55DREW-Once I get my endurance built up and feeling more secure about getting back in public, I will ONLY stick to bike paths, or raceways...never, ever will I attempt to ride on a sidewalk, or street without a path....mountain biking is TOTALLY out for me now!
Below I have copied a blog I wrote yesterday on my Sparkspage. Maybe this will give you a little insight of what I am attempting to accomplish. SKINNYINMYHEAD, I might be willing to reach outside what I think is possible, but I have got to give you credit, a century ride in Texas in the middle of August..girl you have guts.
So Am I Crazy at 50
So I just turned 49 a few weeks ago. My youngest daughter pointed out some aging points to me: such as you know you're old when you sprain your wrist brushing your teeth (and yes that happened to me 2X in the past year. You strain your back buckling your shoes in the morning (and yes that happened a couple of weeks ago to me as well).
Yes my knees creak and my hips pop but I am in the best shape of my life, ok most days. I have been able to push the boundaries of what "I" thought I was physically able of. I plan to "RUN" my first 5K for my 50th birthday next year…but what am I really capable of?
So to give you a little background, I have been overweight, obese and yes, morbidly obese for the majority of my teens and adult life. I hated gym class as a kid and took Yoga and Pilates in college to meet my PhysEd requirements. Don't get me wrong; there is nothing wrong with Yoga and Pilates, I love them both. But I figured that if I could meet my college requirements of PhysEd by lying on a mat, those were the classes for me.
So here I am decades later with a new a body that can move, that can lift weights and yes look damn good in a little black dress (according to my husbands' eyes). Knowing that, what do I do with this person who is half the size she was for most of her life? I always envied people who could run a marathon, ski down a mountain (not that I am ready to send myself flying down a mountainside, yet), you know, "The Athletes".
Last night my oldest daughter asked me if I would consider doing the AidsLifeCycle bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles next year (2011) with her. It's a 6-day, 600-mile bike ride. No, she's not an athlete, she does have over 100 pounds to lose and pending back surgery. But she got me thinking, can I physically and mentally do such a ride at the age of 50. I know lots of people over the age of 50 take on such challenges. Am I up for it? Can I see myself training for such a bike ride for the next year, plus? This type of challenge would certainly out do any 49 burpies at the gym.
My bike has rested in the garage for several years. My excuses for not doing this challenge have really no merit other than the mind game. This has got me thinking. It would be the biggest, longest and hardest physical challenge.
So today, this week, the rest of this month I will ponder, dream and wonder. I need to remind myself of my two montros (1) A journey of a thousand steps begins with a single step, and (2) One just needs to set the goal. Even if we don't succeed, it's the effort that counts.
Hi Suzanne! Welcome to the team.... I am a beginner myself and so I don't have any hints/tips for you... sorry...
I'm training for a Century in August called the HotterNHell Hundred in Wichita Falls Texas... wanna come?? And when I say training... well.. I pick up my bike this week.. and as soon as the weather clears up a bit.. then I'll be training.. in the meantime, it's spin class for me!
Unbroken Annie (Oklahoma)
**There will be a day when I can no longer do this. Today is not that day. **The only person who can beat me is me...and I'm pretty sure I can take her.
Have you riden much in the past? I did the Ride across Georgia several years ago, and it did take a fairly good trianing base to get trhough one. Really not enough information to give real good advise, but generically...
6 day, 600 mile ride means roughly 6 x 100 mile rides. Don't know if you've done a century, but if not use any of the training guides to work yourself up to being able to ride 100 miles. In general, you'll want to increase about 10% a week until you get from what your training level is now until you can do that "century" without too much difficulty.
Once you've got the physical stamina to do a century ride, start working on riding every day, and build that milege. Can't do that indefinately, so you may want to get with a sports trainer for their recommensatons. What I did was go from riding Tu / Th / Sa / Su on normal set routes to doing every other week of riding every day, then taking 2 off, and alternate between the two. Once able to do that, increase the mileage to be riding about 50 miles at a sitting.
Please before you even begin to give any serious thought about following this training plan, please check with your doctor to make sure he or she believes you're fit enough to start such a training process.
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I haven't ridden that far in 6 days, but have done multiple day rides. My best advice is time in the saddle, take regular breaks, get enough nutrition, and stay hydrated. I wish you well, and it is good you are giving yourself a year to get ready for it.
One Day at a Time: 1) walk/ride 30 minutes 2) organize something in my home 3) fruit or veggie with each meal 4) sew 1 bobbin full 5) do a good deed
March goals: 1) give up one bag of items daily 2) eat a fresh fruit and vegetable daily 3) repair something in my home daily
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Hi...I am considering training for a 6-day, 600-mile ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles in the summer of 2011..I'm not ready to do it this summer. I would appreciate any advise from those have trained for such a long ride.
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