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9/16/08 11:16 A

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I will keep you guys updated on my progress.

Jules, I will be in DC for the Marine Corp Marathon 10K. I am considering doing the Nacy 5 miler on Sept 28th just to test how my training is going?

Lovey

2013 Goals:
- lose 50lbs
-stay consistent in my workouts
-strengthen my recently broken ankle

2012 Accomplishments:
-cosistent training after healing from a stress fracture in my foot
-completed a 10 miler, 10K and a half marathon
-sorry my year ended in Maym 2 weeks after my half marathon when I crash on my bike shattering my ankle. I had surgery and ortho put in 8 screws and a plate.



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DRC2205's Photo DRC2205 Posts: 8,845
9/16/08 10:19 A

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Lovey, I am glad to hear the group session with Frederick went so well! That sounds like a great set-up for new riders. And now, you have a goal--to be able to participate in She Got Bike next year.

Let me know how the next few weeks go, too.

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9/16/08 9:31 A

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OK, so you knew your own limits - good for you! I find that I can ride about 4 times as far as I can run, BUT I have to pace myself on my bike - it's just so tempting to sprint!!!!

Will I see you in Washington DC? I'm going to do the MC marathon WOO HOO!



Edited by: JULESGL at: 9/16/2008 (09:30)
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TDSLOVEY's Photo TDSLOVEY Posts: 1,193
9/14/08 11:49 P

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Okay so I never made it for “She Got Bike” this year but I know I will be ready next year. I just never got in enough mileage or to a comfort level on the bike.

But I haven't been slacking. I am taking Basic Bicycling with the Frederick Pedalers on Sundays starting today. An hour of the class is learning, safety, road rules, clothing, bike tools, bike gears, changing tires, etc.. The second hour is doing group rides. I did 5 miles today and practiced working my gears. I pedaled some hills and walked some. Can't win them all. I had a great time and someone riding with me the entire time.

Look out, I may be a cyclist yet.

Lovey

2013 Goals:
- lose 50lbs
-stay consistent in my workouts
-strengthen my recently broken ankle

2012 Accomplishments:
-cosistent training after healing from a stress fracture in my foot
-completed a 10 miler, 10K and a half marathon
-sorry my year ended in Maym 2 weeks after my half marathon when I crash on my bike shattering my ankle. I had surgery and ortho put in 8 screws and a plate.



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HEYPUTTHATDOWN's Photo HEYPUTTHATDOWN Posts: 261
8/15/08 10:37 A

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Lovey,

mailed you contact info ...

I don't have anything against Performance but it's a haul to get to either of their closest shops so I'd buy as local as possible. With your first bike, you're going to have tons of questions and need lots of adjustments; what you save on the cost of the bike by buying from Performance, you'll eat up in gas taking your bike to the shop.

Bob

I'd rather be sitting on my bike thinking about God than sitting in church thinking about my bike ...
TDSLOVEY's Photo TDSLOVEY Posts: 1,193
8/14/08 11:17 P

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Performance Bike is having a sale in store and online. They have good prices on road bikes but I prefer a hybrid or maybe a cross bike. THe Fuji are in store so I linked to a picture on another website but the prices I hav are Performance sale prices. Here are a few options I saw:

2008 Fuji Crosstown 3.0 $249.99
(women version available too)
bertsbikes.com/itemdetails.cfm?id=47
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2008 Fuji Absolute 3.0 Road Bike $349.99
(women version available too)
bertsbikes.com/itemdetails.cfm?id=96
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GT ZuM 5.0 Road Bike $299
www.performancebike.com/shop/profile
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fm?SKU=24180&estore_ID=1806


2008 Mongoose Crossway 450 Disc Ladies Hybrid $399
www.performancebike.com/shop/profile
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fm?SKU=25453&estore_ID=1806


Lovey

Edited by: TDSLOVEY at: 8/14/2008 (23:16)
2013 Goals:
- lose 50lbs
-stay consistent in my workouts
-strengthen my recently broken ankle

2012 Accomplishments:
-cosistent training after healing from a stress fracture in my foot
-completed a 10 miler, 10K and a half marathon
-sorry my year ended in Maym 2 weeks after my half marathon when I crash on my bike shattering my ankle. I had surgery and ortho put in 8 screws and a plate.



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TDSLOVEY's Photo TDSLOVEY Posts: 1,193
8/14/08 10:42 P

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Thanks for the offer Bob, I will take you up on that. Try not to make fun of my bike, it's all I have.:) When can we meet? I am available in the late afternoons or on the weekends.

I can meet you at Patuxent Trail. I live in Dickinson.

Lovey

2013 Goals:
- lose 50lbs
-stay consistent in my workouts
-strengthen my recently broken ankle

2012 Accomplishments:
-cosistent training after healing from a stress fracture in my foot
-completed a 10 miler, 10K and a half marathon
-sorry my year ended in Maym 2 weeks after my half marathon when I crash on my bike shattering my ankle. I had surgery and ortho put in 8 screws and a plate.



