3 Fat Chicks on a Diet Weight Loss Community  

Go Back   3 Fat Chicks on a Diet Weight Loss Community > Fitness > Exercise!

Exercise! Love it or hate it, let's motivate each other to just DO IT!

Where are the bike folks?!

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 11-26-2011, 02:44 PM   #1
Om Shanti, nameste
 
fyreflie24's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Charlotte NC
Posts: 580

S/C/G: 235/see ticker/145

Height: 5'4"

Default Where are the bike folks?!

Hey!

A friend wants me to ride the Carolina's MS Breakout to the Beach 150 bike even next Sept. I didn't see any biking threads so I thought I'd send a shout out and see where the cyclists are hiding. Any tips for a newbie?
__________________
~ Donamari

25%: 10/11/11; Onederland: 11/10/11; 50%: 12/21/11; No longer obese (174): 2/18; 75%: 3/25/12

Eating with mindful intention for fuel and health.


One for every 5 lbs lost

Last edited by fyreflie24 : 11-27-2011 at 08:36 AM.
fyreflie24 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-26-2011, 05:55 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
seagirl's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: East Coast US
Posts: 2,440

S/C/G: 195/180.2/165

Height: 5'9"

Default

Here here! There's a great biking forum at Team Estrogen . com, with lots of tips and great gear.

I love to ride, and am going to train to do a century (100 mile ride) before my birthday in April.

If you don't have a bike, go to your local bike store and get fitted for one. (Team Estrogen has a lot of threads on saddles, etc once you get the right fit for the bike.) Get some bike shoes, even if you don't use the clip in peddles, I use the ones with the cages, but I have stiff soled bike shoes. Get the padded chamois shorts. Some brightly colored shirts.

Then, time in the saddle is what you need. I rode 17 on Thanksgiving, 35 yesterday, 10 today.

My plan is to at some point take a cycling class or hire a coach for a session or 2 to learn about efficient spinning and make sure my form is good.
__________________
.
It's about commitment, not motivation.
seagirl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-26-2011, 11:05 PM   #3
ecograndma
 
Toonses's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Northern CA
Posts: 432

S/C/G: 253/190/153

Height: 5' 7"

Default

fyreflie 24 - Thanks for starting this thread. I was planning on starting one shortly. I have been riding for several years. I plan on riding a metric century (65 miles) in March and my first century in April. I have been slowly building up my miles, but plan on training seriously starting in January. I have been following the Bicycling Magazine century training program. You train at a different pace each day and eventually build up your endurance.

I agree with seagirl. Look at the Team Estrogen web page. I have a Specialized hybrid bicycle and I don't use clips. I also recommend sturdy bicycling shoes. I wear Mountain Bike shoes because of the rugged soles. I also like the protection. My must haves are: a helmet, padded shorts/pants, padded riding gloves, lights front and back, and pepper spray in case a dog gets a little too friendly. Also wear bright clothing. I usually ride on a two-lane country road with no shoulders, and the speed limit is 55 mph. I want to be sure that people see me.

The best part of bicycling is the great work out you get, and getting out in the fresh air and enjoying the sights. Have fun!
__________________
Long Term Goal
Toonses is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-27-2011, 08:52 AM   #4
Senior Member
 
seagirl's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: East Coast US
Posts: 2,440

S/C/G: 195/180.2/165

Height: 5'9"

Default

Thanks for mentioning the Bicycling Magazine century training program, just googled it and that's what I need!
__________________
.
It's about commitment, not motivation.
seagirl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-27-2011, 04:35 PM   #5
Om Shanti, nameste
 
fyreflie24's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Charlotte NC
Posts: 580

S/C/G: 235/see ticker/145

Height: 5'4"

Default

Got my bike today!

http://www.performancebike.com/bikes...0#ReviewHeader
__________________
~ Donamari

25%: 10/11/11; Onederland: 11/10/11; 50%: 12/21/11; No longer obese (174): 2/18; 75%: 3/25/12

Eating with mindful intention for fuel and health.


