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Old 07-09-17, 10:12 AM
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Greetings from Washington State

I thought I would introduce myself by giving a bit of my background in cycling.
Like almost everybody, I learned to ride a bicycle when I was a kid. But cycling did not become an important part of my life until February, 2016. I live in a country setting but with very busy roads around me. I would have never considered riding until the road system became developed enough that there were sidewalks surrounding my property. I fairly imagined I could ride a mile or maybe two without ever having to get off the sidewalks. With that in mind I purchased a mountain bike from Walmart in the summer of 2015. It sat in my garage.

Mind you, I have always been an exerciser, my favorite being weights. But at 57 years old, my health was taking a beating. I hurt everywhere, was diagnosed with fibromyalgia, had insulin resistance and pre-diabetes and, to top that off, my right knee hurt so bad I could barely press a gas peddle.

I started going to physical therapy for the knee pain. The PT put me on an exercise bicycle for the beginning of every session. It did not matter what other exercises I had done, even if I had done them just previous to coming in, he wanted me on that bicycle. I did not have an stationary bicycle, but I did have that mountain bike.

My first ride was 2.5 miles in 25 minutes.

By the end of one month I was riding 5 miles, then 10, then 15.

At that point I decided I needed a better bicycle so I could consider longer rides. May, 2016 I bought a Specialized Sirrus Sport Disk. I rode 58 miles on my 58th birthday in June 2016. I rode my first century the last day of August. I rode 1000 miles in February of 2017 to celebrate one year of cycling.

I currently cycle 350-400 miles per month.
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Old 07-09-17, 02:49 PM
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Welcome Mack. That's quite a series of accomplishments. 1000 miles in February is impressive.

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Old 07-10-17, 10:20 AM
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1000 mile month

The 1000 was a bigger bite than I expected. Not so much physically but time wise. I rode about 4.5 hrs per day, mostly 5 days per week. (There were a couple of weeks where that was not possible but I had factored that in.) I discovered that there is no way to stay comfortable in the cold Pacific Northwest winter rain for 4 hrs. I had to wear enough to try to keep the rain from soaking me, but then I would sweat my clothes soaked and that would get cold. Therefore some of those miles were done on an indoor trainer.
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Old 07-11-17, 08:23 AM
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Wet weather

Originally Posted by Mack3601 View Post
I discovered that there is no way to stay comfortable in the cold Pacific Northwest winter rain for 4 hrs. I had to wear enough to try to keep the rain from soaking me, but then I would sweat my clothes soaked and that would get cold. Therefore some of those miles were done on an indoor trainer.
I have similar clothing challenges, generally my rides are around 1.5 - 2 hours, so I just suck it up. It rained an awful lot in the Seattle area over the winter! I also can't seem to prevent my cycling glasses from fogging up in the rain, especially when the temps drop below 50F.

I also started riding (again) about a year ago, and will find better gear solutions before fall arrives.


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Originally Posted by johnje View Post
I have similar clothing challenges, generally my rides are around 1.5 - 2 hours, so I just suck it up. It rained an awful lot in the Seattle area over the winter! I also can't seem to prevent my cycling glasses from fogging up in the rain, especially when the temps drop below 50F.

I also started riding (again) about a year ago, and will find better gear solutions before fall arrives.


John
I am down in Spanaway - not that far from Seattle. I-2 hrs in the cold wet is no problem. 4 hrs was a problem. I also have had trouble with glasses fogging up. As far as I can tell, ski goggles look like about the only solution. It's not one that I am fond of though.

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Old 07-12-17, 02:28 PM
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Old 07-14-17, 03:01 PM
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Originally Posted by Mack3601 View Post
I am down in Spanaway - not that far from Seattle. I-2 hrs in the cold wet is no problem. 4 hrs was a problem. I also have had trouble with glasses fogging up. As far as I can tell, ski goggles look like about the only solution. It's not one that I am fond of though.

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Welcome Mack! My mom lived in Spanaway for awhile, behind the Bethel Station Fred Meyer. We grew up mainly in Eatonville and she had moved back there prior to her passing in 2015.

I wasn't really into riding when I lived there. We use to ride our BMX bikes from Eatonville up to Alder Lake via Alder Cutoff and then take Canyon (Highway 7/Mountain Highway) back into town via Eatonville Highway (Highway 161). We were stupid back then though. Wouldn't do that ride today.
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Yeah, I'd not care for rides around Alder Lake and LaGrande. Awfully narrow and lots of blind curves.
On the other hand, I love driving my Charger through that, and my motorcycle, when I had it.
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haha Yeah! The worst part was that the BMX bikes we had didn't have brakes. We used our shoes
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welcome... I'm a newbie too!
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