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6/1/18 7:23 A

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Thanks Shelley!

I will start a June challenge in the next day or two, so start planning your goal!

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6/1/18 12:02 A

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Wow-295 is awesome!

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5/31/18 11:57 P

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Well here is my last ride of the month. I have to say that I at least finished strong this month. Next month I will get it for sure!

5/31--27 miles. 295 for month (65 short of goal)

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5/30/18 10:17 P

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Hi Shelley,

Normally, it would be cold when getting wet, but it has been so hot this past week, that when it rained it almost felt like bath water. I still don't like being all wet and I was really glad that I had dry clothes to change into afterwards. Some of us went out to eat and I wouldn't have done that in wet cycling clothes.

Yes, I am planning to start a June challenge in a couple days so you can be thinking about what you want to do--miles, minutes, number of rides, etc. I will probably set a mileage goal again. Hopefully June will be a better riding weather month!

Hope that one of your son's suggestions helps for the numbness problem.

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5/30/18 1:50 P

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Don't you get really cold riding when wet? I'm sure the air flow would dry your clothes but it sounds like you would freeze in the meantime--maybe you had a raincoat.
Sixteen mph for average sounds so fast! I think my average is about 8, but then it's always on a dirt road or a trail.
Your goal was huge so it's no wonder you came a bit short, but like you say, another month is coming right up. I can't believe it's already June. So, I didn't even keep track of how many times a week I rode, but my goal was 3 x. Not sure if I did that or not. Is there a challenge for June? Maybe I'll set a maximum distance for one ride goal.
I talked to my son about my hand and arm numbness and he had several suggestions, one of which was rotating the bar to elevate the grips and another was shaving increments off the width of the bar until it was narrow enough to be comfortable. The handlebars are awfully wide on mountain bikes these days.

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5/30/18 10:50 A

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Shelley--I have never been to your northwest region of the country. I'm sure it is beautiful!

Last night I rode with my mid-week group and we managed to get rained on twice. About the time we were getting dry from the first storm, it rained again--and pretty hard both times. Nothing you can do but just keep going. I was happy that I ended up with by far my best average of the year (for an outdoor ride) at 16 mph. It helped that I got to draft off of a couple of other good riders, but I did hold my own!

5/29--24 miles, 268 for month

Probably will not ride today since I am going to the Y after work (and it's supposed to be raining). So Thursday will be my last ride of the month. I won't make my goal this month, but it gives me something to work for next month!

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5/28/18 10:57 P

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I'm in the mountains of central Idaho. It was about 73ş but that's hot enough for me :) Hotter days are coming, up to 90+ later in the summer, but today was a nice break from all the rain we've been having.

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5/28/18 10:51 P

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That's a lot of hiking, especially with the elevation! I would say you definitely earned a rest day. Hopefully it wasn't as hot where you are as it is here. What part of the country do you live in? I am in southwest Michigan.

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5/28/18 10:41 P

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Good for you!!

We went for our first hike since my husband fell on the ice and broke his hip 4 years ago! We did 6 miles and 880' of elevation gain and were so tired we had to take naps when we got home! I'm going to make tomorrow a rest day!

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5/28/18 10:35 P

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Update from today: It was too hot (IMO) to ride outside so I put the bike on the trainer and rode 24 miles.

5/28--24 miles, 244 miles

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5/26/18 11:34 P

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Thanks Shelley!

Kudos to you on the 23 mile ride! Now you know you can do longer rides. Hope you figure out what's causing the numbness. Do you wear gloves when you ride?

The ride last night was fun. We took the shorter route and it was a small group of about 8-10 people. We went a little over 13 miles, very relaxed and casual. Afterwards we sat down in the brewpub and ate and drank with some of our fellow riders.

Today our scavenger hunt at the bike club was fun, even though our team didn't end up winning. We had a potluck and a hayride afterwards too.
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5/25--13 miles, 220 miles

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5/26/18 3:16 P

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Nice going, Deb!

Today, in between storms, I attempted a longer ride and ended up going 23 miles :) Proud of myself. I decided not to sign up for the trail ride when I figured out the shuttle was going the wrong direction for me, but now I know I can do it on my own!

I had problems with numbness in my hands today so I'm going to tweak some things on the bike to see if I can alleviate that.

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5/25/18 2:57 P

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Update from yesterday's very hilly ride:

5/24--21 miles, 207 miles for month

Still a ways to go!

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Shelley--Sounds like you will get some physical activity in one way or the other with the pioneer house restoration.

We had a really rainy last weekend and beginning of this week. Tuesday it was so chilly I elected to put the bike on the trainer instead of going to a group ride. It has gotten a lot nicer out starting yesterday so hopefully the holiday weekend will be nice. I plan to get some riding in as much as possible. Group ride tonight and then my boyfriend and I may do a brewpub ride Friday night and then Saturday our bike club has its annual Scavenger Hunt, which is a blast.

