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Old 06-28-12, 12:43 PM
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I sure was. Hang in there.
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Old 06-28-12, 12:54 PM
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2 years ago I started bike riding at age 64. I tried to ride 2 miles and had to stop three times to rest. Today, 2 years later, I am riding 18 miles non stop. Take heart. Keep riding. It only gets better.
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Old 06-28-12, 01:00 PM
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Thank you again everyone. Lots of good advice
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2 years ago I was in the worst shape on this board. a 3 mile commute one way seemed like a huge accomplishment then. Just pedal at the speed of fun and you will be ready for many more miles in just a few weeks. It gets worse, after a few months you start to daydream about touring on the ride in to work.
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Old 06-28-12, 05:28 PM
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Like others have said, it takes time. My first commute was a ten mile round trip. The first couple of times I rode it I could hardly make it up the small hill on the street before I hit home. I had to walk it, and it took me an hour. There was also this huge hill right at the start of my ride that I hated, but I would zoom down at about thirty at the end of my ride. Loved that hill. XD By the time I got to the fourteen mile round trip commute to a different job, I was taking the hills on my highest gear and had cut my time down to half an hour for seven miles. I'm still working on getting back to that from having sat on my butt all fall and winter last year, but the current commute added on another two miles round trip that I'm enjoying.

Point of the babbling is, you're going to make it. And you'll feel awesome when you realized that you plowed up that hill and didn't think about it.
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Old 06-28-12, 05:41 PM
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OP, you're definitely not alone. In January I started a new job that's 10 miles from home. Before that my job was 3 miles away. I rode there pretty regularly. I tried the 10 mile route and it about killed me. I got discouraged and since have only gone on shorter rides for fun or to the store. I might be starting another new job in August that's again only 3 miles away so I plan on eventually riding almost every day and beginning again to build up my strength and endurance.
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Old 06-28-12, 11:40 PM
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Some days 3 miles is all I can do. My average day is 7-16 miles, and I've been riding for years. I do carry a load, at times, though, and even pull a trailer.
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Old 06-29-12, 12:34 AM
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Keep riding. 3 miles will turn into "just riding around the neighborhood" or "just barely a warm-up".
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Old 06-29-12, 01:21 AM
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So what if I said you were the most out of shape here. It may be true, it may not be. Doesn't really matter. "Do your best and forget the rest"[SUP]1[/SUP] "Get out of your head about it. Just show up."[SUP]2[/SUP]
This is about you and your goals. It's about you doing them the best you can and at the pace you feel is your best. Everything else is utterly pointless and inconsequential.

[SUP]1,2[/SUP]These lines unabashedly stolen from Tony Horton

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Old 06-29-12, 05:04 PM
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Originally Posted by treadtread View Post
Check Sheldon Brown's page about gears and cadence. I thought that having a higher gear = more effort = more exercise, but apparently, it doesn't really work that way. Find a gear that fits your natural cadence, and things will improve a lot - worked for me!

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http://sheldonbrown.com/gears.html
This is pretty important. I actually just switched to a nuvinci, so I'm always at my ideal cadence. I don't usually accelerate as fast, but my top speed is a little higher and I have better endurance. I started biking 3 months ago after a few years off and just yesterday I went 42 miles! (I was exhausted, though)

Anyway, keep it up. Remember that breaks will help your body get stronger faster. Hard day, easy day, medium day, easy day, hard day...
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Old 06-29-12, 07:43 PM
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Stick with it. March of 2011 I took up cycling for the first time in a couple of decades and more seriously than ever before. My first rides were 5 miles or so through residential neighborhoods and I would have to flop on the couch and moan when I got home. Had a lot of stiff muscles and went through a lot of Advil the first couple of months. This morning I did 50 miles through rolling hills and feel great. Legs are a bit tired but will be fine by tomorrow morning.
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Old 07-02-12, 10:52 AM
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Originally Posted by blargman
"Get out of your head about it. Just show up."
[SUP]1,2[/SUP]These lines unabashedly stolen from Tony Horton
Wonderful quote and totally correct.

Do what these folks say and in a month there will be lots of us in worse shape than you. We ride because we enjoy it.
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Old 07-02-12, 12:05 PM
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Originally Posted by ThermionicScott View Post
Jeezy creezy. Just settle down and improve at your own pace. Stop measuring yourself against the hardcore people here.
Yeah, it can be a little discouraging. Be patient w/yourself. Been doing this for over 25 years now and when I think of where I started compared to where I am it makes me thankful that I stuck with it. Vital signs, cholestral numbers, heart and overall health wouldn't be where they are w/o cycling. No doubt.

Over the last 2 years have been through a binary blood clot, bi-polar 2 hypomania episode, head trauma w/brain bleed in 3 places from a car accident(not my fault, thankfully) and this past fall a vicious case of *****gitis coupled w/encephalitis that lasted over 6 weeks. Attribute the ability to survive all that to a solid base of conditioning from commuter/utility cycling. My recreation mileage is so negligible I don't even count it towards positive health effects. Though, it probably contributes.

