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Ashleydwsmith



Joined: 31 Jan 2012
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Location: Camberley Surrey

PostPosted: Thu Feb 09, 2012 5:33 pm    Post subject: Increasing fitness Reply with quote

Unfortunately I am 31 and extremely unfit I discovered today. Took the bike out for about 8 miles, tbh it's alongside a river with a couple of small ascents in, bit on road but mostly off road.

I didn't realise how unfit I was. The route I took is the route I am planning to use to cycle to work. But how long till I feel that I am getting fitter. I was fooled by the time I got bike, and I had to walk some of it.

Any tips suggestions? I'm not expecting miracles overnight and understand the whole rest period thing, but just want to get fit so I can go on trails and enjoy instead of feeling like my heart is trying to jump out of my chest and my lungs out my mouth.

P.s just given up smoking on day 5 so I have that to throw in as well.
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ginger-ninja8



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 09, 2012 6:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

good one on the stopping smoking, it will be 1 year for me at the end of the month not smoking, and it took me a couple of months before i started to notice a difference in the fitness. i had been smoking for 25 years though, just keep up with the not smoking(best thing i ever did) and you'll soon notice a difference Smile Smile
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Gunner



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 09, 2012 7:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just keep at it. Wink

Cycling to work is an extremely time efficient way of fitting in training.

You'll soon be managing the route o.k. and will be wanting, come Summer, to add a few mile and the odd hill. Wink

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cloudnine



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 09, 2012 10:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You'll be suprised at how quick it will come if you keep at it.
Be prepared to push yourself a bit more every week and you will be amazed at what you can achieve in a short space of time
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Ashleydwsmith



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 09, 2012 11:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cheers guys, it's horrible feeling so shite when when on the bike though, but like you say it will come.
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Stevieb



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PostPosted: Fri Feb 10, 2012 12:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you think your unfit join me on a ride you will breeze past me.

I cycle to work only 3.5 miles but I am well overweight and trying to lose it but it's taking time.

If you are getting really tired why not go at a slower pace and make sure you cycle all the way. Then build up speed from there?

Along side a river? I'm not far from camberley but don't know a river? Also where are you cycling to? I cold down the canal towpath everyday to Woking

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Ashleydwsmith



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PostPosted: Fri Feb 10, 2012 8:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Steve, I live in frimley green, but work at the meadows roundabout, so the route is down the blackwater valley path? I live right behind frimley lodge park where the canal is!

Where else do you cycle, I was told you can get into swinley forest in camberley yesterday! You know of this?
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Stevieb



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PostPosted: Fri Feb 10, 2012 10:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ashleydwsmith wrote:
Hi Steve, I live in frimley green, but work at the meadows roundabout, so the route is down the blackwater valley path? I live right behind frimley lodge park where the canal is!

Where else do you cycle, I was told you can get into swinley forest in camberley yesterday! You know of this?


Yea Swinley is good fo both hard wide trails for families to more difficult single track stuff. I am up there twice a month. 1 day with family and the other with a few mates doing single track stuff.

to ride at swinley you really need a permit see the link below http://www.gorrick.com/swinley/index.php

Also other good areas are Tunnel Hill and the bit that go through the army training area is good, but you just need to be aware of what going on around you, such as army training and tank exercises.

I live near Pirbright and get on the canal at brookwood countr park.

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Ashleydwsmith



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PostPosted: Fri Feb 10, 2012 10:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Defo need to be aware knowing my luck I'd end up being run over by a tank. Razz
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Rampant



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PostPosted: Sun Jul 15, 2012 12:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi guys I'm new here.

I too recently began cycling 10 miles to and from work and plan on doing this for 2 - 3 days of every week.

If there is 1 thing that has *peaked my motivation* it is getting the mapmyride app on my smartphone.

I know Lincolnshire is "flat" but I also had the mistaken impression it is also "level". After looking at my road route on mapmyride I realised that the first 5 miles is a gentle climb of 200 feet. No wonder it takes me 10 minutes longer to get to work than the return journey!

Cheerz

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