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vsvs Posts: 468
edited August 2011 in Training, fitness and health
What does a typical weeks cycling look like for you at the moment?

Here's last week for me:

310 road miles with 31,722 feet of climbing plus 2 hours on the turbo.

Sunday - 123 miles, 9940 ft of climbing
http://connect.garmin.com/activity/99837823

Monday - rest

Tuesday - 48 miles, 5046 ft of climbing
http://connect.garmin.com/activity/100725445

Wednesday - 55 miles, 5795 ft of climbing
http://connect.garmin.com/activity/100725431

Thursday - 2 hours on the spinner, recovery.

Friday - 39 miles, 5213 feet of climbing
http://connect.garmin.com/activity/101155218

Saturday - 45 miles, 5728 feet of climbing
http://connect.garmin.com/activity/101155176
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  • HerbsmanHerbsman Posts: 2,029
    Monday: 0

    repeat until Sunday
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  • vsvs Posts: 468
    Monday: 0

    repeat until Sunday
    :)
  • phreakphreak Posts: 2,142
    I typically do 311 miles with 32,000 ft of climbing. Plus I have a big wang.
  • jimbob_1978jimbob_1978 Posts: 158
    I`d love to do that mileage but there`s no way on earth my other half would let me get away with that!
  • sub55sub55 Posts: 1,025
    you need to do your training in time not miles
    constantly reavalueating the situation and altering the perceived parameters accordingly
  • amaferangaamaferanga Posts: 6,789
    vs wrote:
    What does a typical weeks cycling look like for you at the moment?

    Here's last week for me:

    310 road miles with 31,722 feet of climbing plus 2 hours on the turbo.

    Sunday - 123 miles, 9940 ft of climbing
    http://connect.garmin.com/activity/99837823

    Monday - rest

    Tuesday - 48 miles, 5046 ft of climbing
    http://connect.garmin.com/activity/100725445

    Wednesday - 55 miles, 5795 ft of climbing
    http://connect.garmin.com/activity/100725431

    Thursday - 2 hours on the spinner, recovery.

    Friday - 39 miles, 5213 feet of climbing
    http://connect.garmin.com/activity/101155218

    Saturday - 45 miles, 5728 feet of climbing
    http://connect.garmin.com/activity/101155176

    All your rides look the same - just riding I take it as opposed to training for anything?

    Need to work on your speed a bit :wink:
    More problems but still living....
  • RowCycleRowCycle Posts: 367
    That's an awful lot of training, how do you get away with it? Unemployed and unattached?
  • danowatdanowat Posts: 2,877
    vs wrote:
    What does a typical weeks cycling look like for you at the moment?

    Here's last week for me:

    310 road miles with 31,722 feet of climbing plus 2 hours on the turbo.

    Sunday - 123 miles, 9940 ft of climbing
    http://connect.garmin.com/activity/99837823

    Monday - rest


    Tuesday - 48 miles, 5046 ft of climbing
    http://connect.garmin.com/activity/100725445

    Wednesday - 55 miles, 5795 ft of climbing
    http://connect.garmin.com/activity/100725431

    Thursday - 2 hours on the spinner, recovery.

    Friday - 39 miles, 5213 feet of climbing
    http://connect.garmin.com/activity/101155218

    Saturday - 45 miles, 5728 feet of climbing
    http://connect.garmin.com/activity/101155176

    Is that all?, man up FFS
  • HerbsmanHerbsman Posts: 2,029
    sub55 wrote:
    you need to do your training in time not miles
    Yeah. Well, erm, no. Riding at 12mph for 5 hours isn't going to be any better than riding 60 miles at 12mph.
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  • Tom ButcherTom Butcher Posts: 7,137
    This week.
    Tuesday - chain gang - 20 miles plus 5 to get there and back
    Thursday - as Tuesday
    Sunday - 51 miles up and down the A6 averaged 21.2mph pm - 2.5 hours taking the kids and my nephews out on the High Peak Trail averaging about 8mph with all the faffing about.

    Ideally I'd do a bit more than that but don't seem to have the time recently.

    it's a hard life if you don't weaken.
  • vsvs Posts: 468
    All your rides look the same - just riding I take it as opposed to training?

    Need to work on your speed a bit Wink

    Just riding at low heart rate to build endurance.
    you need to do your training in time not miles

    I do, 20 plus hours a week and it's not many miles for that but Exmoor is a pretty hard place to cycle.
  • amaferangaamaferanga Posts: 6,789
    vs wrote:
    Just riding at low heart rate to build endurance.

