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7/15/09 6:16 A

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It can be really tricky planning around work. For right now what's working for me is getting up early for a ride. For me it works because it's the only time with even a little sunlight that isn't grotesquely hot, in addition to how exercise in the morning adjusts my mood and sleeping habits later in the day. Granted, my rides during the week are not very long because I cannot for the life of me wake up before 6 AM, but it's something. My longer rides are almost entirely reserved for the weekends.

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7/15/09 2:03 A

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Whenever I can...

Seriously though, I work nights, so as soon as I get up in the afternoon, I head to the gym first, then I jump on the bike.

Gym is mon, tues, thurs and Sat.
Cycling is usually mon, tues, wed, thurs & sat, Friday doesn't usually work for anything because I turn my shift around and my sleep schedule is always messed up. Sunday my wife actually wants to spend time with me (who knew?)

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Since I make my own hours, I take time off whenever I want for rides and with Summer temperatures my first choice is for cooler morning rides.

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7/14/09 1:59 P

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I bike for my commute to and from work. It is a 16.5 round trip so sometimes I do one-way and take the subway home (which still involves a 3 mi ride). The route, frankly, is not enjoyable - heavy traffic, lots of intersections, pitted roads, and no scenery to speak of, but it is great cardio and means I don't have to spend another 45 minutes exercising when I get home. And it takes just as long as the subway or driving.

By now, heavy urban traffic doesn't bother me but the key was finding the right mix of being hyper aware, assuming the drivers don't see me, trying to bike predictably so as not to freak out the drivers, and a bit aggressive.

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6/28/09 9:31 P

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I'm a full-time pharmacy student in my last year, so I'm on clinical rotations most months + I'm a part-time intern at CVS. On week days I try to ride in the late afternoon when I get home or I'll ride in the morning if I have a late shift. My husband rides with me on these days he doesn't mountain bike. These week day rides are for at least an hour so I can get in 11-15 miles each day. On the weekends we try to do longer rides of 25+ miles. Most of our riding is on paved greenways with road riding making the connections. If I have a rotation out of town I load my bike up and take it with me because there are some nice greenways in these other cities as well. I'll sometimes find other pharmacy personnel to go on rides with me after the shift -- especially if I don't know my way around.

Our weather has been so wet for the past 7 or so months that it's hard to always get a dry day to ride, so we've been trying to get in extra miles on the dry days.

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6/28/09 6:46 P

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DH rides to work everyday - we also ride to the gym during daytime hours but not at night since I don't have a light.

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I ride to and from work. Only about 4 miles total but it adds up over the week. Otherwise we are starting to go with friends after dinner, 10-15 miles, great calorie burner

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I ride to and from work. Only about 4 miles total but it adds up over the week. Otherwise we are starting to go with friends after dinner, 10-15 miles, great calorie burner

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At 4:50 am, I ride down a main city street-light traffic at that time. I have a light(miner-like) strapped to my helmet-helps to see when you move your head, unlike the front and rear lights.
Catch the city bus, to work (university)6:00 am. Do 1/2 hour walk/jog around track
M-W-F (Wgt training) 1/2 hour lower body
T-TH 1/2 hour speed stationary bike, 1/2 hr wgt train-upper body
After work-catch bus, and ride the other halfway home on the bike trail.
Weekends-Sat & Sun Longer rides (14 miles, with 1/2 being hard hills)


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6/28/09 6:42 A

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Dh and I are in retail sales so both work weekends and usually get a day off midweek for a trail ride. We are pretty much recreational riders. He has a street bike and a mountain bike I just have a plane old road bike with less gears than he.

We do trails that are walk paths also so it is best midweek - not so much traffic to dodge. They are usually some hills with flat paths. I prefer paved paths but have had a few dirt and grown up weeds to plow through. We enjoy the coastal rides with views.
We usually take twice as long on the way looking at things and get back in half the time. We usually get a 2-3 hour ride in a day with a picnic along the way.

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6/11/09 1:27 P

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It has been tough for me as well. I have 4 kids: 3 are in soccer and one in baseball. Soccer has a game and practice once per week. Baseball has one practice but 2 games.

I try to get my Tuesday night training group ride in. Not always the case but we get roughly 40 miles in and are gone for 2 hrs.

Weather permitting, which has not been in my favor, I try to get rides in on the week end.

The DW does not mind me riding but she hates that I'm gone for 2-3 hrs. I told her I had to get long hours and mileage in if I'm going to be doing a 90 mile bike race in August. I have a 44 mile bike race in July as well.

Bottom line is to figure out where you can sneak them in. If I know it is not going to rain or too dark, I'll ride the bike to the soccer games which can get me any where from 6-15 miles round trip.

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6/9/09 8:20 P

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I ride nearly every day when there is enough daylight.

I'm not the boss ... but I'm in the great position of having bosses who don't know or care what I do. If email, LAN, and internet access are all up, I'm invisible. If something breaks, I'm at work until it's fixed.

Monday through Friday are quick 25-30 milers after work around 6. Fridays I slip out of work around 4 and do routine yard/lawn jobs before riding.

