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    just reach the 2000 miles mark... and riding motivation.

    i feel awesome!

    regarding motivation... heat is killing it. riding solo is killing it too.

    but today, i saw a rider decked out in jersey and lycra and decided to follow. i normally get lazy after 3 laps on balboa park but since i was following this guy, i did 30 miles (around 6 laps).

    it really helps me. also luckily... the weather was still in the 58 degrees even at 9a when the other guy stopped. i called it quits as well.

    my computer estimated that i burned 2640 calories! oh yeah! i can pig out today. lolz




    PS. yes, i know the calories burned is not very accurate. but im still pigging out since i don't wanna lose anymore weight. hehehe

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    Man, a young capable rider such as yourself in CA... Find and join a cycling club. Start riding and training with groups and you will develop so much more and keep more motivated.

    Oh, and congrats on the milestone!

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    Wowzers I'd be in heaven at 58 degrees. It was 85 at when I quit at 9 am yesterday. It's 90 plus most afternoons after work when I get a ride in.

    Grats on the 2k though.

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    Congrats on the 2,000 miles.

    To give you an idea of how much your computer is off on calories, take a look at the ride I did yesterday that I burnt less calories on than you did on your ride today. For what it's worth, mine bases calories off of the power meter and kj's of work done.
    I may be fat but I'm slow enough to make up for it.

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    thanks.

    and yeah, i only have 2 friends that ride with me but they don't ride as regularly as me.

    i wanted to start my own club with my friends but im obviously failing at recruiting them. lolz... >_<

    so yeah... i prolly should start looking into joining a club.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LowCel View Post
    Congrats on the 2,000 miles.

    To give you an idea of how much your computer is off on calories, take a look at the ride I did yesterday that I burnt less calories on than you did on your ride today. For what it's worth, mine bases calories off of the power meter and kj's of work done.
    damn. it is way off.

    then again... im still fortunate that my metabolism is still good for my age (32 next month).

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    Quote Originally Posted by vermilionx View Post
    damn. it is way off.

    then again... im still fortunate that my metabolism is still good for my age (32 next month).
    Enjoy it while you can. I'm 36 and I can't remember when I had a good metabolism.
    I may be fat but I'm slow enough to make up for it.

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    On the over counting of calorie burned, I seem to remember some research paper with findings that people actually put on weight because they felt the little exercise they did gave them license to pig out, and overstating the calorie burned by the various devices was one of the problem.

    If you are using garmin without power meter, count 1/2 if it'sodd older model, e.g. 605 or 705. On the newer models, e.g. 500 or 800, it's better but still probably overstating by 25% or more.

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    Forgot to ask, did you hit 2,000 for the year or since you have been on the bike? Not that it really matters, just curious.
    I may be fat but I'm slow enough to make up for it.

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    Check with your local shop, most likely they have informal ride club rides that meet on the weekends at the shop or a local coffee shop. They may offer various level of rides, so be honest and let them know your abilities and comfort.

    Also, consider riding some organized rides, usually a charity find raiser. The masses and riding with others is great motivation and you'll always find someone of your like abilities to chat with. A good example is the Ojai Valley Century in Ventura County next weekend. I believe they offer four or five different routes: 34-, 62-, 100, 134-milers. Organized rides usually have rest stops every 20 miles and you're always in good company.

    I enjoy solo, but I also enjoy riding with others - probably a 50-50 mix for me.

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    I was curious about the calories burned info because I just got my Garmin Edge 500 and it said I burned 2,366 calories on my 47 mile ride. I wasn't sure how accurate it was. I read that it really depends.... Someone else said that a good guess can be around 40-50 calories for every mile you bike?
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    Congrats. I just hit 2000 miles for the year last week, then fell off the bike :-( and then got a nasty cold. I have been off the bike for a week now. I am starting to get frustrated when I see my neighbors going for a ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dalava View Post
    On the over counting of calorie burned, I seem to remember some research paper with findings that people actually put on weight because they felt the little exercise they did gave them license to pig out, and overstating the calorie burned by the various devices was one of the problem.

