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CLUB88 Posts: 34
2/4/08 8:17 P

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Good point. There are days when I do push myself to go to the gym and I only last about 5 minutes and get frustrated. Some days I just don't have it, and I feel like it does more harm than good to frustrate myself than get the 5 minutes of exercise. I guess it is all about balance.

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2/4/08 12:14 P

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I also have allergies but mainly hay fever. I sometime wake up feeling whipped. But even on those days I do work out. My workout may not be a very good one or even last very long. But all that exercise, the good days and the bad days all add to an improvement in my overall health. I usually feel better after exercising on a day were my body says ďno, stay in bed!!Ē


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CLUB88 Posts: 34
2/3/08 6:02 A

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I have heard that many people like spinning classes, but I never tried it. I was thinking of giving it a try, and since I belong to Gold's gym and they have it, I guess I have no excuses, right??????

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2/2/08 10:20 P

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That is why God created Spinning. Do a class three times a week and you'll be able to do 25 miles no problem. Just don't try to keep up with the class for the first three or four weeks. Testosterone (for both men and women) is a bad thing. You'll burn out if you try to do it all without a solid base.

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CLUB88 Posts: 34
2/2/08 7:13 A

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I am always hesitant to "commit" to a aspecific date. I have bad allergies and there are days that I just don't have it, and some days that I do. I am allergic to mold and dust and it can really knock me out sometimes. Yesterday with all the rain and melting snow we had, I could feel it and was absolutely exhausted, and went to bed around 7:00. However, two weeks ago I woke up on a sunday morning and felt terrific, had boundless energy and hit the gym. I had a killer workout. I don't think I have quite figured out how to balance not setting a goal like that with the reality that I might not be able to do it on that particulur day. I don't want to sell myself short, on the other hand, it is a reality I have to live with.

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2/1/08 4:15 P

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Since 2002 I have done a San Francisco to Los Angeles fund raiser bike ride 3 times. The last two times, 2006 and 2007, were for the Amgen California Coast Classic. Itís a fund raiser for arthritis. In 2007 my DH joined me for the ride. I was able to compare my 2006 stats to my 2007 stats and had a big improvement: one day my average was 3 mph faster in 2007!

Iím going to take 2008 off for multi day rides and sign up for the Amgen ride in 2009.


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CLUB88 Posts: 34
2/1/08 12:47 P

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What is great about your story is the fact that you incorporated doing something for charity. I am looking into the Tour de Cure for the American Diabetes Association. I lost my mom to diabetes in 2002 and did the walk for 2 years and had a team called Yvette's Angels in her memory. Due to scheduling issues, I have not been able to keep it up. I am seriously thinking about doing it, and there are different lengths of rides that can be done.

In reading your story it is agood reminder of striking the balance between setting goals that push us and setting goals that are realistic and won't hurt us. It sounds like you set an ambitious goal, dealt with it, and did the best that you could. Congratulations on a job well done! Again, the important thing is that you raised some money for a great cause, and in the process you conquered some mountains.



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2/1/08 10:24 A

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Itís great that you are setting a riding goal to meet. Only you can determine whatís the best goal for you but Iíll share my story about setting and reaching goals.

At the end of 2001, I shared with a co-worker that my goal for 2002 was to get in shape. He suggested that having a goal would help me do that. He suggested that I ride in the AIDSride: a 7-day 585 mile ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles. I told him that he was a fool to suggest that, but the seed was planted. A few weeks later I asked for information on training rides and bit the bullet. I had great fun learning how to ride in a group and how to prepare for that huge ride.

Once I signed up for the ride my attitude towards training changed. I was less likely to punch the snooze alarm when it was a day to exercise on my bike or at the gym. I climbed hills (will first I walked many of them) on my bike and even found a great used Lemonds at the LBS to replace my very old univega.

I was even able to raise all the funds I needed, $2900, to ride.

I did ride every day of this challenging ride and I wasnít the last one onto camp any day I road but I was usually near the back of the pack. We had cols damp foggy days and dry hot (105 degrees!) days. And hills, hills, hills, hills! Did you know that California is very hilly?? The hills on this route were so impressive they were names: the quad buster, the evil twins, etc. My proudest moment was riding the evil twins, no walking!

My poor old body wasnít up to the beating I gave it but I did ride every day. I wasnít always able to complete everyday but I sure did try. I ended the ride with tendonitis in my right knee that subsided about 2 weeks after completing the ride.

When I look back to those months of training and riding the event, I think what a foolish goal to set. But Iím glad I did it!! I guess you can figure out that I believe in setting goals the really stretch you.


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CLUB88 Posts: 34
2/1/08 6:26 A

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Thanks for all the fabulous input. It helps to reaffirm that I am on the right track.

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1/31/08 11:49 A

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Just start out with short rides and add a little distance each week. I started riding again at about age 39, did RAGBRAI for the first time at age 41, got serious about age 45, and rode 50 centuries last year at age 50.
Small steps lead to large distances.



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1/31/08 8:49 A

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Most people, when they first begin riding are very uncomfortable riding in traffic. Like anything else, experience overcomes that hesitation.

