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    Senior Member TinyBear's Avatar
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    A few more questions for the experts

    Well today i went for a ride down the Cambridge to Paris trail after work (only part of it). I actually managed 20kms round trip and am quite pleased. I used to ride 20kms on the humber trail offten before i quite cycling 11 years ago (its been just shy of a month now being back on a bike). I forced myself to keep a pretty easy steady pace rather than wear myself out going as fast as i can witch is what i think played the biggest factor in me actually making it.

    At the same time i kind wish i went a bit further as when i got back to the truck i felt i still had a bit left (but its hard to judge how tired/sore i was gona be on the return trip). But theirs always next weekend gona try starting from the other end. And during the week i just gona keep doing my short local rides every day. None the less i expect i will be feeling this tommorow LOL but it was fun and worth it. (Kinda wishi brought my camera but dont know how i would.

    Anyways after todays ride though i have a few questions and came once again to lean on your guys expertice.

    -How hard should i push myself. I know thats a hard question to aswer but generally do you guys ride every day or just a few times a week. And if every day do you really push yourself every day.

    -I transported my bike to the trail in the back of my truck (Little Ford Ranger Short Box). All i did was lie the bike down in the back with the left bar leaning on the wheel well. Is their a better way to secure the bike in the truck should i take the front wheel off and strap it in or is lieing the bike down good enuff (their was no damage i can see done to the bike but dont want any damage in the future either).

    -I have a pretty badly damaged right hand (work injury i keep putting the surgery off for) and it was really hurtin by the time i got back to my truck. I noticed some mountine bikes had vertical bars on the ends of the handle bars and i was thinking that help by removing some of the weight off my wrists when on longer sections of trail.

    -And lastly i am starting to think it be cool to have a odometer/speedo on the bike are their any built that can take the abuse of the occashional semi ruff trail ride as eventually thats what i want to aim for.

    Anyways thanx for the all ready sound advice and for puttting up with my slogging of questions once again. I ask now as next week i plan to take the bike in for its complimentry first service and would probly just get the add ons then if it can be done and dont cost too much.
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    Senior Member jaxgtr's Avatar
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    Bike racks:2x4 across the bed of the truck and some of these from Thule Or you can go with these from Thule

    Bar ends could help. I love these from Ergon

    Most computers should be able to take the abuse. I ride as much as my body will put up with. Not as young as I used to be, so sometimes I need to rest a couple of days in which case I will swim and just lift weights.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TinyBear View Post
    ...I forced myself to keep a pretty easy steady pace rather than wear myself out going as fast as i can witch is what i think played the biggest factor in me actually making it.
    is key.

    Quote Originally Posted by TinyBear View Post
    -How hard should i push myself. I know thats a hard question to aswer
    There are so many variables in this, it is hard to answer. Very generally speaking, "go hard" no more than 2x per week.

    Quote Originally Posted by TinyBear View Post
    but generally do you guys ride every day or just a few times a week.
    6 days a week.

    Quote Originally Posted by TinyBear View Post
    And if every day do you really push yourself every day.
    No. Rest/recovery is an integral and very important part of any training.

    My typical week (YMMV):
    Monday -- Off
    Tuesday -- Long, steady ride (50-mi), zone 1-2
    Wednesday -- Long, steady ride (50-mi), zone 1-2
    Thursday -- Very hard, interval ride (30-mi), zone 4-5
    Friday -- Very easy, recovery ride (20-mi) focus on spinning legs in an easy gear, zone 1
    Saturday -- Easy ride (25-mi) zone 1, with 1-2 short (1-minute), hard efforts, zone 3-4
    Sunday -- Weekly Target: 1-hour race (25+ miles), zone 4-5

    (I train in 5 zones: <1 is easiest, 5+ is maximum.)
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    Any cardio exercise is done better with a heart rate monitor. They are not expensive anymore. You can get a Garmin 50 HRM that will also work with a cadence sensor - that is a great thing to have - even if you are just starting out.

    Maybe have a read of the book "Younger Next Year" I am 42 and got a lot of value out of no nonsense book about working towards a healthier lifestyle.

    Have Fun, good luck

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