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First 30 mile ride!

Old 04-30-11, 12:12 PM
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First 30 mile ride!

Just got back into biking recently, and purchased a road bike a week ago. Did handful of 10 mile or under rides getting used to everything. Today I knocked out a 30 mile ride. I can't honestly say I "Knocked" it out - it kicked my but the last 10 miles. The 20-30 mph wind that picked up may have had something to do with that. It also must have been the same route my grandfather took to school - I swear it was uphill both ways. Actually you all would probably laugh at what I am calling hills - but the wind was whipping.

The best part of the ride, was definitely a first for me. I tipped over at a stop sign near the end of the ride forgetting to clip out, or too tired to. The good part about it is that it has rained for about two weeks straight here and I tipped to the right and the ground was as soft as my bed. Luckily the I was all alone when it happened so not even my ego was hurt - and a little scrape on my sidi's.

I am looking forward to many more!!
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Great thread. It will keep reminding me that this is fun, even with the little mishaps. Congrats on your new bike and first "long" ride. I hope you enjoy many more. As far as hills go, I am 6'1" 210+lbs and I hate them so you are not alone.

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Old 04-30-11, 12:31 PM
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Congrats. I remember my first 30 miler. It kicked my butt too. Keep riding and it gets easier, to a point. Hills never get easier, you just get faster on them.

Now, I am looking to do my first century. The thought of riding 100 miles is scary. My longest distance so for as been 65 miles which I have done a dozen or so times.
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Congrats! 30 miles is quite a bid deal. Someday if you want to, you'll get to your first century, but the 30s, 50s etc are major milestones.
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Good job. We have all tipped over at one time or another. My ride today had the same winds you were speaking of. The first 3/4 of the ride were great but , like you I finished going into a punishing headwind. Kicked my butt.
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Bonus points for overcoming the wind.
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A 30 mile ride in Kentucky is always a good ride.
Tear the road ups.
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Celebrate the little victories. I hate wind and you endured a pretty one on that ride. Thanks for sharing.
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Congratulations! I am working on getting in my first 30 mile ride also, farthest I've been so far is almost 20. I'm anxious to get the 30 under my belt as there is a 40 mile ride in July I would like to take part in.
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I like this thread. Makes me feel better than reading the "I just did my 34th double century this month" type threads.
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I did my first 30 mile ride today too and I also just purchased a bike two weeks ago. Also, I had a very similar spill too. First, the ride. I went out with a local club for a group ride. I planned to only go 23 but the group split in two, and the faster group which I was in decided to go 30, which was fine by my as I felt pretty fresh as the pace was slower than my typical solo rides. We rode about half way, had some lunch and headed back. I had plenty of juice left at the end, so I was happy.

Now, the spill. We were making a left onto a busy street from a stop. I was uncliped on the right side when the person in front started out, so I followed. She quickly stopped as she didn't think she could make it. So I had to quickly stop too, at which point I started leaning left, towards my foot that was clipped in and over I went. I didn't have any forward progress so I was able to easily catch my fall with my hand and get situated. I was a little embarrassed, but not damaged. The woman in front apologized.
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30 miles is a decent ride. Pretty soon you'll be doing centuries. The first few you'll ride them with the goal of "surviving it" and getting to the end without over exerting yourself. And once you get your confidence after that, that's when the real fun begins.
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Way to go ! Just keep it up and those miles will buzz by no time. Keep a log of your rides and make a note of the wind, hills, time etc. You'll be surprised at your progress. It's also a good way to find out if you're overdoing it.

I've been back on the road about 1 1/2 years ago after a 35+ year absence ( I did my first metric century when I was 15) and now that I'm 57 I find that setting certain goals besides mileage helps. For example, I use a bike computer that also measures cadence (I like to keep it around 89-95 rpm) because I, like most people tend to start off slow in the spring so over the last month I've got it back up to low 90's from the high 70's a month ago.

You'll find that there are a whole bunch of things you can work on. I generally start off a ride with a certain goal in mind, whether it's improving my hill climbing, getting my avg and max HR down, average speed up. Some things can be worked on by themselves, some in combination and some will just work themselves out by just riding and yes, there are days when I'll climb hills into a headwind deliberately. We had 30mph winds gusting to 50+ the other day and I was out there for about 40 minutes. Hitting a headwind with gusts like that is like riding into a mattress. Brutal ? For sure. But remember that there will be days like that when you're out there doing that century.

