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Discussion: One long workout vs. two short workouts

Subject: One long workout vs. two short workouts

By: Ryan P.

Written on: Friday December 21, 2007

Message: Does anyone know if there is any advantage or disadvantage to biking 25 miles twice a day vs. 50 miles in one ride? I'm using my work commute to get in my bike training. I bike 25 miles to work at 6:30 am then return home on my bike at 5:00 pm. I'm training for a 1/2 IM and trying to build up both my speed and endurance. On weekends I usually do one long 50-70 mile ride. Any help would be great!

Thanks

Ryan

Subject: RE: One long workout vs. two short workouts

By: Sean C.

Written on: Saturday December 22, 2007

Message: well, with running it's mainly about volume and getting your body acclimated to the stresses of the activity. the only main thing is that you don't break your "long ride" into two segments, because that is the one you use mainly to train your aerobic system to be able to go the distance.
I will say this: looking at some HIM training plans, your 50 miles daily is really more cycling volume than any of them call for. If anything it should serve as an advantage, making you more comfortable on the bike and therefore better able to run 13.1 miles after 56 miles of cycling. However, this high of cycling volume, coupled with training in the other two disciplines, could lead you to burn out or get injured from overtraining.
hope i don't get laughed at for misinformation

Subject: RE: One long workout vs. two short workouts

By: David W.

Written on: Saturday December 22, 2007

Message: I worked as a messenger, covering 90+ km per day in fits and starts. This constant time on the bike made me very strong, and I found the long rides were no problem fitness wise, HOWEVER it was really hard to work out an appropriate pace when doing the long rides, which I guess ultimately ends up meaning a slower run if you dont have it sussed on race day. I would suppose that your long rides on the weekends looks after that. Why not take advantage of the shorter time/distance and do fartlek type stuff (sorry im not sure if it has a proper cycling name) That may be better than doing distance for the sake of distance.

enjoy

Subject: RE: One long workout vs. two short workouts

By: Craig S.

Written on: Sunday December 23, 2007

Message: Laurie, Laurie??

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