DRC: LOL, I'm like that too! It's always "just a touch faster" or "what's another 5 miles?". My main problem is pace - for the easy workouts I really have to force myself to slow down, and just enjoy being out!
MHEDIN2: Great job on losing 20lbs and increasing miles! I'm just starting back on the biking trail too and loving it.
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Good for you! You're doing awesome.. IMO.. do what you are comfortable with. If your body can handle 35 miles and you feel good, then do it. We're all different.. some of us have to build up slower than others. I think you're doing fantastic!
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Great job on the 20 pounds and the increasing mileage! I like that your long rides include breaks and chances to recover during the ride--that is definitely helping you with the higher mileage. I am very competitive with myself too. I say "I am just going to do an easy ride"...and then I think I can pedal faster, I feel good, just one more little loop... YOu know the drill, don't you?
M: It truly seems like you have a good competition with yourself. I see that you are probably adding a safe amount of miles as you go. If you feel good then go. I sometimes don't look at my toys and just ride till I get my fill. Alas, I'm glad to hear that you are riding smartly. The first time I made a long ride on my own I made some huge mistakes. I think the ride was only 30 miles but it felt like a lot more! If you find yourself lacking or unable to perform then it means that you are over training. I'm sure you will listen to your body and do what feels right. Keep on rolling.
20 lbs in 6 weeks! I am totally impressed. And your long rides are just great for just getting back into cycling. Especially if you are towing a little one. Guess I'd better get back on my bike and hammer a little harder
Sparty--I can totally ssee the not jumping too fast in miles, but I tend to get a little over-competetive with myself (i.e. since I've made it this far I should be able to keep going just a little farther ) For example on this last 35 mile ride I was only planning on going about the same distance as my previous long ride (23 miles), but then at my first turn around point I'm thinking I still feel fine-maybe I should keep going a little ways to the state park up the road. We got to the state park and stopped for lunch etc and I was ready to head back but then decided that if I kept going to the other side of the park and to the next town then it would be a nice even ride and I could look on a map and know exactly where I went . Of course, that means I still have to go back too. I find myself doing these things even when I am doing the shorter trail in town (about 8 miles). Like-if I did this ride in this many minutes last time I should be able to do it in THIS many minutes this time. I think it goes back to my running track in high school and always working to beat my own time or distance then. I guess it keeps me focused in a way to always be trying to do one better than last time.
Welcome... you are doing great with your training. I liked your advise sparty about not jumping up to fast in miles. I have rode 4 times and when I read about the 35 miles, and 55 mile rides I think I should be riding that many miles. I have to remember to take it slow and enjoy the ride.
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M: Way to go on getting back into cycling. I'm sure you will continue to enjoy it. All of us here seem to love riding. There are some who are more into competition and others who just ride where they can. If I may give you a little advice about riding there here it is; if not disregard. Slowly add on the miles. Avoid jumping up in miles. If you are new to the sport you might find that the jumps are easy at first but they can cause you to burn out and lead to diminished results. Welcome to the team. You will find that there are many people that are more than willing to help you out. You will also find great discussions with great information.
I just found this team but have been on SP for about 6 weeks now. I finally got a bike trailer for my toddler son about 2 months ago and started riding my bike again for the first time in years. At first I was only able to last for about 15 minutes or so but recently I have been riding 7-10 miles a few times a week (sometimes with the trailer and sometimes on my own) and I have taken my little guy on a couple of long bike rides (23 miles and 35 miles). I am definitely a newbie at this whole biking thing, but it has been my main form of cardio exercise for the last six weeks and so far I have lost twenty pounds! I have muscles in my legs that I haven't seen since running track in high school!
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