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Am I over or under doing it?

Old 05-21-14, 01:13 PM
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Am I over or under doing it?

Hi,

New to the forums. I just bought my first bike (since I was 12, now 29) on Friday (05/16, a Giant Sedona DX for $400 from my LBS - did I overpay?) and have ridden every day since. Where I live, we have a lot of bike friendly roads and bike paths. I bought the biketo get into shape and lose weight. I have not been in an exercise routine for at least 10 years. Below is what I have done so far:

Day 1 - approx 4.5 miles in 25 min and then about 2.5 miles in 12 min later in the day (was very tired but ok at the end of each, no soreness next day except in sit bones) avg 12.3 mph

Day 2 - approx 2.3 miles in 13 min and then about a mile in 5 min later (pretty tired, but no soreness except in the sit bones) avg 10.6 mph

Day 3 - approx 6.2 miles in 38 min and then about a mile in 5 min later in the day (not as tired, still no soreness except in the sit bones) avg 9.6 mph

Day 4 - approx 13.5 miles in an hour and then about a mile in 5 min later in the day (not very tired, very little soreness in the quads that went away fairly quickly, still sore in sit bones) avg 12 mph

Day 5 - approx 13 miles in an hour and then about 2 miles in 15 min later in the day (not very tired, very little soreness in the quads that went away fairly quickly, still sore in sit bones) avg 12.5 mph

(Days 1 - 5 were on roads and bike trails, no hills since I live in flat Florida. Sit bone soreness not very bad after day 2 and soreness went away after the 10 min warm up everyday)

Day 6 - approx 13 miles in 1 hour 15 min, I haven't done my second ride yet (started out slower and was more tired through out the ride but not overly so) avg 10.5 mph

(Day 6 was at a local park with a nice paved bike trail with some elevations but nothing major, spent about 10 min on an 'off road' trail through the woods and took a couple of 30 sec breaks during the ride)

My main question here is, am I over or under doing it? I consider myself to be fairly out of shape but I know what exercise induced muscle soreness is like and I am not really experiencing any of that. I am kinda tired, but not overly so and I feel well enough in the afternoons to take the bike back out and go for a couple of miles before feeling any tiredness / fatigue. I want to get the most out of my work outs and get as full body an exercise I can get. Any tips? Any thoughts on my lack of soreness? I am still at the point where I can't do a continuous pedal, I have to pedal for a while and then coast and then start back up again. Could this be a part of it?

Are there any links or apps that have good beginner cycling routines I could follow? I am loving the rides but also want to drop the pounds!

Thanks!!
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Old 05-21-14, 01:19 PM
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Ride much...Take rest days when you need some.

I started with 5 mile rides so that my 65 y/o body could adjust to the bike.
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Old 05-21-14, 08:51 PM
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As a beginner myself (started a month ago) I can't really say much but try to do longer riders (20miles+)
imo bikes are so efficient that if you don't push yourself you won't ever get tired
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Old 05-22-14, 02:24 AM
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You're doing fine. Take a day off and do something like that again. Repeat for 2 or 3 weeks, and then start building up your distances on one or two days.
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Don't worry about overpaying, there isn't much you can do about that now is there ? BTW I think you did fine on the price. Just a suggestion. I wouldn't concern yourself with both time and distance at least for the moment. IMO the tendency is to try each time to better the time, which can easily lead you to over train. My suggestion is to just enjoy the ride, everything else just happens.
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Old 05-22-14, 09:11 PM
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Sounds like a great start. I would definitely echo the taking a rest advice though. Your body needs time to heal from all the stress you put on it.
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Old 05-23-14, 07:03 AM
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Sin, I am probably right there with you and over doing it some. As the others have stated a day of rest is good.

I usually take my day of rest days when I ride with my wife on the weekend. Since she is not at my speed and cruising points, I treat her rides as a calm relaxing rest style of ride. Plus that helps me keep the blood flowing and it covers that riding itch that you get when you are sitting there bored.

I noticed where you are. Which trails have you done? I personally like the Cross Seminole from downtown Oviedo through Winter Springs and to 419. Could not stand Cady Way.

