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Old 09-10-08, 01:57 PM
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Originally Posted by Anthony8858 View Post
I'd like to offer a suggestion.

I'm 50yrs old, 5'11, 212, and was in horrible condition. I started riding again about 2 months ago. At first, I couldn't do more than a mile. My legs would go rubbery, and I would simply run out of gas.

Then I bought a heart rate monitor.

I found myself able to ride much longer, if I kept my pulse rate at a lower aerobic level. As soon as my pulse inched towards my "fatigue zone", I slowed down. You'll soon realize your fatigue zone after a few rides.
Then, little by little, you'll find that your fatigue zone increases with time. Before you know it, you'll be hitting those hills with ease.

Oh, and BTW....I have the same choices:
Lately, I've been riding number 2, and feeling much better.

Choice #1:


Choice #2
Hi Anthony,
Yes, we have a kindred spirit of sorts with bikes (I have an '06 Street Bob) and ability. I'm beginning to see "less" fatigue when I ride, but would like to extend it once my stamina gets better. So monitoring your HR made a significant difference? Perhaps I should look into one.
A coworker is sponsoring a weekly district ride. He's a pretty hard-core rider but will begin the rides on level ground for us beginners. Ride lasts about an hour. The plan is to increase the ride gradually as people feel more comfortable. I'm gonna join them next week. Who knows! With all the hills I climb on my little daily ride, perhaps this will be a breeze.
Btw, great lookin' Road King! What year? Love the wineberry paint.
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Old 09-10-08, 07:58 PM
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Originally Posted by xnihilo View Post
Hi Anthony,
Yes, we have a kindred spirit of sorts with bikes (I have an '06 Street Bob) and ability. I'm beginning to see "less" fatigue when I ride, but would like to extend it once my stamina gets better. So monitoring your HR made a significant difference? Perhaps I should look into one.
A coworker is sponsoring a weekly district ride. He's a pretty hard-core rider but will begin the rides on level ground for us beginners. Ride lasts about an hour. The plan is to increase the ride gradually as people feel more comfortable. I'm gonna join them next week. Who knows! With all the hills I climb on my little daily ride, perhaps this will be a breeze.
Btw, great lookin' Road King! What year? Love the wineberry paint.
The monitor became my security blanket. Of course, everyone is different, but for me, it kept my exercise anxiety under control. As you ride with one, you'll notice the connection between your pulse rate, and you burnout zone. By avoiding that zone, you'll be able to go much longer. OTOH, if your hitting hills, you'll be able to see that you're laboring, by watching your HR increase. It's at that point, that you drop into a lighter gear, and pedal at a pace that barely increases your HR. Little by little, you'll see your tolerance level increase.
Don't get me wrong. I'm still in horrible condition, but I'm seeing regular improvements..

As far as the RK, it's a 2005. Thanks
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Old 09-15-08, 04:53 AM
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I didn't read all of the responses, actually I only read the first few- but as someone just getting into cycling for exercise and fun... I just felt I would pass knowledge I learned on..

At a LBS I heard from a person who works there that your body typically won't start to train for endurance or anything until you break the half hour mark. I understand not all people have all the time in the world for cycling, granted, but there are some things I think we all can give up on to help ourselves out a little more, for me it's late night video games. Started to give them up, kind of just as a side effect to getting up earlier to get an hour and a half ride in each day. Granted, I am only 23, but I'm also 5'8" and 219.. but I'm also a firm believer that being fit is relative.

All that said- personally if you haven't already, I would advocate you try and bump up the ride to something that takes an hour or more, if only bumping the ride incrementally by 15, 20 minutes a week. I started at 12 miles, took me an hour and a half on my mtn bike, got the new road bike and after 2 days of the 12 miles, i realized I had cut my time and effort by nearly half, so i bumped myself up to 17 and a quarter in an hour and a half. From when I started, I feel a lot better, I nap a little more, but when I'm up I have a ton more energy, and my rides have gotten easier.
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Originally Posted by xnihilo View Post
Hi all,
New into cycling. I'm trying to get my body acclimated to riding around the neighborhood but it's a challenge. I have a good road bike with a compact crank but still struggle. I do a daily loop of only 1.5 miles with a combo of hills and coasting. Even this short distance I can only do it once and the bike goes back into the garage. I am 44, 6'1", 195 lbs. Recent physical says I'm okay. I've been doing the same ride for a coupla weeks and have yet to see improvement in stamina. Am I being impatient? Am I doing something wrong? Should I sell the bike and stick with motorcycling?
Encouragements and criticisms welcome.
Hi!

Check out this thread. It pretty much discusses your issue right now.

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