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Old 01-04-2016, 05:26 PM   #41
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Not a touring ride. I biked STP (Seattle to Portland) and RSVP (Seattle to Vancouver BC) with my son this year. Since it was an organized ride, we had luggage services, snacks provided, etc. We did both rides over two days and booked hotel rooms.

We both enjoyed RSVP and are planning on doing it again this year. STP was meh. Too many people and the route was only ok.

When my son was younger, we did a couple of overnight rides where we packed everything on our bikes and would stay the night at a campground. But I find that I like the comfort of a bed and not having to lug around a lot of gear.

Eventually I'll try a longer supported ride, such as two weeks in the south of France, but I want to have luggage and lodging taken care of.
That sounds like so much fun. And to make those memories with your son is something special.

Thank you for sharing the experience.
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Old 01-04-2016, 06:19 PM   #42
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I don't track number of workouts. I track too much in life. I average 4x - 5x per week of workouts. The other days I'm very active so I really don't put a number to it.
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This thread has inspired me to keep a formal log of the type of exercise and duration for 2016
Heh, I'm looking forward to the day where I DON'T keep meticulous track of my -ahem- training as I have for the last, hell, 25 years?

DW just got her dad a FitBit for Christmas, and that seems like a fun way to keep track of moderate exercise.

For now, there's not much moderate about my running/biking/swimming in terms of intensity (even though the volume isn't huge compared to some). At 38 turning 39, I'm thinking more and more about "retiring" from competition.
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Old 01-04-2016, 11:21 PM   #44
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First workout of 2016 in the books...400 calories burned on the stationary bike (10 miles) and then just over an hour of weights, working the PUSHING muscle groups. Legs tomorrow.

2015 was mostly about getting leaner and working on my cardio endurance...2016 will focus on getting stronger - I am going to try and eat a minimum of 150 grams of protein daily to help facilitate this.
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Eventually I'll try a longer supported ride, such as two weeks in the south of France, but I want to have luggage and lodging taken care of.
We have taken a number of these supported trips to Europe. Love them. Usually about 5-6 days but I am sure you can get longer ones. Have used Butterfield &Robinson, Duvine, and Back Roads. Been to Italy several times, Croatia, Portugal, Austria. This year it's back to Italy (Umbria) as well as Bavaria/Austria. Have met some wonderful people doing this. In fact we met many of our friends this way. Wish list includes, Slovenia, Argentina, and Chile.
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We have taken a number of these supported trips to Europe. Love them. Usually about 5-6 days but I am sure you can get longer ones. Have used Butterfield &Robinson, Duvine, and Back Roads. Been to Italy several times, Croatia, Portugal, Austria. This year it's back to Italy (Umbria) as well as Bavaria/Austria. Have met some wonderful people doing this. In fact we met many of our friends this way. Wish list includes, Slovenia, Argentina, and Chile.
Perhaps, most are already aware of many of the 'tools' for bicycle touring. But, for those who are interested and new to the options, I thought I would share some things:

- crazyguyonabike is a journal site where mostly self-contained touring is logged. If you have any interest in learning about self-contained bicycle touring, this is a good place to start.
- Adventure Cycling is a non-profit that focuses upon bicycle touring. They offer great maps, tours and if you are looking for a partner, people post on their site looking for like-minded people. AC is also a great place to start your investigation.
- Fully contained touring companies, like Backroads. These are tours that often come with guides, routing, leader support etc. They are the 'cruise ships' of bicycle touring. Adventure Cycling site provides a review
- Large (many people) supported rides - RAGBRI & SAGBRAW (or similar) is a popular ride across various states SAGBRAW is the Wisconsin ride which I road many years ago. It's a supported ride with hundreds, if not thousands, of your closest friends. Support and fellow cyclists was always good. Communities were very supportive. For those looking for an inexpensive, supported ride, this is an option. But does not offer the comfort, or expense, of the Backroad type tours.
Self Contained Tours - After our first/only Backroads tour, which was amazing, we thought we could do it ourselves, in order to save lots of money. So that is what we did. Our earlier tours were one week, with a handle bar bag. We routed hotel to hotel using Adventure Cycling maps, washed our our bike cloths for the next day, etc. Now, we go fully loaded and will do multi-month tours.

Lots of stuff here. I love bicycling and advocate for it as a healthy approach to vacationing and seeing the country at a human speed. If you want to discuss, feel free to message me.
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I keep track of my workouts in a diary. Based on what I do, I count every day as a workout day, a half workout day or a no workout day. Most days on which I workout count as one day even if I've done a double workout. 1/2 workouts are something like a half hour walk on days when I just don't have enough time to do more. In 2015 I had 273 workout days which is an average of 5 1/4 days per week. My goal is to average 5 1/2 days per week, so I missed it by a bit. Still, not too shabby for an old f@rt of 70 years.


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Heh, I'm looking forward to the day where I DON'T keep meticulous track of my -ahem- training as I have for the last, hell, 25 years?

DW just got her dad a FitBit for Christmas, and that seems like a fun way to keep track of moderate exercise.

For now, there's not much moderate about my running/biking/swimming in terms of intensity (even though the volume isn't huge compared to some). At 38 turning 39, I'm thinking more and more about "retiring" from competition.
My DW got a Fitbit for Christmas as well and so far seems to love it.
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