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5/7/12 9:57 P

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Depending on your riding position I could see a shoulder being aggravated. I know sometimes my neck gets a kink with a lot of time down in the drops. If it persists you may want to get some feedback from a local bike shop via a "fitting."

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5/7/12 9:03 P

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Thanks for the support guys! I know I can get back to doing this again but sometimes I just need to be reminded of that! I am taking a day off today to do some strength exercises and let my legs get healed enough to get in another 10+ tomorrow.

You know, the weird thing is...my shoulder has been at least as sore as my legs. I took a nasty spill about 3 years ago in the early spring (before they had swept all of the sand and salt of the streets here in MN) and busted my shoulder pretty bad. I don't have too much of a problem with it anymore but, man, have I been able to feel it again this last week or so. It's not a concern or anything- the ortho says I can't really do anything to hurt it short of breaking it- but people do look at me a little funny when I complain of my shoulder being sore from riding a bike. I think they're picturing me pedaling with my hands! emoticon

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5/7/12 9:13 A

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Pounds matter and it looks like you've been doing super in that department! Keep working in cycling time for yourself and as for prepping for your commute I would suggest as you build your stamina to make some trial runs on your commute route either AFTER work or weekends to see how you hold up. When you feel that you can do the commute without being TOO wasted (lol!) then you're ready for your commute! I have a 10 mile each way commute (often lobbing on an extra 5 or so by taking the LONG way home) and love it when I do it...however I'm a fairweather rider, no rain for me...and many days I work too late to cycle back in the dark.

Keep at it I'm betting you'll be doing this commute sooner than you think! :-)

Let us know about your progress!

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5/6/12 11:43 P

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I would just suggest increasing your saddle time and just getting out there and riding. Coming off winter, it always takes a bit to get back up to where you want to be. Strength train with squats and core work, ride hills.

For your commute, make sure you fuel properly. When I was commuting, I had it lucky, downhill and flat on the way in, and I only had to climb on the way home. Your route may not be as fortuitous, but once you get it down, I don't think you'll regret it. Many times, it was the highlight of my work day.

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5/6/12 8:56 P

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I think you are doing great. My first ride was 1 mile and I thought I would die. My best suggestion is have your bike serviced and make sure everything is in great working order. If you are comfortable on it and it serves you well, that is the most important thing. Then just ride as much as you can, as often as you can. If you can find someone to ride with you, that will help keep you going and try to vary your route so you don't get bored.

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5/6/12 2:13 P

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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 emoticon . 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.
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