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    Longest ride yet: 48 miles

    I was hoping to do a 65ish mile ride there and back to the town I went to college in, split over two days. (A friend was in town and throwing a small party.) It wasn't working out logistically. I couldn't get the day off, and I was nervous to leave after work and make it there by dark.

    But the next day, I was feeling bummed I didn't do the big ride, so I figured I'd go out for a long ride. I couldn't believe how fast the early miles were going. Around mile 20, I started to feel a bit fatigued, and I was nervous about going too far and being too tired to get back. Plus my pace was slowing and the sky was getting ominous. My inclination was to go another five miles then turn so I could hit 50.

    At 24 miles, the skies opened up and it started pouring. Being a good distance from home, and not knowing anyone in the immediate area, I figured I'd better pedal hard back home.

    Things cleared up about three miles down the road, and the skies looked a little more clear. I decided not to push too hard, since I had never gone this distance before. I stopped for a demonstration on how a lock works. I also stopped for lunch at a local restaurant. It felt difficult pedaling after breaks, but I felt fine with a mile or two behind me each time.

    My legs weren't terribly pained, but I could tell they were fatigued any time I hit a hill. It became much harder to get up them, but I never had to get out and walk.

    The biggest hill, not surprisingly, was at the very end of the ride. I averaged 5 mph going up it. When I got to the top of it, a family was sitting near the top picnicking. They started to cheer me on. The pain I was feeling must have been on my face, because the one dude said, "I can't believe he made it!"

    But I got home, and I felt great.

    I have tickets to a performance of Pippin on the other side of town this afternoon. It's about 10 miles away. The weather is questionable, but I'm thinking about riding. I know I won't have as much time for riding during the week, so I figure a 20 mile day will be followed by some rest.

    Riding is so much fun.

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    Nice work!! Inspiring. I hope I am about to go on a ride (??) and now I'm thinking about stepping it up a notch

    Hey, btw, does AAA cover bikes in your state? We've had a couple of bike problems recently (one involved an ambulance) and it never occurred to me to call AAA either time, even though they cover bikes here.
    Go until you stop, then take a break.

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    Great job..Join the anomalies!!

    Ok..to preface. I'm not only large, I'm old (50 was well over a decade ago..lol)
    This season I discovered my calling (cycling wise anyway)
    Weekday morning rides...30 miles or under (preferably 25 per ride)
    Weekend rides 50 or under.
    Over 50 miles (for me) the fun is gone. The lactic burn is in the shoulders, the desire to take in the journey has been replaced by the desire to simply reach the destination.
    The pedals feel like they are comming right thru the soles of the Nike cycling shoes (gotta look at fixing this either via inserts or new shoes)
    The next day, I have no leg.
    Put me on a 25 mile a day diet and I can enjoy a spirited 16-20mph workout often with a 3 or 4 mile 25mph sprint at the end.
    Put me on a <50 weekend ride and I can do the climb that always seems to be at the end and easily maintain a 15 mph pace while actually enjoying the scenery.

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    Nice ride! Hearing stories like that makes me feel like I need to kick it up a notch. Did a little over 23 miles today and that's a personal best. I also live towards the top of my routes so there's always a little climb a the end. Nothing like what you are describing but it sure feels good to crest that summit!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ranger63 View Post
    Ok..to preface. I'm not only large, I'm old (50 was well over a decade ago..lol)
    This season I discovered my calling (cycling wise anyway)
    Weekday morning rides...30 miles or under (preferably 25 per ride)
    Weekend rides 50 or under.
    Over 50 miles (for me) the fun is gone. The lactic burn is in the shoulders, the desire to take in the journey has been replaced by the desire to simply reach the destination.
    The pedals feel like they are comming right thru the soles of the Nike cycling shoes (gotta look at fixing this either via inserts or new shoes)
    The next day, I have no leg.
    Put me on a 25 mile a day diet and I can enjoy a spirited 16-20mph workout often with a 3 or 4 mile 25mph sprint at the end.
    Put me on a <50 weekend ride and I can do the climb that always seems to be at the end and easily maintain a 15 mph pace while actually enjoying the scenery.
    So far, it's remained fun for me. I'm not into biking with hopes of ever competing in any race. I don't even like to ride with other people at this point because I'm so slow, I'm afraid I'll drag them down.

    But touring is a dream of mine, and I figure I need to be able to do 60 or so pretty comfortably. But to be honest, if it didn't feel like fun when I was doing it, I wouldn't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wild animals View Post
    Nice work!! Inspiring. I hope I am about to go on a ride (??) and now I'm thinking about stepping it up a notch

    Hey, btw, does AAA cover bikes in your state? We've had a couple of bike problems recently (one involved an ambulance) and it never occurred to me to call AAA either time, even though they cover bikes here.
    I have no idea, but I'm going to call them today to find out. That sure would be interesting.

