What have I done?!

(31 Posts)
Queenofthesilverdollar Sat 11-Mar-17 22:37:30

Am 52 v v v overweight and unfit. Have signed up for a 40 mile cycle on may bank holiday. I need a bike and have no idea what to get...any advice

katymac Sun 12-Mar-17 09:00:29

I've had some good advise her

Good luck

argon18 Sun 12-Mar-17 16:33:30

Aahh good for you! It's a challenge but definitely do-able!

What kind of terrain will it be and do you know the elevation? X

Queenofthesilverdollar Sun 12-Mar-17 22:25:14

It's from Brecon to Porthcawl in Wales. Mainly on the Taff trail. Not sure on the elevation

CarabellaSmella Thu 16-Mar-17 18:49:05

Well done signing up! Just googled it, looks like a lovely cycle - if it's on mixed surfaces of a bike route then you probably want a hybrid like these from Evans. Best bet is to go to a local bike shop and tell them what you're up to and try a few bikes for fit.
Good luck!

TheHobbitMum Thu 16-Mar-17 18:57:03

Good luck! I'm an extremely unfit, overweight and love cycling. You can do it smile

Queenofthesilverdollar Sat 18-Mar-17 18:08:13

Ok bought a Giant connect Liv - need paraded pants, practice and the power of prayer,

katymac Sat 18-Mar-17 20:44:14

So if it's May 1st you have 43 days

So I guess it's 1 mile your first day, 2 your second, 3 your third.....& so on

Lots of luck

I'll be working in yards a day as the last time I was on a bike was 20 yrs ago this May when I was pregnant with DD

officerhinrika Sat 18-Mar-17 21:02:15

At least it's downhill!😀

BikeRunSki Sat 18-Mar-17 21:13:06

Awesome. Nothing beats a good bike ride. I'm 46 and wouldn't miss a couple of stone and love cycling. I'm signed up to a 50 mile ride on 7 May. A few things...

I've done the Taff Trail, admittedly 20 years ago, and don't remember it being particularly hilly, although it only went from Merthyr to Cardiff then.

You'll be surprised at how much distance you can cover on a bike. Cycling 40 miles is not like running 40 miles at all.

My cycling club is full of 50+ ladies!

For cycling gear, check out Fat Lad at the Back (they do lasses too). Very good kit in large sizes. Main stream cycling kit is tiny, especially the European stuff.

Fuel up, get a few miles in beforehand. You'll surprise yourself.

Queenofthesilverdollar Sat 18-Mar-17 22:39:15

Not too worried about distance it's the hills. Also just looked at Fat lad at back £65 for padded leggings 🙄

BikeRunSki Sat 18-Mar-17 23:43:59

these are a lot cheaper, but not sure what size you'll need from your own description.
Bib shorts are a lot more comfortable though.
Cycling gear tends to come in sizes 10, 12, 14 as standard, which is why I recommended the FLAB range.

BarchesterFlowers Sun 19-Mar-17 06:10:57

Have you got a training plan? Look at something like this

www.cancerresearchuk.org/sites/default/files/cycling-training-plan-beginner.pdf

It is very doable, breaks it down into easy rides to begin with.

I have had most of the winter off my bike with my dodgy chest. Currently in bed with pneumonia, but need to be properly fit by June. I will be starting slowly - it is important it to hurt yourself.

BikeRunSki Sun 19-Mar-17 07:55:54

For hills - practice!
Running uphill, even a little in short bursts, helps with riding up hills.
Get out and get used to your gears.
Learn when to change gear in the approach to the hill, so that you are in the right gear as you ascend.
When you have a downhill followed by an uphill, use the moment from the down to help you up.

BikeRunSki Sun 19-Mar-17 08:15:45

Momentum, not moment.

BikeRunSki Sun 19-Mar-17 13:53:35

This trail guide might help you prepare mentally for where the hills are and help you pace yourself.

Queenofthesilverdollar Sun 19-Mar-17 18:56:10

Ok been on a 5 miler with two hills - one step forward! Looks like I'll Be pleased to see Talybont-on-usk!

BikeRunSki Sun 19-Mar-17 19:20:11

Awesome! Keep up the good work, you'll be flying by MayDay.

Queenofthesilverdollar Sun 19-Mar-17 19:47:42

Need a lot of practice on hills

BikeRunSki Sun 19-Mar-17 19:56:50

20 years on, so do I!

katymac Sun 19-Mar-17 20:00:58

Gosh I did 5.2 miles today & my legs were shaking & I have my motor!!

Good luck

Piffpaffpoff Sun 19-Mar-17 20:08:17

If you have a Sports Direct near you, have a look at their cycling kit. I would recommend if nothing else, get a pair of padded shorts. Comfort is key.

I'm doing a 45-miler in September and I'm working on embracing hills at the moment. I'm not so good at hills! smile

Queenofthesilverdollar Sun 19-Mar-17 20:36:16

I'm a size 22 - think I'll have to by FLAB shorts

llangennith Sun 19-Mar-17 21:02:41

The Taff trail (mainly alongside the Rive Taff) ends at Cardiff what route does it then take?

BikeRunSki Sun 19-Mar-17 21:13:53

These might be more economical cycling shorts Queen.

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