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Postby mikesbytes » Fri Aug 17, 2007 7:49 pm

Rode on a mag trainer last night. Went OK, after doing some minor repairs to the track bike.
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Postby toolonglegs » Thu Aug 23, 2007 10:28 am

I got on the bike last night,first ride in 10 days and only the 3rd ride in a month...very slack.Got dropped after 50 km's but it is a start :oops:...now i just have to keep it up!
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Postby mikesbytes » Thu Aug 23, 2007 11:37 am

Here's what I posted on my gym forum, anyone know anything about bike classes at the gym?

Update for anyone who's hanging out for some more posts.

Grip strength will eventually fully return, I will permanently have a slightly lower knuckle, but this is just cosmetic and won't be that noticeable.

Last night I did some stretching after stationary bike (more after) and when I went to touch my toes, my fingers (on the good hand) missed the ground by about 5cm. Prior to the injury I could put the palms of my hands on the ground, so I seem to have lost about 23cm of flexibility. Never mind, I'm sure it will return in no time at all.

I don't have a gym membership until the 7th September and yesterday I was going to go for a walk, but couldn't motivate myself. Come 7pm I said to myself "nothing on TV" and walked to the local RSL (thats a club in Australia with food, drinks, poka machines which are quite popular with retired people). It has a tiny gym with 3 broken down stationary bikes. After a while setting it up, I warm up and I'm already bored so I decide to do 15 second sprints, but the poor machine isn't really designed for that amount of force and the resistance just disappears, end result I hit a cadience of 210rpm huh? So the ride went like this;

Warmup
5 * 15 second all out sprints with 1 minute 45 seconds recovery, by which time I was rooted.
5 * 15 second all out sprints with 4 minutes 45 seconds recovery
Stretching

Look forward to using the bikes in the gym starting 7th September.

Looking at the gym timetables they have different types of classes;
- RPM
- Cycle
- RPM High performance

What's the difference between these three? What types of intervals do they do?
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Postby europa » Thu Aug 23, 2007 3:01 pm

Mike, get the old Beast out, turn the bars upwards like the old timers used to, and ride around one handed. I'm serious. No weight on your arms so you can ride one hand, no weight so if you do have to grip with your injured hand there's no real pressure on it, and if you stick to reasonably flat bike paths, at least you'll be out on the bike.

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Postby toolonglegs » Thu Aug 23, 2007 3:05 pm

I know from certain friends of mine that you get a much better arse to look at than in most pelotons :wink:
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Postby sogood » Thu Aug 23, 2007 3:31 pm

Cycling one handed is a bad idea. :wink:
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Postby mikesbytes » Thu Aug 23, 2007 4:27 pm

All I can do on a bike is cruise and there ain't a lot of options on where I can go.

Tentative schedule at the moment is;
Today - nothing
Friday - a short slow jog (first since hurting my hand)
Saturday - Weight lifting with the terrorists
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Postby toolonglegs » Thu Aug 23, 2007 5:13 pm

you will get loop sided doing weights :wink:
Just walk walk walk....
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Postby mikesbytes » Thu Aug 23, 2007 5:40 pm

toolonglegs wrote:you will get loop sided doing weights :wink:
Just walk walk walk....


I'll be unbeatable on circuits that run clockwise
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Postby europa » Thu Aug 23, 2007 6:14 pm

mikesbytes wrote:
toolonglegs wrote:you will get loop sided doing weights :wink:
Just walk walk walk....


I'll be unbeatable on circuits that run clockwise


But be careful digging trenches :shock:
I can see it now, 40' of cable to go the 10' to the fence :wink:

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Postby mikesbytes » Sat Aug 25, 2007 12:01 pm

I had the worst case of DOMS in my life from riding that Stationary bike on Wednesday night. Have I lost fitness that quickly.

And I now weigh 85.5kg
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Postby europa » Sat Aug 25, 2007 12:21 pm

I know what sogood said about riding one handed, but get on the beast and out on the tracks. Slow and steady - you can use your bad hand in tricky spots but favour it the rest of time. Not being able to ride is getting to you, so do something, even if it doesn't help the fitness any.

