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Old 10-21-08, 12:42 PM
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Coping with layoff

Will you be laying off this Fall / Winter? It's gotten cold here, and my last commute was actually just as enjoyable as usual but I now realize I must grow up (age 48 now) and affirm that I will have to quit commuting for now. It's cold and dark when I leave in the morning and it has become conspicuous and a little eccentric. I admire those of you who will stick it out for the next 4 months but, my question is for the rest: what alternative exercise will you get? How will you replace the great feeling you get from cycling twice a day to and fro? For me, I will probably do some exercise at home and a nearby gym, trying to average about 30 minutes per day. I'll probably divide it up about 50% cardio and 50% weight training and resume some squatting to put on some muscle. I lost about 10 lbs when I started commuting, which I didn't mind and part of it was fat. After 4 months, I figure I can get back out there commuting again with y'all.
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Old 10-21-08, 12:47 PM
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wow, is hard to say.

i can't imagine ever be more satisfying than the 2 rides a day exercise / commute.
before i did my commute on bike, i hardly exercised
might do it once or twice a week, but it simply wasn't enough

i just can't make enough time for a home gym, too many things to take care of after i get home, which sort of also double as my home/office

so commuting is the best way to kill 2 birds at once.
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Old 10-21-08, 12:51 PM
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ironhorse...I'm turning 54 in December and intend to commute right on through. I bought a second bike, ordering the studded tires next week.
I'm going to do it except on days where it is just too dangerous, and if those days become too frequent I have a recumbent exercise bike inside.
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I'm 47, and I really don't care if I grow up or not. I'm the one having fun on the bike.

Anyway - I ride year round (2X commuting a week for a 43 mile RT), except when there's ice on the MUP. Then, I'll use the rower or elliptical, or hit the trainer...but it's not as much fun as being outdoors.....
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Old 10-21-08, 01:05 PM
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I would have to quit for half the year. Anyhow, I have tried to stop but my alternatives of running, strength training, and indoor cardio (trainier or gym equipment) are inadequate. The end result is that I fatten up. To fully enjoy spring and summer I like to be as fit as possible at the end of winter.
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Old 10-21-08, 01:19 PM
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Originally Posted by ironhorse3 View Post
Will you be laying off this Fall / Winter? It's gotten cold here, and my last commute was actually just as enjoyable as usual but I now realize I must grow up (age 48 now) and affirm that I will have to quit commuting for now. It's cold and dark when I leave in the morning and it has become conspicuous and a little eccentric.
I don't understand why you need to "grow up" as you say. There's nothing wrong with riding your bike to work. Bicycles are not just for children.
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Old 10-21-08, 01:31 PM
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i am going to keep riding through the winter and when i can't ride i will probably be running outdoors or on the treadmill oh and i got some new ice skates so i plan on skating on the pond this winter
 
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I'm 48 and plan to ride through the winter, but I've done that for 3 years in a row.

It's more fun that getting on a cardio machine--even in bad weather! In my book, a cardio machine isn't more adult-like than going outside.

No problem though quitting--just get your excersize somehow. Not sure about your logic, however, with the dates. 4 months from now is February--which is worse than Oct. or November. I suggest you stick it out until Thanksgiving. Then try to start back up in mid March.
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Old 10-21-08, 01:38 PM
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Luckily, I don't have to grow up for another 6 years.
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i thought this thread was going to be about being laid off from a job...where do i bike to now?!
 
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Originally Posted by apricissimus View Post
I don't understand why you need to "grow up" as you say. There's nothing wrong with riding your bike to work. Bicycles are not just for children.
This is where I am sitting with this too. I've made the choice to not ride when it's raining (mainly because this is my first year commuting and I just don't have the funds to get all the gear I need). But, on the other hand, I've vowed to ride if it's not percipitating. I can deal with the cold... I think. We'll see. So far the coldest it's been is 43F and that wasn't so bad. I just need some protection on my legs... but anyway.
I don't think it's about "growing up". I think it's about being older and wiser to keep on commuting. Good exercise, enjoyment, entertainment (c'mon folks.. seriously.. don't you get a laugh at the pencil heads in cars passing you and giving YOU the bird, honking, endangering your life, etc? I do.. and if one hits me, I'll be all the richer for it! if not... I won't have anything to worry about anyhow)

As for the riding in the dark thing. It's become my favorite time to ride. I still need a little better lights on the front, but otherwise... I absolutely love it.
when I get to my destination, I always mumble something like . o O (another successful trip)
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Old 10-21-08, 01:52 PM
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Originally Posted by ironhorse3 View Post
Will you be laying off this Fall / Winter? It's gotten cold here, and my last commute was actually just as enjoyable as usual but I now realize I must grow up (age 48 now) and affirm that I will have to quit commuting for now. It's cold and dark when I leave in the morning and it has become conspicuous and a little eccentric.
Sounds like something your wife told you.
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Old 10-21-08, 01:54 PM
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don't live the bummer life keep riding...
 
