bicycle commute helps/hurts training

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bicycle commute helps/hurts training

Postby SpecialGreen » Sun Aug 10, 2014 2:22 pm

My commute is about 40 minutes of bicycling, mostly L1, with touches of L2 when I stick-it-out in a lower gear for a brief climb. It's not a long-enough duration to be a normal L1 "long slow" session. I've tried stretching it past an hour, by running before the commute, and taking longer routes home in the evening. But I don't have enough spare time to really make it longer than about 70 minutes, each way. I'm wondering if it's too brief to be L1, and not hard enough to be a short workout... maybe even detrimental to summer/fall training.

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Re: bicycle commute helps/hurts training

Postby enevala » Mon Aug 11, 2014 6:10 am

SpecialGreen wrote:My commute is about 40 minutes of bicycling, mostly L1, with touches of L2 when I stick-it-out in a lower gear for a brief climb. It's not a long-enough duration to be a normal L1 "long slow" session. I've tried stretching it past an hour, by running before the commute, and taking longer routes home in the evening. But I don't have enough spare time to really make it longer than about 70 minutes, each way. I'm wondering if it's too brief to be L1, and not hard enough to be a short workout... maybe even detrimental to summer/fall training.


If you plan it out as a workout, you can get some good value from it. Try mixing in some of the following from time to time:
1. Low gear spinning: shift all the way down and spin as fast as you can in low gear for 2 minutes, rest for 1 min, repeat 5 times.
2. One leg pedaling: Unclip one foot and pedal with the other for 1 min. rest, switch, repeat.
3. Stop sign intervals: Go like hell from one traffic control to another, rest for the next segment, repeat.

There's more to be had than just straight L1/L2......

HTH

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Re: bicycle commute helps/hurts training

Postby MN Hoser » Mon Oct 23, 2017 7:20 pm

I think it all helps, to a point. I used to ride 3 miles to school/work. I think it was 25 min round trip, but that let me know it I was tired or feeling good and I could plan evening workouts accordingly. I would sometime take a scenic route home (1 hr), and one year I really worked that, but I found that junk hours (just adding time) didn't help my conditioning. So you might want to plan one day to "nail it" or do some interval work (or something) on the way or from work.

Jay


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