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Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) Looking to lose that spare tire? Ideal weight 200+? Frustrated being a large cyclist in a sport geared for the ultra-light? Learn about the bikes and parts that can take the abuse of a heavier cyclist, how to keep your body going while losing the weight, and get support from others who've been successful.

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Old 05-01-11, 02:44 PM   #1
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2011 100 mile/month Challenge - May

Let me know if you want in the group of if you want out. I've marked a few below that seem to be moving up to another group.

The goal of this group is one of two things:
1 - To encourage you getting on your bike enough to meet 100 miles in the month.
2 - To promote yourself out and get into the next higher group, whatever you feel that may be.

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Big_Bird
Joe Bicycle
Seattle Forrest
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IcanIwill
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goldfinch
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Kerrvillian <-- Promoted self out of group
guybierhaus <-- Achieved Goal, is abandoning the 100 mile group

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Old 05-02-11, 12:43 PM   #2
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I'm in.

May 2: 8 miles
May 2: 1.6 miles

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May 1: 5miles
Legs start to burn way before I even get winded. Blah....Guess I am not yet used to cycling.

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May 1: 5miles
May 2: 5miles Total: 10miles
Legs start to burn way before I even get winded. Blah....Guess I am not yet used to cycling.
It's true, you may not be "used" to cycling yet. But once you get a few rides in, that sensation of tiring your legs out before you get winded is usually a good indication that you're pushing too large a gear. Shift to a lower gear and spin for a while.
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I have the opposite issue. I am winded before my legs get the least bit tired.
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I have the opposite issue. I am winded before my legs get the least bit tired.
Same here. My lungs are bad. Never been able to out ride my legs.
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Yeah, I have been doing a lot of cardio exercises at the gym, so I feel my CV is in pretty good shape. As for riding my bike, I find myself spinning for a bit then legs will start to burn and I have no choice but to stop spinning and just kind of cruise for the lack of a better term. So although I might do 5miles at the time I am not always spinning those 5 miles. Maybe ~2-3miles of just coasting due to muscle fatigue. I might be a bit off on the mileage of coasting but that's how it feels.
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5/2/2011 - 13.61

Total For May - 13.61
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Count me in!

May 7th ~ 10.25 miles
May 20th ~ 9.93 miles
May 21st ~ 8.8 miles
May 23rd ~ 10.46 miles
May 24th ~ 10.80 miles
May 26th ~ 10.06 miles
May 27th ~ 16.75 miles
May 30th ~ 15.27 miles
May 31st ~ 8.08 miles

Total miles 100.40 miles!!!

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Old 05-03-11, 09:04 AM   #10
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You are in! Now go get some miles!
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May 2: 9.6, split in two rides
May 3: 3.2 Windy, felt like crap, came home (earlier in the day I "jogged" in the pool and swam for 45 minutes).
May 4: 8.5. Slow ride with lots of stops, but it was good. I think I am getting past my neck and shoulder pain.
May 5: 5.5 Just around the neighborhood, and to pick up chinese food.
May 7: 4.7 Hot for me, road the flats, after spending all morning at the flea market. My neck is sore again. But I'm riding.
May 8: 10.07 Yeah, I know, what is with ".07". It is my longest ride at one time in 30 years. It took me a long time. Still shoulder pain but no worse. Most of the ride was up and down on a gravel MUP. A runner would pass me on the uphill and I would pass him on the down. He beat me. But I'm riding. Saw Indigo Buntings and a couple of red headed woodpeckers. Heard a ring-necked pheasant.
May 8: 2.0 extra ride (43.57 so far!!!!!)
May 10: 6.0 Hot. Neck and shoulder hurts. 49.57 total for the month. I"ll have to ride a half a mile later to hit 50. Then, I am on a trip for the rest of the month. Hope I can snag a bike on my trip and ride it.
May 11: .8 Squeezed in before I had to leave town to beat 50 miles.

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Sign "US" up as many of our rides are on a tandem or at least together on solos. So far we did 12.6 miles (tandem) on May 2nd. More planned.
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I'm in.

May 1 (Sunday) - 13 miles on the bike, plus a whole lotta kayaking. The ducklings are late.
May 2 (Monday) - 8 miles to and from the gym.

Today remains to be seen. I've got about an hour this evening before my girlfriend and I are going kayaking in search of goslings.
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I want to be in this challenge. I know a 100 mile month is not alot of riding but it will be more than I've been doing.
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Legs start to burn way before I even get winded. Blah....Guess I am not yet used to cycling.

Have you thought about switching to an easier gear and going further? Maybe go for a time goal, maybe 45 minutes or whatever you can spare. Then keep at that gear and time until you feel you can click it up a gear, etc.
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I want to be in this challenge. I know a 100 mile month is not alot of riding but it will be more than I've been doing.
You are in.
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I saw this on iSpy. I'm not a clyde. but still slightly overweight (5'2" 135lbs), but can I still be counted in? I am on par for ~150 miles/week (42mi so far, and it's only Tuesday), granted the weather is nice.

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I saw this on iSpy. I'm not a clyde. but still slightly overweight (5'2" 135lbs), but can I still be counted in? I am on par for ~150 miles/week (42mi so far, and it's only Tuesday), granted the weather is nice.
Alpha, you might want the 500 mile a month thread instead. This is 100 miles for the entire month, not for a week.
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i'm in. need to get serious about getting out regularly.

5/5 5.65 miles. huh, huh, huh, huh..... who stole my wind?

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Done. Now go get serious.
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i'm in. need to get serious about getting out regularly.

5/5 5.65 miles. huh, huh, huh, huh..... who stole my wind?
5/6 5.65 miles, same ride, but colder/windier. 11.3 miles.
5/8 another 5.65 16.95 miles. nice 60 degree day with a light breeze. much more pleasant ride.

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Ok count me in, We rode 23.9 miles on May 1st on the GAP from Fort Hill to Rockwood and back.

Tomorrow we have a planned ride from Rockwood to Myersdale and back on the GAP I will post miles tomorrow evening.







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