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Tale of two rides(7 posts)

Tale of two ridesRandyMH
Jul 23, 2001 10:32 PM
On Friday evening I decided to go for a 16-mile ride while I waited for my wife to finish her yoga class. It was at least 95+ degrees at 6:00 pm. However, heat does not bother me much, in fact I barley even sweat while riding. This had to be the worst ride a person could have without crashing or having something break on you. I mean I could not find a rhythm, I had a lot of upper body movement the front wheel was all over the place and I just could not get mentally into the ride. I've only been riding 3 weeks but most all of my rides to date have been pretty enjoyable. I'm not sure what it was that day. I believe I went out trying to hard to maintain cadence or beat time especially on my ride back but it made for a miserable ride. By the time I got back to the car I was exhausted my traps were aching, I mean it felt like I had been beat down. It was probably a great physical work out but mentally it was torture.
Sunday I decided to get up and go for a ride. I was not looking forward to it because of my experience on Friday. Before I went out I decided to maintain a cadence that was comfortable and not worry about time. This ride was great!! I felt like I could ride forever. At one point close the end of my ride I looked down and was maintaining a constant 86 rpms going up an incline. I felt like I was just an extension of the bike.

Is this normal? Are there going to always be bad daysand good days? Or did I bring that on myself?
re: Tale of two ridesbp.)
Jul 23, 2001 11:07 PM
I've had a similar thing happen many times. Mine was a little simpler to solve.

I realised that if I took off early mornings (nice and cool, low traffic etc) I would feel bad on the ride (which would last for about an hour and a half). The problem was that I just wasn't warmed up well. I find my best rides are when I've been actively doing somehing at home like cleaning or picking up damn palm fronds from around the house and then go for a ride. I guess I was just in need of being a bit more relaxed in the upper bod.

Will this help? Probably not, but I've had more good than bad. Just like for every uphill there's a down (albeit shorter time-wise).
re: Tale of two ridesJacko
Jul 24, 2001 3:31 AM
Don't sweat it (umm...I guess that's not a problem for you). You are definitely going to have to great days and days from h*ll. I've learned that when I'm having a really bad day, to dial back the effort and just enjoy the ride.

Enjoy the scenery, the weather, the wildlife or just the feeling of being on your sled. I often think back to when I was a boy and riding my bike was the greatest thing in the world.

Usually, after letting go of the very deliberate effort or riding, I find myself slowly ramping back up without self-imposed pressures and often I have an excellent ride.

As Ghandi once said:

"There is more to life than increasing it's speed"

I can relateDuane Gran
Jul 24, 2001 4:01 AM
Yep, this is normal. Some days I feel like I was born to ride and then other days it feels like I'm wearing someone else's shoes and someone moved my saddle. Go figure? Sometimes I can ride through a bad day, but other times it just diminishes what normally is a good ride. On the plus side, a bad day of riding is still a pretty good day.
Sounds pretty normal.......Len J
Jul 24, 2001 4:10 AM
I've had the same experience, within one ride. For me, the difference is usually a combination of adequate warm-up, wind and most importantly, nutrition. I ride alot after work and I found (thru trial & error) that I need to eat something substantial about 4:00pm (1.5 hours before I ride) in order to feel good at the beginning of the ride. Otherwise, if I eat something just before the ride it doesnt't seem to kick in until halfway thru the ride. Just me though.

I also think that I appreciate the effortless rides much more because of the out of sync rides.
On sweating...Lazy
Jul 24, 2001 6:13 AM
Your comment about not sweating is a little troublesome. I know different people sweat differently, but be careful that you're not under hydrated. Not sweating is one of the first indicators of dehydration. If your hydration is low it can sap your strength more than you can imagine. You can have low hydration levels and not even feel it, so drink lots of h2o even if you think you're not thirsty.

Also, it's possible that you're sweating more than you think you are. Sweat evaporates pretty quickly when riding.

After all this though, it could be that you just had a bad day. Try to think about what lead up to the ride that could've caused a bad ride. If you can identify some common threads between this crappy ride and your next one (which will happen) you may be able to eliminate some of the factors.
re: Tale of two ridesMikeC
Jul 24, 2001 12:02 PM
The more consistent and gentle your initial training, the more consistent and gentle your body's adaptation will be. The most important thing for new riders is to GENTLY, GRADUALLY increase your body's adaptation to the new form of exercise. Even if you're in great cardiovascular shape, you'll be using different muscles in different ways than you have before.
I started a neighbor out riding last year, and we didn't do anything over 7 miles and 15 mph for the first six weeks. That was the last week in June. But at the end of September, he rode the MS150.
Even if you're in great shape, don't overdo it for the first several weeks. Just build a good foundation before you pile too much on top!