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Old 07-28-23, 10:56 AM
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Been several years since I've been riding & on this forum. I was actually tuning up the bike to sell it but decided to take it for one last spin, and then the bug hit me again. Any advice for someone way out of shape trying to get back into things, other than take it easy & don't push myself too hard?
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Old 07-28-23, 11:56 AM
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Depends on what you want your 'cycling' to be; why you dropped away from riding this recent time.
AS for the actual 'process', if you're concerned at all about the act of... Re-acquiring (or acquiring) a smooth efficient pedal stroke, good handling skills and sense for scanning conditions and all around you. Then finding the type of enjoyment you wish to get from riding.
...not sure what else you might expect...
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Ride a short distance every day slowly. You will have to tune up your bike as well as your body. Five to Ten miles a day can get you where you want after 21 days...
No matter where you're at... There you are... Δf:=f(1/2)-f(-1/2)
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From an ex-racer who was off the bike for 15 years...Be consistent. Develop a weekly routine/schedule where cycling gets re-established as part of your lifestyle. Keep it fun.
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Old 08-01-23, 09:11 AM
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I'm starting again at 68 after a few years on and off. I did 20 miles yesterday and felt it doing a ride that I used to do without giving it a thought. But it'll come back if I keep at it slowly. At least my knee felt fine and I didn't give it any thought. My shoulder OTOH still gets painful. And the best thing is I slept through the night, a problem since my shoulder popped.
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Old 08-04-23, 10:45 AM
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"Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing." --Theodore Roosevelt
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Welcome back! Great advice on the all replies. You have been off the bike for several years, so listen to your body after a ride. Have fun and take care.
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I rode today and looked at my bike computer and saw I was doing a whopping 14mph on a flat stretch with no cars. This is a stretch I've cranked it up to 25 in the past, so I decided to put a little more into it and got up to around 18 and stayed there until the small hill. It felt great. Later on the ride I was putting out 300w and doing over 20. Maybe there's still something left in the tank after all.
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