    Well I guess you'll get good at riding a long way slowly like you're doing now, but you need to mix it up a bit if you want to get quicker.

    Don't see any HR on your Garmin links btw.
    More problems but still living....
  • MountainMonsterMountainMonster Posts: 7,423
    Herbsman wrote:
    sub55 wrote:
    you need to do your training in time not miles
    Yeah. Well, erm, no. Riding at 12mph for 5 hours isn't going to be any better than riding 60 miles at 12mph.

    Bump up to 9mph for the 5 hours. Noticable difference there!
  • vsvs Posts: 468
    Don't see any HR on your Garmin links btw.

    Garmin HR monitor is busted so use a polar watch strapped to the handlebars.
    Well I guess you'll get good at riding a long way slowly like you're doing now, but you need to mix it up a bit if you want to get quicker.

    :)

    I've ridden over 100,000 miles on Exmoor and have a v02 max of just over 70 at 47 years old. I also have a aerobic power to weight ratio of 5.5 - I weigh 10 stone. So I'd probably beat you up most hills.
  • PseudonymPseudonym Posts: 1,032
    vs wrote:
    What does a typical weeks cycling look like for you at the moment?

    Here's last week for me:

    310 road miles with 31,722 feet of climbing plus 2 hours on the turbo.

    Sunday - 123 miles, 9940 ft of climbing
    http://connect.garmin.com/activity/99837823

    Monday - rest

    Tuesday - 48 miles, 5046 ft of climbing
    http://connect.garmin.com/activity/100725445

    Wednesday - 55 miles, 5795 ft of climbing
    http://connect.garmin.com/activity/100725431

    Thursday - 2 hours on the spinner, recovery.

    Friday - 39 miles, 5213 feet of climbing
    http://connect.garmin.com/activity/101155218

    Saturday - 45 miles, 5728 feet of climbing
    http://connect.garmin.com/activity/101155176

    all seems a bit pointless - lots of long, slow rides - and it's not even winter. What are you actually training for..?
    vs wrote:
    So I'd probably beat you up most hills.

    not if you rode that slowly, you wouldn't.
  • amaferangaamaferanga Posts: 6,789
    vs wrote:
    I've ridden over 100,000 miles on Exmoor and have a v02 max of just over 70 at 47 years old. I also have a aerobic power to weight ratio of 5.5 - I weigh 10 stone. So I'd probably beat you up most hills.

    Ah so you did just start this thread to willy wave....

    That's quite an impressive FTP, but its totally at odds with how slowly you're riding. I know Exmoor is hilly, but you're riding seriously slowly. If your FTP is correct then I suspect you're doing lots of recovery rides (e.g. a hilly tempo ride round the Peaks today, average power a modest 232W or 3.5W/kg (266W NP) resulted in an average speed of about 31km/h).
    More problems but still living....
  • vsvs Posts: 468
    all seems a bit pointless

    If you had even ridden one mile on Exmoor you wouldn't need to type that.
    not if you rode that slowly, you wouldn't.

    Come and climb 5700 feet in 45 miles keeping your heart rate below 70% and see how fast you go.
    What are you actually training for..?

    I find it amusing that you think I have to be training for anything and can't just be riding because I love being out in the freshest of air, in an incredible environment with a total lack of people and cars.

    However long term my goal is to complete http://www.raceacrossthealps.at/index,lang__en.html 336 miles, 40,000 feet of climbing when I'm 50.
    and it's not even winter

    It doesn't matter I have a huge base to build over the next 3 years.
  • phreakphreak Posts: 2,142
    Pseudonym wrote:
    all seems a bit pointless

    Do you mean the riding or the fact he's felt the need to post on here how far he's riding? I can't help but wonder who really cares.

    This whole thread seems little more than showing off. Seriously, if you're training for that ride across the Alps, good on you. But coming on here bragging about your extraordinary physical capabilities is daft, especially for a fella your age.
  • vsvs Posts: 468
    This whole thread seems little more than showing off. Seriously, if you're training for that ride across the Alps, good on you. But coming on here bragging about your extraordinary physical capabilities is daft, especially for a fella your age.

    You are of course right. I really was just wondering what others were doing in a week. I'll leave it there...
  • unixnerdunixnerd Posts: 2,864
    But coming on here bragging about your extraordinary physical capabilities is daft, especially for a fella your age.

    Depends why you do it, we can't all be Mark Cavendish or Cadel Evans. I'm 43 and I cycle to get as fit as I can because I enjoy it.

