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    I started my training and hope to work my way up to 50 miles. That is my goal for now. Not sure how long that is going to take but I'm in no rush. The only problem I have is living in a place called mountain top. As you can imagine from the name its not that flat here.

    My question is; how did most of you go about reaching your goals? Did you set short term goals for each ride or ride until you reached your limit?
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    That's great, Jay! Is there a loop around home you like? How far are you riding now? You can start with base miles using a few familiar routes and add longer weekend rides, increasing your distance by say 10% each week until you reach your goal.
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    • #3
      To answer you question I will use myself as an example. I began riding 3 years ago. That first spring (on a mountain bike) I was riding about 15-20 mile a week, not much by any biking standard. On the 4th of July I went out for 50 miles and stayed at about 10 MPH (again not great). For the rest of the summer I rode maybe 25 miles a week and that Sept. I borrowed a hybred and did my first century. It wasn't as physically tough as I thought it would be but make no mistake 100 miles on a bike is a long ride even when you have been biking for a few years. The worst part of all was getting my butt use to the bike seat.
      Last edited by dadmo; 12-17-08, 08:28 PM.
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      • #4
        Hey Guys,
        There is no particular loop I take. I pretty much get on the bike and ride until I'm tired or run out of time. I've doing my riding in the morning before work. I usually average about 10 -15 miles a ride. But I just started so I have only done this a few times.
        If you look for the truth outside yourself, it gets farther and farther away. ~ Tung-Shan
        If you love life, don't waste time, for time is what life is made up of. ~ Bruce Lee
        Please sponsor me for the 2011 LiveSTRONG Challenge Philadelphia.
        My Blog

        Diagonosed 1988. Left I/O - 3 rounds of chemo
        Relasped 1989. RPLND - 3 rounds HDC - Bone Marrow transplant.
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        • #5
          Hey Dadmo,

          Your butt actually gets used to those bike seats? When I was a teenager I didnt even think about it.
          I couldnt believe after years not riding a bike how awful those things feel!

          Arent there some, uh "nicer" bike seats out there to be had? =)

          Son Anthony DX 12/11/06
          L/O 12/20/06 Stage IIIA, 95% EC, 5% Yolk Sac
          4XEP 1/29-4/6/ 07
          AFP started increasing3 wks later
          Residual abdominal mass found on CT
          RPLND 6/8/07
          Cancer in pathology-
          80% mature teratoma, 20% Yolk Sac. --
          No adjuvent chemo and
          AFP normalised

          July 22, 2010 ---- 3 years all clear!

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Jay68442
            I started my training and hope to work my way up to 50 miles. That is my goal for now. Not sure how long that is going to take but I'm in no rush. The only problem I have is living in a place called mountain top. As you can imagine from the name its not that flat here.

            My question is; how did most of you go about reaching your goals? Did you set short term goals for each ride or ride until you reached your limit?
            Hills and valleys, ouch! My legs hurt just thinking about it. I think you'll get in shape for long distance riding faster that way though!

            Have a great time!

            Son Anthony DX 12/11/06
            L/O 12/20/06 Stage IIIA, 95% EC, 5% Yolk Sac
            4XEP 1/29-4/6/ 07
            AFP started increasing3 wks later
            Residual abdominal mass found on CT
            RPLND 6/8/07
            Cancer in pathology-
            80% mature teratoma, 20% Yolk Sac. --
            No adjuvent chemo and
            AFP normalised

            July 22, 2010 ---- 3 years all clear!

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            • #7
              Jay, my husband wants to offer you the following pointers: Start with a spin class at the local gym or Y just to get the legs and lungs in shape and use to climbing etc. A good way is to join a local bike club or participate in local rides at the D or C level. Last year when he started he was lucky to be doing 10 miles plus an hour; he should have kept better records. The biggest difference between spinning and outside riding is you get to coast down hill but the real thing is being in the correct gear at the right time. Once you get that down it is a question of riding different routes, flats for speed and hills for climbing and then participating in other charity or local rides. The other thing is to make sure that you stretch the legs after a ride or even at rest stops because the biggest problem is the build up of lactic acid in the legs and hydrate because that delays the acid build-up.
              Spouse: I/O 8/80; embryonal, seminoma, teratoma; RPLND 9/80 - no reoccurrence - HRT 8/80; bladder cancer 11/97; reoccurrence: 4X
              Son: I/O 11/04; embryonal, teratoma; VI; 3XBEP; relapse 5/08; RPLND 6/18/08 - path: mature teratoma

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              • #8
                Thank You for the pointers MOM and Mr Mom. I will certainly take them into consideration. Not sure where I would find the time for a spin class as I go to Kung Fu and Tai Chi classes 3 - 5 a week.
                If you look for the truth outside yourself, it gets farther and farther away. ~ Tung-Shan
                If you love life, don't waste time, for time is what life is made up of. ~ Bruce Lee
                Please sponsor me for the 2011 LiveSTRONG Challenge Philadelphia.
                My Blog

                Diagonosed 1988. Left I/O - 3 rounds of chemo
                Relasped 1989. RPLND - 3 rounds HDC - Bone Marrow transplant.
                There is Army Strong, There is Live Strong and then there is me. Crazy Strong

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Jay68442
                  I pretty much get on the bike and ride until I'm tired or run out of time. I've doing my riding in the morning before work. I usually average about 10 -15 miles a ride. But I just started so I have only done this a few times.
                  You're off to a good start. If you have the time, try doing 20-25 miles one day this weekend.
                  Scott, [email protected]
                  right inguinal orchiectomy 6/5/2003 > nonseminoma, stage I > surveillance > L-RPLND 6/24/2005 for recurrence, suspected teratoma but found seminoma, stage II > chylous ascites until 9/2005 > surveillance and "all clear" since


