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3/10/08 11:54 A

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www.mapmyride.com is great! I hadn't been on Spark much for a couple days so I get a chance to check in on this thread but my boyfriend and I actually stumbled on it last night. emoticon

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3/9/08 10:26 P

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I will have to check out www.mapmyride.com It sounds like that TV show where they fix up people's rides. That's such a cool show. Ok off the topic I know.
For all of you out there that are curious I have started the strength training topic. I'm taking questions and answering them as best I can. Thanks to KJ I have gotten this started. I took the name from that which was suggested on this discussion. Here is the link:
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I hope you will post your questions and I will do what I can to get you the best answer. Good luck and keep on peddling.


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3/9/08 7:31 P

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+1 on mapmyride.com! Excellent resource for mapping out routes and seeing what routes others use in any given area. Joined last week (free) and have been using it to log my rides.
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If you're looking for a good resource for rides in your area to build up miles you can go to: www.mapmyride.com , click on search for rides, type in the name of the city and state you want your ride to start and then search. You can sort the rides by mileage so you can easily find the ones that are the number of miles you want.

This site lists rides put in by members from around the world, so no matter where you are, you can find a ride!

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3/9/08 3:30 P

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Well it looks like I only have one suggestion. I'll go ahead and start a new thread. I guess I'll have to keep it open for questions so I can answer them.


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3/8/08 9:35 A

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How about Strength Training for Cyclists, Sparty?

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K: Since you suggested it why don't you come up with a name for the thread? I will start something but I don't have a name for it. I am not even sure where to start. I haven't had any request yet for exercises. :( However, I will start something as soon as I have a name for it. :D


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3/7/08 7:03 P

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Texas Hill Country tour

http://www.bikeescapades.com/options/

*oops! the one I could afford is no longer available. (boo hiss) This one is out of my price range. (again...boo hiss) I'll have to see if I can organize a group to do rides and B&B's around that area.

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Yeah, the C&O trip sounds great. One of the only beginner+ tours that they have. Wish I could afford to travel there to do it.

I'll have to be satisfied with some generic tours of the Texas Hill Country (HILLS!!! ARGGGH!) when I can afford them. At least I'll get to sample some of the wine from the local vineyards. (must...save...money...for..hill counry trip...)

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3/7/08 4:06 P

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How about starting a new thread where you can post your exercise suggestions??
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Wow, I just checked the C&O on the Adventure Cycling Association and it really doesn't look all that bad! I may have to seriously consider this.

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3/7/08 1:52 P

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Sparty

Thanks for the url. I'll see what I can get from it.
The other helpful site I've found is for the Adventure Cycling Association. They have organized tours (regional and cross country) available either with groups or you can just buy the maps and notes and do your own thing. They have West to East (and vice-versa) for Texas....but, so for I haven't found routes North and South.

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K: That's a great point. Cyclist miss the back all the time! I keep asking people what is one of the most important but missed muscles and I get people telling the hamstrings. :O I have to keep telling them they are wrong it's actually the back! Rear delts, traps, upper and lower (middle in there too) back. After a long ride it's the lower back that really feels the burn. The traps and shoulders take a beating but they can do it longer but are still often overlooked.
If anybody is in need of exercises that will help complete a full body workout or maybe work on a trouble spot I have loads of exercises that can be done anywhere or in a gym.

M: Way to go on building up your mileage. It's great to get going and build that strength. I don't know if mapquest could help you on this one. I have a link to a website some where around here (fishing around looking for it).
http://capwiz.com/lab/dbq/officials
Ok that is one of them but I thought I had another that offered country wide maps. I could only find the one that offered Cali maps. It's really a great website but best if you are in Cali. They have links to other site which the one posted above should offer some assistance. I hope it helps and good luck.

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3/7/08 10:56 A

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I have a goal of cycling from Dallas to Baffin Bay (SW of Corpus Christi) the Spring of 2010. Just now researching routes and slowly building up my mileage.

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Glad to help you. I guess I am sorta an expert since I have completed 3 multiple day rides.

BTW: it would be good to do some strength training too. I try to focus on the core and my back. These are areas that cyclists may ignore but they are very important when spending many hours on a bike.


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KJEANNE - Wow, thanks for all that advice. As I train more and the big ride gets closer I'm sure I'm going to have more questions and I'd love to be able to pick your brain more. Thanks again!

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CAPEJOHN:

Good to know! Keep me posted if you find any info about it.

Thanks!

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Edited by: F8TH637 at: 3/6/2008 (21:48)
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K: You know that I had to drop the dime on you about this subject. I think you have rode more than most anybody that I can think of. That's not to say that no one else on this team rides but I know that you have done many different types of long rides.

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F8TH637:

I took a really serious look at riding the C&O/AT this summer. After lots of research and discussion with those who have done both, I decided on the NY route. Buffalo to Albany. But the C&O is definitely on my list of rides to do.

