Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: Home alone
Bikes: Trek 4300 X 2. Trek 1000, Trek 6000
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I am not a racer and really don't have a training regimine nor any specific goals. I just get out of bed every morning and ride for usually 1.5 to 2 hours. I have done this for two and a half years now. I sometimes take one day off per week, but that is the most.
My main goal is to just have a good paced ride and get some exercise. Now starting to approach 17,000 miles and a lot of hours, it seems like my body is starting to rebel a bit. Some times i just don't feel like i have a lot of gas in the tank so to speak. Also i have been getting more knee pain than normal.
It may just be coincidental but it does raise a question? Does a body ever give you clues that it is tired of riding so much? I hate missing days of riding but have started to take an extra day here and there just to see if it revives be and/or helps with the mild knee pain.
I am in good cycling shape. I am 6' 2" and 150 lbs. I was a little over 200 when i started riding. It is hard to determine how much of this is mental and how much is physical. I always start to struggle a little more mentally in late January thru February. Winter cycling is a chore. Not so much on the bike, but it takes a lot of prep and it is easy to dread the daily ride, although i always enjoy it after a couple miles under the tires.
Also, most of my miles are on mountain bikes on unpaved rough gravel and dirt roads. 15,000 miles on a brooks saddle on a hardtail riding over roads full of holes and rocks tends to beat on a man. I know i am certainly looking forward to the warmer weather when i can mix in some miles on the road bike.