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    Redneck
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    Received a butt whoopin'

    Wow. That hill didn't seem so steep in the car. I didn't realize how out of shape I actually am, I need to toss an oxygen tank in my backpack. Seriously though, it really felt good to get out of the car and start trying to drop a few pounds. After about 45 minutes, my legs quit burning , I can breath, and my heart don't feel like I took enough speed to jack up a horse so I reckon it's all good I'm ready to hit it again tomorrow

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    Downtown Spanky Brown bautieri's Avatar
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    Rock on Big D, you'll get stronger and before you know it you'll be looking for the biggest hill you can find to test yourself on.

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    There are ways to "ride smarter" rather than harder, too. They make a difference. Hills are easier when you get the hang of riding up them while standing. Also, pain while riding is not a some kind of badge of honor. Try to ride in ways that help you get stronger, but without pain and burning. Some of that may mean taking a look at how properly your bike is fitted to you, or not. Another part is learning which gear to use so you are not just grinding it out bloody sweaty bit by bit. And, try to engage your glutes (the big muscles over the back of your rump). Hint: slide back in the saddle, keep your back straight, lean forward as low as you can, and keep your feet pretty flat during the pedal stroke. Do not pedal so hard that your quadraceps (big muscles on the front side of your legs) feel any stress. You will go longer faster with less pain. But, when you finally get tired, you do not feel tired and yet you take some wickedly long naps.
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    Senior Member Ranger63's Avatar
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    Butt Whoopin

    Try an every other day approach for the first month or so (maby longer if you start riding with the fast boys)
    Your body will thank ya for allowing it a day of r&r in between rides.
    btw.do your stretching after the ride..actually,if you can ride from the house and back it gives you a warmup span that'll help immensely.

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