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2011-05-18 12:33 PM

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Subject: 43 mile comute?
Starting a new job on Monday and its 43 miles away which puts in the range of a good ride. I dont know that I could hack it every day but does anyone else bike these sort of distances as a commute? The ride home might be a real challenge but I think its doable plus I would have time on my side. I would probably start doing it 1 day a week and may be add another day later on.


2011-05-18 12:43 PM
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Subject: RE: 43 mile comute?

That's 2 hours to work and 2 hours home!  As great as it would be to have that kind of time, I don't think I could do a 2 hour commute, work for 10+ hrs then ride home 2 hrs and still expect to have time for any other responsibilities!

Once and a while though, it could be a good workout if you're having a hard time getting bike mileage in otherwise. 

2011-05-18 12:54 PM
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2011-05-18 12:57 PM
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2011-05-18 12:58 PM
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Subject: RE: 43 mile comute?
It's been done and is doable-even if 2-3 days a week. Takes a bit of planning and a "mind set" but worth a try.
2011-05-18 1:01 PM
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Subject: RE: 43 mile comute?
That would be tough. I think an option would be to drive to work with the bike one day, ride home, then ride to work the next morning. If you can do it the same day though, I mean, do it.


2011-05-18 1:05 PM
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BigDH - 2011-05-18 2:01 PM That would be tough. I think an option would be to drive to work with the bike one day, ride home, then ride to work the next morning. If you can do it the same day though, I mean, do it.

This is what I'd suggest unless you have lots of free time before and after work.

Doing this would allow your car can be your bike stuff storage and you can bring the clothes for day 2 to work.

2011-05-18 1:05 PM
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Subject: RE: 43 mile comute?

I have no intention of doing it everyday and I can certainly have food at the office. The route has some hills but they are fairly short. Elevation change is approximatly 650feet but overall its a little bit down hill to work. I have rode the route before but I went further to about 60miles and felt perfectly fine afterwards.

I have done 500miles in a month on a trainer and I have a HIM in Spetember so thats the motivation. The issue I have is that I am a student and worked part time so had time during the week to fit in some good rides. With this job Im on a straight 9-5 so I dont see where I will get my biking time in.

2011-05-18 1:08 PM
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BigDH - 2011-05-18 1:01 PM That would be tough. I think an option would be to drive to work with the bike one day, ride home, then ride to work the next morning. If you can do it the same day though, I mean, do it.

 

Thats a good idea plus give a little more recovery time, I might give that a shot first.

2011-05-18 1:10 PM
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Would the commuting be for training or just a ride?

I can't imagine doing a hard ride in the morning for training before work. Then hoping on my bike and riding to work, for that matter doing a run or swim then riding that far to work. I've been toying with working out before work then riding in and I'm only 17 miles from work, 34 round trip. I balk at that.

I think that's a lot of saddle time for commuting but that's me

2011-05-18 1:20 PM
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KathyG - 2011-05-18 11:05 AM

BigDH - 2011-05-18 2:01 PM That would be tough. I think an option would be to drive to work with the bike one day, ride home, then ride to work the next morning. If you can do it the same day though, I mean, do it.

This is what I'd suggest unless you have lots of free time before and after work.

Doing this would allow your car can be your bike stuff storage and you can bring the clothes for day 2 to work.

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My commute is 21 miles each way and this is the only way I can find the time to do it.  It's particularly helpful for motivation in the early (and often dark) morning when I have no choice but to get up and bike in since my car is already at work!   Having a place to store stuff at work (in the car) is also helpful if you don't have an office or lockers or whatever.



2011-05-18 1:20 PM
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My commute to work is not quite that far but close...35-miles one way.  I work 10-hour days so it's not something that I can do often but last year I think I commuted by bike at least 10x.  I leave the house about 400am and there are showers at my office.  So I can usually be done with the commute, showered and at my desk by 630am.  If I leave work at 500 and have a tailwind I might be home by 700.  But usually it's closer to 730.  I have a family so that impacts on if I can ride or not as well.  Kids will be out of school soon so that might help me schedule a ride to/from work. For various reasons I have not made the commute yet in 2011.  Maybe this Friday?

As far as leaving the car at work and riding home and then back in the next day.  I've done that but my body seems to enjoy it more when I do the commute to/from better on the same day.  Also, I consider my work commute a training ride...at least portions of it.

2011-05-18 1:24 PM
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Subject: RE: 43 mile comute?
I would certainly look at it as my long z2 training ride so not max intensity but not crusing on the beach either. I would still have a short bike/run, 3 runs and 2 swims to round out the week.
2011-05-18 1:31 PM
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My Commute is only about 5 miles, so I throw an 18-19 mile ride in almost every morning, then go home, get the kids off to school, then bike to work (2-3 times per week).

I like the idea of leaving your car at work....

2011-05-18 1:40 PM
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2011-05-18 1:57 PM
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Subject: RE: 43 mile comute?
thanks for the advice, Im sure it wont be a walk in the park but thats kind of the point. I think I will drive in with the bike on the car and bike home then bike back in the next morning. The weather will be a factor as I would rather not have to do it in the rain. I will be sure to update to let you know of the disaster ride.


