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PUMPKIN-2011's Photo PUMPKIN-2011 Posts: 131
7/22/08 3:04 P

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You guys are great, thanks everyone for all the advice xxx

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JHOLLNAGEL Posts: 1,768
7/22/08 1:53 P

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Good Luck .... don't worry about speed. Get what you can get done. Rest at all the stops and if you finish the whole 95 miles good for you. If you did not you have something to work on for next year.

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PSALM22's Photo PSALM22 Posts: 8,032
7/22/08 11:48 A

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Go to your start page.

Select Weigh-in.

Select change measurements.

Select add a measure.

A popup will appear. Type in the name of the measurement. For example, Number of miles biked.

Select either save or save and add a another.

Select back to goal tracking.




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HEALTHYGAL01's Photo HEALTHYGAL01 Posts: 3,484
7/21/08 12:16 P

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SAG is support and gear. Organized rides usually have volunteers in trucks to pick up any riders in trouble and ferry them and their bikes to the next rest stop and/or ride start. My first year cycling I avoided them but the second year I realized that they have their place!.

When I did an MS 150 I used a camelbak for water and 2 bottles for Gatoraide. That worked out well since I am slow so I was out on the bike a full day; it is generally hot and humid here and it let me skip every other rest stop (which are really crowded when there are 13,000 riders). When I ride at home I just take 2 bottles of water if I am going out for 1 hour or less and 1 bottle of water and 1 of electrolyte solution for 2 or more hours out (and I will stop and buy more water occasionally). On the advice of a thread here, I bought Hammer Heed and liked it a lot. (I am trying to lose weight and did not like the sugar content in Gatorade).
I also have a "Bento Box" carrier on the top tube that has a copy of my drivers license, money and a snack. I always carry my cell phone.

Since you are building volume in the number of miles you are riding you might want to initially follow your longer rides with an "active recovery" day - a shorter, easy paced ride.

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PUMPKIN-2011's Photo PUMPKIN-2011 Posts: 131
7/20/08 2:27 P

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What is SAG support? Sorry, I'm clueless when it comes to bikes!
I cycled 24 mile today! My bum's sore and I'm wreaked lol!
I haven't got any water cages yet, just had backpack to hold my water etc. Will take your advice though and invest in two cages!

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HEALTHYGAL01's Photo HEALTHYGAL01 Posts: 3,484
7/20/08 11:28 A

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You really did set yourself a challenge with that time constraint. Don't forget to hydrate. Did you get 2 bottle cages? I would add distance with each training ride. Does the 95 mi ride have SAG support.



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PUMPKIN-2011's Photo PUMPKIN-2011 Posts: 131
7/18/08 6:35 P

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Sorry psalm, could you tell me how to set that record thingy up please, I couldn't find it! xxx

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PUMPKIN-2011's Photo PUMPKIN-2011 Posts: 131
7/18/08 6:25 P

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Great advice guys! Thanks so much! I'll check the weigh-in section out. Well, I got my bike today and done 8.2 miles, and it wasn't as bad as i thought it would be! I didn't fall or anything, just a few wee wobbles! Lol! I can't do any tomorrow but on sunday I think I might cycle 12 or 13 miles to my mums house, and then back again. After I refuel and sit down for an hour or so lol! I can't wait to get back out, I really did love every minute of it! I'll keep you posted on how my trainings going! xxx

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7/18/08 9:45 A

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Whew - You are BRAVE! I just got my 1st road bike in mid-June and have road 50 mile in one day, but the path was very flat with some undulating hills thrown in. This took about 1 hour & 45 mins each way at a steady pace. Make sure you check out your terrain and figure out those gears. I had a friend with me who normally rides a hybrid but had just bought a road bike... it was her first ride on the road bike and she was so frustrated trying to find her gears that she didn't have much fun.

Best of luck... YOU CAN DO IT!!

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7/18/08 9:20 A

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That's a great idea Psalm. I didn't know you could do that!

Good luck--You can do this *and* have fun!

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7/17/08 9:37 P

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Be sure you have good cycling shoes, cycling shorts, and good socks as well as gloves. Good equipment will make a big difference, especially with that distance.

Work on getting an even cadence and changing gears as needed to maintain that cadence. That's most of what the gears are for - to make maintaining a cadence uphill, downhill & on the flats.

Work on building leg strength. Go find the article on weak knees under fitness. Be sure to stretch, too.

Give yourself some days off.

Hmmm. Check out the 5k and 10k running articles, too, to get an idea on how to build up and then rest a bit as one preps for a arace. I know the links for both of those can be found by clinking on Anchorage Unite team on my SparkPage and the looking in the team favorites links.

And even if you end up not making the whole 95, any distance at all is a victory!

Oh, and you can set up a custom measure in the weigh-in section to measure your daily distance and a second one for daily time is you want to track both. That way you can get a report showing how you're doing.

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PUMPKIN-2011's Photo PUMPKIN-2011 Posts: 131
7/17/08 6:02 P

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Thanks guys! I can't wait to get my bike, feeling like a child all over again! I'll drop in tomorrow and tell you how I got on. And if I don't, you can guess why lol! xxx

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7/17/08 5:39 P

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You've taken on a lot! Having said that, way to go!!!
I agree, just start cycling lots. You will be very sore the first week or two, and will tire easily, but soon you will find your biking legs and find energy and strength you didn't know was in you.

Don't get discouraged by how difficult it seems at first. It does get easier.

When I was 15, my school went on a 200 mile bicycle trip over five days. The first day was gruelling. The second day I was so sore I couldn't even sit on my saddle, the third day was a bit better. By the fifth day I was leading the pack and full of energy.

Ever since then, I've loved cycling. You will too!

Chin up, face forward.


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7/17/08 5:26 P
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It took me 10 hours, including all rest stops, to bike 100 miles. Five weeks doesn't give you much time to go from 0 to 95. Just try to put as many miles on each week as you can. If it helps, the longest ride I did before the Century was right around 50 and, even though the Century was hard, I made it. Good luck!

Trying to stay fit, healthy, happy, and motivated


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PUMPKIN-2011's Photo PUMPKIN-2011 Posts: 131
7/17/08 5:02 P

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Hey, just joined this team, as I am going to be cycling loads from tomorrow and need to do some cycle chat! I just agreed to cycle a 95mile challenge in 5weeks time and I haven't been on a bike in years! I don't even own a bike! I'm petrified! My exercise plan this week has been non-exsistant and when I was asked by a work colleague earlier I said yes straight away, thinking ...that'll give me a kick to keep exercising...., but when I clicked on about an hour later what i'd actually gotten myself in2 i've felt sick ever since! Though I AM NOT BACKING OUT! I drove to a bike shop after work and ordered a bike, which I pick up tomorrow. My OH is going to kill me when the credit card bill comes in lol! Thinking of ringing the Ulster Cancer Foundation tomorrow (local cancer charity) and getting some fund-raising t-shirts etc. That way i'll be doing good as well as doing myself in! Haha. So if any one has any advice I would be very very very grateful! Does anyone know how many hours it would take to cycle 95 miles anyway? Eeeeek! xxx


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