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Old 07-03-16, 11:49 AM
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I would like to know how am I doing as a beginner?

Hello!
Today l went out in my bike for the first time. It's a regular bike I bought on Walmart, l wish l knew how to tell you which kind. I'm very new at this. So, according to the application runtastic, I did 4.48 miles in 31 minutes, 10 seconds. Today wind is at 18 miles per hour, and l it's a street with the river in one side and empty fields in the other side so I could reallyyyy feel the wind. No elevations. I'm female, 33 years old, 5'4 and 190 pounds. Yes, I'm totally out of shape and today l felt that I was about to die out there, it was so hard for me, and I also felt that l did terrible timing and stuff, I felt l was going super slow, but honestly l just couldn't go any faster physically. Please let me know, honestly, how bad or ok was my timing today. I know I'll eventually get better. Thank you, and any other advice are welcome, I just started today.
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Keep doing 5 mile rides. Rest. Ride 5 more Rest. Ride 5 more.

You will get stronger each week.
I did 10 of them one day when I got stronger.

Rest when you need it.

Keep it fun and you will go far.
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Don't over do it. You started off with a good mileage and time. It takes time, so build into it. I would start out with the 5, then build every few weeks to 7, then 10, then 15 and so on. But most importantly just have fun.
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If you are riding a bike you are doing everything right. Don't stop (well, obviously you will want to stop eventually .... but be sure to keep starting again.)
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Take it slow. Don't worry about how "slow" you are now. Just keep going and you'll improve over time. 5 miles is great for your first ride!

Get a lock and you can try to use your bike for errands too.
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Absolute numbers are meaningless for your purposes. On the one hand, the speed and distance are both low for a decent rider. OTOH they're vastly better than where you were before - 0 miles in years.

So, consider this ride your baseline measure, and as 10 Wheels said, keep doing similar rides until you either get faster, or get home less tired (or both), then add some distance each ride until you get overly tired.

If you want some kind of target, shoot for 1 hour at a speed that gets you back tired but not exhausted. Once you get to about 1 hour at 13mph, fin the time to add distance on some of the rides, then mix longer rides with faster short rides as your schedule allows.
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Performance data aside, was the weather nice? did you enjoy the day?


Wal Mart is not known for having actual Bike Mechanics assembling their bikes , from the shipping carton,
and the things that lower the cost would make the labor-time to make them right, Much longer if they did .

But none the less having a bike shop Mechanic do a safety check of your bike, is still a prudent Move.

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Originally Posted by 10 Wheels
Keep doing 5 mile rides. Rest. Ride 5 more Rest. Ride 5 more.

You will get stronger each week.
I did 10 of them one day when I got stronger.

Rest when you need it.

Keep it fun and you will go far.
Thank youuu! I'll be super happy the day I get to do 10 miles. My goal is 12 miles, so that l can do the 12 scenic miles around this place
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Originally Posted by kermie
Don't over do it. You started off with a good mileage and time. It takes time, so build into it. I would start out with the 5, then build every few weeks to 7, then 10, then 15 and so on. But most importantly just have fun.
Thank you! Yes, I'm having fun, and that's why I couldn't do exactly five miles, was afraid to over do it. Little, by little I'll get there.
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Originally Posted by Maelochs
If you are riding a bike you are doing everything right. Don't stop (well, obviously you will want to stop eventually .... but be sure to keep starting again.)
Lol you made me laugh, thank you!
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Originally Posted by jade408
Take it slow. Don't worry about how "slow" you are now. Just keep going and you'll improve over time. 5 miles is great for your first ride!

Get a lock and you can try to use your bike for errands too.
Thank you! Yes, that's a good idea.
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Originally Posted by FBinNY
Absolute numbers are meaningless for your purposes. On the one hand, the speed and distance are both low for a decent rider. OTOH they're vastly better than where you were before - 0 miles in years.

So, consider this ride your baseline measure, and as 10 Wheels said, keep doing similar rides until you either get faster, or get home less tired (or both), then add some distance each ride until you get overly tired.

If you want some kind of target, shoot for 1 hour at a speed that gets you back tired but not exhausted. Once you get to about 1 hour at 13mph, fin the time to add distance on some of the rides, then mix longer rides with faster short rides as your schedule allows.
Thank you for your answer. This was a great advice, I'm just learning and never even thought about stuff like this before so it's great to have imput and ideas. You also made me laugh lol yeah, whatever time I'm doing now is better than Zero lol thanks!
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Originally Posted by fietsbob
Performance data aside, was the weather nice? did you enjoy the day?


