Six days a week for the last several months, I’ve been getting up at 5 a.m. to run, ride, swim or some combination of the three.
My lone day off from training for the Xterra — which is this Sunday — has been Wednesdays.
However, today, the last off-day before the event, it occurred to me that there are no real off-days when you use your bike for transportation.
The realization came as I was pedaling a 75 pound cargo bike into the wind with 30 pounds of kid and 10 pounds of electronics on my off-day.
Bike commuters may not rack up tons of miles with their shorter commutes and trips to the store, but the number of times they get on the bike is often really high.
For example 248 days into 2012, I’ve gotten on the bike more than 200 times, but have ridden slightly less than 3,000 miles.
It reminds me of when I started riding a mountain bike and realized I spent all morning riding, but only went 10 miles. A reader told me at that time you shouldn’t measure your mountain bike rides by miles, but rather by hours on the trail.
Of course there are bike commuters who also rack up some amazing miles. I ran into a reader and daily bike commuter who said he was going to break his record for most miles in a month. He was going to have ridden more than 800 miles in August.
Most utility cyclists don’t rack up miles like that, though.
For the utility cyclists out there, do you track your rides? If you do, is the number of rides a better indication than the number of miles?
My off-day consisted of four rides, 15 miles and no gasoline usage. The only off-days for utility cyclists are the days they don’t leave the house.