How to train for long distance cycle touring

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How to train for long distance cycle touring

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Re: How to train for long distance cycle touring

Postby AM7 » 12 Sep 2014, 8:36pm

Wise words :D

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Re: How to train for long distance cycle touring

Postby Vantage » 12 Sep 2014, 9:17pm

Especially the "signing out" bit. Wise man indeed.
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Re: How to train for long distance cycle touring

Postby jamesgilbert » 12 Sep 2014, 9:30pm

Excellent stuff, thanks for posting

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Re: How to train for long distance cycle touring

Postby theDaveB » 13 Sep 2014, 11:33am

Aimed a bit towards being single or you and your partner/family are going. Don't think my wife and kids would be very happy if I sold the TV and Fridge ;-)

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Re: How to train for long distance cycle touring

Postby Psamathe » 13 Sep 2014, 11:56am

Interesting, but I think different people (at different ages) achieve the "getting fit" at very different speeds. Two weeks after you start (and starting gently) might be true for younger generation, but as you get older so the process of putting on muscle seems to take longer.

Not that I disagree with the points raised about lifestyle, just very unsure about the physical fitness aspects for people a bit older.

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Re: How to train for long distance cycle touring

Postby robing » 13 Sep 2014, 8:03pm

Nice article, not sure I'd want to turn my house into a hostel though!

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Re: How to train for long distance cycle touring

Postby vjosullivan » 13 Sep 2014, 9:03pm

Sign up for warmshowers.org. Disconnect the internet. Turn out the lights. Disconnect the electricity and sell your home? That'll confuse anyone that turns up for a room. :)
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Re: How to train for long distance cycle touring

Postby Sooper8 » 14 Sep 2014, 7:21am

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Re: How to train for long distance cycle touring

Postby b1galus » 14 Sep 2014, 12:36pm

a far greater cyclist than I once said there are only three things you need to do
1) ride your bike
2)ride your bike
3) ride your bike

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Re: How to train for long distance cycle touring

Postby Pandaz » 14 Sep 2014, 11:03pm

Yep. Ride longer distance rides everytime.

there's no substitute for miles!

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Re: How to train for long distance cycle touring

Postby vjosullivan » 16 Sep 2014, 8:43pm

Pandaz wrote:...there's no substitute for miles!

Kilometers?
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Re: How to train for long distance cycle touring

Postby Farawayvisions » 18 Sep 2014, 6:39pm

Just go. You'll get fitter day by day.

I went on a long trip - gave away all my 'stuff'. Practised living on my own in a small house first.

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Re: How to train for long distance cycle touring

Postby gplhl » 8 Oct 2014, 8:00am

Tom Allen, a very nice guy as are most long distance tourers I've met! His words were very inspirational to me when I was planning my current trip. I was getting bogged down in planning until I read his website. :-)

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Re: How to train for long distance cycle touring

Postby CJ » 9 Oct 2014, 3:01pm

Farawayvisions wrote:Just go. You'll get fitter day by day.
The-cottage-comp1.jpg

Only if you start off slow and don't push yourself to ride further in a day than feels comfortable. Too much too early will wear out and discourage you.

Anyone who rides the End to End will meet a number of people who on Day1 rode as far as they thought they could or should be able to go in one day (probably after reading too many articles about it!). Day2 they struggled to do the same again. Day3 finished in the dark with saddle sores. Day4 added a painful knee and by half way were in a very sorry state and considering abandoning the trip.

So by all means just get out and ride, but not too far until you're thoroughly 'ridden in'. This may take only a couple of weeks if you're 20-something, but a month or three for oldies.

As a rule of thumb, you can expect to enjoy riding about two-thirds as far day after day, with luggage, compared to your longest recent one-day ride. If after a week at that rate you want to go a bit further, that's good.
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