    I do 3-4 18-25 mile hilly loops flat out and a longer 30-60 miler at the weekend.
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  • PseudonymPseudonym Posts: 1,032
    edited July 2011
    vs wrote:
    If you had even ridden one mile on Exmoor you wouldn't need to type that.

    I live in mid-Wales fella - climbing is not a novelty to me. And nice views are plentiful.
    vs wrote:
    I find it amusing that you think I have to be training for anything

    well, you are posting in the 'training' forum. There might be a clue in the title.
    vs wrote:
    Come and climb 5700 feet in 45 miles keeping your heart rate below 70% and see how fast you go.

    You win the title of BR's most awesome bike rider.....
  • danowatdanowat Posts: 2,877
    Last week was......

    Mon 35 mile commute
    Tues 35 mile commute (including 2 x 15 threshold)
    Wed Club 10TT
    Thurs 35 mile commute
    Fri rest
    Sat Open 10TT
    Sun Open 25TT

    Next week will be

    Mon rest
    Tues 35 commute
    Wed Club 10TT
    Thurs 35 commute
    Fri rest
    Sat 30mins light
    Sun Open 100TT

    I rarely do more than 150 miles a week in race session, all my slow(er) stuff is done in winter.
  • vs wrote:

    You are of course right. I really was just wondering what others were doing in a week. I'll leave it there...

    In an average week I work, spend time with my family and ride my bike in the gaps

    This week has been average
    I did 2h last Weds and 3h on Sunday morning
    Its now Tuesday AM
    I may get 2h in tomorrow and nothing further this week due to work and family commitments into and including the weekend

    You must have a very understanding family and job!
  • kieranbkieranb Posts: 1,674
    160 miles last week, roughly split half way bettween weekly commute to work 5 days a week and a longish weekend ride. Riding to keep sane.
  • ozzy1000_0ozzy1000_0 Posts: 144
    the garmin links don't work??

    my mileage is very varied.. I have two kids under 5 and work full time.. I'd like to commute but that would leave my other half with full stress of getting kids to nursery/.school and she works full time.. so thats not really an option..

    last week I did; 2 x 1hr sessions on the turbo, 1 x 25mile hilly fast ride, and 1 x 51mile trek across to north cornwall (head wind the whole bloody way!!).... I was doing about 140 miles a week, but just don't seem to be able to fit it in at the moment.... :(
  • amaferangaamaferanga Posts: 6,789
    ozzy1000_0 wrote:
    the garmin links don't work??

    He's got all shy and made them private I think. Interestingly when they were public and I browsed back through his activities to the previous week he hadn't done anywhere 310 miles (of course he may just not have recorded them on his Garmin).
    More problems but still living....
  • Last Monday- Walked the dog 6 miles, early night
    Last Tuesday- walked dog 6 miles, strimmed garden (half acres worth, took 3 hrs)
    Last Wednesday- ran with dog 3 miles on the beach interval sprints included
    Last Thursday- some cider and telly, rest day
    Last Friday- 27 mile road bike(1hr 31, bit windy...)
    Last Saturday- Serviced the OH's car, cut some wood then walked dog 10 miles(pub in evening!)
    Last Sunday- Day off, turned into a fun sunday session at the local....

    Monday- Friday i get up at 05:45 for work and don't get home til 18:30.....

    Nicely balanced I reckon.......could do with a bit more cycling maybe?!?!?

    :lol:
  • Thankfully a garmin doesnt "work" on a turbo otherwise I could have sent you some of mine to read.

    Paul (sub55) is right though, if you want to log training in a diary then hours (at different efforts) are more meaningful than miles (see above comment for explanation).
  • P_TuckerP_Tucker Posts: 1,878
    vs wrote:
    This whole thread seems little more than showing off. Seriously, if you're training for that ride across the Alps, good on you. But coming on here bragging about your extraordinary physical capabilities is daft, especially for a fella your age.

    You are of course right. I really was just wondering what others were doing in a week. I'll leave it there...

    No you weren't, you were willy waving. Admit it and salvage a tiny part of the tatters of your dignity.

    PS my vo2max is 80.3 - true story.
  • Interesting - like most people who have replied to this post, I have a hectic work and family life - 4 kids, 3 of them still v little and my own business. i try and ride each day, thinking little and often is easier to manage and good for the soul. Generally week days get up at 545 and do 60-75 min rides, sat and sun 90 min rides, and try and commute when I can. Just don't have space or time to do longer rides unless we are going somewhere as a family, and i'll cycle there. Generally 150 miles a week then, squeezed in, and all 'quality' miles rather tah long lazy ones
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