It has been a cold Winter with lots of snow and ice so my riding has been short rides around my neighborhood. On St. Patrick's Day the weather warmed and I headed for my favorite 21 mile trail. I felt strong climbing the switchbacks and hills and making the route in the same time when I left off at the end of Fall. It made me feel like all the walking and bowflex workouts kept my strength and stamina in good order. I am ready for biking weather!!
Hitting 71mph in the finals of a roller competition, beating several people who went on to ride for Britain in the Commonwealth and Olympic Games... I felt pretty strong then! Of course, being 19 and ultra, ultra fit helped (insert "Galaxy far away and long ago" image here please).
"The best inspiration is not to outdo others, but to outdo yourself"
Never gone out on the trails. But I felt kick-a$$ strong when I did a 70 mile ride with a huge group and I could hang with everyone else. We averaged a faster speed than I was doing on my own, by about 2 mph. It was an early season ride, and I was feeling good throughout the whole ride--even when I finally got off the bike!
Edited by: DRC2205 at: 3/11/2010 (21:32)
Fitness Minutes: (89,233) Posts: 1,832 3/11/10 8:49 P
Don't think I've felt strong on the bike all year so far. I've been outside for the past couple of weeks (weird, I should not be able to ride outside in March) and suffered badly both times. Although the first time was worse.
It's interesting that most of the "rode strong" stories are off-road. Mine are too - cleaning MTB trails on the CX bike is a HUGE confidence booster.
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
Ooooo, it's been a long time since I have felt strong on the bike. I used to mountain bike, which in Florida is more like trail riding, but it's been a long time since I have consistently ridden the trails. While I have had my road bike for a couple of years, I haven't ridden consistently enough to get very good.
Probably my strongest ride was on the mountain bike maybe 5-6 years ago on some trails that are now a strip mall. There was a section of melaluca trees complete with exposed roots with very tight turns. You cannot go very fast and need good balance, otherwise you have to put your foot down.
My boyfriend who taught me to ride the mountain bike was concerned about my falling and getting injured, he used to have me do balancing drills that I practiced often. Because of that, I was able to fly through that section and oftentimes caught up to much faster riders. That always made me feel good!
"God gave you your body as a gift, so you should take care of it." - My Mom
Fitness Minutes: (85,209) Posts: 395 3/10/10 9:41 A
I rode my bike around Lake Tahoe 4 years ago and was surprised at how strong I road. The ride was beautiful and the best part was riding it with my mother. It is amazing what we can push our bodies to do.
I'll be riding a challenging metric century in the fall and I hope that to be a strong ride as well. Time to start training.
"Take the first step in faith. You don't have to see the whole staircase. Just take the first step." - Martin Luther King Jr.
Just yesterday. My bike computer was down, so I wasn't looking at average speed. But it was my first ride out after the snowy winter, and a lackluster season last year. And not only did I feel good on everything, but felt great when I got home as well. So I felt like it was a strong, consistent ride.
I just started to mountain bike this past year. Weather has been a factor in not riding, until this past weekend. A couple of friends and I went out... to do rollers, nothing probably really steep, but a good haul up and down for 3.5 miles. I love it. I'm age wise-not young, well over 50 and a few years shy of 60! When I felt strong...well, a young fellow, was putting groceries in my car that evening, and I had to tell him, I was sorry, the mtn. bike was in the back...he kind of looked at me, and I told him where to bike. He said he couldn't because he'd be out of breath. I said, look, if I can do it, you can! Seriously, I'm old enough to be a mother/ grandmother to most who do this. I'm not so sure I feel strong, but it sure beats sitting around and keeps me feeling young!
This one sounded interesting. Eleven years ago I was strong and fit. I didn't think so at the time because I was taller then all the popular girls and so for some reason I thought that I was big. We would go mountain bike riding at Snow Summit and there is a trail there that has 6 really large hills and back then I could ride all six and not have to walk my bike up them. I miss those days! It will take training and time, but I plan on getting there again.
"some things I can not change, but till I try I'll never know"- Elphaba 'Wicked'
-Starting weight- 225 -Current weight 212 -Goal for February 14th- 208 -Goal for my birthday in April- 185 Goal for June- 170
Fitness Minutes: (89,233) Posts: 1,832 3/9/10 10:42 P
When I first started riding XC singletrack, there was this sustained climb in my favorite park that due to my weight, feeble conditioning, and frankly inferior equipment, I couldn't do.
I remember doing a "hike a bike" up that climb, and having a rider spin up past me and still have the strength to say "hey, howzit?" She was a big motivator for me to up my game.
After getting in a few years of saddle time, I finally cleaned that climb, man it felt good, I really felt like I had accomplished something, even though it was only me who knew. It drove me to reach for even more difficult goals. How about you?
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