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I'm worried about my Father-in-law

Old 09-30-08, 11:24 PM
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I'm worried about my Father-in-law

He wants to race a 93 mile (150km) road race coming up in January, and he's a 53 year old man who smokes, and has hardly trained at all (he's had like one bike ride in the past few months and isn't even a regular rider). Sounds like suicide to me...
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at worst he'll bonk and/or puke

i hope
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Old 09-30-08, 11:28 PM
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He's got time to get into shape ... and 53 isn't old.
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Originally Posted by Machka View Post
He's got time to get into shape ... and 53 isn't old.
Yeah I'm sure he'll pull himself together in time. I hope so anyway.
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Old 09-30-08, 11:33 PM
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Make sure he has life insurance with your wife as one of the beneficiaries. If not, its not too late to encourage him to get one and a will too.
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Will you be able to find time to work with him? Get him built up for this. Plus it's wonderful father bonding time.
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Is it a race or an event ride?
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Originally Posted by Siu Blue Wind View Post
Will you be able to find time to work with him? Get him built up for this. Plus it's wonderful father bonding time.
This is his bed he can lie in it. Somehow I doubt he'll even enter. We'll see.
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Originally Posted by Freakonwheels View Post
Yeah I'm sure he'll pull himself together in time. I hope so anyway.
It's your chance to build up your mileage too ... maybe you can do this event with your father-in-law.
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Old 09-30-08, 11:41 PM
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Originally Posted by 55/Rad View Post
Is it a race or an event ride?
I think it's a race, but here's the website. [ur]]https://www.roundthemountain.co.nz/[/url]

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It's your chance to build up your mileage too ... maybe you can do this event with your father-in-law.
My plan is to hopefully be trained up enough for the 2010 race.
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Old 09-30-08, 11:53 PM
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Originally Posted by Freakonwheels View Post
I think it's a race, but here's the website. [ur]]https://www.roundthemountain.co.nz/[/url]



My plan is to hopefully be trained up enough for the 2010 race.

It's a ride, not a race ... and looks interesting. I'd be interested in the solo "The Enduro" (275km) ride. I'll have to make a note of it.

I would guess that your father-in-law is on one of the team events.

Since it is just a ride ... why don't you do it?
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Originally Posted by 55/Rad View Post
Is it a race or an event ride?
ding ding ding

and to continue agreeing with everyone, 53 isn't old
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Originally Posted by Machka View Post
It's a ride, not a race ... and looks interesting. I'd be interested in the solo "The Enduro" (275km) ride. I'll have to make a note of it.

I would guess that your father-in-law is on one of the team events.

Since it is just a ride ... why don't you do it?
You're right. The winner doesn't get a prize. I guess that's what separates a race from a ride right?

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It's a ride, not a race ... and looks interesting. I'd be interested in the solo "The Enduro" (275km) ride. I'll have to make a note of it.

I would guess that your father-in-law is on one of the team events.

Since it is just a ride ... why don't you do it?
I might. We'll have to see. I've still got work to do before I can do that distance anyway, but I'll get there in time.
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Originally Posted by Freakonwheels View Post
You're right. The winner doesn't get a prize. I guess that's what separates a race from a ride right?
That's one of a number of things.



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I might. We'll have to see. I've still got work to do before I can do that distance anyway, but I'll get there in time.
It'll give you some idea if you really want to race or not.
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Originally Posted by Machka View Post
It'll give you some idea if you really want to race or not.
They'll be lots more opportunities, only ones that will break me in a little more gently. lol. For a relative newbie 150k is a bit demanding.
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93 miles ain't all that far. A lot can be done in 3 months and 10 days. Crack that whip.
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Get a life insurance policy out on him and hope for the best.
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As mentioned...get a life insurance policy out on him and hope for the best.
Anybody who smokes today is a moron.
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93 miles ain't all that far. A lot can be done in 3 months and 10 days. Crack that whip.
Righto I'll do what I can.
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He's a free man in a free republic. Be comforted that most adults will respond appropriately to metabolic stress feedback and adjust speed appropriately.
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Originally Posted by Freakonwheels View Post
He wants to race a 93 mile (150km) road race coming up in January, and he's a 53 year old man who smokes, and has hardly trained at all (he's had like one bike ride in the past few months and isn't even a regular rider). Sounds like botto to me...
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NZ a republic? I'm not sure about that, being and all as it's part of the British Empire... errr... Commonwealth, so Queen Lizzy is still the head of state.

At least it has free health care!

It sounds like your FiL needs an incentive to get him motivated. Coaxing him out on a casual training program (ie, one that he doesn't actually realise he is doing) is a start, and it can involve you as a riding partner. Having someone to ride with is great for the discipline.

Encourage him to start with a modest distance target for each week, and build on that by 10% each succeeding week. The worst thing would be for him to try to set off on a 150km ride (or even 50km one) straight off... painful and not very productive.

He'll either get a major wake-up call about the smoking, or will handle it (albiet uncomfortably).

And correct -- 53 is not old -- it is the new 43. And the way things are going in some countries bordering the Pacific Ocean, it will soon be the new 33.
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3 to 4 months away is doable if he is serious. Serious means, quitting smoking and starting to ride regularly.

I am 44, don't smoke, had a clear cardio checkup back in July, and have been riding hard for 2 1/2 months. a 93 mile ride with our rolling hills and mountains would be a little tough and would take me 6 to 7 hours (I would fade in the last 30 miles). I can't imagine doing it with little ride time and being a smoker.
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Quite a few of the European PBP riders smoke. NOT that I'm advocating smoking at all ... I'd be happier if everyone would quit ... but smokers can still do long rides.
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He's toast.
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