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5/28/14 5:52 P

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Thanks, HILLSLUG98239. I'll try that, too. :)

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5/26/14 9:34 P

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I try to stand every ten minutes or so. Because of the way my nerves are routed through my pelvis, the front 1/3 of my feet go numb if I sit on my sit bones for very long. (It used to happen when I kayaked, and it happens if I sit on a hard chair.) It really helps keep me "fresh" longer.

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5/26/14 2:41 P

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Thanks, Don. :)

That would have been a pretty tense ride to the next town!

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5/26/14 12:23 P

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Sit bone, saddle tip: ride lightly...anticipate rough spots by standing or partially standing in the saddle. Or just stand every now & then for a breather. Funny cycling story I read in SpokeSongs involved a bike saddle that fell off due to a broken bolt. Somebody had stolen the tools from his pannier so he had to ride to the next town STANDING all the way! Whew! :-)

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5/26/14 11:33 A

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Thanks, Don.

I do have a trainer at home. I typically only use it in the winter, as my MTB has 29" wheels and the "fat" tires are too fat for my trainer. I do have a slick that I can put on my rear wheel that works well with my trainer, however. I loathe changing tires, and I've yet to purchase a second wheel for the trainer, so I'll try to stick to outside rides for now (which are much more fun, anyway). :)

I'm hoping to alternate rowing and cycling on a daily basis: once my sit bones are ready for another go at it. 35 minutes on my rower this morning was pretty uncomfortable (even in padded cycling shorts). Hopefully I'll be back on my bike in a couple of days.

I was ill for most of this winter, so my trainer didn't get much use during the snowy season. I'm pretty surprised by how much fitness I lost over the winter.

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You have a very similar work commute to my own and YES it is a win-win situation all the way around: the body-mind benefits, eco-benefits, cost benefits, etc!

The best preparation is to get out and ride as much as possible. If not possible during week then on weekends. Do you have access to a spinning bike or trainer? They mimic road cycling much better than most stationary bikes. If not then build a sustained cardio workout in whatever way you can so that either bike, jog, elliptical or treadmill for up to an hour or more and that should do a lot to help prepare you for your commute.

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5/26/14 10:57 A

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Hello, everyone. I had my backside handed to me in a really big way on Sunday. Wow. What a reality check.

My cycling goal for this summer is to ride to work and back two-three days a week. I have a a few route options, which vary from 15.2km (9.5mi) to 17.8km (11mi) in length, one way. Elevation changes along the route amount to around 50m (164ft). The speed limit on Calgary's MUPs (multiuse pathways) is 20kph (12.4mph). Around 95% of my commute is along the MUPs. A brutal headwind will be common on the way home from work.

I truly thought I'd be able to pull this off at least one day this week, but I decided to test the theory on Sunday. I was really, really wrong. I pulled off 13.21km (8.2mi) with 40m (131.2ft) of elevation change in 1:13:43. Some of that time was spent walking my bike, and some of it was spent sitting on the benches that line the pathway: to try to recover a bit.

I need to be able to do one way in an hour. I'll need to do the distance twice in one day. The first week of July is my new goal for my first cycle commute.

I want to do this not only for my health, but also because I drive a very large, gas guzzler of a truck. Cycling to work would be a wise choice for myself and for the environment.

I would love some training ideas to get me into shape to pull this off! I do stationary row (I have a C2 rower at home, that I use), so that and my bike are the two training options available to me.

Thx. :)

Shelley in Calgary (who has a very sore sit bones today)

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