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Riding on the trail vs on the road?

Old 05-08-10, 03:12 AM
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Riding on the trail vs on the road?

I am not sure, but today I did 15km's in the mountains and it kicked my butt! I've never done much more then 10~15Km's on the road either but wow, I am sore! shoulders, legs, arms... wow. I feel great! Not sure the elite would consider it a mountain but it was quite steep (for me at least) I had to step off a couple of times but surprisingly I managed most of it on the saddle. I am trying to remain seated, I remember, when we were younger, we would stand up and pump like mad kids but franlky, I am not sure that the equipment would stand up to that today. But I also remember that most of my friends who were well in to MTB'ing always said that staying in the saddle is the way to go.

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sounds great! I've gotten into road cycling a lot the past few years but I have a decent MTB and got new cool tires for it and I'm itching to use them. maybe I'll get into MTB riding too!

I remember being a kid with a single speed stingray riding and climbing absolutely everything. then even on my 1-speed was still unstoppable. I've been training more now than ever before in my life so am I in the best shape of my life? doubtful, but I still aspire ... :-)
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I enjoy the dirt trails. The climbs really give you more of a full body workout. Where I ride I still have to get off and push. I just consider it all good cross training. I even push myself to do some carries instead of pushing. On one climb my goal is to be able to make the second of 4 power poles before bailing and walking. Plus, the air off the road is fresher and the scenery more enjoyable.
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I absolutely love the bumpy trails but the smoothness of the road can be attractive with the right tires. We dont have any natural trails where I live so the road/pavement is all I use.
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MTB is fun! Sad thing is that most my buddies ride road so it's hard to find MTB partners to ride the trail with me. And I aint taking my wife up these hills!

Keep hitting the hills. The more you do 'em, the more fun they are!

Mostly fireroads, no woodsy trails nearby.


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Old 05-08-10, 04:21 PM
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Wow, this place looks like quite the challenge. Where is this? I am looking forward to branching out a little more and finding more trails near my home. I am trying to do one big solo ride on the week end and then one family ride. So today the fam is loading up and we are driving to a bike path along a little river lottsa pedestrian traffic and slow bike but nice all the same.
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Don't pay any attention to Mr. Beanz. I don't think he is from this planet Mere mortals can't keep up with him

Give me dirt, gravel, single, double and any combination as long it goes up and down. If all I had was road, I would probably stop riding.
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