Weekend Riding

I like Fridays, because more often than not I’m able to work from the house — just as I did this past Friday. One of the things I like about working from home is that it’s easy to get out for a bike ride.

Problem is, I haven’t done that now for the last two Fridays in a row. A combination of work stuff and household stuff has kept me indoors, and I can’t even squeeze in the 80-minute ride I usually do on Fridays. And since I don’t get a chance to ride during the week, those Friday jaunts are important to me.

Now, that’s not to say you can’t make something out of riding just on the weekends. Since Sunday morning is the club ride, I can count on 30-40 miles there, and Saturday sees me on a 25-mile route through the neighborhood that includes some decent hills. Taking the advice of our friend Don Blount, I’ve been making sure those weekend miles I get in are “quality miles,” and involve such things as attacking hills, doing short intervals, maybe some fartlek, or cruising along at a tempo pace.

I figure if I can make use of the weekend, I’ll still manage to be in good enough shape when the weather moderates to do some meaningful rides.

One thing in my favor is that Daylight Savings Time is just around the corner — next weekend, as a matter of fact. That means I’ll be able to get in some miles on at least one weekday.


  1. says

    Isn’t it funny that us cyclists seem to have our eye on that prize? Daylight Savings, that is? It’s almost laughable, but I too have been thinking about it!

    Weekends, by the way, are when I do my best riding. I just don’t have the time in the evenings during the winter. Done with work at 6—and it’s dark by then.


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