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    Hello Everyone! Donna Here

    I am a virtual assistant and just started cycling for focusing on my health & fitness so, I would consider myself as a beginner. I would require a lot of inspiration and tips because I know how lazy I am when it comes to workout😅.
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    Hi Donna and welcome to RBR!

    Glad to hear you are starting cycling. Don't know what to do about "inspiration" and "laziness". Personal trainer to cattle prod you? Or maybe find a very fit significant other?
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    Curious what a virtual assistant is?

    What Lombard said...high incompatibility between lazy and working out...root word being work.
    Gotta love it in other words.

    Good luck

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    One of the great things about cycling compared to other ways of "working out" is that it's FUN. You move, you go places, you see things, you can feel like a little kid again. Compared to doing almost ANYTHING in a gym it's a blast.

    So my advice for motivation is to emphasize the fun part. Work on finding interesting routes, vary them frequently, and try to enjoy every ride. The "workout" and the improving fitness will just happen along the way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JCavilia View Post
    One of the great things about cycling compared to other ways of "working out" is that it's FUN. You move, you go places, you see things, you can feel like a little kid again. Compared to doing almost ANYTHING in a gym it's a blast.

    So my advice for motivation is to emphasize the fun part. Work on finding interesting routes, vary them frequently, and try to enjoy every ride. The "workout" and the improving fitness will just happen along the way.
    Well said.

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    Don’t sign up for strava, it can take all the fun out of cycling.

    I wouldn’t ride if I didn’t enjoy it. I wish I could ride more actually.

    Good luck to you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by factory feel View Post
    Don’t sign up for strava, it can take all the fun out of cycling.
    Anything done incorrectly "can".
    For many people (tens of millions) Strava adds fun to cycling. In 2017 4.5billion miles were cycled globally by Strava users. So someone is having fun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by factory feel View Post
    Don’t sign up for strava, it can take all the fun out of cycling.

    I wouldn’t ride if I didn’t enjoy it. I wish I could ride more actually.

    Good luck to you.
    It can also make it more fun, help you find people to ride with, and new places to ride.

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    Hello Donna,

    Long time cyclist but my first post on this forum.

    My wife (whos always had a bike to ride) has just recently got into "cycling" in that she now has a road bike and what she now calls a "costume" (padded lycra pants and cycling jersey with biking shoes)

    I think the most important thing I can share from this experience of getting my wife into cycling is to make sure you are comfortable. Make sure the bike fits YOU comfortably and that the clothing you wear is something that YOU are comfortable in.

    For my wife to be comfortable on her road bike we had to get the handlebars on the road bike way up (her seat is below the height of the handlebar instead of the other way around as typical on a road bike)

    This was counter-intuitive to me and my limited experience of setting up bikes but I wanted to make sure she wanted to go riding with me and that it wasn't painful or uncomfortable for her to ride. (Her shoulders dont do well with too much weight supported with her arms)

    Same with clothing. She had to find clothing that was comfy to her and she felt good wearing.

    She would have never gone if I picked her bike setup and clothing for her ;) So I had to be patient and ask her how she wanted the bike setup and what was comfortable for her.

    So make sure your bike fits YOU and are comfortable on your rides.

    -Sean

    PS. - I disagree with the previous post about STRAVA. For me, I was able to find some group rides in my area and connect with a couple other cyclists in the STRAVA app. I also set goals in it and am encouraged by those other riders when I meet my goals. I understand for some this may not be ideal but its been a great resource for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JCavilia View Post
    One of the great things about cycling compared to other ways of "working out" is that it's FUN. You move, you go places, you see things, you can feel like a little kid again. Compared to doing almost ANYTHING in a gym it's a blast.

    So my advice for motivation is to emphasize the fun part. Work on finding interesting routes, vary them frequently, and try to enjoy every ride. The "workout" and the improving fitness will just happen along the way.
    ^This.^
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    welcome- you may want to look for a local clun to ride with.
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    Quote Originally Posted by IamDonna View Post
    Hello! Donna here. I am a virtual assistant... Cheers & love...


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    Quote Originally Posted by IamDonna View Post
    I am a virtual assistant and just started cycling for focusing on my health & fitness so, I would consider myself as a beginner. I would require a lot of inspiration and tips because I know how lazy I am when it comes to workout.
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    people choose to be lazy.

    so, just don't do that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JCavilia View Post
    Compared to doing almost ANYTHING in a gym it's a blast.
    Maybe you didn't go to the right gym?

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    A big LoL, I've never been to a gym
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    Woahh!! feeling motivated enoughhh

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    Quote Originally Posted by MR_GRUMPY View Post
    There WILL be a test...…...at a later date.
    Yeah, on the first group ride!!

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    I will try my best!!! The rest is history

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    Thank you so much!!!! 😊 it's great advice i was looking for

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    Ahannn! I agree with it. Being a beginner i didn't know much about the cycling gears and accessories so, i seek advice from my friend (she is also a cyclist). Being jumping into STRAVA, i want to get hands and routine set so, i can be a potential part of a team. BTW it's good startup advice and definitely, i will follow it. A Big Thanks for it

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    Quote Originally Posted by JCavilia View Post
    One of the great things about cycling compared to other ways of "working out" is that it's FUN. You move, you go places, you see things, you can feel like a little kid again. Compared to doing almost ANYTHING in a gym it's a blast.

    So my advice for motivation is to emphasize the fun part. Work on finding interesting routes, vary them frequently, and try to enjoy every ride. The "workout" and the improving fitness will just happen along the way.
    So true!

    Bicycling is exactly the right speed to tour a city. Going out for an afternoon the miles add up before you know it. Short rides to the "coffee shop" also enhance overall zest for life.

    Clearly superior on the joints than running, football, soccer, baseball, tennis, so is possible well into old age. Life enhanced at 15-25 mph, all systems functioning as nature intended with heightened sensory connection to the physical world. Dogs on the hunt one moment, the next a walk in the park smelling the roses.

    There's so much you can do on a bike. The French call it "la petite reine," "the little queen." Indeed. What other machine can you ride a 100 miles, then carry it up three flights of stairs and park it in your living room?

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    Thanks, I willl.....

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