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Sokiru 14 July 31, 2013 at 11:59 AM in Other
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So, in an attempt at keeping our discussion going about the ways in which we are trying to eat healthier/lose weight and be more active in our lives. I thought it would be nice to have a specific thread dedicating to encouraging and sharing tips and ideas for those of us yearning for a more active lifestyle.

We all may have differing opinions on games, consoles, and Curtie's analogies, however I think most of us can agree on the need for a more healthier lifestyle!

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Good info. Thanks for the compliments.

Physically, I feel fit enough to do a century. My bigger concern is saddle soreness over 50 miles. It may not get that bad but, while not in pain per se, I notice I start adjusting and shifting on my saddle after 20 or so miles.

I've never had a true bike fit and even now, I am trying to come to terms with shelling out $200+ for someone to make my bike fit me.... better. I have done some YT tutorials and read a bit but all without taking specific measurements, checking geometry, angles, etc.
I know there are adjustments I need made. IE- I have no doubts my handlebars are too narrow, handlebar stem may be too long, etc. All those require new parts I am not prepared to pay for, yet.
I sure hope that once I DO pony up the dough, that there is some huge achievement I unlock for 'more' comfortable riding. Haha

While not really planned, I took the past 4 days off with zero riding and it was pretty awesome. Prior to that I rode the past 18 days straight and over 360 miles so I felt like the rest was well deserved as I do tend to hammer down on all my rides which is 90% commuting, I did start taking some chill evening rides but even those eventually turn into a sweaty time trial. Back to it again after work this evening though.
Have you tried using a chamois cream? I don't do a long ride without it. This [amazon.com] is the stuff I use; mainly because it's a local company but it works.

I did the Specialized BG Fit for $100 last year. Not sure if it was worth it. Ended up having to get some more narrow handlebars and different stem. The main thing I got out of it is you want to feel very "neutral" on the bike. As relaxed as possible. The biggest thing is to get your seat height right. Not totally extended at the bottom of your pedal stroke stroke but not too low to where you're 'cramped either'. Then try to set your seat position for / aft and your handlebars to where you don't have too much pressure either on your handlebars or on your saddle. The goal is to try and get a good weight distribution between your handlebars, seat and pedals. Commuting is the perfect time to play around with different setups. You're correct that you will probably need to have some cash to spend if you get a full professional fitting.

I never took much rest last year. I was concerned that I'd lose some of my fitness if I did. I pretty much plateaued and even though I was still doing a lot of training. A little bit of rest and I would have kept making gains instead of just maintaining, I think the same principles apply to weight lifting. You don't want to stop riding, just dial back the mileage and cut the intensity way down,
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Have you tried using a chamois cream? I don't do a long ride without it. This [amazon.com] is the stuff I use; mainly because it's a local company but it works.
That won't do anything about soreness though, only chaffing. I ended last year with a 50 mile ride but at the end, my legs were still totally fine. However, my "saddle area" couldn't take another minute on the bike due to soreness and general discomfort. That was frustrating because I wasn't tired but I just wasn't comfortable on my bike either. It was weird.
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Have you tried using a chamois cream? I don't do a long ride without it. This [amazon.com] is the stuff I use; mainly because it's a local company but it works.

I did the Specialized BG Fit for $100 last year. Not sure if it was worth it. Ended up having to get some more narrow handlebars and different stem. The main thing I got out of it is you want to feel very "neutral" on the bike. As relaxed as possible. The biggest thing is to get your seat height right. Not totally extended at the bottom of your pedal stroke stroke but not too low to where you're 'cramped either'. Then try to set your seat position for / aft and your handlebars to where you don't have too much pressure either on your handlebars or on your saddle. The goal is to try and get a good weight distribution between your handlebars, seat and pedals. Commuting is the perfect time to play around with different setups. You're correct that you will probably need to have some cash to spend if you get a full professional fitting.

I never took much rest last year. I was concerned that I'd lose some of my fitness if I did. I pretty much plateaued and even though I was still doing a lot of training. A little bit of rest and I would have kept making gains instead of just maintaining, I think the same principles apply to weight lifting. You don't want to stop riding, just dial back the mileage and cut the intensity way down,
No, but I have a vat of Vaseline that I use on occasion. lol Once I developed a decent saddle sore I started using it regularly. It got to the point of thinking I would need to get it cut out but I took a few days off and used some acne cream along with some diaper rash then on rides I covered it with a medicated band-aid and it eventually went away.
Now that I have an indoor trainer I don't expect to slip off like I have in past winters.

Watching the 2015 TDF every night has been great for the motivation though. Well except for that mega crash. Glad no one was hurt more than they were. Did you happen to see Tony Martin sprint to win stage 4 yesterday? He left those guys like they were standing still.

