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Offline TN1978

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just finished first trail ride
« on: June 04, 2009, 09:03:40 PM »
I met up with Greg and Chris at Hole in the fence for my first ride. I was planning on a couple of miles.They told me we were going for 16 so i was like ok. well i made almost 7 on the trails according to my gps(i'm sure they'll have a more accurate figure). Then something came up at home so i logged another 6 on the paved road back out. I have to say i had a blast and plan on joining the club and riding the tues. night rides and probally with them again on thursday's, both of them are ALOT faster then myself but slowed down so i could catch up. Thanks guys for a good first ride. I really have to work on my conditioning and basic fundamentals
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Re: just finished first trail ride
« Reply #1 on: June 04, 2009, 09:20:36 PM »
I am glad they found you. Yeah, they pull me around with them too since I am still not in top shape, but those rides will get you in better shape very fast...

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Re: just finished first trail ride
« Reply #2 on: June 04, 2009, 09:24:32 PM »
Greg pulled in right in front of me and chris was about 5 min behind him. i ended up nailing a big root i didnt see and went over the handle bars but no damage
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Re: just finished first trail ride
« Reply #3 on: June 04, 2009, 09:55:23 PM »
Tommy you did great today.  Like I said, every ride will get a little easier.  Before you know it you will be flying through there at 10+ mph.
 
 
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Re: just finished first trail ride
« Reply #4 on: June 04, 2009, 10:02:04 PM »
Thanks Chris.my upper body feels it more then my legs. i was feeling pretty rough at about 2.5 miles then i got my second wind. i felt alot better after that. i wish i could've finished the ride. you guys are pretty quick
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Re: just finished first trail ride
« Reply #5 on: June 04, 2009, 10:56:24 PM »
Thanks Chris.my upper body feels it more then my legs.
Your butt will be sore tomorrow. Especially riding that hardtail.
i was feeling pretty rough at about 2.5 miles then i got my second wind. i felt alot better after that. i wish i could've finished the ride. you guys are pretty quick
 
 
It usually takes me about 3 miles before I am warmed up and ready to start going hard.  Those first few miles are always the worst. 
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Re: just finished first trail ride
« Reply #6 on: June 04, 2009, 11:34:04 PM »
i kinda feel it now. i'm already debating on buying a fsr xc frame and swapping over parts. i had a blast but if i'm going to actually go the full 16 miles i see myself trying to go f/s soon
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Re: just finished first trail ride
« Reply #7 on: June 05, 2009, 12:41:41 AM »
Give it some time.  Your body will adjust.
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Re: just finished first trail ride
« Reply #8 on: June 05, 2009, 07:08:46 AM »
For Flatwoods a hardtail is perfect. I recently upgraded to f/s but when I ride Flatwoods I prefer the shocks locked out for everything but Heartbreak Ridge. On Indian, and Gatorbait I think I'd open up just the front and leave the rear platformed but I've only ridden those trails once after getting the new bike before they got closed from the rain. If become a more serious rider then f/s is a good upgrade but in the beginning it's a crutch that'll keep you from learning to get up off the seat which will ultimately hinder your development as a rider. I know that getting up and off the saddle more often is my biggest problem and until a few weeks ago I rode a Hardrock hardtail. My full suspension Gary Fisher HiFi Plus pedals beautifully but and I don't notice any pedal bob regardless of whether the suspensions is in full cush or platformed but the Hardrock definitely rolled just a little bit more efficiently when doing major miles. I think it might be the tires (much more aggressive tread mounted on the HiFi) but it could be a byproduct of the suspension. Regardless my personal preference at flatwoods is having the shocks locked out. After a while you'll learn to pick your line better, carry more momentum, and to soak up the bumps effortlessly which is better for you in the long run than going full susp and making a habit of steamrolling over everything and letting the suspension sort it out.

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Re: just finished first trail ride
« Reply #9 on: June 05, 2009, 07:08:56 AM »
Thanks Chris.my upper body feels it more then my legs. i was feeling pretty rough at about 2.5 miles then i got my second wind. i felt alot better after that. i wish i could've finished the ride. you guys are pretty quick
Give it a few weeks as your body will adjust to doing something new.  Everytime you put demands on the muscles and such for some thing different like water skiing, hiking, and distance biking the body balks at it until the muscles get used to it.  Stretch afterwards and even some Ibuprofin now and then helps.  Drink LOTS of water too.

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Re: just finished first trail ride
« Reply #10 on: June 05, 2009, 07:31:10 AM »
Gregg slowed down for someone?  :o    ;)
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Re: just finished first trail ride
« Reply #11 on: June 05, 2009, 07:35:14 AM »
all good advice above. You will be amazed how fast your cardio and body will adjust after a few rides. Like Chris said, the 1st 2 or 3 miles are always a warm-up for me too. after that I can do the whole loop no problem, just not as fast as those two  ;) . I will try and meet you out there next Thursday afternoon.

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Re: just finished first trail ride
« Reply #12 on: June 05, 2009, 07:43:36 AM »
We still have no pics...

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Re: just finished first trail ride
« Reply #13 on: June 05, 2009, 07:53:40 AM »
Gregg slowed down for someone?  :o    ;)
He usually does that when he wipes out on the trail in front of you.

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Re: just finished first trail ride
« Reply #14 on: June 05, 2009, 08:07:17 AM »
Gregg slowed down for someone?  :o    ;)
He usually does that when he wipes out on the trail in front of you.

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