Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  

Go Back   > >

Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) Looking to lose that spare tire? Ideal weight 200+? Frustrated being a large cyclist in a sport geared for the ultra-light? Learn about the bikes and parts that can take the abuse of a heavier cyclist, how to keep your body going while losing the weight, and get support from others who've been successful.

User Tag List

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 09-08-12, 12:09 AM   #1
Senior Member
Thread Starter
SeanBlader's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Campbell, CA 95008
Bikes: 2013 Specialized Tarmac SL4 Di2
Posts: 256
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Don't forget your rest days.

So I've been riding since August 9th, a total of like 24 tracked rides over 208 miles, and after a two day break today I had an OMG moment, as in "OMG I can't believe I just did that!"

Usually after riding the bike path I take the pedestrian overpass back over the freeway to get into my neighborhood. My side has an elevation advantage compared to the other side, and so my ride out and over the freeway is usually fairly easy, but then on the return needing to ride the longer climb as I'm already tired I struggle to keep the oxygen flowing right up to the top... but not today.

I planned to power up the first quarter to get some momentum that I could maintain by dropping gears all the way up. Turned out however that I was able to power up about half of the overpass, and then the remaining half turned into relative ease compared to the efforts I'd made to make it happen previously. I only dropped 2 gears, rather than the 5 or 6 that I had to do on rides only a few short weeks ago.

I know your muscles do a lot of rebuilding after your workouts, and rest days are when they make big progress on their own, but it's amazing to me what a difference in performance it feels like coming back to the bike after a rest day or two. That's really awesome because it will be great incentive to come back to the bike after a 2 day break rather than taking the lazy way out and just keep vegging.
SeanBlader is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-08-12, 05:43 AM   #2
Senior Member
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Spokane, WA
Bikes: Specialized Sequoia Elite/Motobecane Fantom Cross Team Ti/'85 Trek 520
Posts: 2,253
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3 Post(s)
I have the same type of pedestrian overpass and know what you mean. The first part of my ride is fairly easy because its mostly downhill to the overpass and I can get over it pretty well but then the ride back has a uphill incline and hitting that overpass is tough. I feel good when I can get over the overpass with as little as shifting as possible.
bobotech is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 09:24 AM.

We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to and affiliated sites.
  • Ask a Question
    get answers from real people!
Click to start entering your question.