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Old 08-19-14, 02:46 PM
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Originally Posted by Armyofscipio
Everyone seems to be using Strava.
I use wahoo fitness app which exports directly to both MMF and Strava along with various other programs. Exporting from MMF to Strava is a pain as there is no direct way to accomplish this and requires you to use a 3rd party web site to download the file and import to strava. In my area anyway, it looks like segments used more in strava vs MMF if that interest you. Not sure if wahoo fitness app will work with 3rd party sensors as both of mine are from yahoo.
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Old 08-19-14, 03:41 PM
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Lots of great advice here. Don't worry about 13.2 vs. 13.4 mph. That could be the difference between a headwind and a slightly stronger headwind. You're out there, doing it. The more you do it, the better you'll get. The faster you'll get. IT WILL COME! Change up your route. The same ride over and over will drive anyone to drink.

I agree completely with the advice of find a group to ride with. Ask your LBS if they have a "D" group. If not, maybe you can start one. I guarantee you're not the only one who would like to ride in a group but can't keep up with the "B" group yet. Ask to be taught the proper group etiquette and lead a ride.

And, find an organized ride and sign up. You probably saw the whole "Cool Breeze - Who's In" soap opera of a thread. A group of us C/A members in SoCal just did a ride together. Some who showed up did the metric century (64 miles), some did the century, some did the helly ....er....hilly century. Some of us rode the entire ride together, some met up for part of it, and some just enjoyed the post-ride meal together. But it forced us all to train and it was a "destination" ride. Tons of fun. Check out the list here and pick a ride, train for it, and go enjoy the heck out of it. It doesn't have to be a 100 mile ride. It can be the 30, or 60 mile option. But once you do it, you'll want to do more!

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[MENTION=161901]black[/MENTION]walnut: My comments were based on the OP saying he didn't love cycling but wanted to. I re-discovered a love for cycling last year on a trip to
Greece. We signed up for a bike tour and while in good shape generally, we didn't specifically train for cycling. Fortunately the longest day was only about 40km--some steep climbing, though! We just rode to ride and I fell in love with it. Upon returning to the U.S., I started wanting to ride,longer, harder, faster. Hey, that's just me.

I also have to say that before the cycling trip, I had already dieted and exercised off about 45 pounds and was officially a non-clyde. The cycling scrubbed off another 15 and I've stayed there for about a year. I ride 100-125 miles a week with 2000-3000 feet of climbing. Nothing spectacular but I'm having a great time with road rides, commuting, social rides, and even the rare trail ride. I love it all!
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So D group is what I am looking for? That goes for racing as well? I know I am far off from any racing but my brother and I were talking about that it might be cool to do some sort of charity ride and he mentioned watching amateur racing. I am looking to get involved in the ground level of things for now.

With other hobbies i have taken part in, a lot of times you have a beginners bracket yet you see more advanced people in there killing it. Almost as if they are up a level but not winning so they drop down to beat up on the less experienced. Do we see this in cycling? I think groups rides would be cool but I would easily get pissed at a situation like that
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Originally Posted by Armyofscipio
So D group is what I am looking for? That goes for racing as well? I know I am far off from any racing but my brother and I were talking about that it might be cool to do some sort of charity ride and he mentioned watching amateur racing. I am looking to get involved in the ground level of things for now.

With other hobbies i have taken part in, a lot of times you have a beginners bracket yet you see more advanced people in there killing it. Almost as if they are up a level but not winning so they drop down to beat up on the less experienced. Do we see this in cycling? I think groups rides would be cool but I would easily get pissed at a situation like that
There are a lot of "bike tours" around here as they used to call them, not a "touring" ride with all the luggage and such, just a ride with several different "loop" choices, some offer 8-10 miles and then longer ones that go as high as 100 miles sometimes.

But they offer rest stops, and a support vehicle (often called a sag wagon).....and you can sort of "fall in" with people going your average speed.

Back before the innernets were so big and strong you would hear about one or get a flyer at the Local Bike store, then at THAT ride you got flyers for 4 more rides, and so on and so forth, these days we can just search the net.

Some folks do sort of "race" those rides but they are the minority, but it IS fun to hang with a fast pack of riders for a mile or two :-).

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