Who goes for a training ride before work in the morning?
I do some mornings. I take my cx bike and do a hard loop of some local bridleways.
If I didn’t have to walk the dogs and make the kid’s lunch boxes then I could get a longer ride in! I have to get up at 5.15AM to do my early morning ride!
It is incredibly rewarding though when I reach the highest point and look out across Bristol and on a good day I can see the Severn bridge. It is a bit of a comedown though when I realise that I have to cycle to work instead of being able to carry on riding all day!Posted 4 years agobeejSubscriber
Yeah, sometimes get up a bit early (6:15 – 6:45 instead of 7:00) and extend the commute (from 1.5km). Do between 28-40km, one to one and a half hours. Shower at the work gym, breakfast either in the restaurant or use the instant Oat So Simple pots.
Always feel good for doing it, hate the getting up earlier bit though. I’ve ignored the early alarm a few times, especially in winter.
Make sure everything is ready the night before.Posted 4 years agotonydMember
I commute a 35 mile round trip anywhere between 2 and 4 times a week, depending on how lazy I’m feeling. Not much time for proper training these days.
Before kids and when I worked closer (5 miles) I used to run 2 miles to the local pool, swim for an hour, run home, then cycle to work for 8:30. Probably 3 days on average, then longer sessions on the weekends. Fantastic in the summer.Posted 4 years agodavid jeyMember
I ride to work (7.5 miles/30ish minutes) but sometimes extend that to up to 2 hours. More often do a long ride home from work instead!
But I’m guessing from the way your post is phrased you don’t commute by bike – is it an occasional option, no matter how far/mental? When I started this job I lived 48 miles away – rode there in the morning (and, less frequently, back in the afternoon too) quite a bit in the summer.Posted 4 years agoddmonkeySubscriber
Yes commute is training, I have been gradually making it longer and longer and vary it depending on time available and how tired I feel! I managed to do the full 70km each way this week for the first time, about 1000m of vertical in that too. I am so much fitter than I used to be, and it doesn’t add that much time really over commuting by other means so it fits into demands of family work etc pretty well. Means I can enjoy riding and doing other stuff at the weekends more as I don’t feel any pressure to spend lots of time cranking out the miles on the bike then to stay fit. Ready for the Etape du Tour now, weekend after next.Posted 4 years agoMister PMember
My daily commute is anywhere from 40 to 70 miles round trip on the road. I wouldn’t class it as training but it keeps the weight off and saves me a load of money in train fares.
To me training has to have a specific aim, be that endurance or speed or whatever. My riding doesn’t have that, I ride faster some days and slower others depending on my mood. I don’t do intervals or worry about heart rate zones so it’s not training is it?Posted 4 years agocookeaaSubscriber
I treat my commute as a “Training Ride” but I can only really do it twice a week, working it in around family commitments and needing to be in certain places by certain times, and on the days I do cycle I’ve got to be out the door by 06:30 at the latest to make it into work at a sensible time…
My Commute is ~50-60 mins each way so that’s probably only about 3.5 hrs riding during the week but it is something, plus any weekend or evening miles I might get in, other commitments allowing…
I suppose I could get up really early (05:00-ish) and do a local loop or something, by the time I’ve gotten back home, had a shower, got changed, sorted out the kids etc I’d probably be running late and be utterly bolloxed for the day…Posted 4 years agopebblebeachMember
I commute 20 miles each way pretty much every day in summer but down to 3 days on average in winter. I take it fairly easy most mornings but put in a fair shift on the ride home which is usually into a headwind. If its not too windy ill throw in some intervals over the moor. But I use traffic light starts for intervals too.Posted 4 years agojoolsburgerMember
I’m now commuting 15 miles each way every day. Around fifty minutes to an hour depending on how arsed I can be. This morning was a slow one but yesterday was full on. I am really, really enjoying it and the big suprise for me is that it’s not a slog at all and sets me up for the day, lots more energy when I arrive. Also the benefit of not having to stand next to weird people on the tube cannot be overstated.Posted 4 years ago
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