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I have been riding my road bike off and on for a year now and want to continue riding for longer periods. My cycling is fairly steedy with little exhaustion. My biggest ride is 30km. I was absolutely knacked.
I am afraid of exerting to much energy. I want to bring up my heart rate but I am afraid I'll gas myself and simply fall over. Is that even possible? I believe my underlying issue here is falling over and hurting myself.
How did you guys overcome this fear or any fear?
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In any case, I doubt you would even be able to reach your maximum just going for bike rides. I could never do it out training no matter how hard I pushed myself. It can only be done with the assistance of adrenaline and a massive mental effort, such as a sprint finish in a bike race or trying desperately to hold on to the bunch up a steep climb.
Trust me, you have nothing to worry about.
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You talk to your GP about having an exercise stress test so your heart function can be monitored under load to determine if you do have any risk.
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caldina98 wrote:I want to bring up my heart rate but I am afraid I'll gas myself and simply fall over. Is that even possible?
In my experience, unless you have an underlying condition, your body will be screaming at you looooong before anything like that happened. Definitely if you are concerned, discuss it with your GP.
I did have a concern about this myself because I sometimes have premature ventricular contractions (basically an ineffective extra beat thrown in every now and then, usually when at rest). So I went to the GP and was referred for an ultrasound. She told me I had the heart of a young man, so I said please don't tell him, he may want it back
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If your fear is of not getting home after running out of steam that is probably more valid and here are a few solutions.
1. Arrange for someone to be able to come and pick you up from wherever, carry a phone and when you tire call for support and wait.
2. Leave heaps of time for your return so you can rest up and also ride back slowly. Carry additional water/food for this and also notify your support crew you have been delayed but will make it back.
3. Do lots of loops/laps close to home so you arent' far from base when you run out of puff.
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You'll just get tired and go slower.
My biggest fear used to be cramping up, it was really bad. I learned what caused it at how to get around that and I think I've gradually done enough riding that I'm better adjusted. If it does threaten to happen now - I know what to do to keep it away and I can usually get back home at an easier speed.
Apart from that, riding bikes is something that keeps at bay the other fear.
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Riding with a group or joining a club has it's benefits too. For a start, there will always be someone slower or faster than you. You can pick up a lot of tips and tricks that you save you a heap of energy. Plus you find out where the best bike routes, bike shops and coffee shops are!
Good work on the 30 km ride by the way. 30 km is a bit of a milestone. It gets easier after that - all you have do is pedal a little bit longer!
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I now ride around 170-180km a week, and did a 120 km ride last Saturday and could have gone 150 (I turn 40 this year).
A HR monitor is a good way of assessing your effort on the ride and making sure it stays within your preferred limits.
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