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 Post subject: Re: Beginning Bikers
PostPosted: Sun Jul 14, 2013 7:22 am 
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I just got my first bike in nearly 3 years! It's just a cheapy refurbished old one, by a guy who knows what he's doing and will fix it up for me if anything goes wrong, so I feel good about that. Mostly I got it to ride home after my Sunday evening work shift so that I don't have to wait for a tram.

I rode home tonight for the first time and wow, I am so unfit right now! Tiny inclines + riding against the wind kept nearly defeating me. I pushed on and got there in the end, (which was tough, despite it only being a few kilometres). It really reminded me how much I hate cardio exercise and the way it makes me feel like I'm going to have a panic attack/throw up/can't breathe. Ugh. I know it gets better as I get fitter, but I've never really stuck at it for long enough to get fit enough that it's easy and enjoyable. I'm a great walker and can walk for a really long time (I think I walked at least 10ks yesterday, for example), do yoga for ages.... My thighs are pretty pathetic, though.
Still, I'll get there eventually! I'm glad this thread exists and I might pop in now and then. You are all totally inspiring to me!

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 Post subject: Re: Beginning Bikers
PostPosted: Sun Jul 14, 2013 9:05 am 
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 Post subject: Re: Beginning Bikers
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Also, it has taken me about 5 months to really get comfortable. I was not riding more than 1-2 times a week for a while and I've seen a lot of progress now that I'm riding 4-5 times a week. I improved almost 30 minutes on my 20 mile ride over the span of 2 months, so even if it doesn't feel like you're getting anywhere, the cumulative effect will get there.

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 Post subject: Re: Beginning Bikers
PostPosted: Mon Jul 15, 2013 7:05 am 
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Yeah! I'm sure it will get easier, and I have dreams of my bike one day maybe being my main mode of transport. I've got no problem with getting places kinda slowly, just as long as I'm not totally exhausted by the time I get there. Small steps! For now, I'm just hoping for the end of the panic/horrible feelings of cardio exercise to come soon. Thanks for the encouragement!

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 Post subject: Re: Beginning Bikers
PostPosted: Mon Jul 15, 2013 8:41 am 
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about 2 years ago, I started riding a bicycle again, after a 35 year hiatus. But I have recently developed a problem that is keeping me off my bike. (a hemorrhoid.... ouch!) That's not supposed to happen to vegans! (long-time vegan here) Everything I eat is fiber! But, until it subsides, I'm not cycling. And I really miss it!

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 Post subject: Re: Beginning Bikers
PostPosted: Mon Jul 15, 2013 11:03 pm 
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Ouch, Monidew! That sounds really unpleasant! I hope you can get back on your bike soon.

I rode about 11km today! This is a major achievement, given my struggles on Sunday evening to ride 4km. I moved my seat up a bit (it was too low, but I was too nervous to put it at the right height since it'd been so long since I'd been on a bike). Also I was pretty exhausted on Sunday to begin with, since I'd had heaps of work over the weekend (I'm working in disability support, and it can be quite physically intensive at times).
Anyway, compared to Sunday, today's ride was a breeze, and actually pretty pleasant. Little hills and stuff felt heaps easier to deal with. Hurrah for gaining more confidence on my bike! I also feel really proud of myself for managing something like putting the seat up on my own, because I generally really struggle with mechanical tasks like that. But it was easy!

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 Post subject: Re: Beginning Bikers
PostPosted: Thu Jul 25, 2013 4:34 pm 
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ADVENTURES IN LOU TRYING TO DO THE SIMPLEST THING TO HER BIKE AND UTTERLY FAILING. I finally got a wrench to raise my bike seat and holy fork balls the bolts are too tight I can't even get them to budge. Well, at first I tried unscrewing the wrong thing and then realized I was doing it wrong, so then when I tried loosening the correct one I couldn't get it.

In other news, I have an app on my phone that's designed for runners but I'm using it to track how far I ride and how long it takes me, to see if I get any better with practice (and just for curiosity's sake). Yesterday I rode a total of 6.9 miles (to work & back) at an average of 10.5 mph.

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High five Louzilla!