I think that is great that you got to meet that gal who does the coaching. It is always good to get some direction from someone with experience. I did that with road riding and I would think it would be similar for trail riding. I think if you can do the 25 mile lake ride, you shouldn't have a problem doing the 28 mile ride. It doesn't have to be fast, you just have to finish. That would be a great accomplishment to do it! Keep me posted on what you decide.

The only update I have on my riding is from my trainer ride:

5/22--23 miles, 186 for the month

I'm a little over halfway there, but the crappy weather this month has kept my mileage total down. Will have to see how much of that I can make up in a week!

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5/24/18 10:00 A

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Ack, here it is Thursday again and I'll be showing up for more demo on that pioneer house! Today we will be ripping up more flooring and carpet, and taking down some fiberboard walls. We may find the original wallpaper after we remove 4-5 layers!

The thunderstorms have continued to prevent much riding. I signed up for a group ride yesterday with the local "rad" MTB riders, but it ended up being canceled and turned into a gathering at the local brewpub :) I had been feeling really nervous about the ride but the meeting set my fears at ease and now I'm looking forward to their next ride. I sat next to the organizer of the group, a young woman who is on a heli crew in Antarctica in the winter and is trying to develop her own summer job of bike coaching. Her website is: down2bikeproject.com. I'm going to sign up for a few lessons with her and think this will help me conquer the fear of trail riding.

The next decision I have to make is whether to sign up for the Weiser River Trail Ride-the sign up deadline is Saturday and the ride is on June 2. It will actually be my first group ride! It's 28 miles with shuttle transport back to the start, lunch and a t-shirt for $45. I've been checking the weather report every day and it looks like the rain might be over by then. If I sign up then I think I'd better do a long ride between now and the 2nd, and next Tuesday might be the only partly cloudy day and I could ride around our lake which is about 25 miles. So, wish me luck on all of this!

Deb--your 17 mile ride, with a group, to the Amish bakery, sounds very fun! You will definitely be achieving your goal this month!

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5/20/18 1:31 P

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Shelley--That sounds like some pretty hard labor that you were doing on the pioneer house. Activity is what keeps you young! I know that is very true for people I know including my parents. Keep getting those rides in too when you can!

I ride a Masi women's road bike. The groups I ride with are primarily road bikes, with occasionally some triathletes with their aero bars. I started out with my old (Wal-Mart) mountain bike, which was very heavy and clunky. A little better when we put less knobby tires on it Your Specialized is probably a lot nicer (and lighter) than that one was. I think the biggest differences between road and mountain bikes are the rolling resistance and weight of the bike. Also I imagine the suspension systems are a bit different.

Latest rides:

5/17--21.5 miles, 146 total
5/19--17 miles, 163 total

I am getting there, but the weather has not been cooperative. It was still a bit damp for the 17 mile ride yesterday. It was still fun because the four of us who rode went to an Amish bakery and back.

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5/20/18 8:55 A

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The work day on the pioneer house turned out to be a real work out! I removed two layers of linoleum from the dining room floor and then sheets of underlayment which had hundreds of nails. Another woman scraped and washed all the windows, while a third started scraping the chipped paint on the window sills. We are all over 70 years old! Hopefully we can recruit some younger folks going forward.

Yesterday the weather cleared and I rode 7.5 miles on dirt roads. Looks like today will be another rainy day but I'm hoping to have enough days to be ready for a 28 mile group ride on the Weiser River trail on June 2.

My new bike is a Specialized full suspension mountain bike, Camber Comp Carbon. I've never had a road bike and am wondering how different it is to ride one.

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5/16/18 10:52 P

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Deb, you are going to go way beyond your goal! The weather here is 10 straight days of thunderstorms :(
Tomorrow I'll be working on a pioneer house that we're restoring in our outdoor museum. I think it may be sweeping, scraping, and prepping for painting. Maybe the skies will clear in the afternoon and I can go for a ride!

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5/16/18 10:47 P

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Way to go Shelley on getting your 3 rides in a week!

This has been a tough week to get much riding in, between the weather and me having way too many meetings. Tomorrow I have to go to a training all day, so hoping I get home early enough to ride afterwards.

5/12--11 miles, 106.5 total
5/16--18 miles, 124.5 total

Let's keep it going ladies!

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5/11/18 2:58 P

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Deb, you are rockin' it!

I made my goal of riding 3 x week, by getting out there on M-T-W, and Wednesday was after driving all day and sitting in the sun waiting for my husband at the doctor's appt. But yesterday and today we are having thunderstorms. Do you all ride in the rain? I'm a bit of a fairweather (ie perfect weather) rider myself.

On a brighter note: At CrossFit on Wednesday we did, among other things, 150 squats, which left me super sore yesterday, but today I noticed that my knee didn't hurt anymore :) Not sure what that's about but I'll take it. Today was deadlifts and wall balls and now the glute pain has evaporated.

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5/11/18 1:00 P

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Time spent riding is never wasted IMO!

I got in another 19 miles last night in our group ride. Very hilly for part of it, but I did OK.

