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    Has anybody out there seen my groove?

    I can't find my groove! I stopped riding on the 1st of Feb. and finally
    got back on the bikes April 1st. What used to be a simple commute has
    turned into a grueling, fatigueing, seemingly insurmountable task. In
    January I rode several 20 to 30 mile jaunts on the way home from
    work and could have kept right on riding but for time constraints and/or
    winter weather. Now a seven mile cruise home leaves me totally wiped out.
    I'm confident that the strength and stamina will return eventually but
    I sure am becoming impatient trying to get back to that point.

    Yes, I know I should have trained indoors during the Tundra season, but
    I HATE doing that.

    So, if anyone stumbles accross my groove, send it back, I miss it!!!!

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    Stop looking and it will find you.

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    Lucky for me, I work at a library and bike to work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cranky old dude View Post
    Yes, I know I should have trained indoors during the Tundra season, but
    I HATE doing that.

    So, if anyone stumbles accross my groove, send it back, I miss it!!!!
    My trainer didn't see a lot of action this year either. It mainly saw dust collecting on it

    Four of us have been trying to get in shape for TOSRV but we've almost come to the conclusion this type of conditioning may not occur by mid-May and we'll opt for the 1/2 TOSRV if necessary. I've done a 54 mile day and a few 20-30 miles in the past few weeks but that saddle still doesn't feel comfortable

    I'm just beginning to get my groove back and I don't think I have any to share You'll find it...just keep riding.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tsl View Post
    Stop looking and it will find you.

    (Works with keys and glasses too.)

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    If you have any to spare once you find yours, can you pass it my way too? Got an unsettling medical diagnosis last month, and it's been hard to get up the oomph to ride when I know I'm going to be out of action for a week or a month (or maybe even longer) at an as-yet-to-be determined time during prime summer biking weather. It's not helped by the fact that Toronto's glorious midweek weather has not spilled over to the weekends, that my biking buddies have other plans or that I've been travelling when I would really rather have been riding.

    But I'm trying. Took the long route home yesterday, and will do the same today.
    Zero gallons to the mile

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    Do a little of something else for a while. Biking.............gasp..............is not the most important thing in the world. Its ok to take a vacation.

    You do have other things to do, don't you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cranky old dude View Post
    I can't find my groove! I stopped riding on the 1st of Feb. and finally
    got back on the bikes April 1st. So, if anyone stumbles accross my groove, send it back, I miss it!!!!
    I think I saw it roaring down the Arkansas river after our rains and tornados. Forget about it and get a new one. Just don't get a Walmart groove.

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    Is this it?
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    Had to lose my groove a couple of times in my life-(Bloody Quacks) Extended periods off the bike and when you get back it is painfull. Mainly butt pain but you name it and it ached. However- on one occasion it was the groove to ride I lost completely. I nearly gave up riding. I set myself a goal and trained for it. The goal was 6 months away- but within a couple of weeks- just training and I was back. Then i realised- The entry was in for what was going to be the hardest ride I have ever done- and I was going to be doing it 6 years after I had last done it. Still swearing at the doc today for that.
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    Your groove?
    Ohhh, I have it right here... safe and sound but getting well used.
    What'll you give me for it?
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    Has anybody out there seen my groove?

    only if I was wheel sucking behind you at a ride somewhere????????????????????????
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    Quote Originally Posted by SaiKaiTai View Post
    Your groove?
    Ohhh, I have it right here... safe and sound but getting well used.
    What'll you give me for it?
    How can you be sure that COD's groove and not mine that you've alienated? Mine has definitely been AWOL since about October.

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    After riding a leisurely 30 miler yesterday and having a good ride into
    work today I thought I might be back IN THE GROOVE until I looked
    around and realized I'm at work, I hate it here, I'm not in the groove...
    I'm in a rut!

    Still missing my GROOVE!!!!!

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    Dude,
    Don't you ever go to the cinema? Call Stella, she can tell you how to get it back!
    Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming, "WOW! WHAT A RIDE!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by cranky old dude View Post
    After riding a leisurely 30 miler yesterday and having a good ride into
    work today I thought I might be back IN THE GROOVE until I looked
    around and realized I'm at work, I hate it here, I'm not in the groove...
    I'm in a rut!

    Still missing my GROOVE!!!!!
    Funny, I was thinking just the opposite.

    We have 60's and sunny today. I work a split shift and took my beater out for about 18 miles between routes. It was GREAT! The most pleasant ride I've had since October. I'm s'posed to meet the wife for a short tandem ride this evening. It's sounding like fun.

    I think I'm feeling the groove coming back.

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    Uh oh.

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    [QUOTE=cranky old dude;6527730]I can't find my groove! I stopped riding on the 1st of Feb. and finally
    got back on the bikes April 1st. What used to be a simple commute has
    turned into a grueling, fatigueing, seemingly insurmountable task.

    Try using a different route that may help you not to obsess over how tired you think you are. And enjoy the spring weather along the way.

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    Well my groove is just where it's always been... and my saddle still fits it nicely.

    After 3 months layoff due to bike in shop (crack in seat tube), weather and schedules, it's good to get back out. I did a 20 mile day last week and a 31 miler today.

    I expected the saddle to feel unfamiliar, but it wasn't as foreign as I thought it would be. However, I note that I'm 8 to 10 minutes slower on a 15 mile leg than I was before the layoff. Sigh.

    Edit: the first big thing I noticed when I got back on the bike was that a cadence of 90 seemed really fast.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Boudicca View Post
    If you have any to spare once you find yours, can you pass it my way too? Got an unsettling medical diagnosis last month, and it's been hard to get up the oomph to ride when I know I'm going to be out of action for a week or a month (or maybe even longer) at an as-yet-to-be determined time during prime summer biking weather. It's not helped by the fact that Toronto's glorious midweek weather has not spilled over to the weekends, that my biking buddies have other plans or that I've been travelling when I would really rather have been riding.

    But I'm trying. Took the long route home yesterday, and will do the same today.
    Hang in there, Boudicca! Hope all goes well for you and that you get this medical thing licked and behind you soon.
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    Drafting a big guy today, and his shorts were sorta, well, down . . . groove showing.
    Was that you?????

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    Quote Originally Posted by zonatandem View Post
    Drafting a big guy today, and his shorts were sorta, well, down . . . groove showing.
    Was that you?????
    Well I'm big ,but no one wants to go slow enough to draft me!

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    I think I found a chunk of my groove today Cranky, so maybe yours won't be far behind. Perfect biking weather here, I did something like 50 miles, and my legs are telling me all about it, in a good, if moderately achy, way.
    Zero gallons to the mile

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