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Old 05-08-07, 02:15 PM   #1
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Finally Getting a Bit in Shape

Finally Getting a Bit in Shape

Due to the weather and some other personal and my wife's medical stuff, I have had a hard time "getting in shape" this year.

So, today, I finally got 33.6 miles in on a ride. My longest ride this year has been about 21 miles. Now, I know that jppe and Will and many others have many longer rides, but for me this is a nice achievement, given all the circumstances.

FYI, I rode on the trails that abut my home and follow our local creek. In the 33.6 miles out and back I crossed 4 small, little-used residential streets, each twice for a total of 8 crossings. Otherwise, it was smooth sailing. I coul have added another 15 miles on this same trail system, while crossing 2 more streets. Or, I could have taken the connector trail to 100's of miles more of riding, again with just a few street crossings. I saw lots of bicyclists, a number of walkers, no loose dogs, and lots of birds and trees. A beautiful day with the temp right now at 63F, although it was chillier this am.

That's it. I feel great!
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Old 05-08-07, 02:19 PM   #2
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I have had a lot of problems getting in shape this year too. Last few weeks I am riding some, up to 50 miles. Its GREAT is it not!
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Good to hear the stars are finally aligning to where you can get back out and get in some miles. The amount is not important as you well know-just spending some time out on the trails and roads is what is important and of high value.
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+1 with jppe. Mileage isn't the bugaboo when getting back into it....it's regularity of riding-- getting your schedule to make space, getting into the rhythm....making it a natural part of your schedule again.
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+1 with jppe. Mileage isn't the bugaboo when getting back into it....it's regularity of riding-- getting your schedule to make space, getting into the rhythm....making it a natural part of your schedule again.
Well, I have generally been riding about 100-120 miles per week in 20 mile rides the last few weeks. However, I do find that longer rides are essential to more fitness/endurance.
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Finally Getting a Bit in Shape

Due to the weather and some other personal and my wife's medical stuff, I have had a hard time "getting in shape" this year.
Nice to hear things are settling down and you can get back in shape. I find it doesn't take too long once I get back into a regular ride routine.
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Mileage isn't the bugaboo when getting back into it....it's regularity.
That's exactly why I use Metamucil.
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