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1st & 2nd season riders...What did you gain this season?(41 posts)

1st & 2nd season riders...What did you gain this season?Kristin
Aug 27, 2001 11:55 AM
If your anything like me, you didn't set many goals this year because you weren't sure what goals would be realistic. But you've probably crossed some hurdles and gained new strength. So what have you accomplished? Learned? What goals might you set for next year?

For myself:

* I'm evolving into a fitness nut and gained lots o' muscles
* Lost 20 lbs (nearly)
* Speed increased from first ride (15 mph avg) to 18mph avg.
* Completed a 77 mile ride
* Cardio condition and HR recovery time is MUCH improved.
* Learned to work hard on a bike--that there's a reward for the hard work--it has its own level of enjoyment.
Trollman thinks it is quite obvious....Trollman
Aug 27, 2001 11:59 AM
1st season riders are going on to 2nd seasons.

2nd season riders are going on to 3rd seasons.

Basically everyone gained a season.
Sheeshmike mcmahon
Aug 27, 2001 12:05 PM
"Awaiting an appropriate post to respond to." Trollman

All that waiting and that was the best you could do? You bring dishonor to your name, sir.
Trollman has had slim pickings today...Trollman
Aug 27, 2001 12:06 PM
Slim pickings? *sniff* (nm)Kristin
Aug 27, 2001 12:16 PM
nm
Don't take it personallymike mcmahon
Aug 27, 2001 12:22 PM
Mike McMahon thinks that Trollman is simply bemoaning the fact that few of today's posts offer up any good flame material. Mike McMahon thinks that Trollman is home scouring all posts trying to think up something really witty to say in response. Mike McMahon likes Kristin's post and looks forward to some meaningful responses.
Well-played, Mike. Proves if you are going to...RhodyRider
Aug 27, 2001 12:50 PM
...rise to the bait, might as well take the high road.
That's just toooo funnyJohnG
Aug 27, 2001 6:49 PM
Mike

Glad to see I'm not the only one sick of this guy.

JohnG
Trollman needs new writers - maybe use 2nd person pronouns [nm]Leroy L
Aug 27, 2001 12:21 PM
Learned that If you pick up the pace...MrCelloBoy
Aug 27, 2001 12:20 PM
of a conversation, you drop Trollman...
This was my original purpose...Trollman
Aug 27, 2001 12:25 PM
Trollman wanted there to be no posts that needed a response from Trollman.

Trollman is pleased that it is working.

Trollman noticed a huge number of posts that could be answered by browsing the archives or a few days back.

For people that complain that Trollman is wasting everyones time with his posts, Trollman begs to differ.
A plate in my wristCliff Oates
Aug 27, 2001 12:30 PM
http://www.coates3.com/2001_injury.html -- I'm rolling over my 2001 Goals to 2002.
Man, do you do that for every ride?MB1
Aug 27, 2001 12:36 PM
Great report but it must have taken you longer to report the ride than it took you to do the ride.

Too bad about your crash, glad to see that you seem to be healing well. Have you been able to ride on the back of a tandem?
Man, do you do that for every ride?Cliff Oates
Aug 27, 2001 12:48 PM
I kept having to tell the story to people, and early on I couldn't type worth beans since my left arm was in a sling, so it made a lot of sense to put that page together. I was home from work for most of a month between sick leave and vacation, so I had plenty of time to do the work.

I don't know anyone with a tandem, so I'm just riding the stand and walking around the hills here where I live. I don't have enough movement or strength in my left wrist to operate the shifters or the brake, so I am definitely not out on the road yet.
I should probably note...Cliff Oates
Aug 27, 2001 1:27 PM
that I'm finishing up my second year as a rider (returning to the sport after a long tobacco related hiatus).
re: 1st & 2nd season riders...What did you gain this season?DaleC
Aug 27, 2001 12:35 PM
-figured out how to use clipless pedals
-did first century- 6 of usual 17.5-mile loops
Dale - Some unsolicited advice for next season.AlexR
Aug 28, 2001 6:57 AM
Judging by your 6 lap century on a 17 mile course, you may want to set a goal of finding more routes for next season. It is a great luxury to have a half dozen routes - a 20, a 25, a 30, a 40, a 50, a 75, etc.

You can even dovetail this goal into another - joining the cycling community in your area. You can expand your route possibilities greatly by meeting and riding with local clubs.

Thanks for listening to this friendly hint. It pained me to think of your lonely 6 lapper.

