Training Miles

Pointers for Racking Up the Miles

Elsewhere I've stressed how important time in the saddle is to effective training. A good way to encourage yourself to spend more time riding is to keep a log of your training miles. You mileage log can be simple:

5-22-2009 630AM: 13 miles, 55 minutes

Your mileage log can be more like a diary:

5-22-2009 630AM: Rode to work this morning the hillier, shorter way. While I rode I thought about the time I caught a three-man peloton from Landry's Bike Shop and kept up with them all the way up the long hill. They sure lost me fast on the downhill side, though! Wow, they were like, gone. Today I took it easy, still recovering from yesterday's unfortunate spill, and made the 13 miles in about 55 minutes. It was sunny and about 60 degrees, very comfortable.

You can use a cycling computer to make your log more scientific:

5-22-2009 630AM: 13 miles, 55 minutes total. Average speed: 14 mph. High speed: 27 mph. Highest vertical climb: 200 feet.

Computers can provide many more parameters to measure training progress and help you decide if you need to change your routine. Computers that also offer GPS are very handy, and help you to avoid accumulating too many inadvertant training miles.

Vary Your Route

To maximize the benefit from your time in the saddle, change up your route every couple of days. Get a route with a couple of good sized hills, a nice and easy relatively flat route, maybe a longer route and a shorter route. You can use the hilly route for interval training, the flat route for recovery rides, the longer route to get in some extra miles, and the shorter route when you just don't have enough time for a longer ride. Varying your route also makes your training more interesting than biking the same old roads every single day.

Good luck with your training! Ride well.

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Jmell 7 years ago

Tom - great idea here - works as a reminder for those ideas that might get lost in the memory banks.


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Candie V 7 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

What is the terrain like in your area? Here it's all hills from 5% - 7% and a few brief 22%. Gotta love hills to ride out here. Me? No. My riding buddy lived for hills (no she lives in Texas where the only hills are the on-ramps to the freeways).


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AshleyVictoria 7 years ago from Los Angeles

varying the route is so important! I run and I have to change it up from time to time to give myself new things to look at.


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Tom Rubenoff 7 years ago from United States Author

For me, too, Jmell!

It's pretty flat around here. I think we have nothing close to 22%. A 400-ft. vertical climb is pretty big around here, Candie! Good terrain for an old man!

Oh, ya, Ashley, the last thing one should be doing is running or biking on auto-pilot. Change it up and stay interested.


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Candie V 7 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

Your hubs make me wanna get my roadie out and hit the road! Wish I still had by buddy to ride with, tho..she made it so much fun! My fave riding jersey has a huge green angry frog on it!


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Tom Rubenoff 7 years ago from United States Author

You belong on the road, Candie! Go girl!


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Candie V 7 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

Ooookayyyy.. I'll get it out this weekend!


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Tom Rubenoff 7 years ago from United States Author

I'll expect a full report!


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Kushal Poddar 7 years ago from Kolkata,India

This is what I love.


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Tom Rubenoff 7 years ago from United States Author

Me, too!


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lxxy 7 years ago from Beneath, Between, Beyond

Short, sweet, but useful. =) Might use some bolding or whatnot to break down the times and all that, but otherwise, I can't see any faults.

Keep up the riding! =)

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