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Old 04-28-19, 06:41 PM
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Changes attributable to Velo-Commuting

Velo-Commuting, that's fancy talk for riding my bike to work.

What I have noticed after three weeks...
A poop-load more energy.
My legs hurt.
I can BREATH!
My heart feels better (don't ask me how I know... I just know).
My legs look more like my legs again.
I'm hungry, but fill up on less food. I also find I crave different food - less salt, less sugar, more meet and veggies.
Also, there is some mood improvement (not at work, that would be crazy, but in the real world I'm happier)

Weird...
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Great that you're enjoying the changes. I must tell you, though, that it won't always feel this way. But enjoy it while it lasts.
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Eventually, it'll all just become "normal".
I'm okay with that.

When I was velo-commuting before, I generally felt good. My wife liked my butt, and the lady at the Red Cross checked my blood pressure and raised and eyebrow.
"You exercise?" she asked.
"I ride a bike to work."
"Good for you, Baby." (also nice to be late forties and having a woman other than my wife call me "Baby").

Also, it looks like the price of gas is going to go up again, so I can enjoy whining of my SUV-driving co-workers. I clean my chain with their tears
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Feels good. Maybe not always in the moment, but on balance, bike-commuting helps me feel better in a lot of ways and I miss it if I can't.
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It's not surprising that getting exercise consistently everyday would do you body and mind some good. Your body will adjust to the new normal eventually, and if you do it long enough you'll forget how it feels to not do it. Kinda like brushing your teeth everyday.
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I clean my chain with their tears
Salt - bad for chain!
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Yeah, if you don't get a lot of exercise off the bike commuting can make a big difference in fitness. Hopefully you'll be inspired to seek fitness also off the bike as cycling isn't a well-rounded workout, but bike commuting is a great low-intensity low stress exercise. Like taking a brisk walk or a jog. Good on you, baby. ;-)
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Old 05-07-19, 02:16 PM
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My fingernails grow faster. I don't have any hard and fast data (or proof of causation), but they seriously need to be cut every week now, seems like before it was less than half that.

I put it down to increased blood flow.
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My fingernails grow faster. I don't have any hard and fast data (or proof of causation), but they seriously need to be cut every week now, seems like before it was less than half that.

I put it down to increased blood flow.
Could it be increased sunlight? Vitamin D is involved in making hair and fingernails.

I'm noticing I'm 5 pant sizes smaller.
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Lycanthropy?
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^^^^^ Only if it's accompanied by increased facial hair growth.
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^^^^^ Only if it's accompanied by increased facial hair growth.
I thought that was caused by recumbents.
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my observation after resuming my work commute after the winter: muscles right above my knees feel torn. I feel like a rag doll when walking up and down the stairs. :-)


P.S. my commute is 21 miles one way with 1200 feet elevation gain.
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Could it be increased sunlight? Vitamin D is involved in making hair and fingernails.

I'm noticing I'm 5 pant sizes smaller.
Interesting maybe the sunlight is it more than the blood flow.

After 6 years of near-full-time bike commuting 11mi rt, my pants are about the same. But then again so is the amount of food I stuff in my pie hole.
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Originally Posted by RubeRad View Post
Interesting maybe the sunlight is it more than the blood flow.

After 6 years of near-full-time bike commuting 11mi rt, my pants are about the same. But then again so is the amount of food I stuff in my pie hole.
I eat WAY more bike commuting full time, but I would lose another 15 and a pants size if I ate well.
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The only difference is the cycling; my diet is still not the best. I can tell because I only went down one shirt size.

