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Concerned on lack of training progress….In need of pep talk

I believe I would call this post a need for a pep talk haha. I am around 200 miles YTD. As a graduating Master’s student (thesis defense, paper submitting) I am finding it hard to find time to ride, and when I do find time I am exhausted. The lack of prep miles last year (first time) hit me hard. averaged 12 mph and around 8-10 hour days. that wasn’t from being leisurely, but from stopping so often…I am sure the heat didn’t help my case. I am a farely large clyde, on the order of 265 and 6’4″, so I was puffing and sputtering accross the sate last year. I was/am determined not to repeat my fate, but have become concerned that it is inevitable at this point. I just couldnt justify riding my bike when my career was on the line.

Yes I know better time management may have solved the problem more effectively, but either way I am where i am now and need to get a move on. Just had to get that off my chest.

P.S. I havent even had the chance to train on consumption or kurb sitting so I am in rough shape…

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Sandaltan ., May 30, 2012 at 9:40 am

So………..OhioCyclone, have you been motivated? Ya need more? Do I need to look up any of the remaining cadre from my basic training days at Fort Leonard Wood???



OhioCyclone, May 30, 2012 at 9:55 am

Motivated and clear headed. Was interesting to see where this thread has gone. LOL. Finished my thesis this morning. Submitted and off my chest. Immediately went on a ride. 25 miles over 2 hours.

I think this thread all started as a way for me to get a thought out of my head, and it was successful at that.


sam, May 30, 2012 at 10:04 am

OhioCyclone: Finished my thesis this morning. Submitted and off my chest.

Am I the only one disappointed the thesis wasn’t posted here?


Greg I-Fly-Sky, May 30, 2012 at 10:15 am

sam: Am I the only one disappointed the thesis wasn’t posted here?

Maybe a copy of the thesis will be available at RAGBRAI. Of course that means you’ll have to read and ride at the same time. What the heck people in cars text and drive, you should be able to read it.


Zinger, May 30, 2012 at 10:16 am

Surfing the internet I have learned that under USA Triathlon classification rules a male over 200 pounds is a Clydesdale and a female over 150 pounds is an Athena.Mountain bike races have several different weight classes for those over 200 pounds.Lots of Clydesdales and Athenas on RAGBRAI althugh, not as many as I see at the Iowa State Fair.

Just a guess on my part but in the NFL anybody under 200 pounds is probably called “the kicker”.


That Athena classification always rubs me the wrong way. I know “elite” runners weigh less, but if you are going to have a classification for heavier runners, at least make it more true to life. Maybe it’s just because I’m a 5′ 10″, muscular woman of good old Swedish ancestry and would look anorexic at 150 lbs! Nothing wrong with a few curves here and there!!


sam, May 30, 2012 at 10:49 am

In 2013 the new weights will be 220 for men and 165 for women.


sam, May 30, 2012 at 10:50 am

Zinger: Nothing wrong with a few curves here and there!!

Nothing at all. The new “healthy” look is scary skinny.


Sandaltan ., May 30, 2012 at 1:09 pm

Curves and cowboy hats go well together Zinger and you got’em both..

RIDE RIGHT and Papa T will agree.


Bear59, May 30, 2012 at 1:18 pm

I do get a kick out of CyclingRoberto, and while his mileage is certainly quite an effort and commendable, his knowledge of the human body is found to be lacking. As one of those Clydesdales (6’5 255lbs) who like to ride a bike because it’s a good aerobic workout without doing any more damage to joints, it is just another case of someone looking at some chart and deciding we all fit into that chart.

Ohio, just keep riding and your body will respond. Legs will get stronger, cardio will become more efficient. Push a little harder each time and you’ll probably find that what was a difficult effort has become easier or faster. Try to spin the cranks rather than grinding at a slower cadence. Best of luck and congrats for getting the thesis completed.


Sandaltan ., May 30, 2012 at 3:28 pm

Bear59, Having read dozens of CR’s posts over the years, I believe your conclusions about CR’s knowledge to be incorrect. See y’all on the kurb in July.



CyclingRoberto, May 30, 2012 at 8:23 pm

Bear59, Having read dozens of CR’s posts over the years, I believe your conclusions about CR’s knowledge to be incorrect.See y’all on the kurb in July.


Thanks ST, I love you too. :-P


Ragbrai Nation, May 31, 2012 at 5:09 am

Ohio you said you maintain a 12 mph average speed. If you did that on Day’s 1 & 2 last year I’d say ur in great shape.


Peggy Kerr, May 31, 2012 at 7:21 am

I have enjoyed riding RAGBRAI and making a game out of guessing which biker is CyclingRoberto. It’s fun. Of course, he has probably already finished the route long before I even start in the morning.


iveaux3, May 31, 2012 at 7:43 am

I have to agree with Bear59. CyclingRobertos knowledge of the human body is lacking. He probably still prescribes to the outdated BMI index. I also fall into the Clydesdale category at 6’4″ and 245 lbs, with a 38″ waist, and very little body fat. I ride for the workout without further damage to joints due to sports injuries. Ohio just keep riding.


SSC1, May 31, 2012 at 8:45 am

I’m glad to know that some people understand where I’m coming from including the guy who started this thread.I don’t like to “sugar coat” my thoughts………And of course I never meant for OhioCyclone to lose 80 pounds before RAGBRAI……….
As for bragging, plenty of people post their mileage.ST, …….
Oh, and I just cracked 4000 miles for the year.

I wouldn’t advise buying a used car from this dude………..

As my father used to say – “Consider the source.” I think that applies well to this situation.


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