5 miles to warm up

Discussion in 'Training, Fitness and Health' started by kedab, 6 Aug 2012.

  1. kedab

    kedab Über Member

    Location:
    nr cambridge
    evening CC'ers :hello:
    just been out for a quick 12 miles, ( i say quick, took about 45 minutes i think) and now i'm back on the bike after an 8 month hiatus (no injuries, just got lazy over the winter), i'm still wondering if it takes anyone else 5 miles or so before they feel properly warmed up? i seem to suffer in the first mile or two with a bit of lactic acid build up...even when i take it really easy. after 5 miles or so though, i feel ready to go. just the way i'm built or something i'm missing/getting wrong?
     
  2. derrick

    derrick The Glue that binds us together.

    Yea thats about right for me, always take it easy for about 5 miles after that i start to feel good.
     
  3. Sittingduck

    Sittingduck Guru

    Location:
    Bucks
    A few minutes to warm up or even 5 miles sound about right. Not sure about lactic acid building up, if you're taking it easy though. Are you spinning an easy-ish gear during that period and what speed and terrain are you riding? Wouldn't have thought that should happen tbh.
     
  4. Mr Haematocrit

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    When you undertake any excercise or do activity such as cycle you breathe quickly to transfer oxygen to your working muscles. This is called areobic and is the prefered manner in which to produce energy. When there is a requirement for energy at a rate faster than the areobic system can provide, the additional energy is obtained from glucoze through a series of steps this is called anerobic. Lactate is a by product of this process and is dependent upon a lack of oxygen as such unless your warm up consists of sprinting flat out you will not be suffering from lactic acid build up of any kind.
     
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  5. tyred

    tyred Legendary Member

    Location:
    Ireland
    Definitely always need a few miles to get going properly.

    I will never push myself hard until I have done about 10 miles.
     
  6. Nearly there

    Nearly there Über Member

    Location:
    Cumbria
    Takes a few miles for me to warm up too
     
  7. Col5632

    Col5632 Veteran

    Location:
    Cowdenbeath
    A good 5 miles or so for me to warm up also, first 5 miles do feel pretty tuff :shy:
     
  8. OP
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    kedab

    kedab Über Member

    Location:
    nr cambridge
    it's the first couple of miles on the way out of town so i'm spinning a pretty easy gear. the roads are horrible until i'm out on to the outskirts and the bypass. maybe it's more to do with me not riding completely 'loose' as i'm using my legs as shock absorbers as much as turning the pedals?
     
  9. OP
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    kedab

    kedab Über Member

    Location:
    nr cambridge
    that makes sense :thumbsup:
     
  10. Sittingduck

    Sittingduck Guru

    Location:
    Bucks
    So are you not sitting in the saddle but 'un-weightng' yourself and taking a fair proportion of your weight through your legs? This may help to explain the sore legs.
     
  11. OP
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    kedab

    kedab Über Member

    Location:
    nr cambridge
    as always, thanks for the confirmation/advice CC'ers. it's always reassuring :cheers:
     
  12. I always feel that I need to ride into my ride if that makes sense.

    If I set out too quick I tend to not ride as far, whereas if I take my time and ride into the ride I feel better and generally ride further.
     
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  13. OP
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    kedab

    kedab Über Member

    Location:
    nr cambridge
    yeh, i stay in the saddle as much as possible but to keep myself from crashing through the ruts with my entire weight on the bike, i'll stand and let my legs take much of the shock/vibration, they've patched a few areas on the road but it's pretty crap for the entire 2 miles...making more sense now :blush:
     
  14. Ian H

    Ian H Guru

    Location:
    East Devon
    At least five miles for me, probably a combination of age and a diet of long-distance cycling. Once the muscles are warmed up I'm fine.
    A meal immediately before your ride will also have an effect.
     
  15. 5 miles or so when I was commuting.
    Up to an hour when I was touring.
     
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