Road Rash (or Running/Biking)

Road Rash (or Running/Biking)

Postby ron caron » 03 Aug 2005, 09:24

Anyone else a runner or biker? I've seen a few mentions of biking in other columns. Do we have any competitive runners? Or triathletes?

I reached a point where I couldn't just run for conditioning anymore - it had to have a purpose. So I'm getting into some 5Ks and thinking about a 10K. Just started riding in the beginning of '04 and have gotten hooked. I've got a lot of good trails close, so I take the hybrid out a few times a week.
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Re: Road Rash (or Running/Biking)

Postby Frank the Tank » 03 Aug 2005, 09:26

ron caron wrote:Or triathletes?

Does it count as being a triathelete if I can watch the Red Sox, play online poker, and eat a plate of nachos at the same time? Or is that more of a tricouchpotato?
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Re: Road Rash (or Running/Biking)

Postby jwill » 03 Aug 2005, 09:41

ron caron wrote:Anyone else a runner or biker? I've seen a few mentions of biking in other columns. Do we have any competitive runners? Or triathletes?

I reached a point where I couldn't just run for conditioning anymore - it had to have a purpose. So I'm getting into some 5Ks and thinking about a 10K. Just started riding in the beginning of '04 and have gotten hooked. I've got a lot of good trails close, so I take the hybrid out a few times a week.


I run a few 5ks a year (and did one half marathon, which made my knees hurt for like 3 weeks), but right now I'm only running enough to stay in shape for soccer, which I play in order to stay in shape for not being fat and lonely.

I mountain bike a few times a year with a friend who happens to have an extra mountain bike and helmet. I think it's fun, but I travel all the time for work (in the flatlands of Ohio) so my daily routine tends toward more convenient activities (lifting, pick-up b-ball games, etc.).
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Re: Road Rash (or Running/Biking)

Postby JohnnyDamon » 03 Aug 2005, 09:42

Frank the Tank wrote:
ron caron wrote:Or triathletes?

Does it count as being a triathelete if I can watch the Red Sox, play online poker, and eat a plate of nachos at the same time? Or is that more of a tricouchpotato?


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Re: Road Rash (or Running/Biking)

Postby ron caron » 03 Aug 2005, 09:49

joshuajwill wrote:I run a few 5ks a year (and did one half marathon, which made my knees hurt for like 3 weeks), but right now I'm only running enough to stay in shape for soccer, which I play in order to stay in shape for not being fat and lonely.


Did you do any speed work on a track to prepare for the half marathon? All of the running advice I read is either for beginners or advanced distance runners. I've just recently got my avg mile time under 8 min. over a 5k and want to keep that pace over a 10k and not peak, then backslide.
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Postby TheDooze » 03 Aug 2005, 10:16

I usually bike about 20-30 miles a day. Before I crashed that is.
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Postby ron caron » 03 Aug 2005, 10:36

TheDooze wrote:I usually bike about 20-30 miles a day. Before I crashed that is.


20-30 a day is pretty serious. How long does that take you? My longest is a 16 mile ride so far, but that took me just over an hour on my hybrid.
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Postby Briandong79 » 03 Aug 2005, 10:39

ron caron wrote:
TheDooze wrote:I usually bike about 20-30 miles a day. Before I crashed that is.


20-30 a day is pretty serious. How long does that take you? My longest is a 16 mile ride so far, but that took me just over an hour on my hybrid.


Remarkably enough, I think it only takes Dooze 15-20 minutes.
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Postby TheDooze » 03 Aug 2005, 10:44

Usually about 2 to 3.5 hours, depending on traffic.
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Postby Magnum » 03 Aug 2005, 10:50

i've been training with the intention of starting to run some 5 and 10ks this fall. broken toe is a set back.
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Postby Beer Goggles » 03 Aug 2005, 10:55

Just did a 25 bike ride throughout Martha's Vineyard. Absofuckinglutely phenomenal. Saw the cliffs, Menemsha, went down to the beach, etc., etc. It was my first time on the Vineyard and now I know what all the hype is about. "Luscious" is one word I'd use to describe the Vineyad. My ride was completely on-road which was the only downfall because there isn't much of a bike lane and lots o' traffic. I would do again in a second and recommend it to anyone in the area.
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Postby jack_daniels » 03 Aug 2005, 11:36

I bike for about 3 hours a day, roughly averaging 25 km a day. I also play ball, workout, and all that other healthy sports stuff for the same reason jwill does it, so I don't become fat and lonely.
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Postby Magnum » 03 Aug 2005, 11:56

jack_daniels wrote:I bike for about 3 hours a day, roughly averaging 25 km a day. I also play ball, workout, and all that other healthy sports stuff for the same reason jwill does it, so I don't become fat and lonely.

yet you still smoke cigarettes...
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Re: Road Rash (or Running/Biking)

Postby jwill » 03 Aug 2005, 13:15

ron caron wrote:
joshuajwill wrote:I run a few 5ks a year (and did one half marathon, which made my knees hurt for like 3 weeks), but right now I'm only running enough to stay in shape for soccer, which I play in order to stay in shape for not being fat and lonely.


Did you do any speed work on a track to prepare for the half marathon? All of the running advice I read is either for beginners or advanced distance runners. I've just recently got my avg mile time under 8 min. over a 5k and want to keep that pace over a 10k and not peak, then backslide.


I was actually coming off of a winter of running on hotel treadmills (which is probably how I wore down my knees). I had been running 5-6 miles 3-4 times a week for a few months. I had never even tried to run 13 miles before, I just kind of did it on a whim to see how I'd do. I don't really know anything about the technical aspects of serious running, I just wanted to try it.
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Postby ron caron » 03 Aug 2005, 13:26

Yeah, it's easy to grind down knees, especially if you run on consecutive days. I've been holding it to 3 days a week so I can hopefully still be running when I'm 50+, like the older guys who pass me. :oops:
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