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Old 05-16-04, 05:44 PM
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What are your fitness goals for the season?

For me, 5-6 Ht. 220 lbs., age 40, I would like to get below 200 lbs. I would also like to work up to a 30 mile every other day ride. I dropped 25 lbs last summer, on a shortened ride season. I have not been below 200 pounds in about 15 years. I also hope to stick with my weight training program on a permanent basis.

My immediate short term goal is to get 500 miles on my bike. The LBS guy who sold me the new tires told me to bring them back every 500 miles to have them rotated. I can't wait to get back, with the 500 miles on my new Cateye, and tell him to rotate the tires for me.

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Old 05-16-04, 07:46 PM
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My goal is to lose at least 20 more pounds, and go on a 5-7 day solo bike tour.
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Old 05-17-04, 04:55 AM
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I'm doing a MS150 in Sept so my imediate goal is to lose about 35lbs (I'm 198 now and 5'10") once I'm down to a lower weight, then I can concentrate on building up my sprints & endurance. I got my bike to lose weight and found that I love to ride, the solitude, fresh air & fitness benefits are just too great to not do it.
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Old 05-17-04, 05:43 AM
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Terminator: I have a simular goal. I am 5'7", was 228 lbs, 49 years old, BP was 165/100. The high BP was an eye opener! I am on meds to lower my BP and I have made a change in life. I had not rode in 26 months as of 16 April.

My goals are: to get off medication, lose weight 53 lbs, eat better, get my fitness back and do a centruy by October 30th. I have lost 14 lbs in the last 4 weeks, 7 in the last 3 weeks. My BP is down to 120's/70's on the meds, I have changed my eating habbits, I am on a 2000 cal/day with fruits & vegtables with 1600mg of salt intake(due to BP). I have lost 1.5" in the belly, 1" waist & chest. My doctor approves of my goals, he set my weight at 175. I am going back in next 4 weeks and if BP is good and my weight down I can meet my 1st goal and get off the meds! I have been a bit overzellous and rode a lot in the last month. I already have 300 miles on my bike and overtrained. I have relooked my riding in the last 2 day and changed my efforts to train smarter. This way I will still ride and not burn out like last time.

I have promised myself a 10 speed upgrade if I lose the weight. I upgraded my bike to 9 speed in April of 01 when my original Dura Ace 8 (91) speed wore out.

Best part is my wife and daughter support me in this program. My daughter, 8, even rides 4 miles with me I just bought my wife a Trek Navigaor 300 so that she could ride.
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Old 05-17-04, 07:14 AM
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I've got down to about 15% BF from well over 20% - my long term goal is to get down to 10%, so I'm on track for that.

And to have fun
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Old 05-17-04, 07:18 AM
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John M: I'm 25yrs, 5'7. 187lbs, used to be 196, been swapping fat for muscle so the lbs loss is slow. I'm aiming for about 175 too

It's harder towards the end, but we'll get there. You're being smart - overtraining can be devastating, get your rest days in. btw I find an *easy* 2-300m swim very nice on rest days.

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Since I am mostly a commuter, my fitness goals are a bit different than most of the folks here.

Rest of the year: Re-establish a regular weight lifting routine.

Summer (sometime) 2004: Bicycle out to my brother's house and back on the same day. It is about 130 mile round trip.

September 2004: New 5K PR. The old one is 21:07.

October 2004: Free Press Marathon. I am not looking for a new PR on this one I just
want to have some fun.

Also I would like to volunteer for a few road races or other events in the area. I have participated in alot of these but never volunteered. I figure it is about time.

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Old 05-17-04, 08:37 AM
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Alrocket: Thanks! It hard not to go out and just ride like I use to at 70 - 80% of my hr. I am learning to vary my workout, to prevent overtraining and stress. Did my 1st ride in the new format saturday and I did well and rode 30 mi not the 24 I had planned on. I did an easy 24 Sunday, like active recovery and I feel tired but not sore and stiff like I had been on hard rides.
I will look into the swin depending on the cost of the facility here. What I started doing is a slow walk at lunch to help walk some of the latic out of my legs. I go slow on a recovery day like today. Plus it gets me out of the office for 30+ min.
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You mentioned getting rid of the lactic... you just disturbed one of my current raving topics

After a zero recovery time from a triathlon I did last Sunday, I can tell you that the guaranteed best way to sort out the lactic acid is a 10 -15 minute warmdown, no matter how hard you were going at it. Did 1k, 30k, 10k, and was out for a swim and cycle the next afternoon, thanks to doing the warm down! I did some light jogging back and forth for 10 mins, and some light stretches (admittedly in the jacuzzi ).

Yeah, I know I'm going on madly about the warmdown, but I'd never really done one properly before (I play rugby and always hit the showers immediately after a game cos I'm so wrecked). It astonished me how much of a difference it made to the way I felt that evening and next day!
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I want to be able to maintain 21mph at 160bpm heartrate over 25 miles. Get down to and maintain 167lbs. with a 7.5% bodyfat.