    I took a bike maintenance repair class, so I know how to fix most of the basics if anything goes wrong. Granted, you take a spill and do some major damage to your drivetrain, there isn't much you can do on the side of the road.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ranger63 View Post
    Ok..to preface. I'm not only large, I'm old (50 was well over a decade ago..lol)
    This season I discovered my calling (cycling wise anyway)
    Weekday morning rides...30 miles or under (preferably 25 per ride)
    Weekend rides 50 or under.
    Over 50 miles (for me) the fun is gone. The lactic burn is in the shoulders, the desire to take in the journey has been replaced by the desire to simply reach the destination.
    The pedals feel like they are comming right thru the soles of the Nike cycling shoes (gotta look at fixing this either via inserts or new shoes)
    The next day, I have no leg.
    Put me on a 25 mile a day diet and I can enjoy a spirited 16-20mph workout often with a 3 or 4 mile 25mph sprint at the end.
    Put me on a <50 weekend ride and I can do the climb that always seems to be at the end and easily maintain a 15 mph pace while actually enjoying the scenery.
    It sounds to me like you have a fit problem, not a fitness problem. I'd wager that if you went to an LBS which specializes in fitting for distance riding that you would end up much more comfortable. I just spent 24h 30m straight (breaks for food/bathroom only) on my bike and while I do have some minor soreness, there were never any prominent fit-related issues during the ride.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ghoulardi View Post
    I took a bike maintenance repair class, so I know how to fix most of the basics if anything goes wrong. Granted, you take a spill and do some major damage to your drivetrain, there isn't much you can do on the side of the road.
    If you thrash your derailleurs but the crank and chain are still OK, you're in business if you carry a chain breaker: Find a gear with a reasonable chainline, and that you can manage to pedal comfortably; pop out the excess length of chain and make your bike into a singlespeed.
    "I feel like my world was classier before I found cyclocross."
    - Mandi M.

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    you already know...

    but AWESOME JOB!!!

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    It's a great time for good accomplishments. Way to go!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ranger63 View Post
    Ok..to preface. I'm not only large, I'm old (50 was well over a decade ago..lol)
    This season I discovered my calling (cycling wise anyway)
    Weekday morning rides...30 miles or under (preferably 25 per ride)
    Weekend rides 50 or under.
    Over 50 miles (for me) the fun is gone. The lactic burn is in the shoulders, the desire to take in the journey has been replaced by the desire to simply reach the destination.
    The pedals feel like they are comming right thru the soles of the Nike cycling shoes (gotta look at fixing this either via inserts or new shoes)
    The next day, I have no leg.
    Put me on a 25 mile a day diet and I can enjoy a spirited 16-20mph workout often with a 3 or 4 mile 25mph sprint at the end.
    Put me on a <50 weekend ride and I can do the climb that always seems to be at the end and easily maintain a 15 mph pace while actually enjoying the scenery.
    To me, it's more setting a goal before me, which does not necessarily relate to mph or distance. Not necessarily speed or duration or anything of that sort, but going somewhere and enjoying the trip there. The problem for me when it comes to fun is when it gets too regimented or too long (like you are saying) or I'm not seeing goals met for whatever reason. I know it's not "progress" by measure of most in places like this, but its my reasons.

    For example, today I ended up doing 42 miles. Great because it represented a goal being met. Not great because I had sores starting around the saddle and my legs were (and still are 5 hrs after end of ride) cramping up (physical issues), which was just simply making me wish the ride was over more than getting to enjoy doing it. Going to have to figure out how to fix both if I end up persisting in such long rides.

    Then it took 4 hours time to do, which just simply got too monotonous from a mental standpoint. Truthfully, that is probably why the "regimented" thing doesn't work for me. Just a bunch of time riding a bike. I recognize certain goals require certain sacrifices, but sometimes those sacrifices can cost much more than what is gained by reaching a goal of some kind.

    Again, just a function of mental state and how one's mind works, I suppose. Bike riding interests me since it's a venue of exercise that I can be engaged in, given my weight and what my health has done. But it's just not *that* interesting. So like you I keep it to shorter rides, most of the time. A happy medium for me, I suppose, even if I don't show typical "progress" (my times on the shorter rides really haven't gotten that faster, but I don't feel too exerted often times either). I take my wins where I can get them.

    At least it's better than fighting mechanical problems. I feel like I've been working on bikes more than I've been riding them since I started.

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