I get my cycling gear and I ride for an extra hour and a half. And on Saturdays afternoon I ride dor at least 3h off-road.
Is there anything I could do to make it a more efficient training?

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 02-03-06, 09:50 PM   #2
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If you are going to be in cycling clothes so you can sweat as much as you want then training while commuting is a great idea. With a shortish commute this would be a great time to do some traffic light intervals. You can sprint at high intensity (80-95% max heart rate) from traffic light to traffic light. This should help your overall speed by building leg strength. Look up interval and tempo training. 30 minutes should be enough to get some good sprints in. Good luck with the commuting and training. Both are very rewarding.
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