There is an organized supported ride of the C&O that I may do in 09.

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Hi LADYPANTS85
I have done a San Francisco to Los Angeles bike ride three times: once was the AIDSride (585 miles) in 2002, then 2x times for the Amgen Coast Classic 2006 and 2007 (525 miles). The Amgen ride is an 8-day fully supported ride that travels down the CA coast. The 2007 ride was spectacular! We had prefect weather: no fog! Both rides are fund raisers so I had to raise $2900 to be able to participate in the ride. The California coast is very hilly so these rides are very challenging. We had a choice of camping for free or staying in hotels at our coast. I camped in 2002 then stayed in hotels for 2006 and 2007. All meals were proved and SAG support.

Hereís my advice on training so you can enjoy your ride:
Train on the same type of terrain that you will ride: donít train on flats if your route has lots of hills. By training I mean doing hill intervals and riding hills that have a similar degree of climb. On the AIDSride we had two hills that were very challenging: the Quad buster which did bust my quads because I didnít train on a similar hill and the evil twins which were a piece of cake because I trained on a hill in LA that had the same degree of gain.

Train in the similar weather, if you can. Donít ride in the cold if the weather were you will tour is hot. Train in the heat. If you donít the heat will kick your butt!

Train multiple days. For the 2007 Amgen ride I never road more than 80 mile in a day but my cycling coach, for a three day weekend, had me riding 60 miles on Friday, 120 miles on Saturday, 100 miles on Sunday and 60 miles on Monday. After that weekend I knew, mentally, I could finish any 80 mile ride. I also knew how my body would react to multiples days of riding.

Do not make any changes to your bike before the tour: no new equipment no adjustments. Make your final adjustments about 3-4 weeks before the ride, then no changes.

Do not make any changes to what you eat while riding before the tour. Decide what works for you and donít change it.

Ask for advice on what to bring to wear. I always dress in layers. For the California ride there can be a big difference in temperature when you start riding, some days were in the 40ís and when you finish riding for the day, some days were in the 70ís! That is a big range. So for me I always wore a sleeveless base layer, a short sleeve jersey, arm warmers, shorts, knee warmers and I lined my shoes with baggies (the best way I have found to keep my feet warm!) I top this off with a windbreaker that converts to a vest. Then, as the weather warms I start striping and stowing the clothes in my camelback. BTW I do use a camelback for touring but not for shorter or training rides. If you plan to use a camelback, wear it during your training rides so you can get used to the weight on your back. The camelback has the added advantage of, on cold mornings, if you fill it with hot weather it will keep you warm. You can feel the heat on your back. On hot days I fill it with cold weather and ice to help keep my core cooler.

Thatís all I can think of right now!


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My favorite is the Tour de Palm Springs. I do that one all the time. I like the 55 ride. I know that K does a lot of long rides. She would be one to chat with about this. I'm sure she will get on here soon enough to mention something. The best thing to do right now is do a few long rides on consecutive days. If you are not used to riding day after day then that is the most tedious thing out there. Try to do 50-75K on three consecutive days. Then just up the ante and go for broke and do the whole distance on three days. Find out the trail and ride something similar to it in distance, elevation and temp if you can. Good luck.

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I'm going to ride the Erie Canal this summer. Buffalo to Albany New York.
Last year we did this ride in Austria

http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/amidn
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I have yet to tour and the thought of it really appeals to me. I just bought a bike that's technically a tourer. Check out Joe Kurmaskie's "The Metal Cowboy: Tales from the Road Less Pedaled" for some of his great touring stories. He had me laughing out loud several times. He made me want to hop on the road right then and there!

I would love to one day to the C&O Canal from Washington, DC all the way up to Pittsburgh. I'm sure I would hate the mountains though. emoticon

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I have ridden many RAGBRAI's (Week long ride across Iowa - about 500 miles). These are nice rides as they are supported, luggage is hauled, food is available. Of course you have to ride with 15,000 of your best friends, including Lance Armstrong the last couple of years.
I have also rode from Florida to Tennessee last year. 964 miles in 10 days. It was fun, but I learned that I do not like pulling a trailer or carrying my own gear. If I had someone following in a vehicle, or if I could get someone else to carry my gear emoticon , I would do it again in a heartbeat.
Touring by bike allows you to meet a lot of people, all very friendly, a lot of dogs, some not so friendly, and see a lot of territory that you would just "whoosh" by in a car. I loved it and plan to do more.




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I'm a fairly new biker but I'm working on training to do some long distance touring this summer. My starter goal is the Cabot Trail in Cape Breton, about 300 km over 3 days.

I just thought I'd put a call-out on here to see what kind of touring experience you guys have: what was your longest ride? Or what's a big ride that you'd like to do?

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