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1/26/12 2:07 A

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With a saddle you need to have the saddle fit your sits bones and have clearance for your anatomical bits. A narrow saddle might be 115-120, and 125, 130, 135, 140, 145, 150, 165 etc. They have gel filled gauges you sit on and it will let you know the distance between the sits bones. The worst is a saddle that is too narrow, it hit the inside of the sits bones, and will feel like sharp teeth in your shorts.

Check into it.

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1/26/12 1:43 A

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Its the original saddle. Since I bought it it 2 years ago, I never had my butt hurt so much.
When I bought the bike, the saddle felt comfortable so I didn't change it.
My bike is not an expensive bike at all. Its a Cannondale Quick 6 Fem, classified as a flat bar road bike or performance hybrid.

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-stay consistent in my workouts
-strengthen my recently broken ankle

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-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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1/26/12 12:56 A

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Good, keep at it. I think the sore bottom will clear up in time or look for a new saddle that fits better. Your saddle might not be correct for your anatomy.

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1/25/12 11:04 P

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Update:
Just finished week 2. Different coach from week 1.

Week 1: my butt was in so much pain I thought it was going to fall offI kept switching from cheek to sit bone to the other cheek. He went over gears as we rode, answered questions, etc. I felt like I rode like someone was chasing me the whole time. He talked about RPM/cadence. My bikecomputer is basic, no cadence and no mileage since its on the front wheel. Afterwards, I had the best 5 mile run I have had in a long time. Then i upgraded my bike computer to a cadence one.

Spin Class: took a 60 min class but usually prefer the shorter 45 min ones. My butt didn't hurt as much as in the bike training class and the hour went by pretty quickly. He focused on endurance and not speed.

Week 2: my butt still hurt BUT it was tolerable. Different coach. He talked about keeping our cadence in certain range. We practiced transitioning gears. We did longer segments at lower speeds. I felt like I wasn't working as hard BUT my legs felt the same level of workout afterwrds as the first class.

So far so good.

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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1/18/12 10:18 P

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I'm with you on buckets of sweat during spinning class...whew!

Don

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1/18/12 10:08 P

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Sounds like he sweats like I do in my spinning class. It runs off of me and I have twin lakes with the spin bike in the middle. LOL

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1/18/12 8:30 P

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I will stop by my LBS on Friday.
This class is once a week for 8 weeks. The next session will be 2x a week. It may in my best interest to check out another tire.

By the way, the bike instructor sweats more than anyone I have seen. He had a pool of sweat that started running like a mini-stream! He was towelling off too.

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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JHOLLNAGEL Posts: 1,768
1/18/12 4:30 P

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The trainer tire is made of a harder compound and will not wear down as fast as a regular tire. There are Pros & Cons of having the trainer tire. If you know you will be doing a lot on the trainer in the off season than it is worth it. However, if you are going to do the trainer sporadically, then typically people will buy the cheapest road tire and use them. The thing about using the road is the mess it could leave behind. I have heard on a rare occassion that the tire overheats causing the tube to pop? Not sure if that can really happen or if it is a cycling myth?

Also, if you sweat a lot like I do get a bra for the bike to prevent the sweat on the frame. If you do not go that route be sure to wipe the bike down really well. The manager at my LBS has a customer who goes through a bike once every to every two years from the sweat corrosion left on the bike.

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1/18/12 4:13 P

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Pretty sure I've heard it's the latter: re.... "just another tire to use so I don't wear my regular tires down."

Don

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1/18/12 3:07 P

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The class is organized by the company who directs our local triathlons. I did triathlon and duathlon this year. The duathlon bike course was really brutal and took every once of my strength I had nothing left for the run afterwards. I know there are bike shops (not close by) that have similar classes except you are hooked up to a computer and you can see everyone on screen and can similate passing people. My class has a local cyclist/coach from the bike shop teaching the class. The training coordinator rides in the back of the class ane keeps an eye on everyone and give yells tips or corrections to us. I was too focus on the coach and the pain in my butt from being on the bike. My butt has to get use to the bike again.
The training coordinator sets my bike on the trainer. I have one at home but working out at home is not the same and requires SUPER motivation just to get to the basement.
My bike doesn't have knobby tires. They are smooth, skinny road bike tires. Should I buy a "trainer tire"? Is that different than a regualr tire or is it just another tire to use so I don't wear my regular tires down?

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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JHOLLNAGEL Posts: 1,768
1/18/12 2:50 P

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Are you using a smooth trainer tire or your regular knobby tires? On these trainers can you set the tension to the wheel? You may have had too much tension or the resistance level is set high? You are going to get more out of riding your bike on the trainer than you are in a spin class. For starters it is time in the your saddle and not someone else's. Second the bike is set up to fit you specifically and not guessing like you would with a spin bike. Third when the outdoor riding starts you will have less time getting used to your saddle. You can tell the riders in our group ride on Wed nights if they have or have not spent any time on their saddle.

Don't get me wrong, spin classes have their purpose and need. But time in your saddle is always preferable. I have seen some guys bring in their saddles and swap out what is on the spin bike. This way they get time in their saddle and the advantages of the interval training through the spin class.

Being away foe as long as you have .... it will be like starting all over from scratch again. However, the difference is is that you know how to train better and it is a matter of time on the bike and you will find in no time you will be where you left off.

The frustration is that you know where you were and you want to be there fast. So be aware of over training. Also, running is condusive to cycling. They recommend that in the off-season you run but if you are going to bike don't expect bounds of improvements.

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Haven't heard of a class of this type...I'm sticking with Spinning at least once, hoping for twice weekly along with elliptical & stationary bike use on the non-Spinning days.

Curious to hear how this goes for you!

Don

ps...give me my drops! no more straight handles for me! I also hate cycling in the cold...40 degrees F is my low-end.

Edited by: DDOORN at: 1/18/2012 (14:55)
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1/18/12 2:49 P

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If you really want to be a better cyclists this cycling class is going to help more than spinning.

It doesn't matter what kind of bars you have indoors, position does matter. Accept any help the road cycling coach can provide.

I like Spinning but it's nothing like cycling because of the 40 lb flywheel and direct drive.

You should expect to get your ass beat so you can improve. If it's easy no gains will be made. Most people don't work hard enough on hard days or easy enough on easy days. Stress plus rest = adaptation.

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1/18/12 2:35 P

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I was out of commission summer and fall due to an injury. When I finally got back into it, it was so inconsistent my body complained. Getting back on track was a lot harder than I thought.

Starting mid-December I made a pact with a friend to keep each other consistent. I started with running and other than Christmas week when I was on travel, I have not missed any of my 3x week runs. Then I added 1 day of swimming. I SUCK at swimming so I signed up for a 1x week pre-masters class. I will slowly add 1 or 2 more days of swimming.

Now to cycling. I hate biking in the cold even though I run subzero degrees in the cold. I kept missing spin class so I signed up for a winter bike training class. It runs 1x a week for 8 weeks. I use my own bike and they provide the trainers. This week was my first week and I really thought it was harder than spin class. I have a flat-bar road bike whereas everyone else had a road bike.

I don't want to set my expectations too high. For anyone who have done a class like this, what should I expect?

I plann to slowly add a regular spin class to my schedule as well.

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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