Old 10-21-08, 02:09 PM
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I use the trainer and weights during the winter. I still gain weight and loose shape though as i only put on 1/4 of the km on the trainer as i do commuting (if that). Sometimes when the sun has been shinning and we haven't had any snow for awhile the roads clear up and i can sneak in a commute or two midwinter.
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Old 10-21-08, 02:20 PM
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Before I started riding I was taking some spinning classes. Those are INTENSE. I could never ride a stationary bike on my own, that is just way too boring. The classes do motivate you to work hard.

I will continue to ride through the Winter, but my cycling milage will be reduced to just commuting. Most days the 10 mile round trip is enough fun. I will not be going out on any long treks once the snow starts to arrive.

As an extra bit of activity I definitely plan on getting out to cross-country ski some more this Winter. That is a fun activity that will realy get your blood pumping. The biggest limiting factor is snow on the ground.

Happy riding,
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The saying goes..."growing old is mandatory, growing up is optional."

I'm 55 and just started commuting about 2 months ago. I'm finally getting some exercise, so I don't want to stop.

I don't ride in the rain, but it was 38 degrees yesterday and it wasn't too bad. There are some winter days where it can dip into the teens and twenties - I might not ride those days, either. Of course, I'm only going 5 miles.

I would think something like an elliptical would be good to use, if riding is not an option.

First really cold day and I'll let you know if I change my tune.
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Old 10-21-08, 02:26 PM
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I had planned to keep riding all winter, but right now I'm having a really tough time -- my rheumatoid arthritis has kicked into high gear (it did this time last year too), and I haven't had a commuting day when I didn't have a hand or wrist or shoulder that was lamed up too bad to ride with. Hopefully it'll straighten itself out before too long.
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GROWING OLD IS MANDATORY.
Growing Up Is Optional
This is on the T-shirt I had on this morning on my ride into work. 48 and will ride thru the Winter on the dry days a little bit North of Detroit.

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I'm 52 and plan to keep bike commuting, but with conditions;

I'll drive the car a few miles to a park & ride & travel by bus half of my distance. This allows me to avoid predawn bike travel where there is heavy vehicular traffic. I then ride with lights on a bike path and finish my commute on quiet residential streets.

So, I adjust my commuting, mostly to increase safety. But 'll still ride 200 miles/month.

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With the exception maybe of glare ice, there's no such thing as weather too bad to ride, there's only inappropriate clothing.

Layer up, take your time and carefully choose your routes, and you can bike pretty much anywhere you want to go year-round.
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Originally Posted by deanack View Post
GROWING OLD IS MANDATORY.
Growing Up Is Optional
This is on the T-shirt I had on this morning on my ride into work. 48 and will ride thru the Winter on the dry days a little bit North of Detroit.

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I am 55, during my commute today my headlight went dim at 06:15 so I rode the six miles remaining with my Maglight in my mouth. When I got to work someone told me I looked a little foolish with a flashllight in my mouth-I wish I had your quote for a reply. But seriously, I do not feel it is a matter of growing up, it is more a matter of being prepared for the conditions.
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Winter for me is just as much fun as any other time. I started commuting about two and a half years ago. I generally ride until the snow gets too deep to pedal through and the snowbanks too high to go over. Last year, that was the middle of January. On mornings like today, 39 degrees, I wear a nylon jacket and my leather gloves. When it gets into the lower 30's and below, I'll switch to a Land's End winter coat, and a larger helmet with a wool cap under it. I pull the cap over my ears to keep them warm. I put a home-made headlight and flashing taillights on the bike for safety. It's totally dark when I leave and will be getting dusk when I come home before I quit for the year. It's at the point now, if I don't ride, people notice and ask where the bike is. I just turned 55 and don't have any immediate plans to change my behavior. I don't put much stock in what the rest of the world thinks, I'm out having fun frosting up my beard and crunching through the snow.
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Whats that Buffett verse? "Growing older, but not up!" I just turned 45 and plan to ride as much as possible. My climate is very conducive to year round riding, but I admit I tend to avoid the rain. I usually can get 3 or 4 days in anyways. I love riding in the dark. The winds tend to be lighter and you just feel like you are going so much faster.
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The 4 month estimate may indeed be off but I don't like the prospects of a 6 month hiatus. One of my goals is to get a more flexible work schedule to allow me shorter work days when the days are short. Then less riding in the dark, though that would otherwise be like one of you said, very doable with good lights. Not too many of you do the layoff it would seem, which is pretty cool. I do foresee some good days through the winter, so it doesn't have to be all or none.
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I don't ride in the snow and ice. As of now my limit is about 25 F. So that will knock out about 40-80 days in the 4 months of Nov-Feb.

Hope to get the Tour de France 2008 DVD's to watch while riding a trainer.
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