The point I'm trying to make here is one never knows when or where one's consistant cycling will show up in health emergencies. Build up a solid base and enjoy yourself. Try not to look ahead too far.
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Old 07-02-12, 12:18 PM
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Keep it up! You'll get there. I started out at 6 miles and that was pretty killer for me. Recently, I was able to do 60 miles comfortably less than a year later. The more you love riding, the better you'll get at it
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Old 07-02-12, 12:21 PM
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When my wife started, she was all out to do 2 miles. After 9 months, she can do our regular 15 mile evening ride pretty easy. She still needs rest stops to do 30, but it gets easier all the time.

(I started riding with her and being fairly active had a bit of an advantage, but I'm also still steadily improving. And I need to. Went out with my younger brother today and he was riding an old, borrowed mountain bike. He still schooled me. I have a long way to go.)
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Old 07-02-12, 12:29 PM
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It will get better, use your bike for everything and it will be less of a chore and more fun.
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Old 07-02-12, 12:34 PM
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I'm also working my way up, with my gradual transition into running also helping.

Before a year ago I was super out-of-shape. I was around 215 and wearing 38 pants, using the 4th to last hole on the belt. I was never athletic or really active AT ALL. Then last fall I started walking with some gradual running. I actually went through somewhat of a "life change" last summer in that I now live barefoot almost all the time except while at work. Going barefoot inspired me to get outside and be active more, which led to walking and running. Last fall I could barely run 45 seconds without feeling like I was going to die. Now I have run as much as 14 solid minutes and a complete mile, almost always barefoot.

Then a couple of months ago I started getting heavily obsessed with bike riding, after my nice KHS bike hung up on the wall for most of the last 6 years. No, I don't bike barefoot (that hurts), but I still owe the desire to be on the bike to my change to a barefoot lifestyle last year. I can somewhat easily do 8-10 miles just around town, but I normally barely average 11 mph.

Today I'm down to 193, and my 38 pants literally fall off of me. I'm down to a 36 (34's are still just a tad snug), and down to the second to last or sometimes last hole on the belt with certain pants. I still have a bit of a spare tire, but honestly I'm not sure if I'll ever get rid of that due to the curvature of my spine (family trait).

I really want to get to the point where I feel like I can commute to work, a 29 mile round trip. I think the nature of the roads and terrain is what's holding me back at this point. I live in a pretty hilly area, and the only road choices between home and work is the interstate, or 2-lane rural roads (no shoulder) with a fair amount of traffic going 40-60 mph.
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Hey windchaser - just remember: you're on a bike ride! It should be fun, and each ride is rewarding in its own way. Maybe you see some wildlife, maybe you smugly roll by a traffic snarl, maybe you get to the top of that hill in 2nd instead of 1st - seek the reward and it will find you have no doubt.

Best thing to do is keep spinning!
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Old 07-03-12, 05:36 AM
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I've been commuting nearly 2 years and I still have plenty of days when my 7 miles kills me. And there's plenty of days (windy wet ones in particular) it's anything but fun. Also I haven't lost any weight, probably even put some on! But I'm not stopping. Sitting in your car, sitting in the office, back in the car, and then sitting on your couch is not the way we're meant to live. Even if you don't see it or feel it, believe it... it makes a difference.
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Originally Posted by dhiltonp View Post
This is pretty important. I actually just switched to a nuvinci, so I'm always at my ideal cadence. I don't usually accelerate as fast, but my top speed is a little higher and I have better endurance. I started biking 3 months ago after a few years off and just yesterday I went 42 miles! (I was exhausted, though)
How do you like the nuvinci hub? It seems like an interesting concept, but I've never ridden one.
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The style of bike can impact your comfort too. I can't stand road bikes for example. They hurt my shoulders, neck and elbows very quickly. Give me a mt. bike or my glorified cruiser bike commuter instead.

Consider borrowing bikes of different styles to try 'em out. There might be one that hurts less and is more fun. It IS supposed to be fun after all. Bike fit will make a difference in how efficient and painless your commute can be.

I also like the warm up comments. It takes me at least 15 minutes to get warmed up on the bike and feeling good.

Stick with it. I remember my legs shaking like crazy walking up the stairs after my ride to work when I started commuting. That went away after a few months.
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Only fiddle with one thing at a time, but do fiddle. Fiddle with the seat height, stem height and any and all other adjustments you can make on your bike. As you get each adjustment dialed in to fit you riding will feel better and you can move on to the next adjustment. If you fiddle with more than one thing at a time you won't know if it was seat height, seat fore-aft adjustment or seat angle that made the difference.

Little things can make a difference. I have found that I need my feet angled on the pedals to match my natural walking foot placement on the ground. If my feet are straight fore and aft on the pedals it causes twinges in my knees. You will have to experiment to see what fits you.

I once heard that a pro racer's mechanics decided to play a joke on him during a training ride to see if he would notice. They raised his seat height one millimeter. ... He noticed.

Don't quit. You'll get it dialed in. Both the adjustments to the bike; and your own conditioning.
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My sweet little 90-year-old grandma did a century this morning in 102 degree heat, and that was right before hitting the weight room for a 3-hour workout. Now, are we motivated? Nothing less than 110% from you will be acceptable!



(I hope this helps. Hang in there. If you are in good health, it will only get easier.)

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