    If you are using garmin without power meter, count 1/2 if it'sodd older model, e.g. 605 or 705. On the newer models, e.g. 500 or 800, it's better but still probably overstating by 25% or more.
    im not using a garmin. im using a globalsat 580p. not that it matters but i do have a cadence and HR monitor but i didn't feel like using them.

    and yeah, im still floating around 135lbs right now. if i go over 145 lbs... i'll start worrying. heaviest i've been is 145lbs. im 5'9"

    Quote Originally Posted by LowCel View Post
    Forgot to ask, did you hit 2,000 for the year or since you have been on the bike? Not that it really matters, just curious.
    2000 since i started cycling... i started cycling last december. did a century last feb.

    my weekly mileage dropped when i got hit by a car and the hot weather arrived. mostly the hot weather i guess since i have done the same 65 miler i usually do and i was ok... except for getting dehydrated. lolz

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    Good job on the 2k. I just turned 3.3k on my pedal force force (sram) setup. Bikes not so new anymore.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vermilionx View Post
    im still floating around 135lbs right now. if i go over 145 lbs... i'll start worrying. heaviest i've been is 145lbs. im 5'9"

    Dude you are SKINNY! I'm 5'9 and I could use to lose 10 pounds right about now....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Syncmaster View Post
    Dude you are SKINNY! I'm 5'9 and I could use to lose 10 pounds right about now....
    i prefer "slim" lolz

    my ribs are hardly barely visible when i raise up my hands.

    but yeah, i normally buy 30 waist pants but i can fit in a 28.

    ;p

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    the SFVBC has all sorts of rides that originate at CSUN. I've ridden with that group a couple times, but prefer to start from my home in studio city than to drive to CSUN to start.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DM5 View Post
    the SFVBC has all sorts of rides that originate at CSUN. I've ridden with that group a couple times, but prefer to start from my home in studio city than to drive to CSUN to start.
    kewl,ill check it out.

    have you ever tried riding any of the midnight ridazz rides?


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    it wasn't supposed to be and it's supposed to be full size as well. i dunno what happened.

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    I'd get bored too if I was just riding around in circles for a couple of hours at a time. You have a ROAD bike. You can go ride on public roads and see other things besides the park over and over again. It makes the rides much more interesting/enjoyable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ooompa Loompa View Post
    I'd get bored too if I was just riding around in circles for a couple of hours at a time. You have a ROAD bike. You can go ride on public roads and see other things besides the park over and over again. It makes the rides much more interesting/enjoyable.
    i do. i commute with it 5 days/week.

    on weekend joyrides though... i'd like to be on bike paths/trails.

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    As one of those riders "kitted out" in local racing club kit, it's kind of annoying when guys sit on my wheel and "race" me. It's polite to come up and say hi. Then if they can't ride side by side and talk at the speed I'm going, I'm ok with them sitting in. Or we can trade pulls. When I'm by myself I am usually doing an endurance (or recovery) ride, so keeping up with me is not that big a deal (not that it ever is on flat ground).

    As far as motivation goes, I can't think of anything more soul destroying than doing a lot of laps of the same course. Its like bringing the boredom of trainer riding outdoors. You have a lot of nice roads around LA, go ride them. The best way to get used to the heat is to turn down your home AC, turn off your car AC, and go ride in the heat. You'll get acclimated after a few weeks of exposure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ericm979 View Post
    As one of those riders "kitted out" in local racing club kit, it's kind of annoying when guys sit on my wheel and "race" me. It's polite to come up and say hi. Then if they can't ride side by side and talk at the speed I'm going, I'm ok with them sitting in. Or we can trade pulls. When I'm by myself I am usually doing an endurance (or recovery) ride, so keeping up with me is not that big a deal (not that it ever is on flat ground).

    As far as motivation goes, I can't think of anything more soul destroying than doing a lot of laps of the same course. Its like bringing the boredom of trainer riding outdoors. You have a lot of nice roads around LA, go ride them. The best way to get used to the heat is to turn down your home AC, turn off your car AC, and go ride in the heat. You'll get acclimated after a few weeks of exposure.
    i don't think i rode close enough for me to draft. i don't feel comfy with that and im sure the other person won't like that as well.

    and just no to the no AC comment. i love cycling but im not training to race. so im fine missing some mileage this summer.

    my goal is to get 4000 miles in a year, it looks like i'll be ok if i got 2000 already at this point. once the fall season comes in... i should be able to rack up more miles again.

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    nice, i hit 2000mi for 2012 last week as well. i'm also 5'9" but around 140lbs = a fatty. I wear sizes 30-32 waist.

    i was going to ride a metric this morning but ended up stopping once the temp felt around 90. I did about 44 miles in the end.

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