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18 Miles...

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Another 18 miles in this afternoon...I'm hoping to crank up the miles soon...everything in noteable biking distance around here always seems to put me @ 18 miles for the round trip. Want to start nailing MORE! I keep tackling nasty hills and LOVE the way my bike can climb! I tend to average between 14-15 mph.

Although my "dorky shorts" have been a big help, I STILL feel enough pain to give me "pause"...! Which can be frustrating...the SPIRIT is willing and so is MOST of my body...grrr! How can I knock down the miles with this pain holding me back...?

I have been finding out little ways to alleviate the problem, such as by standing on my pedals when I see either rough road, stones or holes coming up. Sometimes I just stand on my pedals to just give my butt a break...seems to help a bit. I usually stop for a break every 9-10 miles and do stretches, etc. and my butt seems to recover...for a bit.

I've been enjoying watching and reading about Scottish cyclist Mark Beaumont, aka Guiness World Book Record holder for cycling round the globe who earlier this year completed his journey from Anchorage, AK to the southernmost part of Argentina. What an inspiration!

Here's his blog for more info:



Too cold tomorrow a.m. to consider biking to work...maybe later after work...? We'll see!

Hope everyone has had a SPARKIN' weekend...have heard lots of great stories already! :-)


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  • _VALEO_
    Standing on the pedals is a good technique to climb the hills.
    Maybe you could consider buying another saddle if the one you have is uncomfortable?

    In the meantime, I'm sending you some rays of sunshine. emoticon
    2898 days ago
    Thanks for the comment on my blog - I think it'll be easier this time around simply because we DID whittle so much when we moved in DECEMBER/Jan. HAHAH :D So soon... but yeah - when I did spin classes I totally got some padded shorts. :P
    2898 days ago
    I prefer gel for the padding. On the shorts, on the seat cover, on the seat itself.

    It makes a difference. The other kinds of padding just do not absorb shock the same way.

    Just my 2 cents.
    2898 days ago
    Are the 'dorky shorts' the same as bikers shorts? I have a pair of bikers shorts that are padded and it was a BIG help in doing mileage riding. Then again I did the Erie 'flat' riding instead of taking to the hills. emoticon
    2898 days ago
  • L*I*T*A*
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    2898 days ago
    Sorry to hear about the pain in the buns, that is kinda not so good. I hope you can come up with a much longer route for you. I sometimes have trouble getting routes that are in the right distance range too. My coworkers and babysitters like to laugh because I will keep reconfiguring a route to get the best possible route for my runs.

    Keep up the good going.
    2898 days ago
  • FRECKS96
    You know, many people would say that the fact that EVERYTHING is within 20 miles is a positive for the area!! =)

    Good Luck mapping out a longer route, I love the fitness maps on here to find a new route and adjust it to any length, but I'm not doing 10+ miles either.

    Enjoy your rides into work this week, it looks like it should be nice most of the week...

    ETA: or not. I just checked the weather again, Boo for rain showers!
    2899 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/12/2010 10:26:32 AM
    Yay biking! Sorry to hear about your butt! I'm sure it'll get better with time, but I can imagine that would be really annoying!!! By the way, I think it's hilarious that only on SP you could complain about your butt hurting and have so many people sympathizing and sending well-wishes. emoticon emoticon Have fun biking this week! I KNOW you'll find ways to bike farther!
    2899 days ago
    Great job! I'm looking forward to a bike ride later with my granddaughter.
    2899 days ago
    Sorry to hear about the butt Don.. Isn't there some kind of added cushion cover you can buy and put on the bike seat?? i thought i've seen them somewhere...
    2899 days ago
    Sorry to hear that your bum still hurts - eventually, it should get better. Don't give up!
    2899 days ago
    When you begin your round the world trek please don't forget to Spark us some postcards.

    2899 days ago
    WOW you are sparkin'away on your bike! Yes it hurts but you will get used to it. Your anatomy is not different to the professional bikers right? LOL So keep on bikin' and sparkin'!!!!
    2899 days ago
    Guess you better start learning Spanish :)
    2899 days ago
    I tried a spinning class once... at the end of the hour, my butt hurt so bad I vowed to never get on another bike again! :( I really do want to buy a hybrid bike to bike on trails around here though.

    I think you are doing so great, Don! You are such an inspiration to all of us! Thank you for that!!!

    Suz :)
    2899 days ago
  • XENA1956
    You are really doing fantastic. I have that problem with doing stationary bikes at the gym. After about 25 mins my bum starts to get sore. I asked a guy next to me one time about it, he is a bike guy big time and he said you just get use to it. Standing does help for a little while. I can't remember my bum hurting this much as a kid when I bike alot, so maybe it is just age. lol emoticon
    2899 days ago
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