I am the Snail~!
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Near Akron, Ohio
Bikes: 2010 TerraTrike Rover 8
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Originally Posted by BikerPat
I am still trying to get in shape to do an even beginner amount of mileage. I think I did about 9 miles yesterday with the kid (which was actually pretty fun) which included a couple of decent little inclines. I followed this up with a shorter ride last night (where I could ride a few mph faster and about half the hills) which was about half the distance though.
Needless to say my legs are telling me about it this morning.
I am wondering how long it took for you all to get up a decent stamina to ride more often. I think I will take tonight off to let them recuperate. I didn't think I was THIS out of shape or maybe the route I am taking has more inclines than I thought it did LOL.
Oh well just thought I would check with all you.
I think it depends on what you call "beginner amount of mileage"?
1) Me - Lact OCT at 6'0" and 378lbs my first ride was about 400 feet.
In 11/09 I had a TKR (total knee replacement)
By the beginning of July my longest ride was bout 38 miles, and I had a few 100 mile weeks.
FYI - I also have heart issues...
Rotator Cuff surgery bout 3+ weeks ago has me off my bike, but I *was* planning my first century in Sept
2) My wife - not been on a bike in 30+ years. First week = 8-9 miles total.
Longest ride to date is 18 miles. Has had her bike for a few months now.
My point is this - your condition, weight, and health issues, along with your desire - will determine how long it takes you to build up speed, endurance, and/or miles.
While I do not know the statistics, I guess people (adults) that will even consider riding a bike are the minority, and that every journey begins with the first step (of many).
Congrats to you~!
A un-asked-for suggestion? Focus more on riding every day, whether for 10 minutes, or ten miles... the rest will magically come to you~!