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                  • #10
                    A little update on my training. Here are my first 5 rides with the new bike

                    Ride #---Date---Mx Speed---Ave Speed---Distance---Time
                    1--------9/12---31.2--------13.0--------8.25-----38.02
                    2--------9/14---35.4--------13.9--------8.18-----35.19
                    3--------9/16---29.1--------13.2--------8.23-----37.28
                    4--------9/18---32.2--------13.9--------8.35-----36.05
                    5--------9/20---31.7--------14.8--------7.81-----31.47

                    This sunday I'm planning to do a 20 mile ride. I have to admit the hills kill me. The slight up hills are not bad but the long steep ones are murder on my legs. Good thing there are only a few of those on the loop i've been doing. I will also try a new route this weekend. One last note. I found a long time cyclist in my development who said he would teach me the ropes.

                    LiveStrong Philly 40 miles or better next year.
                    If you look for the truth outside yourself, it gets farther and farther away. ~ Tung-Shan
                    If you love life, don't waste time, for time is what life is made up of. ~ Bruce Lee
                    Please sponsor me for the 2011 LiveSTRONG Challenge Philadelphia.
                    My Blog

                    Diagonosed 1988. Left I/O - 3 rounds of chemo
                    Relasped 1989. RPLND - 3 rounds HDC - Bone Marrow transplant.
                    There is Army Strong, There is Live Strong and then there is me. Crazy Strong

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                    • #11
                      Jay:
                      Here are some biking web pages with cue sheets.

                      Bikely

                      Pedaling

                      Trail Link
                      Son Jason diagnosed 4/30/04, stage III. Right I/O 4/30/04. Graduated College 5/13/04. 4XEP 6/7/04 - 8/13/04. Full open RPLND 10/13/04. All Clear since.

                      Treated by Dr. Rakowski of Midland Park, NJ. Visited Sloan Kettering for protocol advice. RPLND done at Sloan Kettering.

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                      • #12
                        Thanks for the links Dadmo, I will check them out.
                        If you look for the truth outside yourself, it gets farther and farther away. ~ Tung-Shan
                        If you love life, don't waste time, for time is what life is made up of. ~ Bruce Lee
                        Please sponsor me for the 2011 LiveSTRONG Challenge Philadelphia.
                        My Blog

                        Diagonosed 1988. Left I/O - 3 rounds of chemo
                        Relasped 1989. RPLND - 3 rounds HDC - Bone Marrow transplant.
                        There is Army Strong, There is Live Strong and then there is me. Crazy Strong

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Jay68442
                          A little update on my training. Here are my first 5 rides with the new bike

                          Ride #---Date---Mx Speed---Ave Speed---Distance---Time
                          1--------9/12---31.2--------13.0--------8.25-----38.02
                          2--------9/14---35.4--------13.9--------8.18-----35.19
                          3--------9/16---29.1--------13.2--------8.23-----37.28
                          4--------9/18---32.2--------13.9--------8.35-----36.05
                          5--------9/20---31.7--------14.8--------7.81-----31.47

                          This sunday I'm planning to do a 20 mile ride. I have to admit the hills kill me. The slight up hills are not bad but the long steep ones are murder on my legs. Good thing there are only a few of those on the loop i've been doing. I will also try a new route this weekend. One last note. I found a long time cyclist in my development who said he would teach me the ropes.

                          LiveStrong Philly 40 miles or better next year.
                          Seems to be the year for trying out new things. My Son and I tried out a Pai Lum Kung Fu class last night. We had a really nice time. I'm pretty sure we're going to go back.
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by TCLEFT
                            Seems to be the year for trying out new things. My Son and I tried out a Pai Lum Kung Fu class last night. We had a really nice time. I'm pretty sure we're going to go back.
                            Thats great. I've tried a few arts and I like kung fu the best. I studied wing chun, hung gar and now eagle claw. One of the things I enjoy most now is tai chi. So relaxing

                            Do you know the name of the school?
                            If you look for the truth outside yourself, it gets farther and farther away. ~ Tung-Shan
                            If you love life, don't waste time, for time is what life is made up of. ~ Bruce Lee
                            Please sponsor me for the 2011 LiveSTRONG Challenge Philadelphia.
                            My Blog

                            Diagonosed 1988. Left I/O - 3 rounds of chemo
                            Relasped 1989. RPLND - 3 rounds HDC - Bone Marrow transplant.
                            There is Army Strong, There is Live Strong and then there is me. Crazy Strong

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Jay68442
                              Thats great. I've tried a few arts and I like kung fu the best. I studied wing chun, hung gar and now eagle claw. One of the things I enjoy most now is tai chi. So relaxing

                              Do you know the name of the school?
                              I believe they just stayed pragmatic and called it Pai Lum Tai Chi/ Kung Fu. Between my Son and myself we have 30 years into Chung Do Kwan Mu Sool. We seemed to fall right into pace. Just some shorter stance configurations and pivoting differences to adjust to and we were right at home. Everyone was very nice and respectful with no egos. Very nice experience. To keep scope with this thread, we figure it's about a 13 mile ride to the school, all rural. When we join, we're thinking for the Saturday Tai Chi class, we'd ride, train, ride home. Assuming we'll be able to move for the Tai Chi. (It's over Point Mountain Road ) Get the picture? Oh, well, no brain, no pain, or something like that .
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