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What are base miles and how do they build up over the years?
I rode with a guy that only rode during the summer on nice days. He said it was ok becuase he had been ridding for years. Does this work? Is it muscle memory? Does the aerobic system stay in shape over the winter without trainning? I was told it only takes a few weeks to totally detrain the aerobic system. just wondering
 

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Great question. First off base miles are generally miles that riders put in during the "off-season" aka winter or at the beginning of the normal season. The main idea behind these miles is to get your body back into shape and get your back-end ready to be in the saddle for extended periods of time.

There isn't really anything special about "base miles". Think of it like this... If your goal is to ride 5 days a week averaging 30-40 miles a day you aren't going to do it without training up to it. That training is considered "base miles". Once you have the miles under your belt then you can start to explore other options like increasing your average speed or going for extra miles.

If you have a solid foundation you will be able to train up faster but the best way to stay on top of it is to put in a set minimum number of miles each week, even if you can't get in the longer rides. Sitting through the winter doing nothing just makes it that much harder to train back up next season.

The worst thing isn't getting back into shape.... it is losing the weight you put on from not riding over the winter.
 
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