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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Mar 2012
    El Paso Texas

    tips for the time crunched cyclist

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    Dear friends,
    I am a single mom to a young child, and time is at an ultimate premium. On weekends that he is not with his dad (every other weekend) any cycling is out of the question. I have recently re-invented the wheel (pardon the pun) and am doing my best to make time to cycle between 4pm and 5:30 when I must pick up child.

    What is best for a seriously time crunched cyclist? Right now I am scheduling one hour on MWF, and every other weekend I put in another 3 hours.

    Is there a better regimen or way of distributing time on the bike?

    Right now I spend those precious one hour sessions climbing. On weekends when I can go 2-3 hours in a row i allow myself some zooming flats.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Oslo, Norway
    Commuting by bike, even if only once a week. Riding with your child in a bike trailer (and that is good exercise, believe me). Doable at all?
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  3. #3
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Wilts, UK
    Hello and welcome to TE

    What lph said, really. Riding with a trailer isn't particularly fast, but it really does give you a good workout, and also gets your little one used to going out by bike.
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  4. #4
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Get a trainer for your bike so you can ride early mornings/when he's otherwise occupied, but with you? Also get some Spinervals workouts so you can get some good, focused workouts in?

    If you don't want to do that, I might swap one of your climbing rides for intervals (others have better descriptions of how to do that than I do - but the idea is to really push the pace for short periods of time, recover for a little while, rinse, repeat).
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  5. #5
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Columbia River Gorge
    Quote Originally Posted by Blueberry View Post
    Get a trainer for your bike so you can ride early mornings/when he's otherwise occupied, but with you? Also get some Spinervals workouts so you can get some good, focused workouts in?
    Plus one. Having a trainer set up that you can get on, do a few drills to improve efficiency and maybe some short but HARD intervals would help a lot.

    I love lph's suggestion of commuting too.
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  6. #6
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Bethesda, MD
    Another single mom here. I know it costs $ but I get babysitters or use drop-in child care so I can participate in cycling events and do my weekend rides when it is not a dad weekend. I will skimp on other things so I can afford the child care, and my son loves his babysitter so I don't feel too guilty. Then again I have my kid 75% of the time so I don't feel so bad about leaving him to ride. Plus he thinks it's cool that I ride bikes fast!

    I can't afford babysitting for a century ride but I do invest in half centuries and events that are <4 hours. Also can you possibly swap child care with mama friends every other weekend so you can get a long ride in every weekend?
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  7. #7
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    A child trailer can truly change your (and your son's) life.

    They are quite cheap at consignment shops.
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