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Postby mikesbytes » Sat Aug 25, 2007 12:53 pm

Hoping to run tomorrow morning, I wasn't able to do the scheduled Friday run cos of the soreness. This morning I did weights at the little gym at the local RSL
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Postby sogood » Sat Aug 25, 2007 9:57 pm

europa wrote:I know what sogood said about riding one handed, but get on the beast and out on the tracks. Slow and steady - you can use your bad hand in tricky spots but favour it the rest of time. Not being able to ride is getting to you, so do something, even if it doesn't help the fitness any.

Cough, cough! Mike and I know. :wink:
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Postby toolonglegs » Sat Aug 25, 2007 10:28 pm

Oh well ... no C grade breakaway for me at Hefron,B grade next time...might be a while till I can hold on to B grade!.
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Postby mikesbytes » Sun Aug 26, 2007 12:11 am

toolonglegs wrote:Oh well ... no C grade breakaway for me at Hefron,B grade next time...might be a while till I can hold on to B grade!.


Did you win C grade ?
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Postby toolonglegs » Sun Aug 26, 2007 10:06 am

mikesbytes wrote:
toolonglegs wrote:Oh well ... no C grade breakaway for me at Hefron,B grade next time...might be a while till I can hold on to B grade!.


Did you win C grade ?


I did...but I had to argue the point!.We wee mixed up with B grade on what should have been or bell lap but they didn't say either way so when a rider attacked back around B grade on what we thought was our last lap I soon followed,stayed completly to the other side of the track just so I couldn't be accused of sitting on B Grade then sprinted the other guy for the line only to get the bell for another lap to go.The other guy was blown so I just kept going but they didn't register me finishing.There was only 5 left in the race with 5 laps to go.The 3 chasing me in the last lap were a long way back.But a few of the B grade guys let everyone know that I wasn't riding with them on the 2nd to last lap,although you really have to exagerate that to please everyone....so B grade from now on.There aint many left in C these days anyway...only about 18-20 started.
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Postby mikesbytes » Sun Aug 26, 2007 10:29 am

That does sound confusing, did C catch B grade, or did they lap C?

I went for a run this morning, the first one since the accident. While my pace was normal, its pretty clear how much fitness I have lost. I'm guessing I'll be from the front of C to the rear.
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Postby toolonglegs » Sun Aug 26, 2007 10:35 am

B caught C.But they have shoved so many people up to B that C is rather depleted.But it was still a pretty good pace,there was a young kid in there who wss pretty strong.Randwick boys where all attacking each other so I left them to it until the end...alls fair in love and war :wink: .I was dropped from C 2 weeks ago so you shouldn't lose too much fitness,a week or two and you'll smash em :wink: .
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Postby mikesbytes » Sun Aug 26, 2007 11:04 am

So C may be a tad slower, they have also moved some of D upto C
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Postby mikesbytes » Mon Aug 27, 2007 7:00 pm

Catch 22

I can now take the cast off for light activities, but it needs to be on for anything that has any risk, therefor I can't have it off for cyclng
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Postby mikesbytes » Sat Sep 08, 2007 12:11 pm

Tour De Mike was scheduled to recommence tomorrow with a lazy 85k ride, but only if I was wearing my track gloves so to protect the hand, but these gloves aren't suitable to wear in the rain, so it ain't looking promising.
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Postby Birdman » Sat Sep 08, 2007 2:35 pm

mikesbytes wrote:Tour De Mike was scheduled to recommence tomorrow with a lazy 85k ride, but only if I was wearing my track gloves so to protect the hand, but these gloves aren't suitable to wear in the rain, so it ain't looking promising.


Hope it all works out for you and pray to the goods that good weather permits.
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Postby toolonglegs » Sat Sep 08, 2007 10:11 pm

Is the cast off?.
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Postby mikesbytes » Sat Sep 08, 2007 10:19 pm

I'm suppose to wear it where there is a degree of risk, which includes riding a bike, but once I've got it on, I can only cruise on the bike so I didn't bother. The plan is to wear my track gloves which will provide a degree of protection in the event of a mishap.
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