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DRC2205's Photo DRC2205 Posts: 8,845
8/14/08 3:35 P

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Lovey, that is a great offer from Bob! I hope you guys can coordinate. He can probably give a better assessment of whether it's worth investing in repairs than anyone can do through an on-line description!

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8/14/08 3:02 P

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Lovey,

Repeating my offer from "Training Plan for Newbie" ... happy to take a look at your bike and/or offer suggestions.

I'm in Huntington and ride on Old Guilford all the time ...

Bob

Edited by: HEYPUTTHATDOWN at: 8/14/2008 (15:00)
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8/14/08 2:48 P

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I don't know if its worth it to start fixing stuff. Is it as better bike after investing another $15-50 on little stuff than what you would end up with at Target for $75-$100? Walmart has some options, too. I am not a fan of buying from the big box stores, if it can be avoided. I think Race Pace has some used bikes, and maybe Princeton too. I am closer to Mt. Washington, and I know Joe's Bike Shop (the sponsor for She Got Bike) has used bikes. See what your choices are, now that you have learned on the free one.

As for gears, try to leave the gears on the left (the three rings in the front) set on the middle gear. Concentrate on shifting only the right--the back chain ring. That may help.

Does your friend who taught you have a bike you can ride, at least once, just to see what the differences are? Also, go back to Race Pace, tellthem you are interested in something new and take a test ride. You can also rent a decent bike from them for the event. I don't know if bike rentals are an option for She Got Bike, but look into that, too.

Joe's is really my favorite place for anything bike related...

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8/14/08 2:35 P

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The person who taught me to ride might be able to help.
When I got my bike checked at Race Pace, they told me it was working fine after the tune up.

When I went for a ride last time I changed gears trying to get more familiar. The gears on the left change the 3 big gears. I was going up a slight incline and moved he gear up to drop it to the small easy gear. It worked. When I hit another incline later, I did the same thing. At first the gear didn't change but then it changed to the big hard gear.
It happened before but I thought my hand moved and hit the gear piece without noticing. This time I was focusing on the gears. I know I am not crazy.

I know the bike is old and cheap so I figured that's why it's happening. I was told not to accept the bike just because it's free but I thought I can at least learn to ride on it and I did. I could have bought a cheap Target bike by now. At least it would have been new.

I need to replace a gear cable now. It's shredding. MAybe that's why the gear is shifting wrong. IT's about $15 or $20. I can still ride it in the mean time. I had to fix a pedal that fell off 2months ago while I was riding. That was another $15. IS it worth it?


Lovey


2013 Goals:
- lose 50lbs
-stay consistent in my workouts
-strengthen my recently broken ankle

2012 Accomplishments:
-cosistent training after healing from a stress fracture in my foot
-completed a 10 miler, 10K and a half marathon
-sorry my year ended in Maym 2 weeks after my half marathon when I crash on my bike shattering my ankle. I had surgery and ortho put in 8 screws and a plate.



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DRC2205's Photo DRC2205 Posts: 8,845
8/14/08 11:41 A

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Are there any grassy areas near the trail at Lake Elkhorn? I'd try to stick to less busy times, and maybe just residential streets to get your comfort level up this first week.

The track will have too many curves to deal with as you are getting comfortable with the gears.

Do you know anyone who lives nearby who rides who can demostrate the gearing?

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8/13/08 1:53 P

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I ride;

1. Patuxent Trail towards Lake Elkhorn but do not go around the lake, I just turn back. From the parking lot to Lake Elkhorn is 2 miles each way. I go half way and turn back.

2. Guilford Road near columbia academy to Riverwood Drive and back to my house. Two miles round trip. That end of Guilford road is not busy and Riverwood is hardly any traffic.

3. Hammond High School track

2013 Goals:
- lose 50lbs
-stay consistent in my workouts
-strengthen my recently broken ankle

2012 Accomplishments:
-cosistent training after healing from a stress fracture in my foot
-completed a 10 miler, 10K and a half marathon
-sorry my year ended in Maym 2 weeks after my half marathon when I crash on my bike shattering my ankle. I had surgery and ortho put in 8 screws and a plate.



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DRC2205's Photo DRC2205 Posts: 8,845
8/13/08 12:32 P

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All good reasons, LOL! And I get what you are saying about the bike. You can also haunt yard sales or check out craigslist. Here are some steps, if it were for me:

1. Since you have a mountain bike, take it to a local school or park. Find a flat grassy area (read: softer fall). Practice the geares. See what makes it easier to pedal, what makes it tougher. Practice that for a while. Go out for your 30-45 minutes and worry about getting comfortable, instead of distance.

