Super to hear of your excitement with cycling and thoughts of touring! I've got one cooked up for myself in a couple weeks.
As you've already found: the more one cycles, the more stamina one has for yet MORE cycling!
Just keep getting on the bike consistently and push yourself in little (or maybe bigger) ways...a little longer, little further...tackle a hill you'd like to conquer...didn't make it? Had to walk? Get back to it again and see if the next time you get further up the hill!
Love the idea of a cycling club. I consider myself SO BLESSED to have one of the very BEST cycling clubs I know of:
If you have difficulty locating a club, check in with your local bike shops and they can point you in the right direction. Some bike shops sponsor / organize clubs themselves.
If there are no clubs in your area consider starting one up yourself! Your local bike shop may lend a hand and either co-lead it with you or certainly spread the word. Write a letter to your local paper, see if they'll put a public service announcement in, put posters up around town. Sometimes the BEST clubs may begin with just a few folks with common interests!
Keep us posted on your progress! :-)
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I actually can't handle cycling outside emotionally yet so that is why it is so hard for me to gauge. There are such steep hills that I can't even get my bike moving and have to walk it probably 30% of the time. It's very depressing for someone who has it in her head that there's nothing she can't do.
Hi.. Just keep biking outside and increase your mileage daily or weekly, depends on how you feel.. If it's a level ride and you'll be stopping several times on the tour you will do fine.. Biking at the gym and biking outside are 2 entirely different things.. As long as the weather is good keep it outside as much as you can...
Hey Folks, I have been working on getting better at cycling. I started from *very* poor strength and stamina to what is significantly better for me in the past couple months. I am really psyched about cycling and have even decided to do a riding tour while on vacation. I'm just trying to decide if I am going to be able to be strong enough for that in time. Presently, on the bikes at the gym, I am able to do 5 miles in a half hour consistently. However, on the side of a mountain (my neighborhood) I can barely make 2.5 in 30.
What kind of measure should I be able to handle for a leisurely bike tour? I'm super-excited for it, but also nervous that I might not be able to handle it.
The trip is 8.5 miles in 2 hours, with several stops. And they say it is mostly level terrain.
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