Monday, March 7, 2011

March Rides in Like a Lion


Just a short post here to say that I have had fun on my bike over the past few days.  Nothing too dramatic, but I did some errands on the bike on Saturday, getting in about 12 miles, then Crazy Jim and I went for a short ride on Sunday afternoon for another 9 miles.  With Thursday's longer ride, that totals 43 miles so far this month and I am pretty happy with that.

I have written a longer post that I'll publish soon, where I am trying to sort out my goals for 2011 (I know, I am a bit behind).   I am trying to decide what my goals should be and what type of training I will need to achieve them.

My quick questions are as follows: 

1.  Will these short rides of 9-12 miles, done 5-6 times per week result in some weight loss and increased fitness?

2.  Or, do the rides have to be much longer in mileage or time?

3.  If the shorter, more frequent rides are sufficient, then why do so many cyclists focus on distances of 20-40 mile rides?

11 comments:

TRI714 said...

The shorter rides are great BC. Make sure there done with intensity. Longer rides are set up for longevity in the saddle and on the road,endurance for climbs and long sustained rollers or flat section for building stamina.
Either way keep it up, more mileage = more gains ,or loss :-) !

Michael said...

I agree - either way you are going to see improved fitness. Alot of cyclists just love to ride - so they just keep on going :)

JK said...

The short rides are definitely worth it. The more you do 9-12 miles the more fit you'll see yourself getting, and before long, you'll up the mileage to give yourself more challenge. You could add in one longer ride each week if you want to work on endurance. Good job with the mileage already this month.

RockStarTri said...

My comment got eaten by blogger. Shorter durations are fine but the key is intensity. Most of my midweek rides are about 45 minutes but hard.

Go for it!

Kimberley said...

I don't know anything about riding a bike...except for the recumbent.

I will just say hey!

Alan (Pounds Off Playoff) said...

I try to add hills on short rides for intensity, flat on the long ones.

Kovas said...

All the above - I agree that adding intensity and duration during the week are helpful, with a longer ride on the weekend for endurance. More saddle time = more muscle memory = more efficient cycling.

ThatNoiseInYourEar said...

It's all about the intensity. Higher intensity means you are doing more work. Lower intensity is less work. Less work but longer ride time is equal to more work and shorter ride times. The great about cycling is that you can do it everyday. Running not so much. When you are banging your knees against the ground and they are supporting a lot of weight an everyday workout is tough. The other thong is most people who are not competitive do not run, they jog. Jogging is much less work than running so fewer calories burned. And here is another thing - I have heard you singing as you ride by (head phones on). If you are able to sing well while you are riding you are not working. Short rides - don't be afraid to breath hard. Put some work in and just listen to the music. Longer rides ride easier and sing along. By the way, a unit of work (a kilojoule) is equal to about 4.1 Calories. However, the typical cyclist is only about 25% efficient. So, essentially one unit of work on the bike is equal to one Calorie burned. Someone of similar size to you is burning 400-700 Calories per hour on the bike depending on your intensity. Thus ends the lesson :-)

Big Clyde said...

Thanks for the comments, everyone.

I have been out every day this week, running or cycling. I am not doing sprints, but I am definitely breathing hard during the main part of the workout.

I smiled when I read the comment directly above. If I am singing as I cruise through the neighborhood close to home, I must be a happy cyclist (or happy that the workout is done!). I wasn't aware that I was doing it, so I hope it was a good song!

memoirs of this binge eating triathlete said...

the long rides build endurance. the shoter rides should be intense. But the entensity should be short bursts w/ recovery to build strength & speed. Going as hard as u can for the entire ride is no good, u wont be going fast enought o build speed & u wont be going slow enough to build endurance. Here's a great article explaining: http://cody-the-clydsdale.blogspot.com/2008/05/training-by-heart-rate.html

Christina said...

Nice mileage, Clyde! You are doing great! Your rides will be great for your fitness, but I wouldn't count on them too much for weight loss unless you're eating really well. I personally can run 40-mile weeks and not see weight loss. How's your eating?