Alex
re: 1st & 2nd season riders...What did you gain this season?JL
Aug 27, 2001 12:36 PM
First full year on the bike, including some off-season training prior to get ready. I got back into being a fitness "nut" when my daughter started taking off. Seeing my old bike laying around, and a friend's new found exercise find, got the bug back in me last summer.

My main goal was to complete a century. The first attempt, with said friend, was thwarted after encountering thunder/lightning/constant pouring rain during the first 50. We didn't do the second half. The second attempt, on Saturday without my friend (he couldn't make it back down from CT to PA.), was a complete success. I have one other scheduled, and I had to pass on a third due to family obligations.

My speed has definitely increased as has the ride length. My endurance is way up and I feel great. My body "revolts" if I'm forced off the bike too long and makes me want to ride more. We'll see how the winter goes outside & in, but I'm looking at setting more/bigger goals next year.
re: 1st & 2nd season riders...What did you gain this season?Spinchick
Aug 27, 2001 12:50 PM
Okay I'm jealous. I've increased my average speed from 14.5mph to 18.5mph, turned into a complete cycling addict who thinks of little else but my next ride, learned about basic bike mechanics, BUT HAVE NOT LOST A FREAKING POUND. One would think that 140 miles a week on a bike would do it. Guess I'm still in denial that I can't eat anything I want as long as I exercise my a** off. Oh yeah, I've also gained quite a few cyber friends!

As for next year, still under consideration but I'm thinking about have a whirl at road racing. Woohoo!
Join the club.Brian C.
Aug 27, 2001 12:55 PM
I haven't lost weight, either. Wonder why that is.
In fact, for a while there, while abstaining from cigarettes, I gained weight - must have looked like the Pillsbury Doughboy dressed in a Linda McCartney Foods jersey. Ughhhh.
Forget the scale....Greg Taylor
Aug 27, 2001 1:10 PM
...and rely on your mirror. Do you look and feel better? Are you dropping pants/dress sizes? If that answer is "yes", then don't worry about what the scale says. Over the last year and a half I've picked up more miles and intensity, dropped a couple of suit sizes, and still weigh 190 lbs. Probably always will too...
Yes! Yes! Yes! ... uh, sorry.Brian C.
Aug 27, 2001 1:24 PM
You're right, there can be only one reason why I have swelled to a 42 waist this summer - still holding on at 36. But after all that work and sweat, I was hoping I would have lost 10 pounds. Maybe there's been some muscle conversion. Not that any of this matters. I feel great!
re: 1st & 2nd season riders...What did you gain this season?nodima
Aug 27, 2001 12:57 PM
Great job, Kristen.

I wanted to balance my riding with other hobbies and activities but still see milestones. I am not sure what I learned, except that my mountain bike stays clean longer than my road bike.

Wanted to average 20 mph on my 20 mi commute to work at least once. Have done it 3x, and best is 20.4.

Wanted to increase mileage 2x over last year...should still do it, but need another 300 or so, and the fall striper/bonito fishing is about to get underway...and I have a new flyrod to play with.

Wanted to do a century, but due to main riding partners balky knee, only managed two metrics...there is always next year.

Now I have to start thinking about next year's goals too.

Nodima
goals and resultsHaiku d'état
Aug 27, 2001 1:06 PM
i've been riding since summer of 1998, mostly mountain bike, the occasional hour or so trail ride. rode through '98 winter (snow/sleet/rain/lots of water), traded up on a nice mtb '99 and doubled my riding. bought a used, ill-fitting road bike site-unseen off the rbr classifieds forum in late summer '99, rode it a little to supplement my mtb. it was uncomfortable. 2000 spring/summer bought a new (*new*) road bike, sold the old one, caught the bug. 2000 fall sold the mtb and downgraded my knobbies, put in around 1k miles on the road bike, rode through winter and bought a trainer.

my major accomplishment since buying the road bike last summer was losing 40 pounds over the winter. this was not necessarily due to saddle time, since the majority of the work done over the winter was in the gym, but it was motivated by an urge to "get serious on the roadie" and get up to club/group-riding speeds for 2001 season. i counted calories and ran/stairstepped/weightlifted myself from 235 to 195 in the space of about four and a half months, and have kept it off since.

goals for 2001 were:

ride the local century, my first

ride the local ms150, my first

ride 3000 miles

keep off the weight

start group/club riding and hang at the back

where do i stand so far?

rode:

* hilly metric, 62 miles of up & down, 4/28
* first century, 7700 ft ele gain & 102 miles, 5/1
* 80 miles through arkansas ozarks, 5/12-5/13
* local 70 mile event, 6/9

mileage:
3040.79 miles in for 2001 as of 8/26

preparation:
* on schedule for ms-150 with over $700 on the pledge sheet so far, planning to ride it as a century a day for two days (including the commute from my suburbian residence)

* on schedule for the local century, offered by the local cycling club of which i am now a contributing member. new route option this year is 125 miles (double metric), and i'll take the credit for that one. i'm planning on 125, on target legs/lungs/head.