Speaking of speed improvements... Weirdest thing happened to me this week. My max comfortable speed... You know, legs aren't crying to stop, lungs aren't failing, body is generally like we can keep doing this as long as you want toots... It suddenly jumped up. A lot. Like 2mph.

At first I thought this was in error but my times (double checked with my phone timer) and distances line up. Whaaaat the fork happened? It's a good thing but I am perplexed!

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 Post subject: Re: Beginning Bikers
PostPosted: Thu Jul 25, 2013 10:40 pm 
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You got stronger! Yay!

I'm finally back on my bike. Clipping and unclipping is not yet second nature with the healed broken leg, but it's good to get some miles going and to find my average mph (14) isn't as bad as I thought it was going to be.

I look forward to getting stronger. I'm just riding flats for now, I don't yet know how standing on the pedals will feel. I broke my leg near my ankle, so riding is both good and bad for it.

But, as always, YAY BIKES!!!!!


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 Post subject: Re: Beginning Bikers
PostPosted: Thu Jul 25, 2013 10:55 pm 
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(update: wyvern fixed my seat for me. it's nice having a strong man around.)

I agree, YAY BIKES!!!

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 Post subject: Re: Beginning Bikers
PostPosted: Thu Jul 25, 2013 11:15 pm 
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Also, yay for fixed bike seat! Keep on keeping on!


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 Post subject: Re: Beginning Bikers
PostPosted: Wed Jul 31, 2013 7:29 am 
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Louzilla wrote:
In other news, I have an app on my phone that's designed for runners but I'm using it to track how far I ride and how long it takes me, to see if I get any better with practice (and just for curiosity's sake). Yesterday I rode a total of 6.9 miles (to work & back) at an average of 10.5 mph.


You should try out 'Strava' to track your cycling speed/miles/ect.

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Speaking of speed improvements... Weirdest thing happened to me this week. My max comfortable speed... You know, legs aren't crying to stop, lungs aren't failing, body is generally like we can keep doing this as long as you want toots... It suddenly jumped up. A lot. Like 2mph.


Sweet! Keep on putting in the miles!


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I'm finally back on my bike. Clipping and unclipping is not yet second nature with the healed broken leg, but it's good to get some miles going and to find my average mph (14) isn't as bad as I thought it was going to be.

I look forward to getting stronger. I'm just riding flats for now, I don't yet know how standing on the pedals will feel. I broke my leg near my ankle, so riding is both good and bad for it.


Glad you're back on the bike. Being away from cycling is the tough part. Youll be back to 100% soon im sure!

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 Post subject: Re: Beginning Bikers
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Aw Sz, I had missed that you'd broken your leg... that sucks. But yay yay yay for finally being able to ride again!

So I have been doing this short ride home every day all summer, right, the one that is 5 miles but there's always a crazy headwind (10 mph is a gentle day) and it's always like 98F. Through sheer force of will, I have gotten to the point where I can keep a pace of at least 14 mph the entire time (excluding the hill) even when the wind is so hard I have to pedal to get downhill. I have reached a state of misery zen with it, I know where the worst parts are, I know that hill is going to suck and I know I just have to put my head down and pedal and not let my inner whiner have any room to cry about it, right?

The other day, magically, there was NO WIND. NONE. And it was 84F. But I pushed as hard as usual because, habit, and also because I just felt so forking joyful. I did the entire ride, including going up that forking hill, at a 20mph pace. It was awesome. I am still so happy thinking about it.

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 Post subject: Re: Beginning Bikers
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Whoa! You are getting so strong! How great is that :)

And yes, my leg. It's much better now and we did a few little hills on Sunday. Little by little!


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 Post subject: Re: Beginning Bikers
PostPosted: Wed Jul 31, 2013 11:57 pm 
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coldandsleepy wrote:
Aw Sz, I had missed that you'd broken your leg... that sucks. But yay yay yay for finally being able to ride again!

