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Old 08-07-12, 05:29 PM
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First Ride Completed

Completed my first ride today.. feel miserable. But in a good way. Did 2.81 miles. It really was a wake up call to how out of shape I am. I feel miserable because I can't believe I let myself get this bad, but in a way.. I'm glad I'm finding out now while I'm still in good enough shape to be able to change my path. Can't wait until I can get back on it tomorrow. I think part of my problem was dehydration. I drank water during the ride, but I think because I was so sedentary, I didn't drink water in the days leading up to beginning this because I wasn't thirsty. I don't think that will ever be the case again. Heres to making that 2.81 miles again tomorrow.. or more!
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Old 08-07-12, 05:41 PM
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Congrats! I was in the same boat as you a few years ago... soon you'll be doing 2.81 miles riding backwards.
In 2008 I went from 248 pounds to 201... let myself go for a couple years and got back up to 231. Back down to 199 now and still going. But this time I am not stopping!

Be sure to track your rides (if you're not already)... mycyclinglog.com is a great tool and it's fun to see your progress.

Hydration - I drink a lot of water the day before my rides. It makes a huge difference.
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That's a good start. Just keep at it and
you'll see improvements in the future.
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Congrats. In a couple of weeks, when you finish your first 10 mile ride, you'll look back and laugh about how hard 2.81 miles was. Then, when you break 20, you'll laugh at 10. I know. My wife is there right now. April 15th, 5 miles almost killed her. This morning, we rode 15 miles before work, and could have done 30 if we had the time. Take it easy, but keep at it. It will get easier and you'll go farther....and the best part is you'll feel better!

And I agree with PedalingFool, track your workouts. I've never used mycyclinglog.com. I use MapMyRide and Strava, but only because...well....for not real good reason I guess. I have the apps and make sure they run during each ride. The GPS tracks the ride and give you a recap of each workout, weekly, monthly and yearly miles. It's amazing to see how quickly the numbers grow.

Again....congrats. You've earned it.
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I use MapMyRide and Strava, but only because...well....for not real good reason I guess. I have the apps and make sure they run during each ride. The GPS tracks the ride and give you a recap of each workout, weekly, monthly and yearly miles. It's amazing to see how quickly the numbers grow.
I really need to get a Garmin or a phone with GPS... these tracking toys sound like a lot of fun
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Make sure you remember how this ride felt a year from now.
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I really need to get a Garmin or a phone with GPS... these tracking toys sound like a lot of fun
They are fun, but also VERY encouraging. We look back at some of the rides that we struggled on in April, and now they are just part of a much longer ride that we do regularly, no sweat. Of course with all those centuries, your maps would be longer than mine!
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I really need to get a Garmin or a phone with GPS... these tracking toys sound like a lot of fun
They are awesome. Lets talk when you are serious.
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Completed my first ride today.. feel miserable. But in a good way. Did 2.81 miles. It really was a wake up call to how out of shape I am. I feel miserable because I can't believe I let myself get this bad, but in a way.. I'm glad I'm finding out now while I'm still in good enough shape to be able to change my path. Can't wait until I can get back on it tomorrow. I think part of my problem was dehydration. I drank water during the ride, but I think because I was so sedentary, I didn't drink water in the days leading up to beginning this because I wasn't thirsty. I don't think that will ever be the case again. Heres to making that 2.81 miles again tomorrow.. or more!
Great job! My first ride was 1.3 miles and I thought it was 20 miles. Seriously!
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Congrats on that first ride! I remember last summer when I got my FX...before I got my Garmin...I used Runkeeper...here are my stats for 3.86 miles

http://runkeeper.com/user/beachgrad05/activity/

I have lost nearly 35 lbs (basically since Feb 2012 as I was not consistent riding or watching my diet until then)

I have done a metric century (June) and rode up to the shack on Glendora Mtn Road this past Sunday 8/5 (2800 ft of climbing according to my Garmin)

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Old 08-07-12, 06:34 PM
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I'm thankful that I have access to a garmin tracking. It tracked my speed,cadence,mileage,altitude change, basically everything you can think of. And with their website, I just plug it into my computer and it copies it. I'm lucky though that my family is into cycling and has gizmos. Def will be awesome to see how I improve. I'm also using myfitness pals for the calorie part of the weight loss. I'm excited to see where I will be even in a months time.
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Originally Posted by cycle4health View Post
I'm thankful that I have access to a garmin tracking. It tracked my speed,cadence,mileage,altitude change, basically everything you can think of. And with their website, I just plug it into my computer and it copies it. I'm lucky though that my family is into cycling and has gizmos. Def will be awesome to see how I improve. I'm also using myfitness pals for the calorie part of the weight loss. I'm excited to see where I will be even in a months time.
I use myfitnesspal too tho have not been logging my food lately. It is an awesome tool.

I also use a body media armband and that tracks calories expended rather accurately plus sleep quality
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Every Trail is a good phone app to track rides. You can also log onto the website and to get a detailed map etc.... It's really awesome and free.
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Congrats on your first ride. I just started riding again as well. The first few rides were/are killer.

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Way to GO! All journeys begin with a first step. And remember...whatever your physical condition, you didn't get there overnight. Be patient with yourself. You'll get to where you want to go.
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my first ride was a half a mile

my first 10 miles I almost puked

my first 20 miles when I got home I layed on the dining room floor for 20 minutes

last weekend i did a 50 miler and half way though I hung on to a back of a a racing group for 3 miles thought my heart was in my throat and I still needed to ride 20 miles home.

Just keep at it and it wont get easier, i know that sounds bad but its not. The pain will be the same but your distance and speed wont.

also it took my a while before I figured out that I need to hydrate days before I ride not just during.
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I drank a ton of water yesterday and today before going out for the second ride.. let just say i was disgusting.. i didn't know the back of my hands could sweat until now lol. And I also might disgust a few people by saying this, but I love sweating! It made me feel good and if it is any measurement of the effort I was putting in, it was 100%. I almost rode a mile further. I did 3.56 instead of 2.81 in just a days time. I really think hydration was the issue on the first day. I love it and so glad I got into it. I also need to stop glancing my legs go round n round.. but i love the look of my calves flexing lol.
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just keep in mind that the average human body can only process (actually use and not just sit in the stomach) somewhere in the range of 20-28 oz in an hour. So if you are drinking a litre before you go and drinking a liter on your ride and the total ride takes a half hour, you are drinking way more than you can ever use.
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i have 16 oz cups at home so I try to drink one of those with every meal, and at least one every other hour.
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They are awesome. Lets talk when you are serious.
My Garmin 500 should be arriving today. I signed up at Strava... don't mess with me!
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Congrats on taking the first step! Soon enough that 2.8 miler will be a warmup for you.
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