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1/16/08 2:37 P

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I appreciate all of you who support the MS ride, I've had MS since 2000, thanks again, and keep riding emoticon


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12/6/07 12:51 P

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Just checked your profile and you're in Texas... Does it get cold there?! emoticon

I'm assuming you have the basics already - jersey, shorts, gloves lid, pump etc. For cold weather riding, I'd normally add leg and arm warmers, long sleeved jersey, gloves (full fingered) and a windproof jacket. I have a pair of running tights which went over my shorts in a pinch for an extra layer. As your top half doesn't really move when you cycle, I normally added a fleece when it got really cold. If you have clipless pedals, the neoprene toe warmers are great. Balaclava for face if necessary, I got away with a thin fleece beanie underneath the helmet.

This setup worked for me down to about -8C. I've just stashed the bikes as I don't fancy riding in the snow and can't justify a beater bike.


EDITED to add: Totally agree with the bike fit, it's well worth it.

Edited by: WONGERCHI at: 12/6/2007 (12:52)
In God we trust, all others bring data.
- W. Edwards Demings

If God invented marathons to keep people from doing anything more stupid, the triathlon must have taken Him completely by surprise.
-P.Z. Pearce

Specificity, specificity, specificity.
-Andy Coggan

The plural of "anecdote" is not "data".
- Frank Kotsonis


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12/6/07 11:13 A

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My DH and I completed the 8-day, 545-mile California Coast Classic a few months a go. All of the advice given here has been excellent. Here’s my 2 cents!
Does the ride you are doing have a team in training program? If yes, I recommend that you join that. Or look into local club rides in your area.
What is the route for your ride next May? Is it flat or hilly or a mix? You want to train to the route. If it’s hilly, get out there a work the hills. In fact drive the route, then train on the route so you can become familiar with it.
Spinning classes are ok for training – my DH did not get many outdoor miles in when he trained for the California Coast Classic but did great with the distances. Figure out what works for you.
Add strength training (upper, lower and core) to your workouts. Long rides can be a strain on your back, an area many cyclists forget about.
I noticed on your SparkPage, that you are having some “challenges” with your foot due it arthritis. I have arthritis in both knees so I make sure to a take good care of them. Are you using cycling shoes? I suggest you do as they give you the support to avoid aggravating your foot.
What type/model of bike are you riding? Do you have clipless pedals? Has you bike been fitted to you? That is very important.
Plan some weekends where you ride Saturday and Sunday so your body can get used to cycling consecutive days.
Then you’ll need all your cycling gear: that can cost a fortune, so start with the basics, which to me are helmet, shorts, gloves, shoes, wind breaker/jacket, inner tubes, pump. To that I would add a short sleeve jersey, arm warmers and knee (or leg) warmers.
Good websites for discount cycling stuff:
www.nasbar.com
www.pricepoint.com
www.performancebike.com



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12/6/07 5:14 A

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I'm one of the people that prefers a spinning class to riding a trainer. When I'm out on the roads I can ride for hours by myself, but indoors I get bored very quickly. Having someone there to motivate me is very helpful.

A few things you can look for in a spinning class. Look for a spinning teacher that is a cyclist. Some of them come from aerobics backgrounds or other disciplines. They'll have you doing all sorts of goofy stuff on a spinning bike that is completely useless to a real cyclist. In my experience a cyclist leading the class will take you through a workout that replicates a ride, and can be a good source for cycling advice as a bonus.

Some spinning classes will actually allow you to bring in your bike and trainer. This way you can get the best of both worlds!

For winter cycling I would look at some winter specific gear. Check out Nashbar or some of the other catalogs for good deals. Being relatively comfortable will be key when faced with getting out on cold days. It's easy to talk yourself out of it if you're unprepared, not so easy when you know you've invested some cash in gear that you want to use.

As you increase your mileage you'll also find that you may experience saddle sores or chafing on the undercarriage. I would invest in something for that like Body Glide or Chamois Butt'r. It will save you a lot of pain. Also if you do get chafed I find that good old A&D ointment helps the most.

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12/5/07 10:08 P

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Thanks for all the info. I am signed up for the local MS ride. I plan on doing some group rides in a couple of weeks - any suggestions for riding in cold weather. In the past, I've always been a fair weather cyclist!

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12/5/07 9:39 A

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I'd say you need to get some base miles on your bike as well as spinning. The easiest way to do this is to pick one weekend morning and designate it as a riding day. Then just go out and ride easily for, say an hour. The next week, up it to, say 1:15. If you're feeling OK, up it again, to say 1:30 the following week. Then drop back to an hour, and then the week after that start increasing from 1:30. Last summer, the DW and I agreed that Sunday morning before 11am is bike time, from now until the end of time. I went from 1.5hrs to about 4hrs in about 3 months.

Take it easy on these rides, all you're doing is banking the miles. I like to experiment with nutrition on the bike, finding out what works and doesn't work and basically just enjoy the outdoors! Training inside on your own bike is also good, as you're training in your position - right now I do technique work on it. I'd rather do a spin class to keep up aerobic fitness than spin for an hour on the trainer, but that's my personal preference...

If you're signed up for an MS150 ride then I'll be doing one with you in spirit - I've never done a long 2-day ride before (I definitely prefer TTs) and I'm looking forward to mine!


EDITED to add: Any tips from you longer distance cyclists would also help me, too!

Edited by: WONGERCHI at: 12/5/2007 (09:40)
In God we trust, all others bring data.
- W. Edwards Demings

If God invented marathons to keep people from doing anything more stupid, the triathlon must have taken Him completely by surprise.
-P.Z. Pearce

Specificity, specificity, specificity.
-Andy Coggan

The plural of "anecdote" is not "data".
- Frank Kotsonis


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12/4/07 3:36 P

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Is it one of the MS150 rides?

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12/4/07 1:35 P

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The advantage of a trainer over a spin class is that you are logging the miles on the bike you will be riding for those 150 miles. But some people find they get more motivation (and therefore a better workout) in a class. I don't take the classes, so I am sure others will weigh in, too.

Good luck! It sounds like a great goal!

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12/3/07 9:16 P

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I am relatively new to cycling and have done more indoor spinning than outdoor biking. However, that has not stopped me from signing up for a two-day 150 mile ride next May! Can anyone give me some good tips for getting ready for my ride? I can go to spin classes during the week, but my outdoor cycling time is limited to weekends. I also checked into training indoors on my bike - is this better than doing spin classes?

Thanks!

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