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    Rode my age today

    Yeah, not a real creative title :-). I started riding again at the beginning of the month, after about 17 years of being off the bike. Yesterday was my 53rd birthday, and today I rode 53 miles. My legs and butt hurt, but it's a good hurt!

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    Yay! Congratulations!
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    Congrats to you and

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    Good for you,

    Go out and do another 9 miles, and you will have a metric century!

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    Way to go!

    Doing 53 miles after just one month of riding is pretty amazing progress.
    The more you ride your bike, the less your ass will hurt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BluesDawg View Post
    Way to go!

    Doing 53 miles after just one month of riding is pretty amazing progress.
    +1

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    I was off the bike for 45 days, from 8-3-08 to 9-17-08. On the 21st, I rode 42 miles and it wasn't bad. Went out in a head wind and came back in a tail wind. Did a few other shorter rides. Yesterday, I rode my age, 53, and it about killed me. There was a headwind all the way back.
    I did about 20 today on the local hills and it felt fine.
    Got to learn to work back up in moderation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DnvrFox View Post
    Good for you,

    Go out and do another 9 miles, and you will have a metric century!
    Thanks, and there is no way I'd have survived another 9 miles today!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BluesDawg View Post
    Way to go!

    Doing 53 miles after just one month of riding is pretty amazing progress.
    Thanks! I knew I was pushing it a bit, but I figured that since I managed 37 last Sunday I could do the 53 today. I think I've skipped riding four or five days this month. Now that I've proved to myself I can do it, I won't feel the need to try it again for a while :-)

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    Hey cool idea and congrats!
    I started about a month ago as well and think I may try that goal before the year is up or maybe before my birthday which is Oct12th . 56 miles sounds like a lot of miles for me though as 21 is as far as I have gone so far. I feel I can go farther though. I am doing 15 every night after work so I think I can...yeah I think I can.

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    I hear Jet is looking for a mile trade off so as a newcomer to the group- Get yourself in with one of the established members and do a quick 53 miles for him tomorrow.



    Must be your first hard ride for years so well done---BUT- get out on the bike asap for a recovery ride. Just 10 miles or so to turn the legs. No effort- no hills and take a cushion for the butt.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kr32 View Post
    Hey cool idea and congrats!
    I started about a month ago as well and think I may try that goal before the year is up or maybe before my birthday which is Oct12th . 56 miles sounds like a lot of miles for me though as 21 is as far as I have gone so far. I feel I can go farther though. I am doing 15 every night after work so I think I can...yeah I think I can.
    Go for it! But work up a bit more gradually than I did. I did 37 the previous Sunday, and yesterday the first 44 was fine. The last 9 were _hard_. But if you spend the next couple months bumping it up a bit each weekend you should be fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stapfam View Post
    Must be your first hard ride for years so well done---BUT- get out on the bike asap for a recovery ride. Just 10 miles or so to turn the legs. No effort- no hills and take a cushion for the butt.
    I did 37 the Sunday before, and 28 the Sunday before that, so it wasn't quite as big a leap as it might seem. I did go out and do 12 easy miles today, the butt was actually fine. And as far as no hills, I know they really aren't hills, but right now speed bumps look pretty steep to me :-)

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    Thanks for the advice. I rode another 18 yesterday after work and will continue every night but the days are getting shorter and shorter. I got a computer and for a weird reason I seem to ride better with knowing what the heck is going on. I was averaging 18mph and thought that was pretty good too. I started spinning instead of mashing like I used to because of reading a thread about it here and that seemed much better as well. It seemed easier to ride the 18 than before while mashing or at least it was "better"?

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