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My 1st ride in 22 years!

Old 08-30-19, 07:15 PM
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Originally Posted by FlRon View Post
Thomas you are in a league that I doubt Iíll ever see. Twenty and thirty mile rides are something that seems unobtainable from where Iím at today. Iím doing between 5-7 miles four days a week, in addition to walking 2.5-3.0 miles six days a week. Iím trying to just get stronger, but I really donít have any set goals as of yet. Maybe in a few months Iíll start thinking along those lines. Your post is very encouraging, and I thank you for it.
I was in the same boat you were. I used to ride quite a bit, but got seduced by a motorcycle and didn't ride my bike for years. Then I crashed the motorcycle and went back to biking. First trip was a very few miles, but then it got better and better. Last year, I rode the Katy Trail with a friend (Kansas City to St. Louis) and had a blast, with 50-60 mile days. Here are some pictures of our trip.

Absolutely the best thing about a bike is that you can ride as fast or as slow; as long or as short as you want to. There's no pressure unless you want to beat your friend's PR on Strava. It's mellow, it's beautiful and it's healthy. Congratulations and good luck!
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Old 08-30-19, 07:21 PM
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Originally Posted by rudypyatt View Post
This is so inspiring to read. I went from about 1981 until 2010 without riding a bike. Got back into in a big way from 2010 until about 2 years ago: Thanks to some health problems, I only started riding again at the end of July. I used to ride 100 miles a week, and 25 miles was easy.

Since starting up again, I have gone from 4 to 7 to 14 to now 16 miles this past weekend. I want to add a couple of miles to that tomorrow. It is a big deal to get back into it. I just have to remind myself that itíll take time to build back to what I used to do.

Keep rolling, and stay safe in FLA with that storm coming in!
+1. Oh, wait a minute, Google+ is history. It will take time to get yourself back to where you were, if you want to. But if you don't, no harm done. You're still doing much better than the old guy sitting on his couch watching TV. And you look better in lycra shorts than he would...

May I suggest that you look at Strava or one of the other tracking programs? There's no way I'll match the times of the zero percent body fat 20-somethings, but you can filter the comparison results by age, and that makes me feel better. It also keeps track of where you've gone and how you're doing much better than a spreadsheet. And it has other features.

But the point is that you're getting out, and you're riding, and that's admirable.
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Old 08-30-19, 08:55 PM
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Reading these posts of others who are riding again after long layoffs is truly inspiring. Iím finding that riding is therapeutic in so many ways. Itís one of the most enjoyable things I do now!
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Old 08-30-19, 08:58 PM
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Originally Posted by rudypyatt View Post
This is so inspiring to read. I went from about 1981 until 2010 without riding a bike. Got back into in a big way from 2010 until about 2 years ago: Thanks to some health problems, I only started riding again at the end of July. I used to ride 100 miles a week, and 25 miles was easy.

Since starting up again, I have gone from 4 to 7 to 14 to now 16 miles this past weekend. I want to add a couple of miles to that tomorrow. It is a big deal to get back into it. I just have to remind myself that itíll take time to build back to what I used to do.

Keep rolling, and stay safe in FLA with that storm coming in!
You are doing great! Definitely keeping a close watch on the storm, hate it for those on the East coast.
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Old 09-03-19, 04:16 PM
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GREAT STUFF!!! I'm in a similar boat, but not as extreme. Just got my first ride in over 2 decades in today! Keep the updates coming!! You are such an inspiration and your story is motivating!!
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Old 09-03-19, 08:18 PM
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Reality check

This mornings ride was a challenge. We had a pretty stiff East wind this morning which really made riding difficult. What surprised me was how often I kept down shifting to compensate for the wind. Translation: Iíve got a long way to go to get my endurance built up. Or as we used to say at work when faced with a huge challenge: how do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time!
Ride on!
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Old 09-04-19, 04:51 AM
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Originally Posted by FlRon View Post
It felt incredible!!
AND WELL IT SHOULD, now keep on living that incredible feeling.

BTW, where in FL? Gears are there for up-shifting and down-shifting. Use them and enjoy. Even during my ride to the food store I will be shifting down then back. .

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Old 09-04-19, 05:48 AM
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Encouragement Bump!

Hope all is well!
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Old 09-04-19, 01:24 PM
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Beautiful Punta Gorda!
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Old 09-04-19, 01:25 PM
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Encouragement Bump!

Hope all is well!
Living the dream and loving the journey!
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Old 09-04-19, 01:27 PM
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This is really cool!
Hey there Madeleine!

Glad to hear from you!
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Old 09-04-19, 02:41 PM
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FIRon, you are nailing it! Slow steady gradual build-up is the way to go! I got to do the same thing when I had my heart attack and quad bypass surgery, and the gradual approach paid off for me just as it is already for you.
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Beautiful Punta Gorda!
Come on over to my neck of the flats due West of you where elevation gain will be from the humpback bridges in Rotonda. In January there should be the Hamster Wheel 200 on Washington Loop Rd. off Rt17. Plenty of training time left

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Old 09-05-19, 10:25 AM
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FIRon, you are nailing it! Slow steady gradual build-up is the way to go! I got to do the same thing when I had my heart attack and quad bypass surgery, and the gradual approach paid off for me just as it is already for you.
Way to go rustystrings! It is a gradual process isnít it? When I first started riding I made the conscious decision that no matter how far or long I would ride, it was good enough for that day. I am completely at ease with riding 5 miles, 12 miles, or perhaps one day even 25 miles. What matters is Iím out there, Iím active, and I feel good!
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Come on over to my neck of the flats due West of you where elevation gain will be from the humpback bridges in Rotonda. In January there should be the Hamster Wheel 200 on Washington Loop Rd. off Rt17. Plenty of training time left

Hamster Wheel 200
Sounds like fun! Iíll stick to my little routine for now however and look forward to hearing how well you did!
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Old 09-07-19, 10:24 AM
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It does feel great! Actually, Iím surprised at just how liberating that first ride felt. This will sound corny, but it was like reuniting with an old friend.
Thatís how I feel, too. I saw this guy leaving a store with a new bike for his 10 yr old son. Big smile on his face (and mine) as we both remembered how special a bike felt to us as kids - freedom!

1 mile becomes 2. No rush, take it easy, just smile. Congrats ... enjoy the ride!
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Old 09-08-19, 04:12 PM
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Thatís how I feel, too. I saw this guy leaving a store with a new bike for his 10 yr old son. Big smile on his face (and mine) as we both remembered how special a bike felt to us as kids - freedom!

1 mile becomes 2. No rush, take it easy, just smile. Congrats ... enjoy the ride!
I love seeing a kid get a new bike! I rode 11 miles yesterday and with a gentle breeze and plenty of sunshine, I didnít want it to end!
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I love seeing a kid get a new bike! I rode 11 miles yesterday and with a gentle breeze and plenty of sunshine, I didnít want it to end!
Yesterday I rode 10 miles with my daughter (my adult daughter) on a rail trail then I put in 8 miles on the road, in the hills.
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