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Ha, and I was happy progressing from 3.0 to 4.1. Shooting for 5+ tomorrow if I can get out early.
Well, hit my 5 mile goal. Actually did 5.2 and then 5.1, averaging 5:19/mile the second time. But it was mid-90 degrees both times, so I need to get out earlier. Four rides down, a few hundred to go! Next up is 6 miles. Baby steps!
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Well, hit my 5 mile goal. Actually did 5.2 and then 5.1, averaging 5:19/mile the second time. But it was mid-90 degrees both times, so I need to get out earlier. Four rides down, a few hundred to go! Next up is 6 miles. Baby steps!
Congrats! I did 17.8 today, hoping I feel up to doing 7.5 in the morning....
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Congrats! I did 17.8 today, hoping I feel up to doing 7.5 in the morning....
That's about a "30k" ride (18.6 miles). Wow, very good progress from your original rides!
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That's about a "30k" ride (18.6 miles). Wow, very good progress from your original rides!
My progress has been way faster then I'd expected. I'm having a blast and getting fit at the same time . I see you're in NKY as well - where do you ride?
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Good stuff here! Congrats on the mileage.
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Great job! Did my first over 10 mil ride today. I was fine at 10 so pushed on and ultimately over did it. So easy to do. The last 4-5 miles were really hard and not much fun. A learning lesson I guess!
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Originally Posted by MBR2000 View Post
Well, hit my 5 mile goal. Actually did 5.2 and then 5.1, averaging 5:19/mile the second time. But it was mid-90 degrees both times, so I need to get out earlier. Four rides down, a few hundred to go! Next up is 6 miles. Baby steps!
Yes, baby steps, but you want to challenge yourself a bit on good days.

You might try to design the ride so the planned distance gets you back to the start. Then if you feel up to it, head back out about 10-15% of the original plan, turning around if/when you feel a bit tired. Worst case, you have to limp back a short distance. Best case, you find that you're better than you thought and can take bigger baby steps.

The key is to give yourself the option to go farther than you expect, yet not be so committed that you cant get back.
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My progress has been way faster then I'd expected. I'm having a blast and getting fit at the same time . I see you're in NKY as well - where do you ride?
I do mostly cycle club type rides, all over the area. Ha, the KY side of the river is just about all hills! Even the so-called "flat routes" include lots of smaller rolling hills.

Have you tried Lunken and Armleder Park paths in Cincinnati? The Lunken Airport loop is about 5 miles, flat with one steep downhill if you go counterclockwise. The connector to Armleder is a 50 foot high moderate grade, uphill from Armleder to Lunken. Combining both can be 12-15 miles if you wander a lot of the loops in Armleder, a quiet and interesting prairie park, reclaimed from an old gravel operation.

Check out the interior of the cool Art Deco Lunken Terminal while you are there.

Longer distances:

The Little Miami Trail -- Go either direction from Milford, for example. Lots of shade in the summer. Not busy at all in the mid to late afternoon on weekends, quiet on weekdays. The little kids on training bikes and the dog walkers disappear a mile or two past the trail heads, and I just slow down when they are around.

Maybe 15 years ago, when I was just an occasional rider, a round trip on the Little Miami Trail from Milford to Loveland was a long, epic ride for me. It's 9 miles each way, and very scenic. The downtown Loveland bike park has water, restrooms, and nearby restaurants.

Here's someone's video, edited down and speeded up, from Loveland to Milford (at the 16:00 mark) and on to the old end of the trail at Newtown OH. It's now 3 miles longer, waiting for funding for a bridge over the river to connect to Lunken eventually.

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I previously reviewed the most scenic sections of the Little Miami Trail in this post.

And this post includes a 25 mile route trip from Armleder Park, through Lunken, then on the painted bike lane on Riverside Drive to the interesting Cincinnati parks along the Ohio River downtown.

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Originally Posted by rm -rf View Post
I do mostly cycle club type rides, all over the area. Ha, the KY side of the river is just about all hills! Even the so-called "flat routes" include lots of smaller rolling hills.

Have you tried Lunken and Armleder Park paths in Cincinnati? The Lunken Airport loop is about 5 miles, flat with one steep downhill if you go counterclockwise. The connector to Armleder is a 50 foot high moderate grade, uphill from Armleder to Lunken. Combining both can be 12-15 miles if you wander a lot of the loops in Armleder, a quiet and interesting prairie park, reclaimed from an old gravel operation.

Check out the interior of the cool Art Deco Lunken Terminal while you are there.

Longer distances:

The Little Miami Trail -- Go either direction from Milford, for example. Lots of shade in the summer. Not busy at all in the mid to late afternoon on weekends, quiet on weekdays. The little kids on training bikes and the dog walkers disappear a mile or two past the trail heads, and I just slow down when they are around.

Maybe 15 years ago, when I was just an occasional rider, a round trip on the Little Miami Trail from Milford to Loveland was a long, epic ride for me. It's 9 miles each way, and very scenic. The downtown Loveland bike park has water, restrooms, and nearby restaurants.

