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real bike vs. stationary

Sunday, May 15, 2011

My adult son has a Mongoose bike he never really rode, but treated semi-roughly when he did. I took it over, bought new inner tubes, a great fat seat, a kick stand, an air pump, and a basket. I'm not thrilled with the bike, but I can't afford a brand new one yet.Anyway, I got it all cleaned up, aired up, bike rack on the car, and headed down to a flat place to give it a spin. Now, back in my child hood and teenage years, I always had a bike, as a matter of fact I even used to ride with no hands around the block with friends, while carrying a glass pop bottle!
The distance around the stadium is about 1/3 of a mile, so all I wanted to do was go around 3 times. Nice flat surface, can do 20 miles on the stationary bike, I should be able to do this, right? Not so much...
I know the tires flattened out when I rode it, I expected that. What I didn't expect was the difficulty I had pedaling, not only because of squishy tires, but also because of the gears seemingly slipping. Not sure, in retrospect, if that was it, or if I had such a death grip on them that I caused them to sporadically slip.
So, made it around once, wheezing like a two pack a day smoker, and packed it back up and went to the gym. I have been doing different...modes...I guess on the bike, "Alpine Pass" and "Random Hill"...at very little resistance (my options are 1-20). What I need to do, what I did, is go with the manual setting, and increase the resistance, not only to improve the strength of my leg muscles ( how can I weigh 380 and have weak legs? I carry all that around!) but also to keep my heart rate up.
Not going to stress the suckiness of not being ready to ride the real bike, just going to embrace this time as my opportunity to save money to get the bike I want!...that said, I took a break to make a smoothie, while it settles in my tummy I am going to put some laundry away and get dressed to go to the gym... www.kmart.com/shc/s/p_10
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