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View Poll Results: What level of cycling fitness are you seeking?
Master racing level: Capable of running with the fast dogs of any age 16 16.33%
Double century: Seeking to ride 12 or more hours at a moderate pace 18 18.37%
Hillclimber: Able to climb several thousand feet 15 15.31%
Regular exercise: Riding multiple days a week & 250 miles a month 51 52.04%
Fresh air & recreation: Just some weekend riding for fun 11 11.22%
MTB: seeking singletrack Nirvana 4 4.08%
None of the above, please describe 9 9.18%
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Old 06-05-11, 09:10 AM   #1
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What level of cycling fitness are you seeking?

What are your goals and interests?
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Old 06-05-11, 10:12 AM   #2
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I ride to be so fit and fabulous that not only do "duh wimmins" stop and drool at my awesome pedaling circles, the TdF guys throw down their bikes and give up all hope of matching my rock hard thighs and V02max numbers.

Believe that and I have a bridge to sell you real cheap like.

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Old 06-05-11, 10:18 AM   #3
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For me it's being able to stay with the group. This is my sixth season, and the first where I can stay with the faster group.

Yesterday was incredibly satisfying. I led a ride for the club--a nice little 40 miler through rolling hills with a couple of decent climbs. On account of the rain, only four other riders showed up, all of us 50+, all of them with many more miles and seasons under their wheels than I.

Not only was I able to lead the ride from the front (a first), I handily outclimbed the other guys, despite spinning a standard double to their compacts and triples. The best was when a guy I last rode with a few years ago said, "Bruce, you're a machine!" as I drifted past him on the way to the back after a particularly long pull.

Last weekend I led a metric with wide range of riders. I spent a lot of time in the back helping others along, and was delighted that when I had to, I could easily bridge the gap to the fast group.

I'll never be a racer, the nearest mountains are hundreds of miles away, and my ADD makes rides longer than four or five hours a real life-force sapping chore. My goal has always been not to get dropped on the club rides, and this year I've finally achieved it.

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Old 06-05-11, 10:26 AM   #4
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Being able to simply ride where I want when I want. The "when I want" part is important. I cycle year round and it a whole different level of fitness to ride through winters in the sub freezing temperatures with wind gusting up to 30 mph. I have no need to race; given I don't get much joy from competitive activities. Because I like to ride in different places I have to be able to climb and being able to do 75 to 100 miles allows me to go about as far as I want on any given day.
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Old 06-05-11, 10:29 AM   #5
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Old 06-05-11, 10:46 AM   #6
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I'm going after my first century in about a month. That's all I can set my sights on right now. Got the route chosen, amassing ride time and enjoying the thought of doing something I never thought I'd have the time to do. After that...who knows.
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Think I am there. Don't want to do "Excessive" milage till I do get some more fitness back but 2 to 300 a month will do for this season. And providing it is not over 15% with an average of no more than 8% then 3,000ft climbing on a ride is about normal in our area if you want a hilly ride. Only problem is that it has to be taken in 5 to800 ft stints. I'll have to get back to the alpes.
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Maintain pace despite advancing age. Just got back from a 50k charity ride and my average speed was 18.4 mph - 0.4 mph slower than when I did the same ride in 2006. The horror!!
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I want regular exercise and that level of fitness, but about 400-450 miles per month during the "season" or thereabouts. As most of you know, I am also into muscular fitness, stretching and cross-training.
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I want to crush the souls of those I race against, regardless of their ages.
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Old 06-05-11, 01:42 PM   #11
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Dang, I am not worthy here. I just want to go out and exercise enough to eat pie... Oh, and dropping people half my age is a bonus.

I am in my early 50s and everything still works mainly, I don't want to change that. I hike a lot, swim in rivers, etc and like to mix it up. I do have a shoulder I dislocated many years ago that does make it hard to go for more than two hours comfortably. Perhaps a recumbent in my future.
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Old 06-05-11, 02:03 PM   #12
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I worked on hill climbs, I figure if I can do that well every thing else will fall into place.
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Old 06-05-11, 02:49 PM   #14
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Not on your estate on the rough trails. Do they have roads in Costa Rica?
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Of your choices, I guess "double century" comes closest. I doubt I'll ever be in a position to hang with the fast dogs, but centuries and hilly rides are no problem. Mileage-wise, I'm doing OK. I fell a few miles short of my goal of 500 for May, but I'm not stressed about it. Mainly just keep having fun on the bike.
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For the past year I have averaged 140 miles weekly (206 this week). I weigh 215 and am 64 years old. I want to weigh 190 (I don't care what amazing shape one is in, 215 lbs is 215 lbs on hills!) and in two years, when I retire, I want to increase to 300-400 miles weekly.....over 100 weekly (very hard ones) has proved to be the fountain of youth for me.
BTW, that's roadie and Mtb.
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My goal for this spring was to get my Super Randonneur award, and to complete the Texas Rando Stampede 1200k. Both done.
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Congrats! (I think you surpassed the double century level)
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I ride because I enjoy it and find it relaxing. Any fitness or exercise is an added bonus.
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Hill climbing and regular exercise are my goals. Being able to climb any hill of my choice and riding 250+ a month (actually 400+) is my goal since it would allow me to enjoy most group rides, events and solo rides without lingering residual fatigue. Or in other words, it allows me to enjoy my riding the way I like it.
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I'm regaining my fitness after some health problems. I've done one race so far this year, and one century. Normally I'd have done a number of each by now. I just got a ticket for the Death Ride next month. It'll be the 9th time I've done it. If I do ok then my goal will be the Everest Challenge stage race (29,035' of climbing in 2 days) in September.
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Not on your estate on the rough trails. Do they have roads in Costa Rica?
There is a gorgeous flat road, asphalt, at least 60 kilometers of incredible scenario, and almost never even see a car on Sunday mornings. Got to love Catholic countries.
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You have a "None of the above" option but no "All of the above"?
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You have a "None of the above" option but no "All of the above"?
Ha Ha! ...but it is multiple choice.
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I want to be able to say that I finished this: http://www.winthefight.org/granfondo...cal_double.htm
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