just interested what people are doing.
For a long time, I've been fairly comfortably doing about 250kms/week, trying to squeeze in a necessary rest day as well. I've been doing that consistently for a couple of years.
More recently, I've been pushing up to 300km/week, but I have rarely succeeded in finding the time/energy to reach the higher target. I needed a rest day today - my body demanded it - so with tomorrow's ride I'll be close to 300 but again just short. With all my rides over 30kph/ave, 300km/week feels like a bit of a limit at the mo.
Just interested in what other 'fairly serious recreational road cyclists' get up to per week, and at what pace as well.
I ride about 100km a week up and down the veloway on a heavy bike.
I'd love to do more, but life gets in the way. I'm doing more tomorrow riding to the the Cargo Bike Picnic (PLUG!), so that will be nice.
Good on you for doing more!
Depending on where i am working my commute is 100 or 200 k's per week. So with some arvo rides and my weekend runs i can clock up up to 500 ks for the week.
You are a true endurance rider Scott ! You might go over 500 in the Clare run week .
I do !50 - 200km a week over 3 rides . I'd like to lift that by about 100km a week ,but cant really fit it into my life .
I might have to bite the bullet and start riding to work a few times a week ,,which I have been avoiding due to a 6am start & a fairly physical job ..
200km a week, split up between a couple of commutes, weekend riding and a few recovery rides chucked in.
Have you tried short recover rides instead of a complete day off? Keep the HR right down and only do 30minutes to an hour or so depending on your level?
Makes my 50 to 150 a week seem a bit wimpy.
Started cycling again in October 2009 after a long absence and have recorded 26000 kilometres since I began recording my mileage on the 25th of April, 2010. The breakdown is nearly 1100 km per month.
Gained 4 bikes, spend thousands and lost 30 kilos along the way.
I just looked at my previous riding records, these are added to two RPM/Spin classes plus 3 gym sessions a week.
Oct. 696 km, Nov. 731 km, Dec: 1177 km (Holidays helped here), Jan. 830 km (avg 860 month or 214/week)
Feb. 59 km (Very sick red haemoglobin dropped to around 110 g/l after dropping for many months, even after taking extra iron etc. over doing it the previous months???)
Mar. 124 km (Things starting to improve couldn't find anything wrong after much probing!!!)
Apr. 288 km (So far)
My goal is about 200 to 250 a week including gym sessions, plus competition table tennis. I simply can't fit anything else in and do family stuff and look after my work and home. To get this I increase my commute from 12 km to about 24 km by riding on the SOB, but this requires extra efforts re getting up earlier etc so it's hard.
A big fat "0".
0 kms for me, due to bone injury and have no trainer stand...
:-( That is my "poor, poor pitiful me" face, envious of every cyclist I see riding on the beautiful autumn days...
You know what they say its not how big (or long in this instance) it's how you use it (or do it).
Quality over Quantity and consistency over everything else. What do I mean? Obviously if your a pro rider and can ride every day then you already have the consistency taken care of. If you're an average person with responsibilities outside your sporting aspirations then consistent, quality sessions is the key.
That might look something like this:
3-4 rides a week consisting of - cruise intervals (1 to 1.5hrs), cruise power session (big gear session, maybe on a commute - 1 to 1.5hr), aerobic or recovery ride (1hr) and a long ride on weekend (in hills perhaps out to 4hrs).
This is pretty easy to do with a lot of it manageable on commute or lunchtimes...I should know this is how I squeeze in my training along with swimming and running.
This would be around 200 to 250 Km's a week (key - every week).
Surely Darrens comment on quality is questionable. it really depends on why you ride a bicycle. Based on Darrens comments one would assume that his riding is part of a training schedule and what he does works for him and may well work for anybody with the same goals. Conversely take someone like BJ who road several hundred km's over the past couple of weeks. Most of his rides would have been over 75km and many closer to 150kms, in or near the Adelaide hills, on country lanes many of which would have been compacted earth surfaces. He would have stopped from time to time to appreciate a view or observe local flora and/or fauna.
As for myself i have done very little riding over the past 2 weeks but I did ride with the Gawler Wheelers a couple of weeks ago, a 60km ride I and thourghly enjoyed the route and the company.
The next day I rode with The Gully Grinders and we in turn joined The AC beach ride and old friends were seen and new friends made.
This past week I commuted to work twice, I had to get up 30 mins earlier than usual but riding the relatively traffic free arterial roads at 04.45 is a delight. Riding home in the mid afternoon provides an opportunity to find an assortment of routes that avoid busy arterial roads.
On Friday I rode to Murray Bridge via Gorge Rd, Gumeracha, Tunkillo and Palmer. On the way up the Gorge a couple of old friends passed me by and I caught up with them briefly in Birdwood. In Gumeracha I stopped at the Top Shop where I always get a genuine warm welcome from the staff, and a brief chat with several locals as they walked by. The ride from Palmer to Murray Bridge can be a little daunting if the temperature is in the mid 30's or higher and even worse if theres a head wind but this week the temp was in the high 20's and the breeze though gusty was in general either a cross wind and sometimes almost behind me. On my arrival at my in laws in Murray Bridge I was warmly welcomed and lunch was quickly provided.
Today I was feeling fairly flat and I knew it was windy so I decided that going out with the Gully Grinders would not be too good so I had an extra hour and a half of quality sleep, but I did ride into town to catch up with a few friends at the Cargo Bike Picnic, another quality ride.
So I guess any ride is a quality ride so long you achieve what you set out to do and enjoy it.
Clive are you suggesting cycling should be fun?
and not something you do just to be competitive?
After all if you ride to Murray Bridge took a bit longer than sometimes would that mean you had a bit more fun that day???
Then there would be all these people getting fitter and healthier just as a side effect of having fun.
Sounds wonderful to me.