Those first rides after being out of it for a long time can be brutal. I can remember being totally out of gas 2 years ago after doing just 5 miles. Today? I did a 30+ miler today with one short 3 minute break to down a granola bar after about 90 minutes because I don't like eating on the bike. I wanted to get in 30 miles in 2 hours. Did I make it ? Almost. 29.8 but then again, traffic was heavy today and I had to slow down a fair number of times.

Just keep on burning up those miles !
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Congrats. I also bought my first road bike recently, two weeks ago actually, and my current goal is 30 miles also. I had been riding my heavy mountain bike on the road on and off for the last couple of months but the most I did on that was 15mi. The second time I went out on my new bike I did 23. My goal is to reach 30 for next week and 40 by the end of may. My big goal is to keep adding 10 miles/month to do my first century in December or January(I'm lucky, I don't get winter, riding weather all yr round ). Hope you keep up your riding and keep improving just like I want to do.

Cheers.
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Congrats! Everyone starts somewhere. Just keep it up.

Also, you will find that riding with a nice group is a lot of fun too.
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The 30's will kick your rear end. I did a new route today. It must have been the same one. It was up hill both ways if you look at the elavations.
I told the girl I was riding with, she was trying to kill me. LOL Keep up the good work and just keep going.

Congratulations! 30 is quite a ride.
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Congratulations! I just did my first 30 miler today too! Actually did a little over 38 miles. All in all it was a pretty easy ride. Wind was consistently 15 mph but a cross wind so it wasn't horrible. A couple real mother f'rs of hills but I need the practice. And I realized having a triple is kinda handy in these situations! Just signed up to do the Tulsa Tough 100km in a little over 1 month from now so I need to step up my training.
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Originally Posted by Padley
Congratulations! I just did my first 30 miler today too! Actually did a little over 38 miles. All in all it was a pretty easy ride. Wind was consistently 15 mph but a cross wind so it wasn't horrible. A couple real mother f'rs of hills but I need the practice. And I realized having a triple is kinda handy in these situations! Just signed up to do the Tulsa Tough 100km in a little over 1 month from now so I need to step up my training.
Don't forget those rest days. Take at least one day off a week.
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Congrats! Be sure to bring some snacks on the longer rides or you'll end up like me, going to a party at a park and asking for some food. Cheers!
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Originally Posted by surgeonstone
My ride today had the same winds you were speaking of.
No.
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Originally Posted by yzfxr1xr6
Congrats! Be sure to bring some snacks on the longer rides or you'll end up like me, going to a party at a park and asking for some food. Cheers!
That is funny you said this. My halfway point was a stop at a park to have a small snack (cliff bar). In the next pavilion there was a birthday party and they were grilling burgers - I was very tempted to ask. I even had myself convinced that I knew some of them so it wouldn't be too awkward.
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Originally Posted by bikerjp
I like this thread. Makes me feel better than reading the "I just did my 34th double century this month" type threads.
I agree, it is always cool to see the anticipatory excitement of new riders experiencing the thrills that can be taken for granted.
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Originally Posted by ghughes20
I did my first 30 mile ride today too and I also just purchased a bike two weeks ago. Also, I had a very similar spill too. First, the ride. I went out with a local club for a group ride. I planned to only go 23 but the group split in two, and the faster group which I was in decided to go 30, which was fine by my as I felt pretty fresh as the pace was slower than my typical solo rides. We rode about half way, had some lunch and headed back. I had plenty of juice left at the end, so I was happy.

Now, the spill. We were making a left onto a busy street from a stop. I was uncliped on the right side when the person in front started out, so I followed. She quickly stopped as she didn't think she could make it. So I had to quickly stop too, at which point I started leaning left, towards my foot that was clipped in and over I went. I didn't have any forward progress so I was able to easily catch my fall with my hand and get situated. I was a little embarrassed, but not damaged. The woman in front apologized.
I have been riding since 1971 and this just happened to me. I had returned home from a long and tiring ride. I pulled up next to our mailbox to get the mail, leaning against it while shuffling through the letters. Our driveway has a short hump at the end terminating in a ledge at it's connection to the road. I always take this at a slant to ease the bump. While I did this I did not have enough speed or strength and so toppled over, lying on the down side slant with the bike over me. I felt like a turtle on my back . Looked like a complete frikkin idiot and oh...the best part. The school bus was discharging a load of kids one house away.
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Congrats!

Completed my first 30 mile ride in January, and finished my first MS 150 last month. It only gets better!
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