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    I did 12 today

    Being this is my first week of riding I was excited to try 12 miles (3 - 4 mile loops). I did it in 47 minutes and pulled my 25 pound son in his baby trailer, oh and it was 100 degrees too. I notice my hands went numb, my legs didn't really hurt but the rest of my body was exhausted. My butt, hands, back and arms are hurting my legs aren't tired at all. I am going to shoot for 20 miles in the next 30 days. What is a training schedule to do it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by LessEverything View Post
    Being this is my first week of riding I was excited to try 12 miles (3 - 4 mile loops). I did it in 47 minutes and pulled my 25 pound son in his baby trailer, oh and it was 100 degrees too. I notice my hands went numb, my legs didn't really hurt but the rest of my body was exhausted. My butt, hands, back and arms are hurting my legs aren't tired at all. I am going to shoot for 20 miles in the next 30 days. What is a training schedule to do it?
    Just get out and ride.....increase as you can tolerate it. I really think it'll flat amaze you as to how fast you develop as a rider.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Stormcrowe View Post
    Just get out and ride.....increase as you can tolerate it. I really think it'll flat amaze you as to how fast you develop as a rider.
    As an example of development of a rider:

    My first ride (December 24, 2006) - 1 mile, ending in a crash. This was my first bike ride in my life.
    First three mile time trial (January 7, 2007) - 38 minutes.
    Seven weeks off the bike because of winter weather.
    First five mile ride - first week of March.
    First 20 mile ride - March 24.
    First 40 mile ride - Last week of April..
    First 100 mile week - First week of May.
    First 50+ mile ride - Second week of June.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Stormcrowe View Post
    Just get out and ride.....
    I kinda disagree here. If your hands are numb after 12 miles, they will not magically become unnumb at 15. LessEverything, what is your current set up? You might have too much weight on your hands....

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    I asked the same question a few days ago, because I'm training for a 25 mile event. The my favorite advice from that post was to set small but regular goals for each week - aim to increase your time on the bike either 20 minutes or add in 3-5 miles for rides you do that week. Stay hydrated and pace yourself so that you can keep going at the end of the ride.

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    Maybe i should raise my handle bar up. Is there an extension for this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by coffeecake View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by LessEverything View Post
    Maybe i should raise my handle bar up. Is there an extension for this?
    It'd help to post more information... What kind of bike, how was the fit done, etc? Also, it could just be a riding style thing. Do you vary the position of your hands as you ride? Do you flex your fingers and hands occasionally to help circulation? Are you clenching the bars too tightly? Do you keep your wrists straight (you should), or do you bend them (can pinch the nerves)?

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    When I started out last year it was on a flat bar bike. My hands would go numb within 4 miles. I then built a drop bar mtb commuter out of some spare parts. The numbness went away on the drop bars. It is all about hand position.

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    Congrats on your first 12 miler! Isn't it a great feeling?

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    Quote Originally Posted by LessEverything View Post
    Being this is my first week of riding I was excited to try 12 miles (3 - 4 mile loops). I did it in 47 minutes and pulled my 25 pound son in his baby trailer, oh and it was 100 degrees too.
    That's a great pace for those conditions, especially pulling a trailer. Nice work!

    I notice my hands went numb, my legs didn't really hurt but the rest of my body was exhausted. My butt, hands, back and arms are hurting my legs aren't tired at all.
    Butt: Cycling shorts help a lot.
    Hands: Cycling gloves help a lot.
    Back: Your muscles aren't used to the riding position yet. This will improve over time.
    Arms: Keep your arms slightly bent at the elbows. If you lock them up, you're in for a world of hurt.

    You may also want to get a new saddle, if you haven't already, and have a bike fitting done at your LBS.

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    That heat would have knocked me out in 1 loop, NO trailer!
    When I ride just, to do some miles, I do a 4+ mile loop with my house somewhat in the center. That way, IF I were to have any problems, I don't have too far to walk the bike back. Saves carrying any gear too.

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    There's something magical about the number 12. So many of us felt it was a milestone... not 10, not 13.

    I didn't do 12 miles until over a month of riding!

    Congratulations... but don't push yourself too hard at first. Let your body get used to the bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Kapaun View Post
    That heat would have knocked me out in 1 loop, NO trailer!
    When I ride just, to do some miles, I do a 4+ mile loop with my house somewhat in the center. That way, IF I were to have any problems, I don't have too far to walk the bike back. Saves carrying any gear too.
    I'd love to do that, but I get BORED so easily. I'm unhappy unless I have some destination in mind...

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    Congratulations! Sorry about your hands - that happened to me on my ride Saturday. My seat has been coming loose on me, and the angle has been slipping. If I wasn't convinced before that seat angle affects hands/arms, I am now! I'd accidentally adjusted it tipped too far forward (I normally ride with it level), and my hands were worse than they'd ever been before! Two fingers are STILL numb!! Fortunately about halfway through the ride it slipped again, but to "level," and everything slowly started feeling better over the next 8 miles (16 total! ) So you might add "experiment with different seat angles" to your list of things to try to help the hands/wrists/elbows.
    "You must do the thing you think you cannot do." - Eleanor Roosevelt

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    Hey guys thanks for the support.

    To answer some questions, I normally have my wrists bend. I do change the grips, it seems that when I get off my hands go numb for several seconds (around 30 seconds). I have a new saddle which helps a bit, I think my butt is just sore from being a newbie. When I ride for over 10 minutes it almost feels like my hands are bruised.

    I like cycling, its not something I dread. I am able to sweat and spend time with my wife and 7 month old son.

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