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Last Post 05/21/2013 01:09 AM by Jack Pouchet. 11 Replies.
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05/12/2011 09:13 PM

I'm not new to the bike, but I'm new to being a dad. 

I haven't raced in 2 years and haven't forgot about how great it felt to be competing on 2 wheels!  I wouldn't mind jumping into a cross race, but I don't want to suck ass. 

What kind of advice do others have about developing new training routines while still upholding home responsibilies?




06/12/2011 02:03 PM
You just need to be more structured with your training since your time is limited. I wouldn't worry too much about what anyone else thinks, the only thing that really matters is that you're enjoying riding/racing your bike. There are a lot of pick-up cross practices (at least in my area) once the fall comes, you should look for a group to get together with and iron out your 'cross skills.



05/10/2013 08:01 PM
Way back when I was in that situation, I crossed trained. I was limited on time. ( I was a Mr. Mom). I ran, and road my bike when I could. You want to get some time on your bike. Don't stop riding completely. I've been riding off and on since the mid 70's. Longest time off my bike was 8 years. Now I'm retired and can ride whenever I want.

Congrats on being a new dad. Soon I will be a grand dad for the first time.


05/10/2013 09:22 PM
I find I end up riding the trainer in the garage very early morning or late at night even in the summer. Used to be I wouldn't dream of having my bike on the trainer in the summer... now half my miles are trainer miles even in the summer. A hard 40 minute workout 3 times a week on the trainer and at least one half decent ride on the weekend.
Orange Crush


05/10/2013 09:57 PM
36hr work week does the trick for me. 4hrs of no work and no family, just riding. Add to that 4x commuting weekly and I'm getting my fix without riding weekends which are reserved for family stuff and chores.


05/11/2013 09:35 AM
+1 CG -- I'm headed to the basement for my third easy trainer ride in three days due to back problems. Not ideal but anything is better than a day without aerobic exercise.


05/11/2013 06:50 PM
The trainer in the garage, before anyone else gets up, or after everyone else goes to bed, plus one sacrosanct ride never to be nixed by a honey-do list does the trick for me (but just make sure your spouse has an equivalent getouttathehouseanddosomethingyoulovewithoutguilt time every week as well!). cross-training with the kid on board is also lots of fun, though not very aerobic (I did A LOT of hiking with my baby in a sling when she was little. fun, but now one of my shoulders is permanently lower than the other)

That said, it's been five years since I've been doing the Tuesday night ride, and my wife still always forgets that I'm out the door on tuesdays at 5:30. I think she blocks anything to do with bicycles completely out of her awareness.
Keith Richards


05/11/2013 07:32 PM
This guys kid is probably out of diapers at this point. lol!
----- It is his word versus ours. We like our word. We like where we stand and we like our credibility."--Lance Armstrong.
Orange Crush


05/11/2013 09:24 PM
LOL Keith.

Then again, I never crawled out of the exercize hole till kids were almost 4. But then again we had twins = double trouble.


05/12/2013 07:45 AM
Before my daughter was born, my wife and I thought it wold be kind of cool to have twins. After she was born, we were very, very glad we had only the one. But still, that early morning run was one of the only things that kept me from going insane during that first year when I was going to school, working two jobs, and walking a screaming child all through the night.
cycling chick


05/13/2013 10:07 PM
We had Irish triplets. The last three were all born within 2.5 years of each other. I did NO riding during that period of time, but my husband would try to go out at least once a week.

Now, that they are 9, 10. 11, and 15...we are both able to get out and ride. We each average about 150+ miles a week. We feel like kids again. I have never felt more free!

Keep your head up and time will pass more quickly than you realize. (Considering the date of the original post, it probably already has.)


05/21/2013 01:09 AM
My wife and I cut a deal that worked for numerous years. I just got up really early and rode, trained, whatever before the kids got up. Usually hitting the road, trainer, or gym before 5:30 more like 5:15. As the kids got older the rides got longer because help wasn't needed but the time with the kids and wife around breakfast was still very important. Weekends were another story. Generally kept Saturday's for hammer-fest two to three hours from home max. Sundays were family time and fortunately we had a tandem and Burley trailer. Kids came with us! Awesome fun.
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