Achieving the somewhat impossible????

By andy1979 Latest Reply 2015-01-02 21:13:19 -0600
Started 2014-12-30 04:12:44 -0600

Having made the conscious decision to buy a bike to enable me to travel to shifts on main holiday days Christmas & Boxing days. So Christmas days arrives i eat the extra carbs needed for 2-3 mile journey . So start cycling along the roads near my house and feel really out of breath at times starting and stopping when needed. Consequently i make my journey within 45 mins saddle sore and walking like John Wayne. On journey home i start praying that journey is easier but after working mostly for 14 hours i am aching in weird places and body wants to cry out in pain. My message is this when something is painful but worthwhile put up with some discomfort if able to in life. Considering i had not cycled for over a decade i proved that it could be done if needed. when the british weather improves i intend to try and cycle more to help the physical me become stronger. At the min the roads near me have become like ice rinks so had to stop cycling for now. All i can say is try to achieve the impossible as it is what i intend to do in next year! good luck everyone!

12 replies

busymom888 2015-01-02 21:13:19 -0600 Report

May I suggest doing some light stretches before and after your bike ride. It may cut down on some of the muscle aches. Remember slow and steady wins the "race"

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2015-01-02 19:52:16 -0600 Report

Hi Andy! Great to see you. Wow, you are really motivated! I would just encourage you to listen to your body and not push yourself too-too hard. I am not a physician, but it seems to me there may be a fine line between pushing yourself to be more active and fit, and pushing yourself too hard. Just had to throw that out there. But again, congratulations on being motivated!

valentine lady
valentine lady 2015-01-02 06:10:52 -0600 Report

Hi Andy,
good for you for giving it all you had! Sore hiney and all. It when the weather allows, may I suggest shorter rides and work up to
long power rides. Otherwise, you go, Andy. your goal is so worth
while. Praying your New Year brings all your dreams come true.
To your good health. VL

Glucerna 2014-12-30 21:20:20 -0600 Report

Good for you for setting exercise goals and sticking with them! I bet you'll really enjoy biking to and from work as your body gets used to the activity. ~Lynn @Glucerna

Jibber Jabber
Jibber Jabber 2014-12-30 14:19:28 -0600 Report

Good for you..keep up the good work…I have always wanted to learn how to ride a bike…my sons and my hubby have all offered to teach me…but I just can't see myself putting my 46 year old hiney on a bike with training wheels and riding down the block…I would probably be either completely embarrassed or would laugh so hard I would fall of the bike…

RebDee 2014-12-30 08:37:31 -0600 Report

I love my stationery bike which I use daily while watching tv for 30 minutes. Great exercise. Easy to do. Grandson loves to do it also. Dogs can't understand it and bark while I'm riding. But I will continue until I reach one hour as I watch THE VIEW. Happy New Year to all my new friends at DC.

lilleyheidi 2014-12-30 07:49:37 -0600 Report

Great job, congrats on getting a bike and actually using it. (almost) Anything is possible. I started at the gym last month, and still can't hit 20 minutes on the bike, but I will. I go as long as I can go. Have a wonderful 2015. HUGS, Heidi

Type1Lou 2014-12-30 07:45:17 -0600 Report

At a recent moving sale, I purchased a 5-speed bike for $10. I'd wanted to get back to biking for a while but hadn't wanted to invest a lot. The bike works wonderfully and even though I live in relatively flat Florida, it's amazing to me that even the slight inclines (that I never really noticed while walking) present some challenges and sometimes force me to get off and walk until I crest the "hill". (It doesn't help that I don't like to downshift!) I'm not ready for the Tour de France but I am getting more exercise! Life is good!

GabbyPA 2014-12-30 05:08:03 -0600 Report

There is a saying "No pain, no gain" and it's true. Specially when we are out of practice and maybe out of shape. Things are going to be sore and achy. Now you don't want an impacting pain that causes you to stop doing what you are trying to achieve. Working up to a routine by starting slow or small is very helpful. You build up the muscles you need to make the exercise successful. Good job!