One for every 5 lbs lost
fyreflie24 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-27-2011, 04:47 PM   #6
Senior Member
 
seagirl's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: East Coast US
Posts: 2,440

S/C/G: 195/180.2/165

Height: 5'9"

Default

Yay for new bikes!

I did 19 miles today. Up to 148 since I got it last Saturday.
__________________
.
It's about commitment, not motivation.
seagirl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-27-2011, 04:53 PM   #7
Om Shanti, nameste
 
fyreflie24's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Charlotte NC
Posts: 580

S/C/G: 235/see ticker/145

Height: 5'4"

Default

I just took mine out for a 4 mile run as I was running out of light and was feeling tired as heck! The cool thing is my average speed was 13.9/mph which is up about 3 mph from my other bike! The team wants to run at 15 so, I know it's not a long distance, but it was a nice comparison on the equipment. We're supposed to have rain Mon and Tuesday but I'll be out as soon as I can!
__________________
~ Donamari

25%: 10/11/11; Onederland: 11/10/11; 50%: 12/21/11; No longer obese (174): 2/18; 75%: 3/25/12

Eating with mindful intention for fuel and health.


One for every 5 lbs lost
fyreflie24 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-27-2011, 05:01 PM   #8
Senior Member
 
seagirl's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: East Coast US
Posts: 2,440

S/C/G: 195/180.2/165

Height: 5'9"

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by fyreflie24 View Post
I just took mine out for a 4 mile run as I was running out of light and was feeling tired as heck! The cool thing is my average speed was 13.9/mph which is up about 3 mph from my other bike! The team wants to run at 15 so, I know it's not a long distance, but it was a nice comparison on the equipment. We're supposed to have rain Mon and Tuesday but I'll be out as soon as I can!
My speed went up with my new bike, too!
__________________
.
It's about commitment, not motivation.
seagirl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-27-2011, 09:00 PM   #9
ecograndma
 
Toonses's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Northern CA
Posts: 432

S/C/G: 253/190/153

Height: 5' 7"

Default

Nice Bike! Looks like you are doing great. Remember to go slow and build up your distance and speed. You don't want any injuries.
__________________
Long Term Goal
Toonses is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-05-2011, 04:07 PM   #10
Senior Member
 
Rana's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Posts: 2,177

S/C/G: 177/174/140 (restart)

Height: 5'5"

Default

Me, me, me! I am cycling. I'm doing a metric century in February and I have a little group of friends that ride together (so we have our own little pelaton).

Anyway, I also rode a hybrid for a year, that was decked out to be half road bike, but a year later I decided that I need the full road bike. My speed went up when I got the hybrid and I am even faster on the road bike.

Tips for a Newbie:
- Ride, ride, ride
- I think clipless is the way to go, I highly recommend it
- Be safe, use your safety gear (helmets, especially!)
- Learn to fix a flat (your local LBS might have classes on how to do it) (My LBS told me "Just look pretty and someone will help you." Well, my friend got a flat and no one stopped to help us!)
- Have fun with it!

I have a Specialized Dolce Sport Compact. It's a good entry level bike, but I have a feeling I'm going to end up getting a new one in a few years...
Rana is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply
Posts by members, moderators and admins are not considered medical advice
and no guarantee is made against accuracy.


Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Looking for other 240's to 260's folks, where are you?? Bunti 100 lb. Club 512 04-20-2011 07:01 PM
The Race to 199! Join Us! Girlie Support Groups 4386 05-18-2007 11:29 AM
Another spin around the world #8 Shad Support Groups 542 11-23-2005 11:03 PM
Doin' it the Old Fashioned Way #16 aphil General Diet Plans and Questions 1281 10-28-2004 12:08 PM


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 01:47 PM.






Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.6.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2015, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.3.2