Fatigue on way home

Discussion in 'Commuting' started by Rosie 5678, 25 Mar 2019.

  1. OP
    Rosie 5678

    Rosie 5678 Regular

    I'm not sure I'm that brave to cycle through the snow etc but never say never! I agree with you about the additional time it takes when cycling especially when working nights. I must admit my enthusiasm is zero for cycling to work when I'm on my third night shift in a row but I'm hoping this will get better with time ^_^
  2. 12boy

    12boy Über Member

    Casper WY USA
    I began commuting in 81 and continued until I retired for the third time last year. I only live about 3.5 miles from work by the direct route but usually did around 20 round trip unless there was snow and ice. Riding 3.5 in 10 degrees F through the snow etc was plenty. In the summer the mornings were best and the 90+ degree afternoons the worst and the reverse in the winter. You haven't said what you do, but I was in a high stress office job and relied on the ride each way as a stress reducer. It worked well. What you are used to is everything. There were a couple of weeks in January or February when the roads were too bad to ride with single digit highs and walking the trip was really hard work at first. The great thing about riding a bike to work, or walking , is at the end of the day there isn't a lot of choice if you want to go home. I found once I got started I made a few endorphins and was happy as a pig in poo, anyway. Even when it was 100 F if I tanked up on electrolytes and water and took it slower I could get home ok. The other thing is my bikes are all dialed in ergonomically. A bike that is totally comfortable and set up just right can put a smile on your face even when tired and one that doesn't work or fit properly can suck all the joy out of ride in no time. Happy trails!`
    nickAKA, cheys03, Blue Hills and 2 others like this.
  3. SkipdiverJohn

    SkipdiverJohn Über Member

    When I used to live 4 miles from work and didn't need to lug loads of heavy stuff around, I used to ride to work on average two or three days a week. If the weather was nice and I was in the mood, I rode. If it was really windy, raining, or snowing (rare in London), or I just felt a bit rough, I used to drive or get the bus. There's no prizes for being a masochist and riding in horrible conditions or when you are feeling a bit below par. Cycling must never feel like a chore to be endured, otherwise the motivation for doing it goes out of the window and the temptation is to jack it in.
  4. captain nemo1701

    captain nemo1701 Space cadet. Deck 42 Main Engineering.

    I cycle a 10 mile round trip each day. I leave the office at about 5.30pm, so at say, 4.30, I eat a banana. it's nicely releasing it's energy by the time I get on the bike.
  5. RichK

    RichK Veteran

    I prefer the ride home as I have more time for 'diversions'. However, I do sometime have to remember to fuel up for it with a snack (oatie bar or suchlike) half an hour before finishing otherwise I can struggle.
  6. Milo

    Milo Guru

    Melksham, Wilts
    Can be pretty grim. 15 mile commute there and back and on my feet up to 10 miles or so a day heaving bins about.
  7. clippetydoodah

    clippetydoodah Active Member

    My commute is 20 miles each way. I was finding that by the time I was few miles from home I was super
    tired, even having had snacks before leaving work. However I tried using some SIS Go tablets in my water
    bottle and it worked a treat. I have been feeling fine since using them. I was only having water before
    and I guess I must have needed that bit extra to get me home.
  8. BurningLegs

    BurningLegs Well-Known Member

    You must be fit as a fiddle - that's a very active lifestyle!
  9. al78

    al78 Veteran

    Yes. My commute is just under 10 miles each way and I always feel fatigued after each leg, plus accumulated fatigue through the week. My body is crap at reacting to stimulus by getting stronger, I just get more tired.
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