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Old 09-18-05, 11:49 AM   #1
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Finally rode more than my age !!!!

At the end of my second month riding a road bike.....did 57 miles today !!! Woo Hoo !!!
Not bad for a soon to be 53 year old. I'll be shooting for a century next season.
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Old 09-18-05, 12:03 PM   #2
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Wow!!! Sensational, Kragg, and only your second month. I have little doubt that that century will be accomplished on your part. Great going!!!
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Old 09-18-05, 12:04 PM   #3
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Congratulations! But tell us...was it a group ride? Solo? Planned or a whim? What advice do you have for others? Details, man!
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Very cool!

This riding longer and longer distances can get addicting.
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Terrific job! Congratulations.
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Shoot, I did that when I was 10 years old...
No, seriously, congratulations. That first 50-miler is a milestone, and it shows you're making progress. I've been tied up and sort of slacking off all summer, and I've committed to riding my age on my birthday--61 miles in January. Tragically, I live in Reno, so I'll probably have to go to San Diego or Hawaii or somewhere to do it.
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Old 09-19-05, 10:22 AM   #7
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Congratulations! But tell us...was it a group ride? Solo? Planned or a whim? What advice do you have for others? Details, man!
It was solo. A planned Sunday ride. I actually started in May riding a MTB. I quickly knew
I wanted more range and speed, hence the road bike. Thanks for the nice words !!
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Scoreboard! Way to go!!!
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At the end of my second month riding a road bike.....did 57 miles today !!! Woo Hoo !!!
Not bad for a soon to be 53 year old. I'll be shooting for a century next season.
Congratulations!

For those of us keeping score at home, does the feat have to be completed on the celebrant's birthday? Or somwhere there abouts? I ask, because I'm turning 51 in exactly one month. Will I need to ride that ride that day or can it wait a day or two to the weekend?

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Thats Great! You are ahead of me, my max ride so far is 31 miles. Keep it up!
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Congratulations Kragg! You're now a member of a very elite group of folks!!

I just turned 53 and started riding the same way you did just a couple years ago. I bought a Mtn bike and put 800 miles on it on the road over several months. I'm now on my 4th road bike and can't seem to get in enough miles!!

I hope you get the same satisfaction and enjoyment out of riding that I've come to enjoy!!
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Congratulations!

For those of us keeping score at home, does the feat have to be completed on the celebrant's birthday? Or somwhere there abouts? I ask, because I'm turning 51 in exactly one month. Will I need to ride that ride that day or can it wait a day or two to the weekend?

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I'm 130 years old and ride my age weekly!

I can't wait until I am 150.

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Add me to this list! I turned 52 recently and bought my first road bike. I had been riding a hybrid and a comfort bike this year. I've lost over 45 lbs so far and am shooting for 35 more. After riding the new road bike 4 weeks, I did 55 miles on the Burke-Gilman/Sammamish River trail locally. Since then I attended my first event - the Century Headwaters in Enumclaw - and rode 45 miles on hills much bigger than I've ever attempted before. The climb out of Flaming Geyser was beyond what I thought I could do. I find bike riding the most enjoyable way possible to get exercise and lose weight!
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Add me to this list! I turned 52 recently and bought my first road bike. I had been riding a hybrid and a comfort bike this year. I've lost over 45 lbs so far and am shooting for 35 more. After riding the new road bike 4 weeks, I did 55 miles on the Burke-Gilman/Sammamish River trail locally. Since then I attended my first event - the Century Headwaters in Enumclaw - and rode 45 miles on hills much bigger than I've ever attempted before. The climb out of Flaming Geyser was beyond what I thought I could do. I find bike riding the most enjoyable way possible to get exercise and lose weight!
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So aside from cycling, what are your weight loss secrets? What's your nutrition plan? What do you eat?
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Allow me to ***** at you a little:

When you first start riding you have pains everywhere. And you expect it to hurt. If it's saddle pains you'll have to change saddle for saddle until you find one that works for your individual backside.

But in your enthusiasm it's easy to start setting yourself new goals for every ride. And when you do that cycling starts to be come work instead of play.

Be careful to keep a lot of fun in it. Do a lot of 25 mile rides with friends with a coffee stop in the middle. Talk enjoy yourself. If you don't know any other riders join the local club that has people that are only a LITTLE faster than you.

I went through all this stuff and ended up climbing all of the local hard hills. It was so painful to me that I started fearing a ride instead of looking forward to it. I joined a local club and did the easy rides and progressed to the point that when I did the hard one it didn't hurt. Didn't FEEL GOOD mind you, but it didn't scare me to thing about afterwards.

I'm almost 61 now and I've never felt better in my life. And I owe it all to bicycling.
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Read "Fat Man On A Bike" if his pictures don't kill your appetite nothing will.
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So aside from cycling, what are your weight loss secrets? What's your nutrition plan? What do you eat?
Gary,
I eat pretty much the same, just less of it. I very rarely have fast food any more (maybe once a month) and I've cut all my portions back. The idea is to make the change permanent, not a diet. I've almost completly eliminated snacks and no longer eat if I'm bored or stressed out.

Yes, I"m keeping cycling fun. Took the wife for a fun ride on Sunday - we rode the trail from Yelm, WA to Tenino and back. It was 28 miles of very gentle grades and we stopped for lunch in the middle of it. It was perfect weather that day, a perfect day for cycling. Since this trail is out of the way and not well known, we passed maybe 10-15 people in the whole 28 miles. Can't get much better than that. We took our time - averaged about 13 mph and that's fine by me!
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Congrats on your achievement. I let my birthday get away on me this year. I intend to try next year though. I suppose it will be a mile longer ride though.
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