Because I commute, I spend most of my time on the roads. There are times when I have to take the middle of the street in order to make a left turn. When you take charge and let the motorist know what you are going to do, they are very few problems and confrontations.



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CLUB88 Posts: 34
1/31/08 6:25 A

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I have done some biking in Cape Cod, more near the tip on the trails of the National Seashore. I would love to go back and do it again, but there is something that I am allergice to out there, and I was getting asthma-like attacks. However, it was great. I want to do a 50 mile bike ride this summer and will try to map something out around here. One of the hard parts is finding a SAFE place without all the traffic. I might do the Northampton bike trail, but that can get pretty busy at times. It sounds like you have it worked out pretty well.

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1/30/08 11:07 A

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Once we get into bike riding, we tend to do what non riders would condider, "unusual" things. Two examples of my rides.
I take the high speed ferry from New Bedford, Ma. to Woods Hole, Ma. and ride my bike 45 miles home.

Second is a 35 mile ride to Myles Standish state forrest. Camp out for the night, tool around Plymouth for the day and ride home.

The point is, if you get to really enjoy riding your bike, like many people do, you will be looking to do stuff like the above. There is no end to things to do and places to go on your bike.

Check out http://www.crazyguyonabike.com for some really good bike riding adventures.

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CLUB88 Posts: 34
1/30/08 8:07 A

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Excellent advice! Though I do find my bike fairly comfortable, I am sure I can make improvements. I hadn't thought about that aspect of it.

You gave me some good food for thought regarding setting goals. I think there needs to be a good balance between pushing yourself and reality. You make a great point in that there is nothing wrong with incremental steps. The bottom line is getting it done!

Thanks for your time. It has been helpful to get various opinions.

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1/30/08 7:52 A

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One thing I didn't mention... The "fit" of your bicycle is VERY important. Make sure you have a comfortable saddle... When I re-started, the stock seat that came on my bike was OK, but after I lost some weight, it became very uncomfortable and I had to get a different one that work with my somewhat smaller back end. If you don't have a comfortable saddle, longer rides - especially past 50 miles will be torturous. Seat height is also very important as it is the primary determinant of how your leg muscles work on the bike. Too low and you won't generate much power, too high and you could strain your knees or other joints. If you are riding a road cycle with "drop" handle bars, like I do, make sure that the bar height is high enough for you to tolerate bending over to grasp it for as long as you'll be riding. In a perfect world, we would all have the core strength of Lance Armstrong and would be able to stay down on the drops in a very aerodynamic position for hours on end. But it's not a perfect world. There are some other fit factors as well, but I think those two are the most important. If you are planning to ride more and work on getting really fit, it might pay to get a professional fit at a good local bike shop.

Finally, there's nothing wrong with setting incremental goals. When you get to 25 miles, set a goal of 40 or 50, when you get to 50, set a goal of riding 100. If you focus on it, it will go faster than you think..!
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CLUB88 Posts: 34
1/30/08 6:39 A

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I have done 15 miles before with no problem. The problem is with consistency. I live in New England, so the weather is challenging. I just went through a real difficult time with TMJ and then got real sick, so for about 6 months I was not exercising. I didn't want to set myself up for failure, so I told myself this first month was "rehab" and my goal is to get moving again. However, I seem to be doing very well at the gym, increasing time on cardio maching, weights, etc. Perhaps I set the goal too low. Part of the problem is finding time to do it. I absolutely cannot exercise first thing in the morning. My muscles just don't respond, even if eat I get nauseous, and my workouts are never that great. I do better late afternoon or after dinner.

Listening to your input makes me think I set the bar too low. I will see how I progress and perhaps increase it. I fugured whether I set it for 25, 50, or 100, it will give me something to work towards.

Good for you guys! You are certainly an inspiration. I love biking and recently started playing tennis. What always amazes me about exercise is how quickly you gain it back if you need to stop for a while due to injury or some other reason. I think this is the perfect SparkTeam for me and hope that we can motivate each other. Maybe I will consider a 100 mile ride this summer!!

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1/29/08 10:17 P

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Everybody is different, but I am 64 and just started bike riding about 6 months ago and I expect to be able to do a Century by about May. My longest ride to date is about 20 miles but I haven't tried to extend the distance.

To me the big factor is how much of the ride is on flat ground vs. uphill. I don't take to climbing hills right now.



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1/29/08 9:55 P

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Hey Club88,

Unless you are in pretty bad shape, doing 25 miles by May shouldn't be a problem. When I re-started road biking at age 57, I wasn't in great shape and I was doing 30+ miles in less than a month. Now I'm coming up on 60 and 100 miles isn't a big deal. Just make sure you have good equipment, watch your diet, and you'll get it done. BTW, I have the same problem with snow on the ground here in Colorado... Where are you located...??

 
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1/29/08 8:14 P

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I turn 40 in May and decided that I am going to do a 25 mile bike ride before I hit the big 4-0. My long-term goal is to do a 50 mile bike ride this summer. However, it is hard to train with snow on the ground. emoticon

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