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Old 07-01-07, 12:29 PM   #1
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so, i want to lose 30lbs, but i can't cus the sky hates me!

have any of you had a problem cycling over the past month due to the weather? i keep wanting to cycle. in fact, i started up again a week or so ago. but now, the sky has turned to an almost permanant black and blue. what to do?

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Old 07-01-07, 12:43 PM   #2
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Get fenders.
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How do you loose 30lbs?
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Old 07-01-07, 01:34 PM   #5
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what about the lightning?
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Just don't ride during the worst of the lightning storms.
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Old 07-01-07, 01:55 PM   #7
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is there any way to tell when it will and won't come? the clouds have been lingering for over a month and many of them are the tall lightening type surround by the lower dark rain type.
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I check weatherunderground on a regular basis. Pretty much before going anywhere very far. Esp. in the winter. I don't deal with much lightning up here, but you can check for any advisories or storm systems. Unless you're riding through the middle of some massive electrical storm I don't think you should worry much about it. The chance is about the same as getting struck by lightning ;-)
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That's a problem with riding here, too...if it's raining, it's lightning. You can count on it.
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Old 07-01-07, 03:36 PM   #10
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"what about the lightning?"

Get someone taller to ride with you!
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Old 07-01-07, 04:18 PM   #11
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"what about the lightning?"

Get someone taller to ride with you!
Haha, sort of like when you're running from a bear.

You don't have to be faster than the bear, just faster than the guy next to you.

But yeah, rain has thwarted my biking plans quite a bit recently. I just keep checking out weather.com's extended forecast and slipping in rides whenever I can.
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Don't ride in lightning.

Riding in rain can be fun, especially if it's warm. The rain keep you cool, and there's a certain satisfaction in doing it. If you don't have fenders, it can be a bit of a drag, perhaps, but fenders aren't very expensive. Just be sure to have some good taillights and wear bright colored clothing so motorists see you. remember that when it's raining really hard, motorists have much reduced visibility, so choose your route carefully.

And don't ride in lightning.
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I'm allowed to say this because I've been there so many times: You want to lose 30 pounds but you don't want to stop eating. Weight gain is a function of intake vs. output, but for me--and maybe you--it's also a function of excuses. Cycling isn't the only form of exercise out there, and if you can't do anything at all (which is really unlikely), you need to cut the intake.
Don't interpret this as personal criticism; it's not meant that way. But there are ways around this problem if you want to find them.
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Running in the rain on the beach is kinda fun too. Quite a workout if you away from the water and the sand gets slushy.
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You want to do two things...to ride your bike in good weather and to lose weight. Right now you can't do them both together, so just do one of them.
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pfft i can't even do one of them cus of the lightening! and cutting calories might cause me to loose the muscle i've spent the past 4 years gaining.... 4 sloooooowwwww years. at least i'm eating healthier again after a 2 week break due to moving. :/
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you can ride in the rain. just increase your courage.
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Old 07-02-07, 02:59 PM   #19
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you can ride in the rain. just increase your courage.
If we did not ride in the rain- in the UK and a lot of Northern Europe- Then we would not ride that often. Providing it is warm enough- Just get a pair of leggings and a Good Waterproof top coat. If it is not warm enough- then get a fleece to go under the top coat.

As to the lightning- It nevers strikes twice- but after the first time- you don't care.
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If you're scared of the lightning, you should still ride in the rain. This might motivate you to get to your destination faster, burn more calories and spend some quality time with your bike!
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Yes, definitely. If there's anything that will motivate you to learn how to ride in all weather, a trainer will do it.

I would rather ride 200K in 35 degree rain than do 30 minutes on a trainer (and have).
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what about the lightning?
Lightening just motivates you to ride faster.



And there are lots of things you could do to keep active in bad weather ...

-- ride in the rain (get the right equipment)
-- ride on a trainer
-- join a spinning class
-- join the local gym and do a complete workout (run on treadmill, ride stationary bikes, and lift weights)
-- go to the pool and swim
-- go for a walk around the block, or around several blocks

If you really want to be active, you'll find a way.
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