* planning birmingham double metric 9/8, 4400+ feet of elevation over 125 miles

other fun stuff:

goals for 2001-2002 winter?


-wear out the trainer
-use my new winter gear to keep up the road mileage
-blow the dust off my mtb
-one hundred seventy five pounds (lose 20)
-abdominals and yoga, plus two weight training sessions per week

goals for 2002 season?

* 4500 miles

* repeat mountainous century done in may 2001 (chattanooga)

* seek out additional mountainous centuries, perhaps assault on marion/mt mitchell and the 6-gap century in GA

* Bicycle Across Missouri (BAM), 1/2 option, a time trial of something like 287 miles in 30 hours

* st. louis or GA brevet series

* consider the "flinthills death ride" (kansas)

* one crazy, impossible, last-minute event that i'm unlikely to finish

now i have to print and post this somewhere to keep myself honest.
Wow!Kristin
Aug 27, 2001 1:24 PM
You're a serious contender for the Newbie of the Year award. Although, all those MTB years may disqualify you.
it's like i've found my callingHaiku d'état
Aug 27, 2001 1:34 PM
i'm not fast, but i'm stubborn. i like the endurance and stamina aspect of riding long distances and being self-sufficient. this is why i'm thinking brevets, double metrics, long-distance races with the clock, and eventually trying to be competitive with other crazies like me.

the cycling downside is perhaps the most fortunate event so far in my life: the birth of my son in spring of last year. though i'd like to throw myself into the ride head-first and be on the bike 20 hours per week and ride out of town challenging events often, i cannot realistically do that--for some years to come. so, i'll be content with what i can muster while keeping daddy side (dr. jeckyl) on the up-and-up. he's way more important, anyhow!
You learned one of life's great lessons this year :) (nm)JL
Aug 27, 2001 6:29 PM
re: 1st & 2nd season riders...What did you gain this season?doug_s
Aug 27, 2001 1:12 PM
First full summer with a Road Bike. So, this is a summary of my first season.

1. Learned much about wrenching on my bikes. Hardly need an LBS now.

2. Learned much about proper bike fit, but still searching for nirvana.

3. Upped average speed 3 mph.

4. Regularly participated in a fast group ride. Still get dropped, but it's much harder to get rid of me now.

5. Century -- plans for October, when the weather is cool.

6. Lost over 20 lbs.

7. Made journey to Moab (mtb related).

8. Learned much about balancing time with significant other and riding during riding season (always looking for pointers, though).
Not 1st or 2nd season but also jealous...mk_42
Aug 27, 2001 1:16 PM
I've been riding for years but this year is my first on a proper roadbike. Also my first year putting in good milage consistently.

I haven't lost any weight. I wasn't actually wanting to loose weight, just wanted less pudgyness in the mid section...converting it to muscle and gaining would be fine. I'm hoping it will come with time if I continue consistently.

The thing I HAVE accomplished is riding every day. I get this done mostly by riding to work which I consider a real plus. I don't know if I really want to change much for next year. I think that I may want to do a race, or at least a ride, but for now I continue to be happy just getting out and riding.

_42
After 2 seasons I learned I need another 2 seasons to...Bruno S
Aug 27, 2001 2:14 PM
be any good.
here's my listmy 1st season
Aug 27, 2001 2:20 PM
- my first century
- my first double century
- my first triple century
- completed brevet series (200, 300, 400 and 600)
- rode first BMB (750mi ride)
I didn't gain, I lost!!!!Cartman
Aug 27, 2001 3:35 PM
I guess I did gain, in speed, but lost in time. My 12 mile time trial went from 34:28 to 31:07, a loss of 3:21!!!!!

I also lost my goal to complete the 300k and 400k legs of the Boston Brevet series. A nagging pain in my right knee during the 300k forced me to call it quits at 134 miles, and drastically cut my mileage for the rest of the season.

