Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) - Someone rode a bike today for the first time in 20 years!
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05-21-11, 01:57 PM
And it was FABULOUS! I only rode for 20 minutes because my butt was already hurting and I didn't want to overdo it on my first time out.
About 1/4 of the way I realized my legs were on fire because weren't extending enough so I raised the seat about an inch and OMG what a difference. My arms felt better, my butt felt better and Man did my legs ever feel better.
I had a little trouble shifting to get over the overpass and wound up walking my bike up the incline but I wasn't worried about it. I'll get the hang of it. I also realized what a difference the extra weight makes on the downhill. WOA that was FAST.
Can't wait to do it again tomorrow!
05-21-11, 02:28 PM
05-21-11, 02:43 PM
Fun ain't it ---- get out every day and you'll get better and more comfortable and enjoy it even more. :thumb:
05-21-11, 03:49 PM
Great job its fun right? i also just started 2 weeks ago its been 30 years.and ya i was as sore as poop also, but it gets easier and welcome fellow newbie ;)
Sounds like you had fun and even learned a little something along the way. Enjoy the ride, and the fitness will come soon enough.
05-21-11, 04:44 PM
20 minutes is twice as much as I could do when I started a little less then a year ago. Took me a couple of weeks to work up to twenty minutes riding. So don't let that get you down. Let your body dictate your pace. Longer distances and more time will come as they come.
It will take your body time to get used to the seat, and very likely your comfort level on the seat will change as your body looses weight, As I lost weight I found the padded seats that came on my bike were less and less comfortable. But don't bother changing seats until you have ridden for a while.
Good luck and enjoy!
05-21-11, 05:11 PM
Fun isn't it, for the first time after 20 years. were you a little nervous at first? And if you were I hope it went away rather quick.
Good luck with riding, and I hope you keep at it. read what most of these people have to say, its some real good advice.
05-21-11, 05:22 PM
Way to go! I am glad you had fun, keep it up! :thumb:
05-21-11, 05:28 PM
Great job! Keep having fun.
And it was FABULOUS!
I had a little trouble shifting to get over the overpass and wound up walking my bike up the incline but I wasn't worried about it.
Can't wait to do it again tomorrow!
Good for you! Great attitude - if you have to walk, so what! Your out there doing it! ;)
I had a 28 year layoff myself before I started up last August. I remember feeling like I had an alien butt-probe and my legs feeling light and wobbly at first but it all gets easier and fun every step of the way! I did 50 miles today and my butt feels no different from when I set out this morning. Great fun!
05-21-11, 08:08 PM
Keep the rides to a distance and pace you enjoy. Remember, you're suposed to be having fun while riding.
05-21-11, 10:15 PM
Have fun Jules!
05-21-11, 10:27 PM
You got it - If you have any soreness then consider riding every other day and on the day in between just around the block for a stretch - Watch your hydration - It takes a little time to break in your butt so that riding no longer hurts - How long? - Well I talked to a guy who had been riding for about 60 years and he said any day now...
Welcome to the forum...
05-21-11, 10:33 PM
Welcome back on the saddle. I took off 20some years, started back up last August. Bicycling isn't only great exercise, it's also lots of fun!
Good stuff MissJules :thumb:
Great attitude and a great way to get started. :)
05-21-11, 11:07 PM
05-22-11, 12:48 AM
Good job. For me, the saddle sore problems went away after a few times biking. Kudos for noticing and taking the time to raise the seat, it really makes a difference.
05-22-11, 02:15 AM
I still don't see pics of the new bike. Remember to bring water and to spin, not mash. Your knees will thank you.
Awesome! great job on recognizing the need to change your seat. I had the same experience and if not for reading these forums I might of let it go longer before I figured it all out.
Keep reading - keep riding!
05-22-11, 10:03 AM
Congratulations! I went over 20 years without riding also, then bought a bike to ride with my kids 2 years ago and got hooked -- went from hybrid/comfort to road bike and now mountain bike also. Welcome to a fun and healthy addiction!
05-22-11, 10:56 AM
Way to go Missjules! :ride::ride::ride:
My first ride in seven+ years was five days ago, and I feel better already.
05-22-11, 11:04 PM
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