To help with some of the weight loss, after my rides I have been pushing out the sit ups.
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Old 05-23-14, 09:36 AM
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Great start. BTW my first bike after many years away from cycling was a Sedona DX, and it was my primary bike for 10 years. It is now my backup bike, but still a nice dependable bike. I haven't looked at the components on the current DX line, but what you paid is about $50 more than I paid 10 years ago for the 2003 model, so I think you did fine.

Along with increasing distance over time, throw in a few "intervals" a couple of rides each week. You can read all about them in the road forum and fitness forum, but way too deeply... So, in short, just ride hard for brief periods during your rides... It s the common cycling term for what a runner would call wind sprints.

And resting is a part of the equation as well.

In general, I wouldn't expect much muscle soreness in an endurance activity like cycling, like I would in weight lifting etc. However, if you do intervals, you may get a bit more of the burn.
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You are doing fine, both bike wise and time/distance wise. There is no right or wrong distance. If you want to ride 6 Miles a day, that is fine. If you want to ride 40 Miles a day, that is fine, too. The bike can handle it. Your body will tell you when you are overdoing it, trust me. And when that happens, back off and slow down a bit or take a day or two off, or cut back on the mileage.
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Sound advice I'm seeing here, and you're doing great man! Just keep at it.
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Originally Posted by Sinsarity View Post
Hi,

New to the forums. I just bought my first bike (since I was 12, now 29) on Friday (05/16, a Giant Sedona DX for $400 from my LBS - did I overpay?) and have ridden every day since. Where I live, we have a lot of bike friendly roads and bike paths. I bought the biketo get into shape and lose weight. I have not been in an exercise routine for at least 10 years. Below is what I have done so far:
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My main question here is, am I over or under doing it? I consider myself to be fairly out of shape but I know what exercise induced muscle soreness is like and I am not really experiencing any of that. I am kinda tired, but not overly so and I feel well enough in the afternoons to take the bike back out and go for a couple of miles before feeling any tiredness / fatigue. I want to get the most out of my work outs and get as full body an exercise I can get. Any tips? Any thoughts on my lack of soreness? I am still at the point where I can't do a continuous pedal, I have to pedal for a while and then coast and then start back up again. Could this be a part of it?

Are there any links or apps that have good beginner cycling routines I could follow? I am loving the rides but also want to drop the pounds!

Thanks!!
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Old 05-24-14, 08:09 PM
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Thanks everyone!!

I finished the week with ~62 miles ridden over the course of 7 days. I took Friday and today off due to being out of town, and am already itching to get back on! I will definitely read up on the interval training and begin to supplement my rides with that. Still working on the diet (sugar is my downfall). The best part of all of this is that I don't even feel like I am 'exercising,' I am just enjoying being out on the bike.
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ProfsrChaos407, I am near the Tampa Bay area, my neighborhood has a lot of biking trails around the house and I have driven over to Flat Woods Park in New Tampa. I am still researching places to go that are closer to me, and once I am more comfortable with longer distances I was to do some heavier duty trails.
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The Giant Sedona comes in 3 flavors listed below so you paid at or below the MSRP
2014 Giant Sedona DX Bicycle Hybrid/Comfort MSRP (new) $510.00
2014 Giant Sedona DX W Bicycle Hybrid/ComfortMSRP (new) $510.00
2014 Giant Sedona W Bicycle Hybrid/Comfort MSRP (new) $400.00

You are experiencing what most people who haven't ridden for a long time or for a layover in winter. It takes time to strengthen the muscles you haven't used for a while. Your speeds are reasonable for a beginner. It is a relatively upright bike which puts more of your weight directly on the seat rather than on the handlebars as with a road bike. It may or may not get easier to sit on the seat as your rides get longer. That's why a lot of older riders go with recumbents as we no longer enjoy sitting on such a small surface even if we are not clydesdales.
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You paid $20 less than the MSRP. That's pretty good!

If you really wanna lose some weight, then in addition to riding your bike, join the YMCA and swim on the days you don't ride. Eat only salads (without cream based dressings) 3 days of the week. Don't eat any starches at all! Therefore, no sweets! Just meats and veggies. That's it!

Do that all summer long and check you weight in September.
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