Here's someone's video, edited down and speeded up, from Loveland to Milford (at the 16:00 mark) and on to the old end of the trail at Newtown OH. It's now 3 miles longer, waiting for funding for a bridge over the river to connect to Lunken eventually.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q2fnzZPct-0

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I previously reviewed the most scenic sections of the Little Miami Trail in this post.

And this post includes a 25 mile route trip from Armleder Park, through Lunken, then on the painted bike lane on Riverside Drive to the interesting Cincinnati parks along the Ohio River downtown.
I haven't done Lunken yet, will have to try it. The last 2 Sundays we've done Loveland, first from Loveland to Milford and back, then the second week from Loveland to South Lebanon and back. Planning to go up again this Sunday, it's an incredibly pleasant ride, with food and beer available .

Yeah, NKY is hills no matter where you go - my 8 - 10 mile neighborhood rides are noticeably tougher on my legs than 18 miles on the trail.
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Yes, baby steps, but you want to challenge yourself a bit on good days.

You might try to design the ride so the planned distance gets you back to the start. Then if you feel up to it, head back out about 10-15% of the original plan, turning around if/when you feel a bit tired. Worst case, you have to limp back a short distance. Best case, you find that you're better than you thought and can take bigger baby steps.

The key is to give yourself the option to go farther than you expect, yet not be so committed that you cant get back.
I agree. I've been riding in my subdivision and have all kinds of options to add anything as short as .35 mi. Some of the distances around various blocks are stuck in my head from running off and on for 20 years. Used to measure with car odometer, but now use Runkeeper iPhone app. Have had a killer cold and cough for the past few days, so that's not helping my plan.
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Congrats to you Aahzz!! Keep on pedaling!
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Doubled it today for my first 20 mile ride
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Congrats! I remember how I felt after doing 20 miles for the first time.
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Doubled it today for my first 20 mile ride
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I think if 100 miles is a century, 10 should be a decade - lol.

I did 10 miles this morning before breakfast. 10.1, to be exact. I know for many of you that's not a long ride, but it's a heck of an accomplishment for me . Just started riding again 22 days ago, and could barely do 2 miles the first day. I've ridden as an adult a few times in the past, most recently about 4-5 years ago, and never trained right to go over 3-4 miles.

I feel awesome.
Congrats! 10 miles is no small feat. And like they say, it all adds up. Thats awesome progress! Make sure to stay well hydrated and what-not.
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Yes, baby steps, but you want to challenge yourself a bit on good days.
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The key is to give yourself the option to go farther than you expect, yet not be so committed that you cant get back.
I agree. If you've reached your goal and you still feel good, like you can go further, than do it! That's how I managed to finally claim my first metric century a few weeks ago. And I was glad that I pushed myself to go a little bit further, because if I hadn't I'd still be lamenting not reaching that goal yet.
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Doubled it today for my first 20 mile ride
Sorry, I missed this update. 20 miles is fantastic. 30 is not far behind. Glad you're still cranking it out and improving yourself.
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Thats dope, 10 and 20 are great Keep up the good work.

I joke around with people on my facebook. and hashtag fatsoonabike or fatboybiking

for me sharing my rides on FB is a big part.
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Thanks all. Progress is a good thing - my daily ride is now 10-11 miles most days .
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Sorry, I missed this update. 20 miles is fantastic. 30 is not far behind. Glad you're still cranking it out and improving yourself.
And then 50 isn't far off. You'll really feel good getting your first half century.
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And then 50 isn't far off. You'll really feel good getting your first half century.
I'll need a new saddle for that. I did 22.3 today, and that's as much as my nether regions can take on the stock saddle. Slight numbness of the naughty bits for about an hour afterwards. So, the new saddle is definitely coming.

22.3 is now my personal best distance, and at a new best average speed of 13 mph - up from 10 the first time I hit the Loveland trail 5 weeks or so ago.
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Hitting milestones is great, and if you keep celebrating, you can do it again and again. I say that because I start slow every year, and assume everybody who doesn't have a trainer has to do the same. So look forward to 30 and more, but celebrate 20.

I remember my first bike ride in 12 years when I was 28 (a while ago). Hills. 2 miles. I literally (and I know what 'literally' means) had to crawl upstairs when I came back. A few weeks later, I was riding to campus in less time than I could drive, park, and walk to my destination. And I start every year with 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 10 mile rides just to break in my butt.

Numbness is unacceptable. There are now lots of good solutions to numbness, but no single saddle/seat solves it for every on. I'm 220 and 5' 7", and I like the Selle SMP Trk - under $60 at Amazon; I've ridden it over 1000 miles with no numbness.

ISM (ismseat.com) also has a good solution, and others swear by Specialized, especially Power, Brooks B17 & Cambium (with and without slits), and Selle Anatomica. Pick one and stay with it if it works.

The thing tha keeps me away from Selle Anatomica is that someplace they say the weight limit is 450 lbs. I usually get my butt off the seat when riding over RR tracks and other road irregularities, but I fear that if I don't, the force could go past the limit.

Maybe someone who understands the physics can enlighten me....
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