Intro, & I found my limitations....
And surprisingly, it's not my breathing and heart (cardio). Turns out I was looking to High.
Its my arse!
Live in Toronto, and in my early 40's. Used to ride a lot in the mid 90's. Getting back to it for health and for fun. More fun with the Health thing to sorta happen along with that.
I got my bike last Friday and have spent an hour each day riding. It's a 09' Gary Fisher Marlin Disc.I didn't want to start by hacking up a lung. I am about 235, dunno for sure because I don't have a scale. Got back into this because I was tired of huffing and puffing on the stairs. Not even gone more than 100 feet of the pavement with the bike yet. Just riding the neighborhood streets.
My hour tonight got me on about a 4km loop near my house. And the limiting factor was not my endurance on Cardio. It was not the heat that got to me, but I was sweating, and I was Hydrated. Took about 2L of water with me and used about 2/3's of it on the ride. Yes I stopped to rest often, because my arse ached.
Okay so I need to get some padded shorts, that I know, and its in the plans. But I am not gonna let it stop me. I just don't want to get to the point where I avoid the riding because of it. So I am trying to be positive.
So, I am turning to you guys for suggestions. I have lowered the nose slightly to get the fore/aft feeling that I like the most, and took the post down a bit more to get more bend in my legs. The pain seems to be coming from the actual contact points on my pelvic bone. I know the padded shorts will make a difference but are there any other tricks I should look at? And I am not ready to give up on the stock saddle yet, it needs to be broken in, I know that much.
When I used to ride regularly, 30-40 K rides off road were a breeze. But I am not the same man as I was, and I know that.
So? Any tips for me?