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    Hi all,

    Thanks to the motivation from here I am gradually getting into cycling as part of a training program rather than just to potter around locally - love it - and am starting to feel great - those endorphines are really beginning to kick in which is brilliant!. However, I find I'm either freezing going down the hills (or at any reasonable speed) or through the shade, or really hot when going up the hills or in the sun - so silly question, but does it pay to get proper cycling clothes (being in Europe they're pretty costly) -or any ideas on what to wear to solve the problem - or do i just learn to live with it??

    Actually, just thought of another question: Not liking to do things by half measures I started a training program of gym one day, running next, gym next, cycling next etc. so was doing soemthing every day. I've only done this for three weeks so nothing too set in stone yet, but last week i was not able to do anything for 2 days - the third day I started again and found I had so much more energy and did much better then doing it each day - any ideas on whether it's better to do little and often, or more but less regularly?

    Any thoughts appreciated

    Hope you're all doing great and feeling the benefit from whatever acitivities/sport you do! All the best and enjoy your weekends!

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    Calling AAthelete....our resident cycling clyclone....... (visualize the batsignal shining into the sky with an image of a sprocket instead of a bat).
    sorry, I think it's the meds.

    I too love to cycle but don't take it super seriously. I love to mountain bike for the most part, but do have a road bike I need to get to the shop for repair AND a tandem bike for DX and I to use when we are feeling really brave

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    Hi D - whatever you're on I want some too :H

    Tandem sounds like fun - what does it take for the two of you to feel 'brave' enough to use it? - can't be the 'dutch courage' of old

    I haven't decided yet where the cycling's going to lead - mountains or road/track - once I get to a good enough level to try them out properly I'll see which has the greatest 'pull' - early days yet, though, so just got to keep any pedals going round fo rthe moment!

    Hugs to Dx too -

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    D,
    My thoughts exactly.

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    AA must be not feeling well today if he is not on here espousing his love of cycling!!! Yoo Hoo, oh AA?????

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    I bet he's out doing some "crank" ha!

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    OK AA - looks like you've been nominated 'in absentia' - talk about delegation!

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    I will hunt him down for you. He must not have seen this thread.....

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    Ariel, the tandem is great fun but the brakes don't work too well and it won't shift gears so it's a mechanical disaster that rolls! Combine that with DX and I not being pro cyclers (putting it mildly) and you've got a prime candidate for America's Funnies Home Video TV show. I really should get it repaired. and that's a definate NO on the bottled courage before a bike ride....I'm dangerous enough! I did try to ride my bike drunk some time ago...lets just not talk about that

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    Alright already - I'm here!!

    Arial - glad to see that you have taken up the great sport of cycling! In terms of temp, I would look at investing in a quality wind-proof jacket. Sounds like your no so much looking at keeping the heat in, but keeping the cold out and that jacket should do it for you (you could also use it for running). Yes, they can be a little pricey - but will last you forever (I've had mine for four years) and wil make a HUGE difference.

    Another option would be arm and leg warmers which are easy to get on and off (just for reference: Velowear.com: Category.

    Sounds like the training is going well. I would expect you to feel better after taking a coupe of days off - your still adjusting to your new training schedule and when you take a day or two off your giving you body a chance to recover and heal. I would plan on taking at least a day or two off each week for recovery.

    Happy riding - are you a roadie or mountain biker?

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