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An Excited (and unfit) Newb!

Old 07-10-13, 09:13 AM
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An Excited (and unfit) Newb!

Alright so I am 26 ~200 lbs , 5'9 male who has not done a single athletic thing since 12, unless beer olympics in college count as "athletic activity". It has the word olympics... don't judge.

As an early birthday present I received a Hybrid Schwinn OR2 (that best that Target can buy :-P). I hadn't been on a bike since I was young and so for the first week it sat in the garage because even tho there's some saying about never forgetting how to ride a bike... I was sure I had forgotten.

Then I tried it and I am proud to admit I am pathetic.

1.2 miles the first day and I hurt! I also didn't know how to shift at all and ignored all the "ride in a parking lot to figure it out" advice I've read.

Next day was 2.7, then after that I hit 4.5 miles. Each day I got a bit better so I went home and ordered a rear red flashy light, and a front headlight. I sometimes work 12 hour days and would miss day riding, and I'm trying to be less then a lump of mush so work can't be an excuse. I wan't to hit the streets every day.

Yesterday for my first night ride I went on a real road, not just residential streets, to a local train station and back. Cars gave me wide birth for the most part. The weather was cooler. 6.2 miles. I fell once on a hill towards the end of the run. IT WAS AWESOME!!!

So I know these miles are really low but I am excited I am improving and pushing myself more and more each day (and wake up feeling fine - not shot). Had to no-one to express my joy too .... so here i am!
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Old 07-10-13, 09:18 AM
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Keep riding.

You will continue get stronger each week.

Rest by taking days off when you need it.
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Old 07-10-13, 09:20 AM
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Originally Posted by SkaXc0re View Post
Alright so I am 26 ~200 lbs , 5'9 male who has not done a single athletic thing since 12, unless beer olympics in college count as "athletic activity". It has the word olympics... don't judge.

As an early birthday present I received a Hybrid Schwinn OR2 (that best that Target can buy :-P). I hadn't been on a bike since I was young and so for the first week it sat in the garage because even tho there's some saying about never forgetting how to ride a bike... I was sure I had forgotten.

Then I tried it and I am proud to admit I am pathetic.

1.2 miles the first day and I hurt! I also didn't know how to shift at all and ignored all the "ride in a parking lot to figure it out" advice I've read.

Next day was 2.7, then after that I hit 4.5 miles. Each day I got a bit better so I went home and ordered a rear red flashy light, and a front headlight. I sometimes work 12 hour days and would miss day riding, and I'm trying to be less then a lump of mush so work can't be an excuse. I wan't to hit the streets every day.

Yesterday for my first night ride I went on a real road, not just residential streets, to a local train station and back. Cars gave me wide birth for the most part. The weather was cooler. 6.2 miles. I fell once on a hill towards the end of the run. IT WAS AWESOME!!!

So I know these miles are really low but I am excited I am improving and pushing myself more and more each day (and wake up feeling fine - not shot). Had to no-one to express my joy too .... so here i am!
Well, having fun is a much better motivator than having to do something. Welcome to the forum. You're a youngster, so your strength and endurance will build quickly.
I'm a few months shy of 60, and I can ride much farther and faster than I could have at 26.
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Old 07-10-13, 04:54 PM
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You're doing good. Just keep riding and enjoying and be safe. No where to go but up.
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Old 07-10-13, 05:01 PM
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Good for you!

I think you already realized that you will be keep improving over time. Just one bit of advice. Stop what you are doing and if you not have already done so, go see your doctor for a physical. Once you get the all clear continue on with your exercise. You will keep improving. Soon you will be riding 62 miles instead of 6.2 and hills that look like mountains will soon look like bumps in the road.
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Old 07-10-13, 06:59 PM
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Keep it up. The more you ride, the farther and harder you'll be able to ride. What you put into it, is what you will get out of it.
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Old 07-10-13, 08:04 PM
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Hi,

At 26 (I'm 54) you will rapidly improve at any exercise you do.

If you are a has been slob you may be incredibly shocked how
fit you can get in your twenties with some application but not
that much effort, its takes longer and is harder as you get old.

rgds, sreten.

A good piece of advice is don't ride in the gutter. I only do that
going very slowly up a hill. 2ft out from the kerb and passing
parked cars is about right, cars will give you a much wider
berth if you indicate by road position the space you expect.

Follow road lines that make sense to drivers, they will then
understand what you are doing, pull out early and slowly
to say pass a parked car, indicate your intentions slowly.
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Originally Posted by sreten View Post
A good piece of advice is don't ride in the gutter. I only do that
going very slowly up a hill. 2ft out from the kerb and passing
parked cars is about right, cars will give you a much wider
berth if you indicate by road position the space you expect.

Follow road lines that make sense to drivers, they will then
understand what you are doing, pull out early and slowly
to say pass a parked car, indicate your intentions slowly.
I do that for the most part, hasn't been a problem yet but I encountered this 2x so far: What do I do when I am in the "parked car lane" and all of a sudden the 2 lane road turns into 2 lanes and a right turn lane (and theres no more of the lane I was in)?!

I dont want to signal with my arm and get into the right/forward lane until I cross the intersection, I dont ride fast enough to be in a true lane. Ive mostly been panicking and getting honked at as I don't know what to do there. Should I just continue in the turn lane (middle of it) so that no-one in a car trys cutting me off and turning around me (cuasing me to ride into them)? But isn't that breaking the law so to speak as I was in a turn only lane and went forward? Im not trying to get a ticket or die here :-P

I realize its probably best to ride in my neighborhood until I have speed/confidance but there isn't that much road and its VERY VERY winding so its just as dangerous due to unseen cars as it is on a 2 lane 40mph road.

(side note - i only made it 4.4 miles yesterday but increased my speed by 1 mph :-P)
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Old 07-11-13, 03:49 PM
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Just do it.

The path to better fitness can only start wherever you happen to be at this very minute. You can't wait until you get fitter to start working at getting fitter.
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Old 07-12-13, 07:42 AM
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Riding in traffic is a skill to be developed. Most of the time, in the city, you want to be on the right side in the traffic lane, so you don't have to dodge parked cars. You can anticipate where right turn lanes appear, and stay to the LEFT of them if you are going straight through, just as you would in a car. Behaving like a car makes you predictable to the other traffic.
Check out the PDF on this site. Lots of good information, Especially the "Road and Lane Placement" section.
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Old 07-12-13, 08:21 AM
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That's great! I hope your motivation levels stay up long enough to make it a habit and you get to see the changes you want to see.

If you are ever lacking motivation I just found this motivation and inspiration website that might help with inspirational quotes.

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Old 07-12-13, 10:37 AM
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Originally Posted by KZBrian View Post
Check out the PDF on this site. Lots of good information, Especially the "Road and Lane Placement" section.
Awesome guide, Thank you!! Its fair to assume that since right now im only doing 10 mph (avg 11 mph yesterday!) I should avoid areas without legit shoulders/parking lanes and stick to those or residential streets. Don't want to be a pain on the road going slow as hell with no shoulder up a hill dying in the right lane lol

Good to know how to handle it atleast should I find myself out of my zone (as has happened). Boring to ride the same streets every day - gotta head out in different directions.
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