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i visited my parents over the weekend. on the way there, i saw a guy maybe in his 40's try to pop a wheelie to jump a curb. screwed it up, was going perpendicular to the curb. bike stops, he rolls forward over the handle bars, right on to his face/helmet, bike flips on to him. i made a u-turn to see if he was a live/wanted help. "happens all the time, i'm fine." i had a good chuckle as i turned back around.
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i visited my parents over the weekend. on the way there, i saw a guy maybe in his 40's try to pop a wheelie to jump a curb. screwed it up, was going perpendicular to the curb. bike stops, he rolls forward over the handle bars, right on to his face/helmet, bike flips on to him. i made a u-turn to see if he was a live/wanted help. "happens all the time, i'm fine." i had a good chuckle as i turned back around.
LOL poor guy. (I would have done the same, then laughed, a lot)

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LOL poor guy. (I would have done the same, then laughed, a lot)

I didn't realize you had footage of that time you hit the tree last year....




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Quote from Mixmode;76949523Watching the 2015 TDF every night has been great for the motivation though. Well except for that mega crash. Glad no one was hurt more than they were. Did you happen to see Tony Martin sprint to win stage 4 yesterday? He left those guys like they were standing still.

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It was really cool to see Tony Martin take the yellow jersey. That guy is an absolute beast when it comes to time trials. He had been so close all week to getting it. It wasn't surprising to see him do the solo break away for the win, what was amazing was that he did it on someone else's bike after he had a flat right at the end of the race. He did great just to get back into the lead pack and used up a bunch of energy, but then to still have enough gas left in the tank to solo at the end on someone else's bike was crazy.

He did catch a break that the guys setting the tempo at the front had no interest in chasing him down. It took the rest of the group a while to get organized which is why he stayed away. Incredible ride still.

Even if you're not a cycling fan, it's inspiring to see someone who has been so close to fulfilling their life long dream only to see it just slip away 3 times in a row; finally kick down that door and break through with an incredible performance like that.
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I didn't realize you had footage of that time you hit the tree last year....




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LOL believe me when I say mine was much worse.

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It was really cool to see Tony Martin take the yellow jersey. That guy is an absolute beast when it comes to time trials. He had been so close all week to getting it. It wasn't surprising to see him do the solo break away for the win, what was amazing was that he did it on someone else's bike after he had a flat right at the end of the race. He did great just to get back into the lead pack and used up a bunch of energy, but then to still have enough gas left in the tank to solo at the end on someone else's bike was crazy.

He did catch a break that the guys setting the tempo at the front had no interest in chasing him down. It took the rest of the group a while to get organized which is why he stayed away. Incredible ride still.

Even if you're not a cycling fan, it's inspiring to see someone who has been so close to fulfilling their life long dream only to see it just slip away 3 times in a row; finally kick down that door and break through with an incredible performance like that.
Looks like Cavendish came up short, again. Christ that dude Greipel had some legs on him. To see him drop back then explode at the right time was pretty badass. And again, Sagan catches 2nd place. Another few feet and he would have won the stage. Just needed to start his attack 2 seconds sooner.
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Just a little narcissistic update.... still cycling a LOT. Miles are going up while the weight continues to drop down. 531 miles in June and as of today I am already up to 490 for July. Joined the local bike club and started doing group rides this past weekend. We did 38 miles on Saturday and 33 on Sunday averaging 17+ mph. Going on another group ride this evening. Century ride is less than 2 months away.
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Just a little narcissistic update.... still cycling a LOT. Miles are going up while the weight continues to drop down. 531 miles in June and as of today I am already up to 490 for July. Joined the local bike club and started doing group rides this past weekend. We did 38 miles on Saturday and 33 on Sunday averaging 17+ mph. Going on another group ride this evening. Century ride is less than 2 months away.
Congrats man, that's impressive mileage. You're going to crush that century. I'll mention it again though, be sure to take it easy every once in a while. How are you doing riding in the hot weather? If you have a scale at home be sure and weigh yourself before and after your ride to determine how dehydrated you are. It's scary how much water you lose on a long ride. I did 50 miles a few weeks ago, drank 4 full bottles of water and was still dehydrated by 5 lb at the end of the day.
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Congrats man, that's impressive mileage. You're going to crush that century. I'll mention it again though, be sure to take it easy every once in a while. How are you doing riding in the hot weather? If you have a scale at home be sure and weigh yourself before and after your ride to determine how dehydrated you are. It's scary how much water you lose on a long ride. I did 50 miles a few weeks ago, drank 4 full bottles of water and was still dehydrated by 5 lb at the end of the day.
Thanks man. The hot weather for the most part is a non-issue. I ride in it so much I have become highly tolerant of it. Even on days north of 95 degrees is not an issue. Now granted I'm riding much shorter distances.... I did ride yesterday almost 40 miles and weighed 3 lbs less afterwards.

Already over 700 miles for July. Yesterday was the end of a 3 week Tour de France challenge on MMR that landed me in the top 1% of all participants. Pretty cool.
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