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5/2/10 11:04 A

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"Against my wife's wishes"...brave man! LOL

Glad it worked out OK!!

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5/1/10 12:17 P

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Well, against my wife's wishes...I sneaked out and pedaled another 7 miles today.

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But I was dragging pretty bad in a couple spots. My brain is used to the riding but my body isn't. Just have to learn my limits and push them a little bit, not a lot.

There was no way I was spending a beautiful day in the gym, so the only way I was going to exercise was to ride. LOL.

My neck and back are a little sore, but I find I can fix it with stretching. So...here's to another 7 miles logged!

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5/1/10 10:53 A

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MAKKAIO - so sorry that you aggravated the injury - that bites in a big way. ARGH! Hopefully it's not permanent and each time the aggravation will be less. Hope you feel better today.

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4/30/10 8:17 P

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Well...the fallout is that I aggravated the injury that kept me off my bike for nearly a year. It was a little expected but it's not going to be anything permanent. I just couldn't get out of bed this morning...literally. I also lost 5 lbs. overnight, which means dehydration probably.

It scared me at first...but I have been stretching today and drinking lots of water. So I'm back to normal with a little bit of pain. Made an appointment with the chiropractor early next week.

As for the bouncing...yes...keeping those knees in and engage those abs!!! The more muscles you use the easier the strokes are. Breathing is hugely important too. Just takes a little practice to get all the systems of your body to work together.

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4/30/10 2:23 P

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I was complaining about bouncing to my physio - who is an ironmanner - and she told me that you need to be really vigilant and engage your abs/pelvic floor when spinning over 100. What do you know? At least for me, that stopped the bouncing. Hard to keep engaged for long periods, tho, if you're not used to it. I'm trying to train myself to work up to it.

I hear you guys about the wind. We did a populaire (100km) in early April and it was 25-35 mph wind the whole time, including gusts, and because of the gusts and the shifting of the wind, it felt like 3 directions into the wind. We were all swearing at the $%&* wind...except when it was at our back...wheee!! I try and tell myself that wind = altitude training (I'm on the coast), but that mental trick doesn't always work!!

Glad you got out!

Edited by: RESIPSA99 at: 4/30/2010 (14:24)
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4/30/10 9:07 A

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Jim - I get that, too. Seems there is that one in-between gear that just doesn't exist on my bike.

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4/30/10 9:04 A

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yeah I was in the same dilemma last night as well. It was on the cool side but not unbearable but the wind was really awful. I had just got done eating a plateful of spaghetti, peas and two Texas garlic toast. The wife said go and I was trying to wiggle out and the daughter said daddy it is not too cold I was outside playing with just a t-shirt.

So off I went. I need to remind my daughter about wind chill affect;-) It was a little too cool to start but once the warm up period ended i guess I was all right. I just did the small loop about 11.5 miles. It took 47 mins and 23 sec. to complete. I felt like I was climbing hills against the wind. I choose to work on my cadence during the whole ride. I was trying to stay between 90-110 cadence. I found I was bouncing too much at around 107. I would shift then. When I would fall down to 80-85 I would shift again.

It worked well but I need to work on a smoother pedal stroke so that I can go between 110-120 without bouncing.




Note to self do not ride again sooooo soon after eating supper.....very hard to keep down;-) LOL


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4/30/10 8:29 A

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Mikkaio - Way to go to get out there and do it! The thing about riding in adverse weather is that when the weather is good, it's just that much easier.

I know what you mean about headwinds in both directions. The wind will change here, too. If you ride along the beach expect a sidewind that has about the same effect as a headwind.

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4/29/10 8:48 P

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I think the perfect temp. is 50. 45 is aceptable even 40. I like to do lawn work when it's chilly out b/c I get sweaty otherwise.

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MAKKAIO's Photo MAKKAIO Posts: 17
4/29/10 8:46 P

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Well...the temperature was great...but the wind wasn't. How the heck do you get head winds in every direction? Only here in Western New York. I did my 15-mile route after some hesitation here and there, but nonetheless, I completed it. There are some wicked hills at the end of the ride that just kick me. But I didn't walk anything and just kept pushing. So, next time, it's easier, right? LOL

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4/29/10 4:55 P

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Makkaio - that's the spirit!

Everyone is welcome to move to Florida. I have a guest room if needed. LOL!


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4/29/10 4:26 P

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Well, I'm definitely going to ride. Thanks to everyone for the nudge. I would definitely rather be biking than sitting in a gym tonight. As I'm getting older, I'm a little more picky about my conditions for biking.

I also live in an urban area in Western New York that's not very conducive to riding in the winter. This past winter really stunk. But my city is working on a biking trail network that should provide safer riding in the winter.

There is no ice right now...but there is a wind chill that makes it feel like it is in the 40s today. But the sun is out...so screw it...I'm riding!

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4/29/10 3:25 P

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Hey Glad... can I move to Florida too? LOL

Actually SW Ontario is beautiful in all 4 seasons... and those are: swimming, biking, running and celebrating. If you aren't not doing one of those you might as well... well I won't say it but life just wouldn't be right if you didn't at least try to ride!

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4/29/10 2:55 P

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Moving to Florida sounds great about now!
I'm sure tired of our cold weather too... although I do keep riding.

Don't think I would like hurricanes. We don't have those here, at least, LOL.

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4/29/10 2:31 P

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Or you can move to Florida. The only time we don't ride is during hurricanes. Mostly because it's a bear riding against the wind.
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4/29/10 2:21 P

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I always prefer to ride and be outside when it is above 36-38. Below that I make sure that I have knobby tires (haven't bought studded tires) and ride much more cautiously.

It's rare that I'm able to ride on a day with the perfect temperature...not too hot, not too cold, not too rainy - a la three bears! :-P

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4/29/10 2:12 P

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As long as you can do it safely, always go for the ride. If the roads are icy, perhaps not.

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4/29/10 2:08 P

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If I wait for warm weather to bring the bike out the bike will sit in my basement until June and I would have to store it again in September. Dress for the weather and the cool air is always bearable.

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4/29/10 1:52 P

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If you always wait for it to "warm up", the riding season will be all the shorter.

I ride off and on all winter, with studs on my mountain bike, and am riding in the spring when it's frequently 32-38 degrees in the morning. although those sure aren't my favorite temperatures!

Dress properly, have the right equipment, and avoid icy patches if you don't have studs on and you'll be fine.

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4/29/10 1:42 P

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Always choose to ride.
You will not regret riding but you will regret not riding.

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4/29/10 1:40 P

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Ride, man, Ride!



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4/29/10 1:37 P

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The weather is right on the edge of being too cold to ride. My alternative is to head to my gym, SNAP. I really want to say screw it and try to get in 15 to 20 miles after work. Still undecided...

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