Saturday is long ride day and I head west to get in as many hills as I can. I try to start around 10am (I'm just not good at getting out early) and increase mileage by 5 or 10 miles each week. I was up to 45 miles last week before I got hurt.

Sunday is another house/chores day or family visits. If nothing is scheduled or pressing, I'll do another longer ride but at an easier pace.

I total about 15-20 hours a week on the bike. I'm not really training per se. I just enjoy riding as much as I can. I do take days off but that is usually dictated by work, weather, or other plans.


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6/9/09 11:25 A

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John:
Welcome to the multisport life! There's never enough training time. I work on average 9-6, although I'm the boss and I can get away with some flexi-time. However, that generally means I have to put in a couple of hours on the weekend but it's all good.

If you're time pressed for a ride, get yourself a bike trainer. Unless I'm racing, I do ALL my hard intervals on it. Takes half the time and it's a much, much more focused workout.

I ride and run 3x a week. At the beginning of the season, DW and I sat down and worked out a training schedule this year which was OK'd by both of us - it kinda pans out like this:

Mon: Recovery day, so commute or short (20') run in the pm.
Tues: Hard bike, so I take the roadbike into work and then go race or have a hard ride in the evening. This alternates every week. Back by 8pm if racing. 2.5-3hrs, or 1-1.5hrs on trainer.
Weds: Speedwork, generally 1hr in the evening. TM or track.
Thurs: Triathlon Club bike-run Brick (6-8pm), or Bike Club TT (5:30-7pm).
Fri: OFF
Sat: Long Run or Long Brick (run-bike-run), morning back before 12. If Brick involves race pace, TM preferred. Long run always outside.
Sun: Tri Club Group ride. 8am start, back by 11:30.

Thankfully I don't like distance so my long rides rarely go past 3hrs. My runs are generally in the 1.5hr mark.

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RE: My first CENTURY ride this past Sunday:
Sadly the weather kept us from riding. :( So disappointed! We kept a close eye on the radar and saw the storms in that area. Knowing we had to start within a specific time frame in order to complete it in time for my nephew's birthday party later in the day, we made the decision to not ride. I had absolutely NO desire to ride in rain/storms. It ... looks like it cleared for a few hours during the late-morning/early afternoon hours - but it was too late for us to start by that time!
We have a list of rides that we can go on so we'll just have to pick another!
Might even just pick a day and map out a century to ride on our own. Heck, that's how we did our first metric century a few weeks ago!


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6/8/09 11:51 P

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Finding time to ride is one of my greatest frustrations with cycling, that and clipping out with my left foot! I have three young children and a husband who travels a good bit for work. I have hired a babysitter several times so I can go on my Tuesday Women's rides. That time is just as much a part of our calendar as the kids activities. For my long rides on the weekends, my husband keeps them. This summer I have neighbor kids who are going to make a lot of money off of my riding habit. I've really had to take the approach that whatever time I can get in is better than none. Good luck!

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I work fulltime. When they wanted me to work 6am-3pm, I said oh YEAH! I ride my bike to work in the morning.. after I come home and change I either run or ride. I do both pretty much 50/50. I have century rides and marathons coming up later on, so I work, run and ride, in some form, every single day.

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Well I guess I'm a lucky one,as I'm a housewife. I ride at least 25 miles almost everyday. I live within 1 mile of a paved trail. I've met a few other's and we join up and ride together.

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We have had a really hard time lately (since getting my new bike actually) getting rides in. We try to do them early to mid evening but we do ride at night quite a bit. Of course it helps that we live across the street from a major university so we use the campus mostly for our night rides. Sometimes we do get to go on a group ride on Wednesday nights and they are really good about not leaving anyone behind so that there is not a problem with the traffic. I am, personally, going to have to get over my freakishness about riding my new bike by myself during the day while my hubby is at work. I could get 10 to 13 miles in no problem that way! :)

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Right now I'm only getting to ride on the weekends, but I hope weekdays soon.

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Instead of me stressing when I can get a bike ride in I save those for the weekends 20 -40 miles each day.
I work 10 hours a day and it's an hours commute home each evening.
I like to get to the gym 3 days a week for weight workouts also and love to take my boat out on weekends also to fish.
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I want to ride more, but with FL's weather (afternoon storms starting around 2:00 every afternoon), it's tough. I'm typically at work at 7:00 AM and work until 2:30/3:00. So it's tough...

I have some flexibility in my work, so I took three Thursdays off in a row just to have time to get in a good ride. I have two weeks off this summer, and riding is my number one priority.

After these two weeks, I will have 3 day weekends, with a scheduled group ride Sunday mornings. I'll be switching up my routine to ride Friday mornings, so I'm guaranteed a chance to ride before the storms.

I try to ride to my yoga class, but it's a 4:00 - 5:00 class, and the storms are too unpredictable. Sometimes, it's just some thunder, rain & it's over in 15 minutes. Other times, it's major wind, lightening and sheets of water - way too dangerous for a bike.

I guess I'm lucky this summer to have the flexibility to get in some rides, otherwise, it would be real tough with our weather patterns.

