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4/1/09 2:29 P

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VISULA:
My golden rule of on-bike fuelling - 1 cal per lb of bodyweight per hour for anything over an hour.

So figure out how long you're going to be riding per day (in hours), and multiply by your bodyweight. That's on the bike. Off the bike, get a decent dinner and breakfast in! Food is fuel for these sorts of things, I personally wouldn't calorie count but eat until reasonably full.

There was talk of a Spark cycling RAGBRAI group for next year, I'm still up for it.

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4/1/09 9:16 A

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No, but I am jealous! I've always wanted to do RAGBRAI. Maybe next year...

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3/31/09 8:33 P

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does anyone know how many calories i'm going to need to consume on this ragbrai thing?




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3/31/09 1:32 P

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Check back in and let us know how Long Beach went. I enjoy big group rides that are not competitive, because people don't bunch up so much. Race riding is just a bit too scary for me, and I am clearly not a contender. I am on my way to doing a 100 mile ride this spring, though, love training with a group working cooperatively, and am learning a lot about the sport from following the posts on this team forum.

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3/27/09 9:27 A

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LOL, I agree. (I hate running--only do it out of necessity.)

Enjoy the festival in Long Beach!

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3/27/09 12:28 A

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Thanks for all the feedback!!! I'll keep you posted!!! There is a bike festival in Long Beach next week so I might get some group riding experience then!!! This is sooooo much fun (and easier than running)!!! emoticon

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3/26/09 8:41 P

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I can't add any new advice--I think it's all been covered--but I can tell you to have fun. I think you will really like it! As WONGERCHI said, it's the best way to complete a marathon!

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3/26/09 4:40 P

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Hey Jackie! emoticon

I tell ya, that's the only way I'm ever doing a marathon - on a bike! Riding these big events is tricky not because of the distance but because of all the people around. And there'll be people of all abilities too which adds more "spice" to the mix!

The easiest thing to do is ride with your friends in a group. However, there are certain unspoken rules about group riding which are best learned from a cycling club. Ask at the LBS - they'll be able to point you in the direction of a cycling club that welcomes beginners. And group rides great anyway.

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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3/26/09 4:33 P

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Try to get as much experience riding around others as possible. You want the experience to keep yourself and others safe. All of the events I've registered for over the past few years have been 'mass start' and let me tell you, if you aren't used to being around a LOT of people on bikes, it can be pretty scary, specially if the start is on a hill!

Find a local bike shop that does group rides, or maybe do a search for local cycling enthusiasts that organize group rides, and go participate. You might be interested in finding rides advertised as 'no drop', that way you don't get left out in the middle of nowhere ;)

Have fun. Cycling events are SO much fun. You will soon become addicted, and find yourself registering for every event you can.

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3/26/09 3:56 P

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Rallies are a lot of fun.

For your first rally remember to ride within your ability. If you try to keep up with riders who are much fitter than you are you will be miserable and you might not even finish. Try to find someone to ride with who is close to your pace.

I remember my first century (100 mile ride). I met a friend of a friend cyclist there and we started talking. He was a lot stronger than me so before long I was struggling to keep up. He'd drop me and then wait up for me at the next rest stop then I'd kill myself to keep up with him a while longer only to get dropped again. By the end of the century I was wasted trying to keep up.

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3/26/09 3:13 P

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Tell me how you like it. Our first big event is IN October but it is 75 miles total. Looking forward to it but really want to hear from another first timer!

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3/26/09 2:32 P

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Welcome to the great world of cycling. Ride as much as you can to prepare. When we get in a group we usually ride faster than when we are by ourselves, kind of push each other. Usually ride further than usual too, so try to ride longer distances.

I can't say much about the rides in the west, but in the south east we have lots of fun. Some rides are mass start (everyone starts at the same time) some are show and go (self explanatory). You will have to sign out when you leave and in when you get back so they will know who is still out. We have rest stops about every 20 miles with snacks, pumps and first aid available. There are usually SAG wagons (supplied by local bike shops) driving the route to help stranded riders. They will have patches, tubes, pumps, various types of repair items. Some rides will have post ride meals (sometimes included in registration price) of anything from hot dogs to spaghetti dinners. You will meet lots of great people at the stops and post ride. I have found cyclists to be really great people (of course a few excetions) who love to share experiences and tips. There are always riders of every size, experience, and ability in the rides. I'm sure you will find someone to share your ride with you.

Just remember, have lots of fun.

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3/26/09 1:58 P

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Hello Everyone!!!

I recently started cycling after my running coach wanted me to run less while training for my first marathon in October!!! I bought a bike, a Cannondale Adventure4, a month ago and simply love riding!!! In the past 30 days I have cycled over 250 miles!!! After my first 20 mile ride, I decided I wanted to ride the LA Bike Tour which is the cycling event of the LA Marathon!!! So I got a couple friends to agree to ride with me and registered!!! Race day is May 25th!!!

SOOOOOO NOW WHAT?!?!?! I know I can ride the distance...it's only 22 miles and I checked the route and it's not too hilly through there are a couple I have had trouble running in the past!!! I usually ride by myself so riding with tons of people will be my biggest challenge!!! I have 2 months to prepare so where do I start???

Advise/tips/suggestions????

Jackie!!!

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