Getting back in to it

Rock bus
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Getting back in to it

Postby Rock bus » 4 Aug 2019, 5:43pm

I’d got up to fairly decent club member riding ie comfortable at 50\60 miles at c16 mph and could do 100 mile sportive.
But gave it up to focus on running as had place in London Marathon.

Now trying to get back on bike but finding it REALLY tough - can’t do 16 at easy pace

It’s frustrating and thinking of just giving up cycling and sticking to running.

Any tips on getting back in it or is it just case of being patient and time on the bike?

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Re: Getting back in to it

Postby brynpoeth » 4 Aug 2019, 7:52pm

You could try doing a little of each and changing frequently between cycling and running
Maybe you need to suffer for a while, maybe it is difficult to be good at both

Thought of taking up a third sport, maybe swimming? :wink:
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Re: Getting back in to it

Postby whoof » 4 Aug 2019, 8:45pm

It depends what you want to achieve, it doesn't sound like you enjoy riding a bike that much which is always going it make difficult for you to find motivation to ride.

If you want to ride quicker you are probably best doing some structured training rather than just riding and trying to hold 16 mph.

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Re: Getting back in to it

Postby Eyebrox » 4 Aug 2019, 11:10pm

I can't sustain 16mph either. But I am perfectly happy with 200 miles a week at between 10 and 14. No targets set, just enjoying cycling in retirement.

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Re: Getting back in to it

Postby al_yrpal » 4 Aug 2019, 11:29pm

My advice is, go for a short 5 day tour. Expect to do only 25 to 35 miles on your first day. Keep distances flexible and by the end of the tour you will be all set to resume your cycling. Arran, Islay and back to the mainland springs to mind.

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Re: Getting back in to it

Postby Cugel » 5 Aug 2019, 8:54am

Rock bus wrote:I’d got up to fairly decent club member riding ie comfortable at 50\60 miles at c16 mph and could do 100 mile sportive.
But gave it up to focus on running as had place in London Marathon.

Now trying to get back on bike but finding it REALLY tough - can’t do 16 at easy pace

It’s frustrating and thinking of just giving up cycling and sticking to running.

Any tips on getting back in it or is it just case of being patient and time on the bike?


Are you expecting an instant ability? It's a modern habit to "want it now". Anyone, even 80 year olds, can persist to get better than last week. But it does take persistence, which is a combination of time and the ability to delay gratification, along with a big dollop of trying hard in a structured mode inclusive of the necessary recovery-adaptation time.

On the other hand, if you go out regularly and ride hard over varying terrain for varying distances and times, with plenty of good grub and rest between, you'll probably get faster. A million cyclists have done this before you, with no training plan, no particular goal and no data-measuring gizmos in sight. One advantage of this "method" is that you can reduce it to "going out on my bike for enjoyable bike rides". The enjoyment bit seems to automatically invoke the persistence, trying hard, rest periods, etcetera. Soon you are faster and go further.


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Re: Getting back in to it

Postby foxyrider » 6 Aug 2019, 5:55pm

Rock bus wrote:I’d got up to fairly decent club member riding ie comfortable at 50\60 miles at c16 mph and could do 100 mile sportive.
But gave it up to focus on running as had place in London Marathon.

Now trying to get back on bike but finding it REALLY tough - can’t do 16 at easy pace


When I were a lad I rode everywhere at @ 20mph - problem was, I couldn't get much quicker when I was racing, which I did a lot of, so I wasn't that successful! :lol: A few years later when work and other stuff was starting to get in the way, my general riding speed dropped but I could race quicker, go figure. Currently I do up to 200 miles/week at 15/16mph, on some days it might be 12mph, others closer to 17/18mph - that's solo riding, as soon as I get in a group the speed goes up! Yep, a group rides quicker than a single rider most times, I've done 200km sportives at 20mph plus in a group without getting unduly fatigued.

So if you were comfortable doing club rides at 16mph i'd be thinking solo rides at 12/14mph would be pretty reasonable, you don't say what pace you are managing but TBH I wouldn't worry about it, enjoy the ride, have a dig when you feel like it, sit up and enjoy the view when you don't. Regular riding will improve your ability to hold a faster pace if it really matters to you, but there is much more to cycling than just boshing down the road full gas.
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Re: Getting back in to it

Postby gbnz » 6 Aug 2019, 8:44pm

brynpoeth wrote:
Thought of taking up a third sport, maybe swimming? :wink:


+1 - took up swimming myself in '16-'17', first time in a pool since the early 80's. Only took a couple of weeks to start feeling the improvement, absolutely fantastic once you get down to it (NB. And cycling, running, weight work have proved quite transferable).

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Re: Getting back in to it

Postby Rock bus » 6 Aug 2019, 10:14pm

Swimming really would kill me!

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Re: Getting back in to it

Postby NATURAL ANKLING » 6 Aug 2019, 10:25pm

Hi,
Rock bus wrote:Swimming really would kill me!

Kill me too but, that's why you do it to improve.
You sound fit enough anyway, I did choose once until I saw a chap do both and win too, its only retuning your muscles a bit.
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Re: Getting back in to it

Postby brynpoeth » 7 Aug 2019, 1:24am

"one must get wet", a phrase I use often, meaning: one must suffer, expose oneself to a new language or activity
Havnae been swimming for many years either :wink:
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