2. See if you can find someone more experienced to ride with you once or twice. Explain first that it would be a learning ride for you, not as much of a workout.

3. Call Joe's Bike Shop (sponsor of She Got Bike) and ask if they have anyone who can help you prepare for September. They may know of a person or two that would be willing to work with you.

The grassy area will help with your fear of falling, and the rest will let you get used to gears.

You live in Columbia, right? Where do you usually ride?


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8/13/08 11:55 A

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I have an old mountain bike, Murray Sabre. When I started riding this year, I didn’t have a bike and couldn't’t afford one. Someone gave me her old bike. I am hoping to buy one soon. I still can’t spend a lot so I am going to look for a low end hybrid or cross bike.

I am slow on the bike because of three reasons (the top 3 at least):
1. I am still scared when I am riding and tend to slow down
2. I still can’t figure out the gears
3. I can’t change gear and balance at the same time.

Lovey


2013 Goals:
- lose 50lbs
-stay consistent in my workouts
-strengthen my recently broken ankle

2012 Accomplishments:
-cosistent training after healing from a stress fracture in my foot
-completed a 10 miler, 10K and a half marathon
-sorry my year ended in Maym 2 weeks after my half marathon when I crash on my bike shattering my ankle. I had surgery and ortho put in 8 screws and a plate.



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8/13/08 10:50 A

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I am surprised by your time--you actually seem to be cycling slower than you are running. What kind of bike do you have?

Figuring out food is a big key, too. I try to have something light before a ride, and always bring water for hydration. If I am going to be out for an hour, I try to bring a snack of some kind, too.

Edited by: DRC2205 at: 8/13/2008 (10:49)
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8/12/08 4:28 P

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I think it took me between half an hour and 45 minutes. I stopped once to walk a hill, and another time because I was dizzy. I found out I have to run on an empty stomach not to get sick but the opposite for riding.

Lovey

2013 Goals:
- lose 50lbs
-stay consistent in my workouts
-strengthen my recently broken ankle

2012 Accomplishments:
-cosistent training after healing from a stress fracture in my foot
-completed a 10 miler, 10K and a half marathon
-sorry my year ended in Maym 2 weeks after my half marathon when I crash on my bike shattering my ankle. I had surgery and ortho put in 8 screws and a plate.



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8/12/08 3:26 P

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She Got Bike is an awesome event. I believe that the rides are "no drop" so you will have an experienced rider around you as well. The area around Oregon Ridge is beautiful. As for being ready, I think you will find you improve pretty quickly in the beginning. Gradually add distance to your 2 mile route. How long is it taking you to complete 2 miles? Maybe add 1/2 mile (or a mile), do the "new" distance a second time, and then add another mile. Repeat until you hit 10 miles, hopefully by the week before the event. If you can do 10 on your own, you'll be able to handle 14 with the energy around that day!

It is one of my favorite local events. Let me know if you have any questions about it!

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Good for you . . . Keep it up! Thanks for the link!

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8/12/08 11:56 A

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I am still learning to be comfortable on my bike. Last week I posted a question on training plans for a newbie and received some very useful information. I even got a link to by SELENE YEAGER'S (BICYCLING MAGAZINE'S FIT CHICK) 8-WEEK WEIGHT LOSS CYCLING PROGRAM.

I originally wanted to do a sprint triathlon but wasn’t ready. Instead I did a mini-triathlon. Being on SP and trying various training programs helps me learn a lot about me and my fitness levels. As a beginner, it seems like I do better if I focus on one main sport but still train enough to be efficient in other areas (swim & run). As I complete one event, then I can rotate which sport to focus on. Does that make sense? Maybe next year I will be fit enough to do a sprint triathlon.

My goal event for October is the Marine Corp 10k. For September, I was going to focus on the Navy 5miler. However, I want to switch to a bike event if possible.

On September 14th is the “She got Bike – a festival of women’s cycling” in Maryland (
shegotbike.com ). The rides are for women cyclists of all abilities and this year’s event includes 14, 20, 28, 40 and 56 mile options.
I want to do the 14 mile option.

I rode my bike last week on my normal 2 mile run route. It was tiring and hard. Is it possible to get up to riding 14 miles in 4 ½ weeks? Is it a reasonable goal? I am not worried about the time it takes me just that I have the ability to finish.

Sorry for the long post.

Lovey

Edited by: TDSLOVEY at: 8/12/2008 (11:57)
2013 Goals:
- lose 50lbs
-stay consistent in my workouts
-strengthen my recently broken ankle

2012 Accomplishments:
-cosistent training after healing from a stress fracture in my foot
-completed a 10 miler, 10K and a half marathon
-sorry my year ended in Maym 2 weeks after my half marathon when I crash on my bike shattering my ankle. I had surgery and ortho put in 8 screws and a plate.



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