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I Just Finished My First 10-Mile Ride!

post #1 of 57
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Hey, y'all!

 

I just finished my first 10-mile ride!  I'm pretty excited about it because that's been a goal for a couple months now.  But every time I got up to 8 or 9 miles, I had surgery and was off for 3 weeks, or went to Hawaii and got sick and was off for a month, and I thought it was never gonna happen.  But it was sunny today -- thank gawwwwwwwd -- and I felt pretty good, so I just went for it.

 

The first 8 miles were easy, because that's what I've been doing this month.  The last half of the 9th mile was a little harder... and I thought that 10th mile was gonna kill me, lol.  But I did it, so now I can start working toward 12.... and then 15.... and then 20.  

 

It took me exactly an hour, which I know isn't setting any speed records.  But I'm not in it for racing, I'm in it to get healthy, and I'm just trying to get used to being in the saddle longer. 

 

I'll have to try to do it again tomorrow, because after that it's supposed to rain for the next 10 days.... hissyfit.gif.... and I won't be able to get out.

 

Anyway, distance goal #1 accomplished. 

 

Now I gotta go collapse, lol.

 

Have a good one.

post #2 of 57

Good for you Slim.  You matched me today I did 10 miles in 35 minutes in 18 degree heat.  Had to cut it short today we have loads of holiday chores that need to be completed. On the positive side we have not had any snow yet so I am hoping it stays away as long as possible. As soon as we get our first snow I will be changing over to my winter bike and slowing the pace down considerably.

post #3 of 57

Before you know it you will be riding 20+ miles and and thinking how easy a 10 mile ride would be. 

post #4 of 57

Hey!!! Good for you. Weather here has been really warm, today it was 81 degrees, however the wind was blowing at 28mph with gusts to 36, We haven't had any rain in 71 days now. I've ridden hills and their tough enough but this wind seems to never quit, not sure which is worse. Whatever, it still is a great way to lose weight and increase your fitness. Read Jill Outdoors and I think we all will feel like big wimps. See Ya, Dean

post #5 of 57
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Thanks, Guys!

 

Dave, you did it in HALF my time, holy cow!!  I can't imagine doing it twice as fast, but of course that's WHY I'm doing it, to get in better shape so that doesn't seem so impossible, lol.  I would be doing better, I'm sure, if we lived somewhere where I could go out more often, but we've had so much rain the past 2 months I'm lucky to get out twice a week.  If I could see without my glasses, I'd try to make myself go in the rain anyway, but I'm so blind that doing either that or riding with wet glasses would be really dangerous.  I also can't imagine biking in the snow....  and I'm just glad I'm not gonna live where I have to do that!   

 

MMMHills, 20 miles is a huge goal for me, so it's nice to think that someday these 10 that nearly did me in will seem easy.  Of course, the first time I did 3 miles I was really excited, and now I don't consider myself even warmed up for 3 miles, so I can see that it's all relative.  When I can do 20 miles in the morning and 10-20 in the afternoon daily, I'll be happy with that, I think, for staying healthy.  Unless I get really fast, I'll simply run out of time to do many more than that.  But it sure is fun wondering exactly where I WILL end up saying that's enough!

 

Dean, have I told you yet how much I'm enjoying Jill Outdoors and Fat Cyclist?  (I think it was you who suggested them.)  Well, I am, so thanks for the links.  I'll be really glad when it gets sunny and warmer here again, but in the meantime I'm trying to hang in there.  I didn't realize it was windy today and was struggling to go my normal route, and wondering why it seemed harder -- until I turned a corner and had the wind at my back ,and suddenly it was sooooooo much easier, lol.  I've recovered for about an hour now, and can tell I did more than I usually do -- my legs are really complaining, lol.  Someday.... Sierra will ride a bike and not collapse in her recliner afterward!  biggrin.gif

 

Thanks for the encouragment, guys.

post #6 of 57
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Well, I was supposed to try another 10-mile ride today....

 

but it's raining... again.... in spite of the fact that they had said sunshine today.  And it's supposed to rain for the next 10 days.

 

I hate this place in winter.  hissyfit.gif

post #7 of 57
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Originally Posted by SierraSlim View Post

Well, I was supposed to try another 10-mile ride today....

 

but it's raining... again.... in spite of the fact that they had said sunshine today.  And it's supposed to rain for the next 10 days.

 

I hate this place in winter.  hissyfit.gif



Well, the rain is a bummer, but congrats on your first 10 mile ride! icon14.gif

 

When the weather improves and you can start riding more regularly again, I'm thinking you'll start seeing your ride mileage increase at a much faster rate.

 

That seems to be the way it works for a lot of new riders anyway. Just be careful not to over do it. I think some of the folks on here will say not to increase your mileage more than 10% each ride.

 

Keep up the good work!

post #8 of 57
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Originally Posted by SierraSlim View Post

Well, I was supposed to try another 10-mile ride today....

 

but it's raining... again.... in spite of the fact that they had said sunshine today.  And it's supposed to rain for the next 10 days.

 

I hate this place in winter.  hissyfit.gif


I wish that we had rain like that this time of the year. We are in one of our two "dry seasons".  In Florida, except on rare occasions, you can see the rain cells coming and either ride around them, or pick a great place for "snackies" and wait it out. 

 

But congratulations on your first ten mile ride.  You know, it is a lot easier if you don't really know the distance that you have traveled and simply compute it later. Knowing mile nine or mile ten are coming up can create a mental wall in front of you.  Keep it up.

post #9 of 57

Hey Sierra, Congratulations on your ride!  I know that rain puts a damper (!) on riding, but it snowed here today, 1.5 inches.  Anyway, enjoy your new bike, I'm glad you're liking it.  Take care, Steve

post #10 of 57

What is your age? If you cant ride ten miles even at 75 years of age  your in bad shape. Try 21000' and 200 miles at 54

post #11 of 57
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Hi, Sat1955.

