Get Back on the Bike!

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Registered: 05-15-2009
Get Back on the Bike!
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Thu, 03-29-2012 - 10:26am

Here are some tips on how to start cycling again:

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Registered: 08-25-2000
Thu, 03-29-2012 - 3:35pm

I must admit that I don't.

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Registered: 05-15-2009
Fri, 03-30-2012 - 2:29pm
Oh, you should sign up to win the cycling package! http://www.ivillage.com/ivillage-bike-and-gear-kit-sweepstakes/8-z-438429

I have MIL's old bike. She'd just bought a new bike when she found out she had osteoporosis, so she gave her bike to me.

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Registered: 08-25-2000
Fri, 03-30-2012 - 7:41pm

Ok so I entered....but I'll be able to buy one once I win the Mega Millions tonight!

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Registered: 06-16-1998
Sun, 04-01-2012 - 1:26pm

Jen, was she advised against cycling? Because of the risk of falling while cycling?

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Registered: 05-15-2009
Mon, 04-02-2012 - 10:49am
I don't think she was specifically advised against cycling, but she got to the point where a strong sneeze can break a rib. I think she decided to stop on her own. :(

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Registered: 08-25-2000
Mon, 04-02-2012 - 11:08am

So what made you give up your long ride???

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Registered: 08-25-2000
Mon, 04-02-2012 - 11:10am

I'm sure that she was afraid

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Registered: 08-25-2000
Mon, 04-02-2012 - 11:11am

Ok so I didn't win the mega millions....so it's a workday tomorrow.....and maybe a chance of winning the bike!

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Registered: 06-16-1998
Mon, 04-02-2012 - 12:45pm

I'm not sure, a combination of things I guess. For the first 6 months of 2008 I was working with an online cycling coach. My dh gave it to me for Christmas and it was very expensive so I wanted to get the most out of it, and I was very motivated at that time anyway (I had a great new road bike). I was doing strength training twice a week @ 45 mins each time, and 3 rides with interval training (with HR well above 140bpm for 30 mins) @ 90 mins each, and the long ride was typically 40-50 miles. Since I averaged 10 mph (including restroom stops etc) you can imagine that it ate up most of my Saturday. Then there's figuring out what to eat, both on the bike and at regular meals, because I needed to "fuel the machine". Plus getting ready, putting on sunscreen, etc etc. By the time the contract ended I was in great shape, and also kind of burnt out. I continued with a modified schedule which just kind of petered out over the years. I also got more nervous about riding on the roads. We don't have many bike paths here and a lot of the roads are in bad shape so there's lots of dodging debris and potholes while hoping that a distracted driver doesn't take you out. I still do about 13-14 miles on my 3xwk rides, at the velodrome where its flat so I'm not getting the hill work--and the hills are what make us really build our muscles I hate to say, because they are so hard for me and I hate them! (here too its almost impossible to ride anywhere without encountering hills).

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Mon, 04-02-2012 - 1:44pm

It's good to get you thinking about what worked in the past,, what you are doing know, and why things changed.