I want to average 22.5 mph for the bike leg of my next Tri. Run the Cal. Int'l Marathon in 3:40. Consistently finish in the lead group of the River Ride. And do a solo ride around Lake Tahoe.
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Alrocket: You will be happy to know that I am doing that. The last part of my ride is a 10 min ride in the low gear trying to get HR below 110. Lately I have rode with my daughter and I avg ~ 7mph so it is a slow one. Both Sat and Sun I did a 15 min warmup and a 10 min cool down. Trying to get my HR below 120 is hard at the end when I am tired. Like you I use to just finish the ride at and pedal easy for ~ 2 min then get off. The last 4 rides have been much better with a cool down. I just got back from my walk at lunch and my legs are still tired, but not as sore as usual. I will bet it is due to the fact that I did not try to go hard yesterday and did a cool down both day. Thanks for the tip. Going to try to sketch a training schedule for the next 30 day so that I can ride smarter.
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Lose weight. Lose weight. Lose weight. Did I mention lose weight? I'm 49, 6' 0" and weigh about 250lbs. That's about 60-70 pounds more than I should weigh. But I'm down from 265. So, I've seen some progress. My biggest issue right now is time. I want to ride everyday but with all the family obligations I'm really lucky if I can ride twice a week.
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To lose 20 more pounds.
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DEK: mus be a 49 thing lose weight, yea what you said
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My short term goal is to increase my power output from 340 watts to 400 watts for my super-max intervals.
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Training goals:

1. Stay alive. (Hey, at age 64, and each year after, it becomes more problematic each year!). I shudder when I read the "in-memoriam" section of my high school newsletter. So many folks are already gone, it really scares me. My two best friends in high school are both gone. The star quarter-back, the vigorous buddy in my service club, etc. My dad died at 61!

2. Get down to 200 pounds.

3. I currently have 1,311.5 miles for the year (indoor and outdoor miles). Would like to finish the year with about 4,000 miles.

4. Continue with weight lifting, and regularly bench press my body weight. I am now at 212 pounds, so am pretty close. With some weight loss, and maintaining the BP, I am almost there.

5. Get cardio up to snuff. Not bad right now, but could be better.

6. Do a "private" century.
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Welp, I didnt have a goal until this morning when I weighed myself (and that number will not be posted b/c my hubby reads these forums as well *blushing*)

Soooo..... Probley just to loose a tiny little bit of weight, and to be a better climber.
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climb, climb, climb. I want to be a strong climber, and I want to lose about 10 pounds, which is achievable, but uncomfortable. I'm tired of carrying around this weight.
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Denver,
If you are pressing 215, you are out pressing me. I don't know what I can do, but I know that it is not that much. I'll try in about 3 months, and see where I max at. Best -
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my immediate goal is to ride pain free for 50 miles. my long term goal is to ride pain free for as long as i'm on the bike. i have a knee problem i've been trying to solve for a while now.
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-Drop 15 lbs to 222 (I'm 6'1")

-Be able to do fifty-five pushups nonstop.

-My cycling fitness level is empirical. . .I know it's good when it stops becoming a factor in my rides. So I'd like to hit that too.
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My distance goal for the year was 3000... It may have been a bit unrealistic.. but somewhere between 2k-3k would be great.

I'd also liek to get a bit faster, raising my avg. speed from about 16.5 to 18 or 19 on longer rides... my best avg. spee dthis year on a group ride was 62 miles at an 18.5 mph avg.

Get stronger, lighter, faster

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I'll pat myself on the back today. I increased my bi-daily ride to 20 miles today, 23 actually, and did it non-stop, save for a couple of road crossings, and one water drink which took about two minutes. Hooray for me! My avg was a measly 13.3, but I am deliberately trying to do the slow ride for the fat burn. Sometimes though, it is hard to slow down when the wind is in my (used to be) hair, and the ride is smooth. Best -
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Denver,
If you are pressing 215, you are out pressing me. I don't know what I can do, but I know that it is not that much. I'll try in about 3 months, and see where I max at. Best -
I did 209 today, after some warmups.

Feel confident that if I was competing (ugh!!) I could squeeze out 215.

Also doing a lot of raised feet pushups, trying to get to 40 in one minute.

I can do 40 or more in one minute with feet on the floor.

Currently doing dumbbell biceps curls at 40 lbs each arm, at least six each.

Hey, and I also rode 27 miles today including some hills,without any problem, and could have gone on and on.

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It sounds like you are in great shape. I can do 4 or 5 pushups. I have been working out for a couple of weeks, with dumbells, I am only using 20 pounds for curls, 3 sets of 10, but on the last set of each exercise, I go to the point of exhaustion. I won't even try 40 lbs one time at this point. I dunno, I may get curious tomorrow....

Funny, last night I was laying in the floor doing dumbell bench presses. My 9 year old walks up and leans over my head, and lightly puts his hand on both dumbells. I asked what he was doing, and would he move, he said, "BUT DAD, that is how they do it in prison." (seen on tv) He was spotting me! Best -
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