I was very happy to see the gains in the time trials, which helped considerably this past weekend in a sprint distance triathalon.
May I Just Remind...?Jon Billheimer
Aug 27, 2001 4:17 PM
...all you happy gear mashers that the season is not yet over? So let's not be writing our annual epitaphs just yet. Spin on.
How right you are, Jon! nmSpinchick
Aug 27, 2001 4:54 PM
You Are Correct...Kristin
Aug 28, 2001 5:19 AM
I actually posted this a little early, but it seemed that some newbies were chomping at the bit to tell their tales (self included). I originally planned to do this thread in October. Perhaps we'll have a re-do then. Who knows, I may get a century in yet!
re: 1st & 2nd season riders...What did you gain this season?badabill
Aug 27, 2001 4:21 PM
Good to see all the goal success. Being in SoCal we get to ride all year so its a little early to grade my year. So far, so good. will reach 12,000mi goal, completed 2 double century's, those were my main goals. Cross season is allmost upon us, I cant wait.
Next years goals are to ride less. This sounds strange but I ride too much. I have been watching friends compete in the local triathalons and will give it a go next year. The cross training should do me good:-)
re: 1st & 2nd season riders...What did you gain this season?STEELYeyed
Aug 27, 2001 5:02 PM
Good job Kristin,keep it up!,I got my first real road bike in April 01',gave up a 2pack a day cigerette habit and reduced my alcohol intake to almost nill,have not lost much weight but at 5'10" 155lbs. I can't spare much!overall though I do look alot better than a year ago,people say I don't look 39,it must be the riding,this is my year......so far.
1.May-Twin Cities Bike Club Ironman Century
2.June-Omaha Ride to Recovery Century
3.July-RAGBRAI,600 miles 18,000ft.
2800 miles total,planning 2 more Centuries in Sept.,plus this winter I will take my bike to SoCal,and try to get in a couple more centuries between business meetings,I've learned alot about my bike and my body this year,and I have found that in cycling,much like in life,that for all the suffering there is reward,for every down there is an up,and for every sorrow,a joy.
Regards,
STEELYeyed
Great Topic KristinDCP
Aug 27, 2001 6:38 PM
First season for me. For me, it was:

A sport where you can still "compete" past age 40.
Teamwork pays; in speed and motivation.
A century? I can't do that. Oh wow, I did.
Before all that, I spent $1,200 on a bike (last year's model on sale) and I'm still on the cheap end of things?
But mostly, cycling is addictive. I really really hope it stays this way.
This is my first season, many hopesDuane Gran
Aug 28, 2001 4:47 AM
I did some fairly casual weekend riding last summer and decided to get serious about it this year. This is my first real year (Jan-Dec) of riding and thus far I have increased my fitness, lowered my % bodyfat and a little bit of weight, increased average speed by about 5 mph and had tons of fun. I've met some of the coolest people through cycling and it has been great.

My expectation is that my growth will be more gradual next year, but as a racer it will be nice to have more of the fundamental fitness issues under control and focus on the tactics of the sport. This winter I intend to keep up my training regimen by purchasing a good lighting system for the bike. Last year I found that a lack of daylight and poor road conditions were more of a problem than the temperature. I can't do much about snow on the roads, but I can make it safer to ride at night with good lights.

At the moment I'm on track to ride about 10,000 miles this year and I hope to do it again next year. Of course, road conditions during the winter can make or break this goal, so I don't stress about it. I'm just enjoying the ride.
From all your posts...Kristin
Aug 28, 2001 5:26 AM
...I would never have imagined this was your first serious season. And 10,000 miles. Way to go!
re: 1st & 2nd season riders...What did you gain this season?MeDotOrg
Aug 28, 2001 7:44 AM
This is my first year back after a hiatus of 11 years. (Blew out my knee in 1989):

Learned clipless pedals

Destroyed one frame in a crash - lived to tell the tale

Dropped 35 pounds

3 Centuries

California Aids Ride

Ridden approximately 6,500 miles this year

As for times - difficult to know exactly, because I was riding a bike with no cyclometer for awhile. I know on my typical ride I no longer use the little ring on my triple. (Kind of a point of honor with myself).

My quads aren't as buffed as when I was 35 and riding - but I think I'm in overall better shape at 50.

Next year?

Keep riding, baby!

Start to do more "training" versus "exercise" (i.e., intervals)