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Old 06-06-2010, 05:44 PM
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Far, that's a beauty ! That's the kind of thing makes me want to start working TWO extra jobs ! haha

Itisatruth, ................................ exciting news about your "new" bike ! Can't remember the site (there's about a zillion biking forums/advise/articles ) but there are some good tips out there about avoiding serious (or worse, .... oh no, not that ) accidents.

I just got my hands on a slightly used 7.3 FX Trek 7 weeks ago for a training bike. My only problem so far is; .. I'm spending more and more time with my forearms on the grips to "tuck" outta the wind , as it feels like a more natural stroke. It's getting in the 90's some days , so my forearms can get pretty slippery in a hurry. Looking into some aerobars that I can later put on a road bike.

Went out for a 2 bridge 20 mi ride this afternoon before work.


Hope Free and Coffee had good races today.
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Old 06-06-2010, 06:49 PM
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Hahahaha, meee, too, Top (and i already have 2 jobs). Will take a while to save up for it. I've had a Trek 7.2 FX (first bike)--great for just getting into riding; slower than a road bike, but certainly performs well (I love Trek). As for the slipping, do you wear cycling gloves? I found those helped me a lot.
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Old 06-06-2010, 07:16 PM
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Hey Far , you better go get one more !!! LOL

When I talk about the fear of "slipping " ; it's that my hands are completely off the grips on the 7.3 , and I just steer with my forearms, like I used to do with my old tri bike w/ aerobars (unfortunately , some toolbag theived it from my apt. one night 16 years ago )

I ended up with a lower end road bike after that, ....wasn't patient enough to save up for another nice bike. I do wear gloves though. Noticed something about my gloves the other day ,

According to the charts, my hands are wider than 4" from outside pinkie to index knuckle, so I should wear 2XL (instead of mine ; XL),
...... my hands were getting pretty numb initially, but as the gloves loosened after a few weeks , they started to feel better (I cut the tips off because they were 1/2" short on every finger ) .....the other day, I reversed them inside out which helped
A LOT
The stitching on the inside of my gloves were always leaving deep marks, and I think was cutting off circulation ; causing some of that early numbness

Easy solution , huh ? Wish I would think of these things a little sooner LO

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Old 06-06-2010, 08:14 PM
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Faraway, looks like a nice ride! Someday I will be able to ride that far too. I just got mud on me from head to toe from a ride in the rain forest.
Oh where was the camera when I needed it?

I really hope all this biking pays off. I got a backpack in July that gains 2,000 feet of elevation in less than a mile. VERY steep!
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Old 06-07-2010, 08:17 AM
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Good job Wake! And just slowly build up the mileage...when I started getting into cycling 2 years ago, the farthest I could go on one ride was 3 miles. I never thought I'd get to the point of riding 60 + mi a week. And now I'm going to be training for a 545 mile, 7 day ride next year (something I NEVER thought I'd be able to do). So you can do it!
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Old 06-07-2010, 08:19 AM
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Got it, Top...I think hands / feet expand as you ride and build up your circulation; I was getting numbness in my feet + "hot foot" and relieved that by loosening the straps on my cycling shoes. If you're not leaning primarily on your hands, it's prob. not a case of putting too much pressure on the palms (which can also cause numbness and would mean you would need to adjust your bike).

Yes, that dream bike would require a 3rd job or a win in the lottery (lol). I actually have my eye on another, which is more in my price range; I hope to upgrade to it by the end of the summer. It's just as beautiful and hug-worthy:

Trek Bikes | Bikes | Road | 1.5 WSD
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Old 06-07-2010, 08:10 PM
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Wake: What an awesome place to call home!

Top: I hope you let us know what happens when you step on the scale. I'll bet you're feeling better already. Diet is one thing I really need to work on.

Far: A seven day ride is Awesome. It's amazing what we can do....once we put our minds to it!

The race was fun. I wasn't doing it for time....and that's a good thing! I'm old enough that I better enjoy what I'm doing....because PR's are probably not gonna happen....and I'm okay with that.
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Old 06-07-2010, 10:25 PM
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Wake, that sounds like a brutal hike ! 2000 elev. in a mile; .... I was figuring it out like the pitch on a roof, ...and then remembered, no , trails aren't like a roof ! No smooth straight inclines on a trail.
Hope you're hiking w/ a group.

