Early morning wakers/riders…
I’ve started 5am rides for the same reason. Its not so bad for me as I often commute and start at 6 anyway, I find it a great time of day for cycling, empty roads and the sun coming up. No food as the rides are generally under 2hrs,I try to eat as soon as I get back though. FWIW I’ve cycled more this year so far than I have in the last three years individually and I’m biking as well as I have done since the kids came along. Its been all about finding time and making the most of that time too, Strava has helped make those one/two hour rides a bit more worthy.Posted 3 years ago
So I’m realising that with work and family, I’m left with the antisocial hours for riding!!
Having seen a few mates’ strava feeds starting at 0400ish, I’m wondering if this is what’s in store for me!
I’m contemplating a 5am ride tomorrow, and just wondered if this is something that many here ‘subject’ themselves to, and if you do…what do you do RE food pre ride?
Not sure I’ll be able to stomach much at that time, and not planning on perusing the web for 40 minutes whilst I casually eat my muesli if I do…Do you eat ‘normally’ before the ride, or a tiny ‘starter’ and then snack as you ride?
(TBH, I can imagine the alarm going off, me looking at the hooning rain, then just rolling over back to sleep 😉 )Posted 3 years agogonetothehillsSubscriber
Really enjoy early rides. Bolt some fruit and fibre down and take something with me for the longer jaunts. The alarm goes at 5.40 during the week and it’s quite nice to set it earlier at the weekends – sometimes… /odd
Less people around, best part of the day, opportunity to go for a relatively long one without taking too much of the day. Think I’ll get to bed now so I can start early tomorrow 🙂Posted 3 years ago
I do loads of 4am rides, I sometimes have smoked haddock and poached eggs pre ride or nothing at all. I can do a 2 hour plus ride on nothing or if I have had my breakfast much longer. I do have a bottle of high five xtreme (with caffeine) with me and an emergency gel in my pack in case I get caught out.
I love my early rides, no one about, no hassle, no traffic and you see some awesome things.Posted 3 years agosenor jSubscriber
I do the majority of my riding early doors.If I’m going to be out for more than a couple of hours -coffee & 20 minute muesli (force yourself) , if it’s less, coffee & toast.
I haven’t gone to bed yet due to a vomiting toddler
EVERY single time I’ve planned a big ride since my boy was born,the night before he’ll be up performing .grrrr. 😀Posted 3 years agoLoCoMember
Was up at 5, same as most mornings, however this was due to 20 month old son who always wakes at this time, so need to get up at 2am to get a 2 hour ride in ( not happening )Posted 3 years ago
Not got the bike with child seat on this weekend either ( laps of cwmcarn road with him on the back is rather good )darrimc30Member
Just done a 40k loop on my road bike without any breakfast and fair to say I was well off the pace. Not really wrapped up as well, so don’t forget how nippy it is in the mornings. I will be well wrapped and some brekkie next week, but it’s great when there’s no one else on the road apart from some miserable roadies.Posted 3 years ago
Costs nought to acknowledge a fellow rider.
Bless my little angel- tag teamed his mum in for sick duties at about 3am so I could get some sleep at least!
Senior j -I have very strong recall bias that tells me every time his mum is on night shifts, my little one pukes his gizards up.. How it’s not going to be similar for early morning rides!
All my clothes and pocket food, just sat there lonely and unused…
But bikes are just plastic and rare metals… My vomtastic toddler needs his daddy now!!
DrPPosted 3 years agoonehundredthidiotMember
Was looking for an early one this morning hoping to get hilltop by sunrise, but OH was held on at work, infact it’s 0851 and she’s still not finished, even though shift finished at 0300, then she’s back on at 1600 today, I’ll be mainly out the house letting her sleep.Posted 3 years agorollindoughnutMember
My aim is always to get home by 7.30am or go out after 7pm when riding on the road. Drivers tend to be more relaxed at either end of the day.
Also love a dawn ride on the mtb in the Surry Hills, then coffee and a pie at Peaslake stores as soon as they open. Love watching the first of the ‘early starters’ tearing up in their cars already in a rush trying to avoid the crowds.Posted 3 years agoalansd1980Member
Do any of the early starters make plans to meet someone else?Posted 3 years ago
I have great intentions of getting up at the crack of dawn and being back early but reality kicks in and I just stay indoors. And feel grumpy all day. I find if I have a pre arranged meet its enough to get me out bed. Not that it happens often cause most of the guys I can ride with meet 9ish as families are older or no kids yet.lovewookieMember
normally weekday riding is started before 6am for me. try to get out two or three times a week, generally up at 5:30, half a bowl of muesli, any more and I barf within the first half hour, but going without and I fear the bonk. I have regular loops (1, 1.5, 2 and 2.5 hours) so I don’t have to think too hard when getting out the door, just how long I want to be out for.
seems to work, though I have a reluctance to get out normal times at the weekends now as I don’t like how busy it seems. :-/Posted 3 years agocrazy-legsSubscriber
Normal breakfast (cereal) and a cup of coffee then out the door. On a road ride I’ll try and work in a cafe stop as they open so on a weekend if I can be out at 5.30am I can stop for second breakfast by 8am.
I used to do dawn MTB rides in the Lakes when I lived in Lancaster – leave mine at 4am, drive to Ambleside or similar, out riding by 5.30, back by 10am and straight into Wilf’s. 🙂 That was when I worked shifts and had a lot of time free during the week. Midweek dawn ride = empty trails.Posted 3 years ago
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