During the warmer months, I usually ride about 5-6 days a week. My personal routine is a 25 mile ride early in the morning before work and one 40-70 mile group ride during the weekend. This is about as much as I can get in while still spending time with my young kids (1 & 5 ) and wife. It is amazing how fast you can start losing your fitness once you are off the bike and how much more difficult it seems to find time for it once the routine is over.
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As you know, I am a lawyer that represents cyclists that were injured in a bicycle accident. Accordingly, everyday I am working with/for cyclists that are recovering from serious injuries and are unable to ride. i see the depression this causes first hand and can truly sympathize with them. If you follow my blog, you know that i have not been able to ride for the past 5 weeks due to an illness. I am now ready to start riding again and it feels like I lost ALL my previous hard earned fitness condition. Winter for me presents a true dilemma. I simply do not enjoy riding inside and am not crazy about riding in cold weather. The issue then becomes which do I desire less….. for now I decided that I will commute to work 3 days a week, unless it is raining or snowing. I will probably reluctantly do some spin classes as well. My advice to any biker is to simply keep on riding all year. In my opinion, it is easier to stay with a routine than to take a break and start it up again. 6 weeks ago (before I was sick) finding time to ride seemed easy, but now that I am starting it back up (and partly out of shape), it seems much more difficult to ‘find the time”
I will find the time because the size of my stomach and quality of my sleep depend on it!
Ride. Be Safe. Have Fun.
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