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In need of some tips or suggestions getting back on the road.

Old 04-03-14, 10:40 PM
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In need of some tips or suggestions getting back on the road.

It's been a long time, since moving to Austin I have not been on the bike for a long time and have, to put it bluntly, been drinking very heavily. I used to ride around 20-30 miles a day 5 times a week before moving but since moving I have seriously ridden about five times in the past 18 months and it am looking for some tips for getting back into the swing of what I love.

Those of you who have taken long stints off the bike I would greatly appreciate any suggestions you have.

Thank you so much!
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It's as simple as getting your ass of the barstool, and onto your bike. Just get out and do it, and stop making excuses.
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Yep, you can start small and build you way up, but at a certain point it becomes matter of just making yourself do it.

You can try not drinking, or not drinking as much, to start with

Make a checklist of reasons why you're not riding and do things to eliminate those reasons.
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Originally Posted by Team Sarcasm View Post
Yep, you can start small and build you way up, but at a certain point it becomes matter of just making yourself do it.

You can try not drinking, or not drinking as much, to start with

Make a checklist of reasons why you're not riding and do things to eliminate those reasons.
Thanks for the suggestion on a checklist idea.
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Originally Posted by BoSoxYacht View Post
It's as simple as getting your ass of the barstool, and onto your bike. Just get out and do it, and stop making excuses.

If I were asking for ******* rude comments I would have gone to bike foru......oh damn
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Originally Posted by rkelley23 View Post
If I were asking for ******* rude comments I would have gone to bike foru......oh damn
But what he said was 100%. Wasn't rude, that's all there is to it. It's simple.
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Originally Posted by rkelley23 View Post
If I were asking for ******* rude comments I would have gone to bike foru......oh damn
There's nothing rude about my comments.

Don't tell me you want to start riding more, just go do it. Are you fat, or in terrible physical condition? If you want specifics on getting into shape?

If you have an addiction problem, there are groups that can help, but it's all up to you.


Good luck.
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Originally Posted by BoSoxYacht View Post
There's nothing rude about my comments.

Don't tell me you want to start riding more, just go do it. Are you fat, or in terrible physical condition? If you want specifics on getting into shape?

If you have an addiction problem, there are groups that can help, but it's all up to you.


Good luck.
You should become a motivation speaker. The no bullcrap motivational speaker
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the key is to get out there, day after day. No excuses for not riding unless it's raining frogs or something.

The hardest part is getting out there on the bike. There are tons of days when, before the ride, I don't feel like riding. There are almost no days when, once I got myself out on the bike, that I regretted doing so.

Once you are out, don't worry about whether you are riding far enough or fast enough. Just enjoy the ride and don't beat yourself up if you just don't feel like working hard that day. If you ride day after day, speed and distance will come.

OK, I don't mean that you have to ride every day. Set a goal that is something like 4-6 days a week, and then stick to it.
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Originally Posted by rkelley23 View Post
It's been a long time, since moving to Austin I have not been on the bike for a long time and have, to put it bluntly, been drinking very heavily. I used to ride around 20-30 miles a day 5 times a week before moving but since moving I have seriously ridden about five times in the past 18 months and it am looking for some tips for getting back into the swing of what I love.

Those of you who have taken long stints off the bike I would greatly appreciate any suggestions you have.

Thank you so much!
do this today, get on the bike and ride around the block...total time commitment: 5 minutes. There is no excuse in the world for not having 5 minutes.

and tomorrow repeat, and guess what, you might even feel the urge to ride for a little longer, I guarantee that you will feel better about yourself.

the hardest part is just getting on the bike...
For me and I suspect for others, when I am riding all of my problems/issues are temporally forgotten or just seem irrelevant and my mind becomes clear.
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Bike to a bar then walk home. Next time take a little longer route to the bar then walk home. Next time take an even longer ride to the bar then walk home. Soon you will be riding so far to the bar you will not want to walk home, or have the time to walk home, so you will just stay on the bike until you get back home.
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Originally Posted by zymphad View Post
You should become a motivation speaker. The no bullcrap motivational speaker
Cycling isn't like lifting weights or running where people do it because they are trying to get into shape.

