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    still getting winded?

    So I've been commuting to this job about 5 years. A couple of thousand miles, 12 at a time.
    So why is it that I still get winded at the exact same spots every single commute?
    This seems weird as I should be quite acclimated to every nuance on my ride.
    Has my mind simply set my physical being to see some areas as hard?
    Anybody else experience this?

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    Has your ride time improved?

    Do you hold back on the hills that wind you in order to avoid "sweating through?"

    Are you riding harder / longer on off days?
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    there was a time I commuted 16 miles one way. But I rarely did it consistently. I have been working here 2 and a half years, ridden four times. The first time took an hour to do the ten miles. I am down to 45 minutes, but still need to ride more often.
    It does seem like you should become acclimated. Are you riding elsewhere? Is it a hill that gets you?
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    A couple of really small hills and one long grade but it's subtle.

    I do the 6 on the way in at about 24 minutes and the 6 on the way home in 29-33 minutes.
    This is on my old Panda 26" BMX cruiser.

    I started thinking about it today, as I began wheezing at the same old spot this morning.
    I am starting to think I have conditioned my mind to see these spots as challenging.
    Maybe down deep its a way to keep me involved and engaged in my commute,
    or I'm just a weak lunged wuss!

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    Ah! 30 minutes is barely time to get warmed up. I would bet that has something to do with it.

    Are you putting longer times / distances in on non-commute days?
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    time to find and alternate route that adds mileage to the route. Shaking up your commute even by a few miles will be beneficial to your fitness base and your cardio, adding elevated heart rates at different intervals and climbs and coasting where you are not accustom to it.

    Try to find something that adds a few miles, hit it in the morning then return the way you usually do. Then alternate the next day, then do the old for a few then repeat. It is too easy to lock your body into routine especially commuting.
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    Thx for the advice.
    I have started adding any inclines I see to my commute and am mapping a new morning route.

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    Quote Originally Posted by elvez
    Thx for the advice.
    I have started adding any inclines I see to my commute and am mapping a new morning route.
    becareful until you get the new route all figured out.

    You are in the dreaded comfort zone, the new route will help..

    In the end you will need to always progressively challenge your body if you want to get more and more fit...

    That means you are going to have to get all sweaty and out of breath and really push it, at least two to three times a week...

    I have a couple of little sprints and hills, that I almost always push real hard on to get out of the comfort zone every day at least a little bit.

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    i can't possibly fathom taking the same route everyday... seems 'car'ish

    i thought wind and sweat were all part of it?!?

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    Well, if your old BMX cruiser is a single speed, that might well explain it. I pull the same hill every morning on my SS MTB, and it sucks every time. But I still do it...and it sucks less than it used to

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