How do you tell the difference between taking it easy after a month (after a winter) off the bike and HTFU? This is my first week back, and I decided to try two rides, bus one, two rides, bus one, etc. So Monday I bused in and rode home, Tuesday I rode in and bused home, this morning I rode in and should ride home, but my legs felt like lead this morning and I couldn't go up to my usual gear. I also have a lazy streak a mile wide and will take any excuse to take the bus, like today's 9+ mph headwind. It's a flat 8 miles, but I seem unable to take it easy; possibly the fast-moving traffic next to me is an influence. Opinions?
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Yeah, if you don't get a lot of exercise off the bike commuting can make a big difference in fitness. Hopefully you'll be inspired to seek fitness also off the bike as cycling isn't a well-rounded workout, but bike commuting is a great low-intensity low stress exercise. Like taking a brisk walk or a jog. Good on you, baby. ;-)
My commute is 19 miles each way. My average heart rate is 136... That's a lot of jogging.
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After 6 years of near-full-time bike commuting 11mi rt, my pants are about the same. But then again so is the amount of food I stuff in my pie hole.
But do you notice a difference in what you eat? When I'm not riding, I start craving healthy foods like chips and Doritos. When I am riding, I crave beans, hard (I'm vegetarian). I also notice that while I eat the same, less comes out the other end; guess my body's using more of its fuel.
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Naw, I'm just a pig whether I ride or not. I always want to eat all the things.
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My commute is 19 miles each way. My average heart rate is 136... That's a lot of jogging.
The individual commuter sets the pace. My commute is 12 miles each way, and an hour door to door unless itís really windy. I seldom arrive very sweaty (unless itís hot), and never winded. I roll about 15-17mph no wind, and itís about like a brisk walk. Most folks can achieve this. Iím a pack a day smoker with a bum leg.
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The only difference is the cycling; my diet is still not the best. I can tell because I only went down one shirt size.

How do you tell the difference between taking it easy after a month (after a winter) off the bike and HTFU? This is my first week back, and I decided to try two rides, bus one, two rides, bus one, etc. So Monday I bused in and rode home, Tuesday I rode in and bused home, this morning I rode in and should ride home, but my legs felt like lead this morning and I couldn't go up to my usual gear. I also have a lazy streak a mile wide and will take any excuse to take the bus, like today's 9+ mph headwind. It's a flat 8 miles, but I seem unable to take it easy; possibly the fast-moving traffic next to me is an influence. Opinions?
I rode through this last winter but took the previous winter off. I think itís common for the body to take a few weeks. Without knowing you, Iíd say if you have the bus option and arenít afraid to use it, just take your time and ease your body back into commuting, ride only when itís nice outside, etc. Reminding myself that Iím riding to work is usually enough to slow me down.
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The individual commuter sets the pace. My commute is 12 miles each way, and an hour door to door unless itís really windy. I seldom arrive very sweaty (unless itís hot), and never winded. I roll about 15-17mph no wind, and itís about like a brisk walk. Most folks can achieve this. Iím a pack a day smoker with a bum leg.
I average 14.5 MPH and its 400 feet ( with 200 feet loss) climbing one way and 600 the other. I am sweating when I get there because the point is to sweat. I keep a towel spare clothes and and a "shower stick" at work. When I find myself not sweating I pedal harder. So far I am down 60 lbs.

I quit smoking a year ago- its easier to work hard now and I highly recommend it.
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I average 14.5 MPH and its 400 feet ( with 200 feet loss) climbing one way and 600 the other. I am sweating when I get there because the point is to sweat. I keep a towel spare clothes and and a "shower stick" at work. When I find myself not sweating I pedal harder. So far I am down 60 lbs.

I quit smoking a year ago- its easier to work hard now and I highly recommend it.
Great job! You must feel very satisfied with achieving your goals.
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Great job! You must feel very satisfied with achieving your goals.
well halfway anyway. Another 45 to go. But yeah it does feel better not carrying a large sack of potatoes around my waste. One more sack of taters to go.

My first ride after a long hiatus was Jan 2018. I was done after two miles. My point is that biking as a workout is what you make of it. If you cruise along at 10-12 MPH its a brisk walk. If you hit every hill like it killed your dog it isnt a bad way to get some aerobics in every day. It helps that we have this thing called "topography" in Oregon... you guys in Indiana have heard of that haven't you?
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well halfway anyway. Another 45 to go. But yeah it does feel better not carrying a large sack of potatoes around my waste. One more sack of taters to go.

My first ride after a long hiatus was Jan 2018. I was done after two miles. My point is that biking as a workout is what you make of it. If you cruise along at 10-12 MPH its a brisk walk. If you hit every hill like it killed your dog it isnt a bad way to get some aerobics in every day. It helps that we have this thing called "topography" in Oregon... you guys in Indiana have heard of that haven't you?
No, Iíve never even heard the word.

Sounds like cycling in Oregon has made a real beast of a man out of you. Iím real sorry about your dog.
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