Road Bike, Cycling Forums banner
1 - 19 of 19 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
75 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
I just turned 50 in early May. Got my first bike in a LONG TIME last Saturday, a Fuji Newest 4.0 road bike. Finally took it out for a trip around the block, Man am I REALLY out of biking shape! I sounded like a freaking porno movie when I pulled in the drive way with all the huffing and puffing. I do have a small gut and love handles. 5' 8", 160 lbs.

I guess I have to slowly get back into it. The other problem is learning what gear to be in when approaching an incline. Oh to have the good old days back when I can ride all day with the gang!

Tom
(new here)
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
75 Posts
Discussion Starter · #3 ·
kisner said:
If you can stay with it for 2-3 weeks, riding every couple days, you will suddenly start to feel pretty good on the bike again. Be prepared for some rides that just feel crappy until then.

L

Thanks a bunch for replying. Yeah, I figured I'll take it slow and build myself up again. I have to fine tune seat height, stem height,etc. Get used to shifting to the right gears. I've been reading my butt off for the past 3 weeks online.

I'll stay with it, that's not a problem.

Thanks again!
 

·
Still waiting......
Joined
·
1,322 Posts
Tom

Congrats on the new bike. Welcome to the screwed up world of road biking ("It doesn't get easier, you just get faster" or something like that). You'll gain a lot of fitness really quick, and over the next few months you'll learn a lot about yourself and cycling. Enjoy the journey, it's worth it.

Oh yeah, a good rule of thumb when starting out is to keep mileage increases at a max of 10%/week. No one's ever actually followed that rule, but it sounds good
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
3,245 Posts
I was right there 5 years ago. I rode just around the neighborhood for awhile until I felt good with 10 miles or so. Then found a beginners group ride and that helped me step up a bit. I just kept moving up with groups that went further and faster. I'll never be a pro, but I did my first century last year and reached a goal of 40 miles @ 18 mph average.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,070 Posts
i came back from 10 years no riding and having gained 40 lbs. it takes a while, stick with it no matter what, give yourself 6 mos and it will get much easier, faster, and more fun. also, mix it up and lift a few weights, sit ups, etc.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
24 Posts
I bought my bike in mid July after 20+ years off a bike. That first 5 mile ride nearly killed me, and I thought that I was in pretty good shape.

Yesterday, I rode 30 and still had more in me. How much more? I don't know but I am going to try 40 this weekend.

After the first week, I am much more comfortable, and I remember why I loved riding so much. Welcome back and have fun!
 

·
In dog years, I'm dead.
Joined
·
123 Posts
Welcome to the madness. I'll be turning 50 myself later this year. This is my first year doing triathlons, but I've been biking for a couple years & swimming for a few years before that. The best advice I can give is to repeat some wisdom that was given to me when I started swimming:

Take it slow & easy - be satisfied with small gains over time rather than big gains all at once. You can increase your distance or intensity (speed and hills on the bike), but don't try to do both at the same time.

Good luck.
 

·
Carbon Fiber = Explode!
Joined
·
3,955 Posts
Hey Tom,

Just keep at it, you'll get addicted to the speed. After you drop 15 lbs, you'll feel like you're 18 again.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,771 Posts
set small incrimental goals. Be proud when you hit them. Don't beat yourself up when you don't. Soon you'll be telling your friends and family how you're in better shape now then when you were 40. Then perhaps 30...

keep it fun and keep it safe!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
28 Posts
don't give up. I was a regular 25 mi/day, avg 17-18 mph, rain or shine, summer or winter then job moved me....that was 1993....I just got back on and I can't believe what it takes to go 6 miles.....I'm 15 years older, many pounds heavier and I'll never be in the shape I was then but I will get better...take it slowly but steadily. I initially just felt better to get out and do it...now I'm setting mileage goals....and today, for the first time ever, I fell since I couldn't get my feet out of the clips.....it was at my return in my own driveway....;-)
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
391 Posts
That's Awsome! Congrats & welcome back to the road!

Pretty much what everyone else said - take it slow, it will come. FWIW there are lots of "re-entry plans," here's one that's easy on the bod, is safe, & works:

for the first 3 - 4 weeks do 3 easy rides per week of at least 30 min per ride. Easy means get your heart rate up, breathe a bit hard but if you can't carry a conversation (or if you sound like a porno movie) you're riding way too hard. At the end of the month you won't believe the progress you've made. At that point you can start thinking about more agressive training strategies but to start, take it way easy. Your cardiovascular system will make huge strides the first few weeks but give it those weeks before you try to hammer like "back in the day!"

Nutrition is the other side of the equation. I swear by the glycemic index (I went from 170 to 150 when I "returned.") Some carbs convert really quick to glucose (blood sugar) some convert slowly. The one's that convert really fast screw up your insulin production and put your body into "calorie saving mode" rather than "calorie burning mode." Anyway, if interested you can learn more about glycemic index or "GI" here: http://www.glycemicindex.com/

Congrats & enjoy the ride!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
75 Posts
Discussion Starter · #17 ·
Fantino said:
That's Awsome! Congrats & welcome back to the road!

Pretty much what everyone else said - take it slow, it will come. FWIW there are lots of "re-entry plans," here's one that's easy on the bod, is safe, & works:

Thank you!
 

·
Frog Whisperer
Joined
·
41,515 Posts
don't beat yourself up so bad it isn't fun.........at least not at first......

I started riding hard again when I was 40 years old.....that was 15 years ago.......getting on the bike and riding 50 miles is no big deal now....I can do it every day if I have time.

There are a LOT of us 50+ riders here....ride because you love it.........the rest is just an added benefit.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
219 Posts
Tom,

I feel your pain, I'm 51 and just got back into biking again too. I really haven't done any type of excercise in years and was in for a major suprise on my first ride. Just get out and ride, don't try and overdue it. When time allows I try not and do X amount of miles I just ride a minimum of one hour to get my heart rate going, after aprox three weeks of getting back into biking my riding buddy and I are averaging 15 to 20 miles a day. I know that's not much compared to alot of other riders out there but I do know I feel better now than I have in years.. Have fun....
 
1 - 19 of 19 Posts
This is an older thread, you may not receive a response, and could be reviving an old thread. Please consider creating a new thread.
Top