Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

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.

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 07-05-11, 07:29 PM   #1
Kiwikat
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Kiwikat's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: De Pere, WI
Bikes: Trek/GF Marlin 2012
Posts: 20
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
First Bike Tour...( The Titletown Bike Tour )

On the 17th I plan on doing my first bike tour. I don't know which mileage I want to do yet. It will either be the 15k or 35k. So far the farthest I have gone at a time is a bit over 11 miles. The course isn't very hilly so I am thinking about going for the 35k and challenging myself. I still have a week and a half left to prepare, so I am hoping that will be enough time to get ready.

Do you guys think that would be a good goal for myself or should I just do the 15k? Today was a major let down because of how humid it was. I didn't get much of a ride in at all. Kind of blew my self-confidence...
Kiwikat is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-05-11, 09:31 PM   #2
bradtx
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Pearland, Texas
Bikes: Cannondale, Trek, Raleigh, Santana
Posts: 6,690
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 58 Post(s)
Kiwikat, I'm used to high humidity and if it's normal for your area you will need to work with it. Plan on the 35 K ride. Even if you have to stop three or four times completing it will be a wonderful psych boost.

Brad
bradtx is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-05-11, 11:23 PM   #3
Boyd Reynolds
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Chicago 'burbs
Bikes:
Posts: 216
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I agree. If you've done 11 miles (about 17km) before and you were OK, you can do the 35km ride with food, water, and breaks. Don't go too hard from the start and you'll be fine. Enjoy!
Boyd Reynolds is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-05-11, 11:56 PM   #4
1nterceptor
LET'S ROLL
 
1nterceptor's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: NEW YORK, NY - USA
Bikes: 2014 BMC Gran Fondo, 2013 Brompton S6L-X
Posts: 3,915
Mentioned: 4 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 46 Post(s)
I agree with the others, 35K definitely. Pace yourself,
and worse case scenario just bail out if you can't finish.
No one's going to crucify you Try to ride every other
day at least. Drink plenty of fluids. Let us know how it
goes.............
__________________
I'm not a boy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=znNx...aIoDLA&index=1
1nterceptor is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-06-11, 07:48 PM   #5
Kiwikat
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Kiwikat's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: De Pere, WI
Bikes: Trek/GF Marlin 2012
Posts: 20
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Thanks for the support guys, I'll go for the 35k.

Tonight's ride was great, way better than yesterday's. I really need some gloves though. My hands are getting tired of going numb.
Kiwikat is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-07-11, 09:59 AM   #6
DTSCDS
"Fred"--is that bad?
 
DTSCDS's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: 214 Represent!
Bikes: Felt f85 (11); Trek 7.3 FX (07); Schwinn Super Sport (86); Specialized Rockhopper (87)
Posts: 513
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
It took me a couple of times reading your original post but I think I understand the situation now. By "first tour" I was assuming you were packing up camping gear, loading up your bike and heading out on a trek. I couldn't figure out why you would only be going 15K for a "tour". It doesn't sound like that is what you are going to be doing. Is this an organized ride? (These are commonly called "Charity" rides since they usually are done in support of some charitable cause. Typically you pay an entry fee and ride your distance. You get a T-Shirt and some other junk/swag) If so I would say go for the 35K.

On every one of these type rides I have done there has been a rest area at about each 10 mile interval. You can stop and take a break, have some type of snack (bananas, oranges, cookies seem to be the common fare) get water/sports drinks, refill your water bottle, hit the porta-potty. At the finish line there will be more snack/refreshments.

A 35K ride is just a bit over 21 miles. So, you would probably do about 10 miles, hit a rest area, do the rest of your distance. Since you have done essentially half your total distance already, and you have a couple of weeks left to "train", you should have no trouble with the 35K. As has been said before, don't go too hard at first. The start of these things tends to be a *bit* chaotic--lots of people in a small space all trying to head out at once. Keep your head on a swivel, (keep looking around to see who is about to hit you) and try to give yourself space as best you can. It wouldn't hurt to start out near or at the back of the herd to avoid the biggest mass of folks. You can always start working your way past slower traffic once things thin out a bit.
DTSCDS is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-17-11, 09:36 AM   #7
Kiwikat
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Kiwikat's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: De Pere, WI
Bikes: Trek/GF Marlin 2012
Posts: 20
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Just got back from the ride!

Went much better than I had expected. Did 21.5 miles in 92 minutes. I was shooting for 10-15 minutes more than that, so I'm satisfied. Next year I'll be ready to do a lot more.

More info on the ride can be found on my blog if interested: http://ridewithkiwikat.blogspot.com/2011/07/71711.html
Kiwikat is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-17-11, 09:47 AM   #8
10 Wheels
Galveston County Texas
 
10 Wheels's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: In The Wind
Bikes: 2010 Expedition, 03 GTO
Posts: 29,894
Mentioned: 5 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 299 Post(s)
Slow down next year and take some pics.
__________________
[SIZE=1][B]What I like about Texas[/B]
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PGukLuXzH1E

Set F1re To The Ra1n ( NY Night Rain Ride)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W7jfcWEkSrI
10 Wheels is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 07-17-11, 09:49 AM   #9
Kiwikat
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Kiwikat's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: De Pere, WI
Bikes: Trek/GF Marlin 2012
Posts: 20
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Haha you're probably right. Next year I'll be dragging my 50D along.
Kiwikat is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-17-11, 09:59 AM   #10
GeoBigJon 
Cactus Hobbit
 
GeoBigJon's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Sonora, Texas
Bikes: Specialized Sirrus Elite Disc, Specialized Roubaix Expert
Posts: 1,659
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Congrats on the miles.
GeoBigJon is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 05:01 PM.