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firesfate 09-09-13 10:53 AM

I took on the road
 
Well I went for it. I took that path that I said was a bit scary. I only had one moment that really concerned me, a truck tried to beat me to a turn. Yes I made my signal and all but he was determined. I noticed during my ride there are several (Share the road) bike signs along that path I took. Today's ride was 7.5 miles which is my longest ride so far. I have to say I was a bit disappointed that my kids school and the park were so close! I extended my ride through my neighborhood to make up for mileage and time. I have ridden 17.4 miles in the past 7 days (3 rides). Strava is an awesome app.

Cam

ill.clyde 09-09-13 11:00 AM

:thumb:

JerrySTL 09-09-13 12:26 PM

Congrats!

MattInFla 09-09-13 12:47 PM

Congrats. Being an EMS type doesn't help here - too much experience with what happens when things go wrong.

Matt (NREMT-P, retired)

firesfate 09-09-13 04:03 PM

Matt you are absolutely right about that!

Reelin 09-09-13 04:28 PM

Congrats

IAMAMRA 09-09-13 05:50 PM

Woot!

Erwin8r 09-09-13 05:57 PM

Good stuff! And look alert out there--there's always some knucklehead that will "show you" for being on a bike. I'm (slowly) learning to let them go... LOL!

PhotoJoe 09-09-13 06:22 PM

Pretty soon you'll be posting that you rode 17.5 miles in a day! :thumb:

firesfate 09-09-13 06:27 PM

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Originally Posted by PhotoJoe (Post 16048527)
Pretty soon you'll be posting that you rode 17.5 miles in a day! :thumb:

Lets hope! I wasn't over exhausted on this ride and could have done more but do not want to do too much too fast. Tomorrow I am shooting for 10 miles.

PhotoJoe 09-09-13 06:28 PM

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Originally Posted by firesfate (Post 16048556)
Lets hope! I wasn't over exhausted on this ride and could have done more but do not want to do too much too fast. Tomorrow I am shooting for 10 miles.

I was being conservative. What I really meant is pretty soon you'll be posting that yuo rode 50 miles in a day! Trust me, it will come faster than you think! Keep at it!

Jimbosays 09-09-13 11:31 PM

I was amazed just quickly I gained stamina when I first started riding (at 50 yrs. / 300 lbs) a few months ago. The first few rides of 3-5 miles were a great source pride and now - 5 months later / about 3 rides per wk. - I am doing 15-20 miles each time and still maintain that same source of pride at each new distance attained. Good Luck (stamina will come quicker than you might imagine!)

ChiefTJS 09-10-13 10:12 AM

Good for you! When riding in traffic, I maintain the attitude of let the A-hole be an A-hole and I just hang back and let them "beat me". If they are so small that driving a car faster than a bicycle is a victory, let them have it. I also drive a tractor trailer and use the same attitude.

IBOHUNT 09-10-13 11:31 AM

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Originally Posted by PhotoJoe (Post 16048563)
I was being conservative. What I really meant is pretty soon you'll be posting that yuo rode 50 miles in a day! Trust me, it will come faster than you think! Keep at it!

As the kids theses days say..... TruDat

Won't be long before you'll be saying to someone in the family.. "Back in fifty miles or so." and they will look at you like you've lost it.
Now when you do say that and get back in 2 1/2 hrs you've had a great training ride :thumb:

CommuteCommando 09-10-13 11:50 AM

When I got my first "back into biking" bike back in 1999 I weighed 305 lb and was pretty out of shape. I walked to the bike shop to pick it up and ride it home. That first ride was 3 1/2 miles at a shallow, but steady, grade. I was wrecked afterwards. http://ridewithgps.com/routes/3327510

I'll be riding my first Century in a month. http://ridewithgps.com/routes/2622468

Even if it takes you as long to get there as it did me, keep it up.

brianogilvie 09-11-13 08:25 PM

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Originally Posted by ChiefTJS (Post 16050806)
Good for you! When riding in traffic, I maintain the attitude of let the A-hole be an A-hole and I just hang back and let them "beat me". If they are so small that driving a car faster than a bicycle is a victory, let them have it. I also drive a tractor trailer and use the same attitude.

Words of wisdom.

And OP, congratulations! Most drivers are considerate and courteous, but we tend to remember the asshats, just as non-cyclists tend to remember the asshat cyclists.

jim p 09-12-13 10:57 AM

I had a first yesterday. A driver approaching from the rear used his turn signal to indicate that he was changing lanes to pass me.

Pamestique 09-12-13 11:44 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ChiefTJS (Post 16050806)
Good for you! When riding in traffic, I maintain the attitude of let the A-hole be an A-hole and I just hang back and let them "beat me". If they are so small that driving a car faster than a bicycle is a victory, let them have it. .

Good advice... I always assume the driver 1) does not see me and 2) does not care (even if he did see me) if we have to share the road. If it means I stop and let them proceed, so be it. Better safe then injured and sorry... or worse.

Congrats! Keep at it...


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