So I have been doing this short ride home every day all summer, right, the one that is 5 miles but there's always a crazy headwind (10 mph is a gentle day) and it's always like 98F. Through sheer force of will, I have gotten to the point where I can keep a pace of at least 14 mph the entire time (excluding the hill) even when the wind is so hard I have to pedal to get downhill. I have reached a state of misery zen with it, I know where the worst parts are, I know that hill is going to suck and I know I just have to put my head down and pedal and not let my inner whiner have any room to cry about it, right?

The other day, magically, there was NO WIND. NONE. And it was 84F. But I pushed as hard as usual because, habit, and also because I just felt so forking joyful. I did the entire ride, including going up that forking hill, at a 20mph pace. It was awesome. I am still so happy thinking about it.


Misery zen is commonly known in the cycling world simply as "suffering." Welcome to the club. 14 mph in strong winds is fast!

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 Post subject: Re: Beginning Bikers
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badass! avging 20mph is no easy task and a great accomplishment :)

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 Post subject: Re: Beginning Bikers
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It is really, really straight and flat (aside from this one hill) so once you get going fast you just keep going fast, assuming there is no wind to knock you back. It is the happiest thing.

Yesterday's ride out was SO bad, I was laughing the whole way thinking about how I'd just posted about how great it was the other day.

This will be the third out of the four weeks since I started tracking mileage that I'm going to exceed 100 miles in a week. Last week I only hit 93 or something, because I missed two rides due to my fifth and sixth flats of the summer flat due to forking star forking thistles, my true mortal enemy. The first time, I had a spare tube but it took me so long to change the tire that I had to take the work shuttle to the train, and the second time I didn't have a spare tube or patches with me! (Now I have like 47 patches in my backpack so that this NEVER happens again.)

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 Post subject: Re: Beginning Bikers
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time for some new thorn resistant tires?>?! :D

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 Post subject: Re: Beginning Bikers
PostPosted: Thu Aug 01, 2013 5:25 pm 
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Ya -- have you looked into gatorskins? They are a little $$ but supposedly they flat less. Also, do you inflate every time you ride? I find that helps a ton.

Hey, I hope I didn't sound condescending when I said you were getting stronger. It occurred to me, you've been strong all along!!! Just now you have the cyclocomp to confirm it. You should be posting in the badazz thread! You'll be racing with Jordan in no time. I can't even imagine how fast you would be going on a lighter bike.


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 Post subject: Re: Beginning Bikers
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I actually just got a new set of tires because my old ones (that got all the flats) had like 3000 miles on them and were getting pretty sketchy. Today I pulled five forking thistles out of the tires and no flat so far (fingers crossed though, the last 2 were just a minute ago so if they're slow leaks I won't know for a bit) so that's an improvement!

But I've been told by coworkers (and the internet) that they'll go through pretty much anything, including Kevlar (?!) so pretty much everyone just patches and patches and patches. (It made me feel so much better to hear that everyone else has trouble with them, I thought I was doing something ridiculously wrong.)

And no, when you said it, it made sense! Like derp, that would explain it. I've been battling the wind all dang summer and have started lifting on the days that I do my short commute so if I wasn't getting stronger, it would be weird. I was just surprised that I noticed a speed jump so suddenly! I used to run and swim 5 days a week (in different parts of my life) and I never got perceptibly faster at either of those, heh.

Oh man, I am really for realsies going to buy a new bike at the end of this month and I am so incredibly excited.

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coldandsleepy wrote:
Oh man, I am really for realsies going to buy a new bike at the end of this month and I am so incredibly excited.


Hooray hooray HOORAY!!!! Best news!!!! Keep us posted every step of the way. New bike happy time!


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Do you know what you're getting?

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Because P-cookie asked: Portland! If you're around tomorrow afternoon/early evening, there's a criterium race going on right around Franz Bakery. I'm racing at 3:50, so if you want to see me get dropped, come on down! http://omnium-events.com/franz-bakery-criterium

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Good luck jopa!

I don't know what I'm getting yet... I still have to go testride things! There's a handful of bikes I know I want to try, but annoyingly, no one shop in town has all of them... so I guess I have to go place to place, looking for The One. (But I'm excited about that aspect too.)

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stick around for the race after jopa's and see me pretending I've trained more than I have :)

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