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Old 06-20-11, 05:06 PM   #1
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Best ride in 2 years.

Today I had my best ride since the accident that broke my elbows. I decided to skip a group ride and rode my recumbent solo to the eastern end of the Katy trail, a round trip distance of 40 miles. Even better, the last 2 miles is uphill on Jungs Station Rd. I'd been shying away from that climb but I was able ro ride it today (slowly) without having to visit grannygearland.

So at 68, what's it going to take for me to get my endurance back? I was pooped when I got home. The temperature today was 91 with 49% humidity so that might have been a factor. It's taken longer than I thought it should, but I feel like I've finally mastered using the water pack and drinking tube on the recumbent. On a day like today, plenty of water is good.
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Old 06-20-11, 05:19 PM   #2
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Good rides are fun.

Been in the 94* here.
I quit about 12 noon.
40 miles is what I ride in the heat at age 69.

I don't believe I benefit by riding in the heat, so take it easy for a while.
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Old 06-20-11, 05:32 PM   #3
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Good for you. Congratulations.
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The last 2 miles uphill on a 91F day?
Woo-hoo!
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Old 06-20-11, 07:30 PM   #5
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I have no idea what is going to take for your endurance to come back. I suspect though that since you changed bike types it will take a bit longer due to working your muscles differently than in the past.

Glad to hear you had a good ride, be careful coming back - you will get there.
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Old 06-20-11, 07:35 PM   #6
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Happy for you, I know it felt good to complete it.
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That's great news!!

IMHO going from uprights to a SWB reqiures quite a change in riding and handling skills. That you have accomplished this in what was it, only one and a quarter seasons, says a lot for your adaptive skills and determination.

Here's wishing you many more GREAT rides.
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Glad to hear that you are back in the saddle.

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. . . So at 68, what's it going to take for me to get my endurance back? I was pooped when I got home . . . .
Sounds to me as if endurance is already on the way back. My theory is that unless we are pooped after a ride we just weren't riding as hard as we could.
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