 

Since you're new to the forum, I"ll cut you a little slack because you haven't read my posts from early on.  You said, "If you cant ride ten miles even at 75 years of age  your in bad shape."  That's true.  But then, I never claimed to be in good shape, lol.  In fact, I've been very upfront here, regardless of how embarrassing it was, that when I started cycling in August at the age of 59, I weighed nearly 300 pounds and had been the most sedentary couch potato you've probably ever known for the past 50 years.  Before that, I hadn't been on a bicycle since I had a single-speed at the age of 9 or 10.  Nor had I done any other type of exercise, other than working 2 jobs daily, in 40 years.  So the first day I rode the bike in August, I managed about a mile before I had to stop, and could barely walk when I got back.  That's how bad a shape I'm in.  redface.gif

 

The thing is, I'm working on it!  I started watching what I eat in July, not fad dieting but trying to eat healthily, and began cycling in August, and I've lost 47 pounds so far, lowered my blood pressure considerably, and feel better than I have in years.  But I'm still in horrible shape, compared to you guy who have been cycling and active for years, so the upshot is that reaching that 10-mile goal, while it may be sneeringly laughable for you, is a big accomplishment for me.  Fortunately, I find that 99% of the guys I've met on here are VERY encouraging and helpful to newbies, which is important for out-of-shape ones like me in terms of helping us continue (and important for newbies in good shape, as well).  

 

I don't cycle to enter any races or prove what an athlete I am, so your record of 21000' and 200 miles is in no danger from me, lol.  I bike because I want to lose weight and get healthy and for the sheer joy of it.  And, except when the occasional snob who makes fun of my lack of ability here, there's a lot of joy to be had.  Even at my level. 

 

Welcome to the forums.  I hope you'll join the other 99% who try to upbuild and encourage others here; everybody can use a pat on the back now and then.  icon14.gif


Edited by SierraSlim - 12/16/10 at 5:17pm
post #12 of 57
Thread Starter 

Hey, y'all!

 

Paramount, you're right, I think my mileage will increase faster when I can ride more than once or twice every couple weeks.  It would have improved faster, anyway, if I hadn't had surgery in September and been off the bike for 3 weeks, and then gone to Hawaii in November and been off the bike for 3 weeks, and then got a new bike it took me a while to learn to ride, lol.  I feel like the tortoise in the tortoise-and-hare fable, just plodding along.  Hopefully at some point I can go from plodding to trotting, at least, lol. 

 

Daddo, I would HAPPILY send you some of our rain!!  We've had way more than usual this year; in fact, they're opening the floodgates on one of the dams to release water because it's getting so full.  If I didn't wear glasses I would make myself ride anyway, but riding blind isn't my idea of fun, lol.  Your theory that it's easier to go farther if you don't know your mileage is interesting.  I thought knowing was helpful because I get excited as I get closer, but I may have to try that.  For my beginner's tour next June, they say not to worry about how many miles a day I do, anyway, but to concentrate on being able to get hours in the saddle instead, so I'm watching that too.  But one reason I watch distances is to try to figure out how many calories I'm burning.  I love knowing that!  biggrin.gif

 

Hey, Steve!  Love your pun on rain putting a 'damper' on things, lol.  I always forget that you live where it snows; for some reason, with your woody wagon, I think of you being in Florida on the beaches.  I actually love snow -- as long as I don't have to be out IN it.  In Flagstaff we got plenty every year, and it was so lovely.  But after I broke vertebrae in my back right above the tailbone when I slipped on the ice and fell, I wanted more to enjoy it from in front of the fireplace, sipping cocoa and watching it come down, lol. 

 

Thanks for the encouragement, guys.  Onward and upward!

 

Sierra

  

post #13 of 57

Well done!

 

post #14 of 57
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Originally Posted by SierraSlim View Post
 

-- my legs are really complaining, lol.  Someday.... Sierra will ride a bike and not collapse in her recliner afterward!  

 


:-)

 

 No you won't, you'll just ride faster/harder/longer before the recliner swallows you up!       . . . . 90% of he time I post on this forum, is because my legs are too shot to let me stand up (right now is not an exception).

 

Congrats on meeting your mileage goal. Many happy rides to you.

post #15 of 57
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Hey, Calico!  Hi, Brad!

 

Thanks for the boosts.  I don't expect standing O's, but a "good for you for trying" goes a long way when the legs and butt are hurting.  rolleyes.gif

 

No you won't, you'll just ride faster/harder/longer before the recliner swallows you up!     

Calico -- I was soooooo hoping that that wasn't true, lol.  I guess exercise by necessity has to continue being difficult to be effective, but still....  I was hoping it could consist of being short of breath and sweaty without feeling like my legs were absolutely going to cave out from under me.  My sister broke her arm last month after she overdid it; she walked 11 miles prepping for a half-marathon, then went directly onto her bike -- almost -- because her knees were so wobbly she fell off the bike as she tried to swing her leg over the seat.  When I finished my 10th mile, as I was heading up the driveway I was thinking about her 'dismount,' and afraid I was going to do the same.  I came close to matching it, lol, but managed to stay upright.  Barely.  Since I'm so new to this, I'm not sure when to push hard and when to back off a little, so maybe I'll post a question in the training forum or somewhere.  (I can never figure out where to post things on here, lol.)

 

Thanks, y'all!

 

Sierra

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