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Being a teenage road cyclist

post #1 of 43
Thread Starter 

Hi,

A friend and myself have decided to start a new blog that covers life as two teenage cyclists trying to make their way into racing. Everything from kit to trying to wake up in the morning is covered. In our quest to try and fit racing and training into education and work, we'll post reviews of everything we find, hints tips and tricks.

Worth checking out just for the quality stories of falling off.

http://velostage.wordpress.com/

Thanks.

Since it's a new blog, any advice/questions given would be highly appreciated.

post #2 of 43

Me, being a serious junior cyclist in highschool, think that this is an amazing idea. Maybe stuff about how to explain to people what you do and why you shave your legs would be nice. After three years of riding I still can't figure out a way to tell people that.

post #3 of 43

I was about to say this is a fantastic idea... then I remembered I haven't been a teenager in... quite some time...

 

Now I'm just sad.

post #4 of 43
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Originally Posted by rtmonahan View Post

Me, being a serious junior cyclist in highschool, think that this is an amazing idea. Maybe stuff about how to explain to people what you do and why you shave your legs would be nice. After three years of riding I still can't figure out a way to tell people that.



Thanks for the comments. I was thinking of a piece to do about shaving of the legs as one of my first ones


 

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Originally Posted by todayilearned View Post

I was about to say this is a fantastic idea... then I remembered I haven't been a teenager in... quite some time...

 

Now I'm just sad.



Chin up, we all get old ;)


Edited by Velostage - 8/26/11 at 5:13pm
post #5 of 43

if the guys have trouble waking up then there is lack of motivation, it is not your normal school day,

it is Sunday ! the day for which you have been training so hard all those weeks and months.

the ones who over sleep in weekends are the college and university guys, not a cyclist :) 

post #6 of 43
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Originally Posted by rtmonahan View Post

Me, being a serious junior cyclist in highschool, think that this is an amazing idea. Maybe stuff about how to explain to people what you do and why you shave your legs would be nice. After three years of riding I still can't figure out a way to tell people that.



 

Shaved legs post will be up at about 1PM GMT tomorrow :D
 

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Originally Posted by vspa View Post

if the guys have trouble waking up then there is lack of motivation, it is not your normal school day,

it is Sunday ! the day for which you have been training so hard all those weeks and months.

the ones who over sleep in weekends are the college and university guys, not a cyclist :) 



Not matter how much I want to ride, I find it hard to ride in the morning if I'm not doing anything else that day. Don't know why.

post #7 of 43
Mate I love your style, good reading, especially your shaving blog lol. Will follow this even though I'm not a teen :)
post #8 of 43
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Originally Posted by Rych View Post

Mate I love your style, good reading, especially your shaving blog lol. Will follow this even though I'm not a teen smile.gif


:) Thanks.

 

A new blog about the longest, hardest ride I have ever done is up.

 

http://velostage.wordpress.com/

post #9 of 43
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New post will be up in an hour.

post #10 of 43
Thread Starter 

Hey guys, new site is up and running. Check it out at

http://velostage.com/

or

http://velostage.wordpress.com/ <---- automatically re-directs now.

If you find any bugs, please inform us.

post #11 of 43

This is awesome dude! You can't imagine how lucky you are getting into racing now. I'm 43 and started riding hard back in the 9th grade in '82, me and my friends knew jack shit but we rode a lot on our crappy bikes. We did ok once in awhile - I came in 2nd at Bear Mountain and my team mate won the Harlem Crit. But back then nobody knew what bike racing was in the US and absolutely no respect came our way. Nowday's there are high school teams and even cycling scholarships to College. It's amazing! With this sort of  motivation I'm sure you are likely to succeed at whatever you do.


Edited by danfoz - 9/24/11 at 7:30am
post #12 of 43

cool site man!!  I got as far as dropping your 10 mile TT by 5 minutes though and realized you are truly just starting cycling or you have really unrealistic expectations.  5 minutes in 10 miles is HUGE even if you are just getting started.  Just my opinion, but you should be more realistic with your goals or your goals should be based off of a real effort, because if you shave 5 minutes in a year then what you are basing it from is not a real TT effort.  Just my $.02, other than that best of luck to you.............. 

post #13 of 43

Nice blog.  Let me give you a few hints, though:

 

1.  If you like double rainbows, move to Arizona.  We got lots of 'em here.  We seem to have the more than occasional sun dogs and solar halos.

2.  Take hint from the Drunk Cyclist ( http://drunkcyclist.com/ ) and include a healthy supply of nudity, links to porn, or both.  Cycling, nudity, and sex are the true Holy Trinity.

3.  Music videos.  Revolting Cocks, Butthole Surfers, and Gogol Bordello all provide great soundtracks for cycling blogs, as well as important lessons for life.

post #14 of 43
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5 Minutes off of a 28 Minute 10-mile TT isn't impossible at all. Thanks for the comment though.

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5 Minutes off of a 28 Minute 10-mile TT isn't impossible at all. Thanks for the comment though.


It's certainly no impossible taking 5 min off a 28 min, 10mile TT.  That is a big jump (21.4 mph avg to 26mph avg), so don't expect it to happen over night.  Also, don't be disappointed when it takes longer than expected and if/when you hit plateaus and can't seem to get anywhere for a while.  In terms of power (assuming your body position doesn't change and you're using the same bike, same kit, and etc), such a jump in velocity would require a 1.79x jump in power output (power varies with the cube of the velocity, so, for example, to double your speed, you have to increase power output by a 8x) over that 10 miles, a 79% increase.  Thems ain't small taters.  I would suggest that you at least find your way to the Cycling Training and Power Training sub-forums to at least get a feel for what you might need to do to make such an increase.

 


Edited by alienator - 9/25/11 at 5:46pm
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