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Have I left it too long?(9 posts)

Have I left it too long?rattie
Aug 10, 2001 1:55 AM
As some of you may remember (or may not!) I had a guy try and run me off the road three times and was attacked last December whilst out riding.(before anyone decides I am a female...I am not and so no flamebait! not that there is anything wrong with being female.)The guy got off very lightly with just some anger management classes!!

Anyhow....I have found since the incident that it has been very hard to get back on the bike. I have been out on average about twice a month for the last eight months.

Luckily enough I haven't put on any weight,I have lost a lot of muscle tone on my legs and the middle is a little flabbier but there is no gain in weight loss.

Is there anyone out there who can help and maybe answer these questions?

Have I Left it too long?

Where should I start on the training again?

Should I go back to LSD?

Anyone else had such a long absence from the bike?

Thanks in advance for any help or encouragement no matter how little or how large.


re: Have I left it too long?TrekMan
Aug 10, 2001 2:58 AM
I'm not sure if it's of any help but until last November I hadn't been on a bike about 7-8 years. I now can manage an average of 15-16mph over a 40 mile ride (everything from 8mph up a hill to 42mph down a hill and 25mph sprint on flats while on the saddle). So don't worry you havn't left it too long.
re: Have I left it too long?DrD
Aug 10, 2001 3:12 AM
The psychological effect of an accident or attack can be really hard to get over - I would recommend trying to arrange your rides so that you go out with a couple of friends or some other group of riders, until you get comfortable being out there (which can take time)

You certainly haven't left it too long - things like this take time - obviously you won't be as strong on the bike as you were at first, but recovery should be quick - you just have to get out there!
Ease back into it ...bianchi boy
Aug 10, 2001 4:17 AM
Try riding your mountain bike on trails, if you have one. Go on group rides with your local bike club. FWIW, I quit riding my road bike, except for occasional rides, for about 8 years and rode my mtn bike almost exclusively. Started riding my road bike again last summer and couldn't believe how nice it felt compared to mtn biking. I've ridden 5,000 miles in the past year, more than ever.
try riding with a club ..... nmJohnG
Aug 10, 2001 4:23 AM
re: Have I left it too long?crashdog
Aug 10, 2001 5:19 AM

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Have you left it too long? You are back - that is what

Where should I start the training again? As Yoda said - you must go
back to the beginning... really just get out there and ride - go enjoy some
rides before you worry about training

Should I go back to LSD? Ask your mom - see what she thinks

Anyone else had such a long absence from the bike? Yeah check out my
cycling page at my comeback
for inspiration or just to laugh at my attempt. :)

If it doesn't inspire you - it will certainly make you quit - hahaha


Attaboy, Chris!!davidl
Aug 10, 2001 6:17 AM
When are you planning on doing the HHH - that's a good goal.
It's never too late.....DINOSAUR
Aug 10, 2001 6:18 AM
I returned to cycling at the ripe old age of 56, after I retired, three years ago..
I had dabbled a little with cycling but I had not done any real serious road work for about 13 years. I stopped in the late 80's due to child care problems.
I slightly remember your incident, but we all have crosses to bear, one way or the other. If you cycle long enough you will sooner or later have an unforuntate experience. Mine was a crash while riding my bike about a year after I returned.
This is just something you will have to work through in your mind.
Like others have suggested, try riding with others. There is safety in numbers.
LSD worked for me. I just started riding and looked at my watch when I back home. Gradually I built my time back up (I ride by time). Remember Rome wasn't built overnight, but keep plugging away and cycling will take you to places that you have never dreamed.
It's all in your mind, sometimes the hardest part is just getting on your bike.
Good luck,
Do what I do...crankspinner
Aug 10, 2001 6:32 PM
Carry a small pistol,(mine is a .380) in a fanny pack....

It works great on wild dogs too !! 8-}