Wal Mart is not known for having actual Bike Mechanics assembling their bikes , from the shipping carton,
and the things that lower the cost would make the labor-time to make them right, Much longer if they did .

But none the less having a bike shop Mechanic do a safety check of your bike, is still a prudent Move.
Yeah, I totally enjoyed it! I'm in the north, west coast, so it was sumny and not hot at all, just a bit windy, and I was happy but l loke goals too and l had no idea what should I aim for. Now I'm starting to get an idea about it all.
Thanks!
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Add recovery days into your routine. The days you don't ride are as important as the days you do. As a relative noob, I do one hour, three days a week and my distance is steadily increasing as I get faster. Sleep and nutrition are important.
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Honestly, as long as you ride regularly and enjoy your rides, your doing great .
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To answer your question, there is no good or bad time (speed) for someone's first bike ride, or any of the first ones. Sorry for the non-answer, but people improve so much and, at some point, so quickly that it literally does not matter where the starting point was. I think you should not be concerned with speed at all. Just go the distance, and when it feels better go a little more. Your speed will improve by itself, and after you basically get into shape you can train for more if you want.
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September 2013, I dusted off my bike and went for a ride - 5 miles on flat terrain - and thought I was going to die. I just kept doing it. I told myself when I could ride 20 miles without calling the paramedics I would get myself a road bike. I got to that point by Thanksgiving that year. I did a 43 mile ride on New Years Day 2014. Did my first metric centuries and century rides in 2014.

You will be amazed at how quickly you can improve. Just keep doing it, set some reasonable goals, use your bike to go exploring. You can have a lot of fun and work towards a goal at the same time. For me joining a club was key, the social aspect keeps it fun for me.
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Good start,
Attach a water bottle to your bike, and take sips now & then as your rides get longer.
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If you had fun and didn't fall off, you're doing fine. Speed comes with fitness and experience.
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From a fellow newbie...congrats! Let's both just keep on peddling!
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Originally Posted by Liz33
Hello!
Today l went out in my bike for the first time. It's a regular bike I bought on Walmart, l wish l knew how to tell you which kind. I'm very new at this. So, according to the application runtastic, I did 4.48 miles in 31 minutes, 10 seconds. Today wind is at 18 miles per hour, and l it's a street with the river in one side and empty fields in the other side so I could reallyyyy feel the wind. No elevations. I'm female, 33 years old, 5'4 and 190 pounds. Yes, I'm totally out of shape and today l felt that I was about to die out there, it was so hard for me, and I also felt that l did terrible timing and stuff, I felt l was going super slow, but honestly l just couldn't go any faster physically. Please let me know, honestly, how bad or ok was my timing today. I know I'll eventually get better. Thank you, and any other advice are welcome, I just started today.
You absolutely kicked ass on all those people who never even tried and spent the day on the couch. Good job, keep it up
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You absolutely kicked ass on all those people who never even tried and spent the day on the couch. ....
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When I first took up cycling it was because I could no longer even walk. My first ride was less than a mile to a coffee shop. And my legs were so shaky I could hardy stand when I got off my bike. Everyone looks bad at first.
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Originally Posted by wphamilton
To answer your question, there is no good or bad time (speed) for someone's first bike ride, or any of the first ones. Sorry for the non-answer, but people improve so much and, at some point, so quickly that it literally does not matter where the starting point was. I think you should not be concerned with speed at all. Just go the distance, and when it feels better go a little more. Your speed will improve by itself, and after you basically get into shape you can train for more if you want.
Thank you! I look fwd to getting into shape and improving my whole life including riding my bike because it's just fun!
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Originally Posted by jimincalif
September 2013, I dusted off my bike and went for a ride - 5 miles on flat terrain - and thought I was going to die. I just kept doing it. I told myself when I could ride 20 miles without calling the paramedics I would get myself a road bike. I got to that point by Thanksgiving that year. I did a 43 mile ride on New Years Day 2014. Did my first metric centuries and century rides in 2014.

You will be amazed at how quickly you can improve. Just keep doing it, set some reasonable goals, use your bike to go exploring. You can have a lot of fun and work towards a goal at the same time. For me joining a club was key, the social aspect keeps it fun for me.
This was so inspiring to read! Thank you so much for sharing with me your experience. If you did it, then I can do it! Wohooo!
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Originally Posted by Homebrew01
Good start,
Attach a water bottle to your bike, and take sips now & then as your rides get longer.
Thank you! Something so simple and so important and I didn't even think about it until you mentioned it here lol so thanks! Won't forget my water next time.
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