2011-05-18 2:03 PM
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2011-05-18 2:19 PM
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Subject: RE: 43 mile comute?
Where I live, you can put your bike on a rack on a city bus.  If my commute was that far, I'd probably take the bus to work.  That way I wouldn't have to worry about changing, shower, etc.  Then make the ride home.
2011-05-18 3:27 PM
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i am sure there would be some benefit to this but how hard are you really going to ride this?  i doubt it will be a hard effort because you have to work, do you have a shower? 

40 miles = 2 hrs at 20 mph if there are lights or traffic it will slow you down significantly.

quality over quantity.

2011-05-18 3:35 PM
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Subject: RE: 43 mile comute?

I'm a little over 10 miles one way, so I've been thinking about biking in.  Also thinking about a bike/run/drive split.  Something like bike in to work, then run home, then drive in, then bike home, etc.

We have a fitness center at work, so showering isn't an issue, and I can lock my bike up pretty securely here, or even leave it in my cube area.

Mainly it's a matter of clothing logistics (don't want to carry in work clothes) and deciding if riding in rush hour traffic in the Philly suburbs is worth it.  Looking at a lot of back-road options.



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2011-05-18 3:56 PM
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Subject: RE: 43 mile comute?
tcj103 - 2011-05-18 3:35 PM

I'm a little over 10 miles one way, so I've been thinking about biking in.  Also thinking about a bike/run/drive split.  Something like bike in to work, then run home, then drive in, then bike home, etc.

We have a fitness center at work, so showering isn't an issue, and I can lock my bike up pretty securely here, or even leave it in my cube area.

Mainly it's a matter of clothing logistics (don't want to carry in work clothes) and deciding if riding in rush hour traffic in the Philly suburbs is worth it.  Looking at a lot of back-road options.

10 miles is very different to 40...and if you have an open road an place to shower just hammer the 10 miles.

leave clothes in the office.



2011-05-18 4:09 PM
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Subject: RE: 43 mile comute?

I think most of us mistook your first post....that the 43 miles is each way but instead total distance..which makes it totally doable.

Depending where you live sometimes there are alternative routes you can take on way home to get away from traffic, add some miles, or some hills so it can be more training than miles.

Bill bike commutes a lot so he probably has more helpful information than most of us.

I used to bring my bike to work and ride during my hour lunch ride...loved the mental & physical break..it was sweet and so much better than eating with coworker and hearing them talk about silly things...quickie bike ride is so good.

Have fun with it.

2011-05-18 4:19 PM
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Subject: RE: 43 mile comute?
Is it 43 each way?  Or round trip?  I still think it's reading like it's 43 each way...

I think you will find this to be difficult and I highly recommend splitting it, like folks are suggesting.   My commute is 15 miles each way and I prefer to do this.  I ride to my car on the return trip, get in the car, and drive to the nearby gym for a shower. It's great to have everything packed up.

Be prepared with food
2011-05-18 4:25 PM
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rayd - 2011-05-18 12:20 PM

My commute to work is not quite that far but close...35-miles one way. I work 10-hour days so it's not something that I can do often but last year I think I commuted by bike at least 10x. I leave the house about 400am and there are showers at my office. So I can usually be done with the commute, showered and at my desk by 630am. If I leave work at 500 and have a tailwind I might be home by 700. But usually it's closer to 730. I have a family so that impacts on if I can ride or not as well. Kids will be out of school soon so that might help me schedule a ride to/from work. For various reasons I have not made the commute yet in 2011. Maybe this Friday?

As far as leaving the car at work and riding home and then back in the next day. I've done that but my body seems to enjoy it more when I do the commute to/from better on the same day. Also, I consider my work commute a training ride...at least portions of it.




Just touching on the last part of this, i'm not really doing anything but biking/rowing at the moment, and i've noticed that the 2nd ride on double days feels much better than riding again the next morning. first 15-20 min of the 2nd one suck but then it normally ends up being the better of the two /
2011-05-18 4:59 PM
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Subject: RE: 43 mile comute?
newbz - 2011-05-18 3:25 PM
rayd - 2011-05-18 12:20 PM

My commute to work is not quite that far but close...35-miles one way. I work 10-hour days so it's not something that I can do often but last year I think I commuted by bike at least 10x. I leave the house about 400am and there are showers at my office. So I can usually be done with the commute, showered and at my desk by 630am. If I leave work at 500 and have a tailwind I might be home by 700. But usually it's closer to 730. I have a family so that impacts on if I can ride or not as well. Kids will be out of school soon so that might help me schedule a ride to/from work. For various reasons I have not made the commute yet in 2011. Maybe this Friday?

As far as leaving the car at work and riding home and then back in the next day. I've done that but my body seems to enjoy it more when I do the commute to/from better on the same day. Also, I consider my work commute a training ride...at least portions of it.

Just touching on the last part of this, i'm not really doing anything but biking/rowing at the moment, and i've noticed that the 2nd ride on double days feels much better than riding again the next morning. first 15-20 min of the 2nd one suck but then it normally ends up being the better of the two /

yep.  Same for me.  The ride home always seems to be fairly strong (even though slower because of more traffic and elevation gain.  Early the next morning after riding home I just can't seem to get my body to want to cooperate.

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