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5/9/18 3:15 P

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Beautiful day for a ride. Even though I have tons of work to do, I couldn’t resist riding today. Completed 10.21 miles that included riding on a country road passing by the beautiful scent and sights of lilacs!
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180 - 10 = 170 to go
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5/8/18 11:49 P

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Thanks Shelley! That is great you are up to 12 miles on this latest ride. Smart decision to take a couple days off so as not to aggravate your knee. That would be an awesome goal to work up to that ride on the road around the lake! You can do it.

I rode tonight with a different group since my regular group wasn't riding. It was a beautiful evening to ride and fun to ride with some different people once in a while.

5/8--15.5 miles--95.5 month to date.

Let's keep it up ladies!

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5/7/18 3:31 P

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Yesterday my ride was 12 miles! The ride was on the North Valley Rail Trail, just a couple of miles from here. Afterwards I looked it up on Strava and saw that I came in 33rd out of 34. Lots of room for improvement but I was just trying to finish, not race-lol.

I'm having some knee pain on one side so will take a couple of days off, although my sit bones are acclimating. I'd like to ride on the road around our lake, which I think is 22 or 25 miles, somewhere in there. We drove around it on Saturday to make sure the snow was off.

Deb-you are doing fantastic!
Rebecca-check in if you need some encouragement!

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5/7/18 12:50 P

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Congrats to everyone who is participating!

LUVS2Bike101--You got 10% of your goal on the first ride! Keep it up!

Sashadieken--Very inspiring to see that you've gotten back into riding and are making it part of your healthy lifestyle. Great idea to increase your distance a little at a time! I use Strava too. It is fun to see what others I know have ridden, as well as keeping my own stats.

Rebecca--Good to see you on here! Just do whatever you can. Any riding is better than no riding!

Now for my update:

5/3--16 miles, 43 so far
5/5--17 miles, 60 so far
5/6--20 miles, 80 so far

That leaves 280 to go, so better keep going!

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I don't dare set the goal of riding farther each day, but I'm a fan of riding with friends and rail trails. Someday soon there is an annual celebration of trail opening day - I should figure out if I've already missed that...

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SASHADIEKEN, congrats on reaching your goal for this week! It's nice that you are going to meet up with like-minded friends to ride together. I'm pretty much a loner when it comes to riding, although my husband will join me occasionally. High volume traffic on roads here, except for one back country hilly road. There are 2 paved rail trails not too far from here for a good alternative. Keep Sparking! You are doing great!
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Grebjack, you'll have to let us know how it's going!

I hit this week's goal of riding three times. The first day was one mile, the second day was 3 miles and yesterday was 6.6 miles. All the good feelings about riding have come back and I love this new bike even more than the one I sold last fall. One thing I really like is that the seatpost is hydraulic and I can put it down to make getting on and off the bike easier with my short legs. Not what the innovators imagined, I'm sure, but works great for me. The other thing I'm happy about is the grips which are wide (like paddles) and so much kinder to my arthritic hands and thumbs.

I'm planning on increasing my distance every time I go out. I'm using an app called Strava--probably everyone knows about it.

Yesterday I rode east into a subdivision and ran into some CrossFit friends. Turns out they have bikes so I'm hoping to arrange some rides together. There is a rail trail a few miles from here that will give us access to more places. Riding on the highway here is too dangerous, no shoulders and lots of traffic and semi trucks because it's the major north-south highway in the state. But there is a ton of backroads, mostly unpaved gravel and they are great for getting out into the country, seeing wildlife, and exploring.





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SASHADIEKEN, you inspire me! I'm going to join you in the three rides a week goal. And I'm a zero so far for the month, so I'd better get pedaling!

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I'm holding back on setting a mileage goal, so my goal will be to ride 3 times a week, alternating with going to the gym. emoticon
I've been a slug for the last 3 years. I had a really nice bike but ended up selling it last fall because I didn't ride it last year, only once the year before, and thought my riding days were over. Too fat (need to lose about 50, have lost 12 so far) and too old (71).
Then something happened. A friend, whose cancer is in remission, posted on Facebook in March about her health protocol, juicing, getting enough sleep, positive attitude, etc and it flipped a switch in me! I started eating clean and began to feel better. I joined CrossFit and go three times a week. And then I bought a new bike this week. So I rode 1 mile yesterday-lol.
I'd love to join the challenge to check in and stay motivated. My short-term goal is to ride the Weiser River Trail in Idaho--at least the first 28 miles-- as soon as my sit bones adjust.

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My goal for May is 200 miles. So far, 20 have been completed. 180 to go!

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Now that the weather has gotten more spring-like in most parts of the US, I think it's time to do a riding challenge! How many miles do you want to ride in May ? Set a goal and let us know how you're doing as the month goes along.

My goal for the month is going to be: 360 miles

In case you wonder about my rationale for that number, I am estimating about 18 rides at an average of 20 miles per ride. Some will be longer and some may be shorter, and of course, rain might alter my schedule a bit, but it's a reasonable goal for me.

So here is my first report: I did a group ride yesterday and rode 27 miles, so only 333 to go!

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