Far, .....that ride is going to be awsome. I've met some folks part way through some supported rides. They are a blast. The RAG (Ride across Georgia) is a popular older annual summer event around here. I think the routes change every year to keep it interesting. I blow a half hour once I get to the Trek site. Love those bikes !!!


Coffee, glad you had a good time Sun.

Maybe you should rethink PRs' ? Aren't races always age bracketed ?

Once you hit a new bracket,..... just; start over with your PRs. Not that PRs have to mean anything to ya if you're running strictly for enjoyment. Just a thought though,

you're the runner !!!!


I can only dream of getting back out on the beach one day,(for now ) ....just for a few easy runs
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Old 06-08-2010, 12:09 AM
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I had a fantastic run yesterday. It's been over 4 years since I've run a marathon. I ran the San Diego Rock and Roll Marathon. Over 30,000 people ran. It was inspiring. I ran around a 4:30. Not a PR, but I'm very glad that I decided to do this. It was a worthwhile cause and a great run.

Thanks to everyone for their support and friendship on this thread!
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Top: thanks! I hope that I will convince myself to do it; I think I will. I have a while to think about it. I've never done a ride like this before, and I'll have to do some pretty intense training for it, but I think it will be worth it--it's for a good cause (it's the AIDS LifeCycle ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles, which raises $ for hiv / aids research), it will be the experience of a lifetime, AND: I'm not getting any younger! It's one of those "I really should do it NOW" things. One of those, "before my husband and I settle down and start having kids, I should just do it" things. Something to do to prove to myself that I can do it! One of my friends did it last year and she said it was "really, really hard, but SO worth it". I think it would be a life changing experience. My husband is contemplating going with me, too, if he can get the time off of work. We'll see....definitely need a new bike then, lol!

The RAG sounds awesome!
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Congrats Free & Coffee... You guys are inspiring

What a fun thread. It is really interesting to read about everybody's activities.

We finally got our house spruced up enough to put it on the market so I am looking forward to getting back to the gym very soon.
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Old 06-08-2010, 07:17 PM
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Free ,

...you've got the perfect avatar for a marathoner.

Congats on the 4:30 in the San Diego R&R Marathon !!!


Sounds like a blast with a whole town running . over 30,000 ....... WOW !


Reubena, .......good, good luck with the upcoming sale. That "sprucing up" can be a real workout in itself , sometimes.

Far, I hope you and your husband can both do that ride . I'll bet the Ca. coast will never look the same to you after that experience.

I broke down and stopped by my LBS to get a computer today, ......ironically , I blew so much time doing it , I couldn't get out for my ride before work . Planning on one tonight after work though . 2-3;30 am , while the roads are really quiet.
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Old 06-08-2010, 09:47 PM
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Thanks, Top....I also want to do the bike across Vermont "leaf peeper" tour thing in the fall....I'm not getting any younger! The time to do it is now!
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Old 06-09-2010, 06:54 PM
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Went on a 18 mile ride today, (new bike computer ! ) , but learned a hard lesson;...... figuratively and physically.

When riding , ....never,never assume anything . LO



Had my first crash today, probably around mi 14.

Too embarrassing to describe, ....let's leave it at, " daaayum, ....can't believe that thought crossed my mind " Good news, other than a few strawberries, nothing but my feelings got injured. Woo hoo

Bike gloves are good!!!!!!

Always grateful for an easy lesson , ......in the past;
..................... learned too many things the hard way !!!


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Old 06-09-2010, 07:33 PM
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Top: Thank you for your words. I'm one that kicks myself down.....when maybe just taking a chance would be a better plan. There is a run in October....if I trained smart now...... Oh, and be dang careful on the roads early in the morning. Dang careful.

Free: That is a pretty dang good time.....and the best part is running it in San Diego. I've always wanted to do that one! Are you making future plans....or just resting right now?

Reubena: Moving is so stressful....the gym will certainly help with that!

Far: Yep, get busy. No time like the present.

