By Joel Zanatta
I love to ride, but I am not a naturally gifted athlete. Nonetheless, I finished the Whistler Gran Fondo in under 4 hours without doing any formal training. How you ask? Gaming the bicycle commute to work is the answer.
I have been a bicycle commuter for some years now. My commute is about 1 hour in duration. Commuting builds me a nice baseline, but it certainly does not meet the training needs of someone looking to ride to Whistler in under four hours. Fortunately, by applying a couple of little tricks to “game” my ride I was able to use the commute as the perfect springboard for a much longer bike race.
The following are some tips that you can use to convert your commute into an effective training regime for bicycle racing.
All in all, bike commuting can be a great way to get into shape. If you take a flexible approach and “game” the commute it can be a super effective training tool allowing you to avoid hours of training yet ride at a good and respectable pace on the big day.
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