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Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) Looking to lose that spare tire? Ideal weight 200+? Frustrated being a large cyclist in a sport geared for the ultra-light? Learn about the bikes and parts that can take the abuse of a heavier cyclist, how to keep your body going while losing the weight, and get support from others who've been successful.

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Old 08-07-07, 09:30 PM   #1
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Am I ready for 20?

Let me preface this by saying I have been known to get a bit obsessive about new hobbies over a short period of time and I'd like to make sure this one sticks as part of my lifestyle change I want to take up lifelong outdoor activities. After I got my old bike on the road I've done a few short rides without feeling too physically wiped by them. Surely they provided a good workout and pleasant enough rides but I was surprised at how quickly my body has bounced back from each ride. I finished this ride in about 42 minutes today

http://www.mapmyride.com/ride/united...ster/690783575

My lower back (around the sciatic nerve) was a bit tight but only for an hour or so after my ride. My hands were going a bit numb as well. The hand thing I chalk up a bit to my LBS putting the cheapest bar tape they could find on my bars, I picked up some new tape that I'll be putting on tomorrow. The back I assume is in part from not having spent a bunch of time on the bike but I'm also wondering if it's saddle related. Last week I finished this ride

http://www.mapmyride.com/ride/united...ster/676944458

Again, no ill effects other than what I mentioned previously. This is the route I'm thinking of taking

http://www.mapmyride.com/ride/united...ster/676944458

I realize none of these are big hilly rides, but I am just getting back into it. I guess my question is this, is this too big a jump too quickly? I've been working out 1.5 to 2hrs a day since April my biggest limitations right now feel comfort related.
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Old 08-07-07, 09:39 PM   #2
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A couple of questions:

Do you use padded cycling gloves? They help with numbness AND protect your hands if you crash, from road rash.

Stand the pedals every so often to increase the circulation in your legs and don't be afraid to take a little break and stretch yourself out.

20 miles is only about 1.5 hours at a moderate pace, so I'd say do a double loop of this route
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Old 08-07-07, 09:44 PM   #3
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A couple of questions:

Do you use padded cycling gloves? They help with numbness AND protect your hands if you crash, from road rash.

Stand the pedals every so often to increase the circulation in your legs and don't be afraid to take a little break and stretch yourself out.

20 miles is only about 1.5 hours at a moderate pace, so I'd say do a double loop of this route
http://www.mapmyride.com/ride/united...ster/676944458

Yes I do use padded gloves, they were the first thing I bought along with cycling shorts. I do stand every so often, I'll try to do so a bit more often.
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Old 08-07-07, 09:48 PM   #4
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Yes I do use padded gloves, they were the first thing I bought along with cycling shorts. I do stand every so often, I'll try to do so a bit more often.
OPK, at the midpoint of your ride, get off the bike and do some stretches too. Take about 5 minutes to do them. Here are some stretching exercises that will likely help.

These aren't cycling specific, but do help.

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Yes I do use padded gloves, they were the first thing I bought along with cycling shorts. I do stand every so often, I'll try to do so a bit more often.
In addition to the padded gloves, try to keep your wrists straight. If you bend them back while you're holding the bars, you tend to pinch the nerves, which can lead to numbness. It also helps to move your hands to different positions every few minutes.
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Old 08-07-07, 09:52 PM   #6
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Off topic..Barry Bonds just hit #756...I just threw up in my mouth a little bit...
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Let's go A-Rod!!!
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It's not really are your ready to do 20. Are you ready to break 15? Because after that you'll be fully warmed up and the second wind will kick in. After an hour your body really gets itself going. You're all warmed up. It becomes easier.
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Just got back from my first 20.

http://www.mass.gov/dcr/parks/images/nashCampMap.gif

Took the ride with a friend from work and I must say I feel great and ready for more. My back feels pretty good and my "goods" have recovered. Admittedly the ride was very flat so the sense of accomplishment is slightly dulled but I'm encouraged by the fact that I feel great.

This map only extends to the mass border, the trail actually goes about a mile or so into NH, so out and back came to about 24 miles total. I really do need to re-wrap my bars and get a new saddle though.
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Great job on that first 20 +
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Just got back from my first 20.

Admittedly the ride was very flat so the sense of accomplishment is slightly dulled but I'm encouraged by the fact that I feel great.
Don't let you sense of accomplishment be dulled, 20 miles is a great mile stone for someone who has never ridden that far. Congratulations on completing a new goal. Now its time for a beer and PIE
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I have ridden that far, but not since I was 20 (I'm 37 now). Back in the day my father and I did a trip around Denmark from hostel to hostel (don't get me started on Danish women). We regularly did 30+ mile days. The funny part is I'm riding the same bike now that I did then.
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http://www.mapmyride.com/ride/united...ster/695288706

This was my morning ride today...the hill in the middle felt brutal today, the one at the end was slow going but not horrible. My pace was just under 14mph (by calculations only, my CPU comes in the next day or so). Lower back is a touch stiff, other than that I feel pretty good.
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Those are pretty significant hills, good job. Be sure to stretch regularly, and if you're not already doing so, some abs strengthening should help your back too.
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I have a pretty regular workout routine and core training (abs, back, obliques) are a good chunk of that. Honestly I think it has to do with stretching, getting used to riding again and desperately needing a new saddle.
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Lower back is a touch stiff, other than that I feel pretty good.
That has been my problem, too. My core strength is terrible. It's getting better, though, but I spend most of my time on a 20-30 mile ride sitting up. I can feel the improvement, but I still get a bit tight when I spend too much time in the drops, and this is on a bike with not-very-aggressive geometry (Raleigh Cadent). Just like butt-endurance, I guess it just takes time in the saddle.
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Don't forget to warm up your muscles first and get a good stretch before, and after your rides and even during once you go further.
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I have a pretty regular workout routine and core training (abs, back, obliques) are a good chunk of that. Honestly I think it has to do with stretching, getting used to riding again and desperately needing a new saddle.
Sounds like you've got a handle on it. In addition to the other recommendations in this thread, keep riding for a few more weeks and monitor it closely. It's quite possible that some more miles and additional stretching will make it go away. If it doesn't go away, or shows any trend toward getting worse, seek additional help.
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Usually a couple hours and an ibuprofen or two later and I feel just fine, so I'm not super worried about it. I too, spend a great deal of the time riding upright. My bike is set up as a commuter and has the upper brake levers, etc.
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Dang. 20 is long. I just tried mapping it out...20 miles around my house... I ran out of ridable road around 15 miles...
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