Top: Dang, just read your last post.....You were supposed to be careful! Glad only your feeling were injured. Those can be easily put back on the bike!

Another rest day, here. I'll go out for an easy one tomorrow.

Have a Great Day, all!
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Old 06-10-2010, 11:53 AM
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Awww Top, what happened?! Don't be embarrassed about crashing; it happens to everyone who rides sooner or later. My "most embarrassing crash": I had just invested in clipless pedals / cycling shoes, and wasn't quite stable on them yet. Riding on my favorite trail--saw a deer, slammed on the brakes, and FORGOT I was connected to my bike--fell over and scared the deer away! Lol! Lesson learned--practice, practice, practice clipping / unclipping your pedals--A LOT. Luckily it hurt my pride more than anything else. Hope you're okay.
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...Im on Day 18 of my recovery from Alcohol and I think getting in on this fitness thread would help me to keep going...

I started at 200lbs with about an estimated extra 40lbs of beer weight around my gut (I'm 6'). At the start of my recovery, my gut was 41" at its widest point. (i fit in size 32 jeans, and large shirts...i would be called "Skinny Fat"). Today I'm 185 and my gut is 39". In the last 18 days, I went mountain biking a few times and some random pushups and pullups here and there. Most of the weight loss was just because i'm not filling up on beer calories every day... I typically eat clean, so I'm not counting calories...yet.

My plan is to start out slow with compound weight lifting routine and HIIT Cardio with an indoor rowing machine and Outdoor Mountain Biking. My ONLY goal is to stick to this routine until May 29...Then ill figure out what to do from there.

**Starting off every morning with a 5 minute row, 25 quick pushups and 10 quick pull-ups**

Saturday--Bench Press, Dips, Pull-Ups, Bi Curl (4 exercises)
Sunday---Cardio (at least 30 min)
Monday---Dead-Lift, Shoulder Press, Side Raises, Forearm (4 exercises)
Tuesday---Cardio (at least 30 min)
Wednesday--Squat, Hamstrings, Calves (3 exercises)
Thursday---ABS (Body Bridge L+R+C, Hanging Leg Lift) (2 exercises)
Friday---Off or Cardio

Each exercise is 4 sets of 8 or 10 reps...
Body Bridge is held for 30 seconds on each side (Left, Right, Center)

Thats all for now...I'll check back in May 29th...
An Update...Day 51 no Drinking Day 19 no Ciggs (cold turkey) ...I haven't stuck to this routine one bit..LOL. Diet has been a mix of heathy stuff, and pizza and burgers here and there (never fries). I mainly drink Water 1/2 gallon to 1 gallon a day, and 16oz of FF milk (nothing else). I kept up on VERY RANDOM pushups and pullups, Mountain biking and Weight Lifting. And i mean Random.

My Gut is down from 41" to 39" to 37" (pushing out at its widest). And weight from 200 to 186 to 179. Im not really concerned with my weight, i just want my body fat to go away and gain lean muscle. If I could be 180-185 with 8-10% body fat, Mission Accomplished in my head.

All my fat came from beer in the first place so the deficit of calories from not drinking is the main factor of the fat loss I presume. The random exercises helped help to revive my atrophied "muskles". My drinking literally shrunk them down to nothing, and bloated the hell out of my gut...Its pretty motivating to never start drinking again. The No Smoking has really helped the Biking, I can go a full 30 minutes of Hard Biking without coughing up a lung, before a mellow 20 minutes would...um...lets say it didn't sound or look pretty...

I will a 6 pack in the next few months, and it wont be Magic Hat #9...
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Old 06-12-2010, 05:11 PM
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Today's mountain pics

From the other side of Mt Rainier.

Mt Rainier and Kautz Creek


Snags from the destroyed forest at Kautz Creek


Small waterfall. Snow melt off.


In about three more weeks I'll be able to show pictures from the high country. Snow is starting to melt but we've had a lot of late spring snow.
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Beautiful pics, Wake!
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Wake Up, I am so jealous. I can't wait until I can pack up and head to the mountains. I Mountain Bike on hills by the Hudson River in NY. Or Dirt Mounds compared to the pics your showing.
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