Okay, so I don't ride nearly as much as most you other in this group but I do love being on my bike and it's always been a great way for me to get in shape. I just got the bike out this last week and a half or so so I'm just starting out again after being relatively inactive over the winter months. I started out only managing 6 miles, the next time out I made it just over 8 then yesterday I made it up to 10.5 (I also snuck in a quick 4 miles this morning before church just to get moving today). In previous years when I have actually gotten in shape I have done 9-10 miles probably four times a week and then tried to get in a longer ride (20-25 miles) on the weekends.
I am looking to do two things this summer. First of all I want to be able to bike to work occasionally (about 14 miles each way). Secondly I would like to take the bike trail that starts in our town to the end (41 miles), although I may need someone to pick me up on the other end if I'm dying by then
. I guess I'd like tips on how to build up my speed/endurance to be able to get to work in a reasonable time without being dead to the world when I get there (I'm a clinic nurse) and also tips on how to go about building up my endurance to make to 41 mile trip without killing myself. I know many of you guys do these kinds of miles without thinking twice but I'm not nearly as experienced.
Oh yeah, FWIW, my bike is a 1985 Bridgestone Carmel. Its in original condition but still works pretty well and I'm comfortable on it. Any opinions on getting better equipment are understood but can be saved for now because DH and I are both going back to school starting this summer and we're down to one income, so what I have is what I get to use for at least the next year.
Thanks in advance,
I am stronger than I think I am. So are you!
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