Cycling is fun. When kids learn how to ride a bike it's just because it's fun thing to do. There's no reason that it can't stay that way.

Trying to get into shape isn't fun IMO, but riding around is. If you ride around enough, gradually your fitness will improve, and you'll begin to feel better.
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Find a group to ride with. I know there are days I might not go out if it weren't for the fact that all my friends were going to show up, and once I get going I'm fine. I do plenty of solo rides, but I almost always enjoy the group rides more.
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Originally Posted by BoSoxYacht View Post
It's as simple as getting your ass of the barstool, and onto your bike. Just get out and do it, and stop making excuses.
Winner winner, chicken dinner!

I do not know what else to tell you. Get the bike, go outside, get on it and take off. It isn't complicated.
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OP, if you can't manage to get back on the bike in Austin, then there is no place on Earth that you can. A cycling paradise. Just do it.
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Originally Posted by rkelley23 View Post
If I were asking for ******* rude comments I would have gone to bike foru......oh damn
the comment/suggestion may not have been artfully stated. The message, however, was right on target.

I used to ride a LOT of miles, including bi-monthly century rides. Then I stopped riding: got out of shape, got fat and got sick (in that oder).

When I finally got back into riding I was so far out of shape that riding 5 miles hurt like a MOFO. I remember getting home, after that first 5 miler, and just crying because of the physical pain and the embarrassment of being so out of shape. But I kept on riding...

Now at age 57 (soon to be 58 ) I am riding as much and as well as I did in my 30s (even after a quadruple stent procedure).

Moral of the story? Get your arse off the bar stool and back on the bike saddle.

Good luck to you. Ride often and ride safely.
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Find a group or other people looking to ride regularly. It's easy to bail on your own plans but harder to let down other people you've made plans with.

Good idea posted earlier about trying to just ride 5 minutes. Once you start it's easier to just keep on going, and you almost always have 5 minutes free.
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I find it is all about motivation. Sometimes the though of riding with a club actually hinders my ability to go riding more and I couch surf instead of riding. Club rides are generally fast and ridden by people who have been riding lots...if you haven't, you wind up dropped and riding alone anyway; it can be damned depressing to be the last one on a club ride all the time. So, I would say plan to ride solo for a little bit to get your strength up but find something to motivate yourself. Make a daily goals.

Here is some motivation. For every 20 miles you put on the bike you can have treat yourself to a quality beer at the bar you frequent.
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How do you not gravitate toward the bicycle, so close to Austin? I should also note that it's fairly easy to drink heavily and pedal a bike through Austin's east side, and I highly recommend it.

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Sign up for an event a few months out that will be a stretch for you to complete. That can give you motivation to get out and ride regularly to prepare, and add a sense of urgency
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Originally Posted by BoSoxYacht View Post
Cycling isn't like lifting weights or running where people do it because they are trying to get into shape.

Cycling is fun. When kids learn how to ride a bike it's just because it's fun thing to do. There's no reason that it can't stay that way.

Trying to get into shape isn't fun IMO, but riding around is. If you ride around enough, gradually your fitness will improve, and you'll begin to feel better.
I think you're right,when I'm headed out for a run,my wife says have fun,I say well I don't know about fun but necessary.When I'm headed out for a ride,she says the same thing and I say "I absolutely will".On a personal note I was addicted to alcohol and have not had a drink for over 2 years now.I changed my addictive personality to cycling and running and I can't picture ever taking another drink,but I know without a doubt I'll ride a bike and run until I'm dead.
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Sign up for an event a few months out that will be a stretch for you to complete. That can give you motivation to get out and ride regularly to prepare, and add a sense of urgency
This is the best advise for anyone wanting to get in shape and change their life. Not limited to just cycling either. My wife passed a lady in the Marine Corp. Marathon last fall with a shirt on that said "I've lost 200lbs!" Sign up for something whether it is a 5k run, 20 mile ride, century, etc. and it will force you to get off the couch. Everyone has to start(or start over) somewhere. Good luck.
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