Training a commuter to ride a century
June 1, 2012 5:18 AM Subscribe
Help transform a cycling commuter into a cycling centurion. Currently I cycle around 20 miles a day commuting, but would like to be able to knock off a century by the end of the summer (miles not km). Am happy with a basic training programme of increasing the miles at the weekend, but should the longer run be on a Saturday, for the recovery day before commuting again, or on a Sunday, for the recovery day from
commuting all week? Come, let me show you all my sparkly snowflakes.
posted by fatfrank to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (13 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
There are, of course, some additional mitigating factors. See how they glitter.
In addition to the cycling, I'm currently working my way up through Couch to 5k (just started week 5) and my current run pattern is first thing in the morning on Tuesday, Thursday and once at the weekend; this can't be changed and I would run on whatever day I don't cycle.
I don't however cycle that much on a Tuesday. Due to regular evening engagement, I tend to use a hire bike for the middle 5k of my commute and public transport the rest. (I kayak in the evening, very beginner level, on a flat lake so not sure this is too relevant?)
So; do the long weekend ride on the Saturday after three full days of commuting and rest/run on the Sunday, or rest/run on the Saturday and do the long ride on the Sunday, 20 miles of commuting on the Monday and an easy day's cycling on the Tuesday?
Or, option three, I'm massively over thinking this and should just shut-up on whichever day I fancy it?