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Back in the saddle

Monday, January 27, 2014

I went for a ride this afternoon. It's been months since I've ridden anything other than a spin bike. It was just below freezing, which was another reason not to over-do it.

A few weeks ago, I had my bike fit to me. It's been more than a decade since the last time I had a bike fit done. We raised my saddle more than an inch. (!!!) That meant the handlebar had to come up, too. We ended up replacing my quill stem (yeah, my bike is a relic) with an integrated headset, and replaced my handlebar. The old one put the brake hoods too far out front.

This ride was the first real test of my bike position. It felt great! This winter is also the first time I've ever taking spin classes, and I'm sure it's helped my legs stay ready for riding.

I only rode for about a half an hour. I stayed in the neighborhood to avoid losing elevation that I would have to regain. I never felt dizzy (I got a little light-headed during my last Group Ride class at the club). I kept my heart rate fairly low - I really just wanted to make sure my body was ready for a ride.

Now I'm wondering when I can start commuting again. I only rode five & a half miles today; my shortest commute option is about 7.5. My normal route is nine miles in and ten miles home. That might be too much. But I'm sure I'll be back within a week or two.

Commuting will require planning things. I figure I don't need to go to the gym for fitness classes if I'm commuting by bike, but I will continue with my planned strength training twice a week and swimming twice a week. One selling point of this club is that it is eight miles from work and eight miles from home; that makes it easy to ride there after work and then head home. But I need to know I'm going to do this, because I'll have to carry my gym stuff in my messenger bag and I'll need to bring along a bike lock (I don't carry one now because I keep my bike in my office).

Just thinking about scheduling this mess pleases me.

We still have an air stagnation advisory, but that means there's no wind. It's been chilly, but not so cold that I cannot ride (I'm good down to the mid-20's provided there's no wind and no precipitation). So restarting my commuting season is completely "do-able," and that makes me oh so happy!
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    Glad to hear you're feeling better, and even more glad to hear about planning to get back on the bike commute. Isn't it funny how all the planning can be so pleasing? I love to noodle about the best path for success. (Even though I've had some hilarious goofs...)
    943 days ago
  • v HILLSLUG98239
    Thanks for the support, folks.

    MissG - my shop didn't even charge me for the fitting! I was having some other work done, and we replaced parts (pedals, headset, handbar), but they only charged me for the parts. Given that the guy spent about an hour with me, I really expected to pay for the service.

    Yet another reason to love locally-owned bike shops. emoticon
    945 days ago
  • v MISSG180
    This is awesome! I am thinking about getting a bike fitting. It sounds like it was worth the money.
    945 days ago
    Great that your newly fitted bike turned out so well! Kudos to you for riding in such cold weather.. I'm iffy at best in freezing conditions even walking!

    Have fun figuring out the commute.

    945 days ago
  • v 144AUTUMN
    You can do it!!!
    946 days ago
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