My better half commutes by bike daily, but we live in a pretty low-key place with lots of sidewalks & bike paths. He doesn't spend a lot of time in traffic for the commute.

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I live in the city so I got used to traffic.

I do some commuting to client site, but it is sporadic. I will plan errands by bike and take the long way.

I also do the bike trails in the evening with lights for a decent 12 mile loop. They are safe where I live.

I do save the big rides for weekends.

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6/8/09 4:45 P

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No...I found the lowest-traffic route that I could possibly take without riding on sidewalks. For me that includes a good chunk on a recreational trail...just lucky that it goes the right direction for me! I hate riding on busy streets...especially if they're only two lanes and people are trying to get to or home from work.

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I grew up riding around the city of Chicago, so I'm pretty used to traffic. I am ok with it, depending on the road. If there is no shoulder at all I'm a bit uncomfortable.

I would love to ride to work, but going in at 1am it's not really possible. The roads are too deserted, it's too dark, and many times there are people out who have been drinking that late at night...a recipe for disaster there!

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Does everyone feel safe riding on busy city streets commuting?

I guess that comes with time

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I bike as part of my commute. So far that's been fine, but I've just decided I want try a metric century next June. A friend is doing it and wants a riding partner. That means I'm going to need to find time and trails to get in some much longer rides. (Right now if I ride both ways I get in about 30 miles, and as often as not I only ride one way.)


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Peggy- How diod your bike ride go?

Hope the rain wasnt too heavy

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It's difficult when training for a 1/2 to get in the biking along with the running. Perhaps realizing how good the cross-training is for you might free up a bit more bike time?
I try to get in two sessions per day when training for a run. Since I prefer to do my distance biking with my husband, I run when I have a free window of time during the day and save my evenings for the bike as that's when he can join me. We try to get in no less than 100 miles/week. Rides over 50 miles long are saved up for the weekends.


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I'm starting out slow and less travels. I go around my neighborhood and back on the weekends only with my DH. The dogs in the neighborhood prevent me from going other times. Plus I take care of my Mother whom lives with us and I need to make sure someone is home when I go bike riding. But a little is better than none for me.
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John, I also rely on riding to work for most of my miles - and will more than ever now. It's only about 6 miles each way, but it's better than nothing for sure. It's going to be a big struggle for me to find time to get long rides in though.

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We ride in the morning, right after breakfast. DH works 2-midnight and morning is the best (and coolest) time for us to ride.

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Carla - Ive been riding mostly on weekend

I dont like riding at night when it gers dark
(even though I have front & back light)

A cyclist got swarmed by a few thugs and took his wallet, beat him up

I wont ride at night, because dont trust traffic

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John - I understand how difficult it is to do workouts when working full time. My job is 9 hours, plus 30 mins commute each way, so I am away from home at least 10 hours a day. I am not a morning exerciser, and at 5:30 a.m. I usually feel I need my sleep over a workout!

In order to get my workouts in I do my long ride (15-25 miles) Saturday mornings. Thursday nights I drive 40-50 miles to do a coached group ride where we do speed drills (these nights I don't get home until around 9:00). Mondays I'll ride if the weather is good, and I'll do about 10-12 miles in my neighborhood.

I also have running, swimming, strength training, and underwater hockey workouts, plus I really, really need to work in some yoga at least twice a week. It rarely works out where I get everything done in a week. I just do the best I can.

It's light until around 8:30 here, so after work I have plenty of time (~2.5 hrs) to get in a decent workout.

You can try running in the morning and riding in the evening or vice versa, or you can alternate riding/running days. Just don't do speed/intervals back to back.

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I "cheat" a little: I bike to and from work. It's only about 5 miles a day total, but that's 5 miles I didn't have before! Oddly enough, it's also faster than taking the bus, so I'm actually saving time.

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Oh yeah, I have problems during the week for sure! My minimum day is 10 hrs, so there's not a lot of room to work with since I am also in college.

I am lucky in that my job itself is physical, so I'm not totally going without exercise.

But as for the gym, I bring my stuff with me and head over either before or after I go shuttle packages out to drivers. I have a gym membership near work, and a gym here at my apartment complex...so wherever I happen to end up I can work out.

Riding is pretty much out during the week. There's not much hope of anything less then 10 hrs at work. Matter of fact it's usually more like 12. Stinks, but I make up for it on the weekends!!


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I get up in the morning before my kids and go then, but sometimes I have to take them during the day (because they want to go too).

That is if the weather ever clears up. I thought it was summer why is it still dropping to freezing at night and not even making it out of the 40's during the day? It is also raining / sleeting still. I want summer.

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6/8/09 1:44 P

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i've been bringing all my stuff with me to work...changing after work and heading to a paved trail I ride around the local lake/park. i usually get in 20 mi (2 loops), takes just over an hour and i try to do that 3 nights a week plus sat and/or sun. that's upped my rides from 1-2 a week to 4-5 a week. good luck!
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6/8/09 1:38 P

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Does anyone have this problem. I want to ride 3 times a week or more but finding it hard time wise
Im training for 1/2M running 3 times per week, and working full time

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