I am now trying to go for a regular "long Ride" on sunday mornings.... 50+km at this stage and must say am feeling a lot better each time..... attempt 1 was on 13 Sep ...38.94 km Ave speed 16.3 kmh..... todays ride was my 6th long ride (4th over 50km) and completed 66.04km at ave speed of 22.3... what an improvement nearly double the distance with a 27+% increase in ave speed as well...this in 7 weeks.... what will it be like after 7 months huh

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Comment by DamianM on November 2, 2008 at 1:54pm
awesome! Well done Richard
Comment by Richard K on November 2, 2008 at 7:08pm
I have been taking the same course along the M7...... I am hoping one day to be able to do the full loop M7, M2, over the bridge, M5
Comment by Richard K on November 2, 2008 at 7:11pm
I have been doing these rides on my hybrid.... I am getting my new road bike late this month early Dec so hope that my times and distances will improve even more on that
Comment by Kim on November 2, 2008 at 7:49pm
Hi Richard, I've done the full loop of the 'M' roads, it's a great ride. You'll be suprised how easy it is to ride 100kmsn and before you know it, you'll be riding even further. I started off like you, chipping away at smaller distances before tackling longer distances on my first touring holiday.

Take Paul's advice and make sure you take a snack with you. I find apples are good as I can take a bite from them every now and then and keep them in my back pocket. Bananas are good but I dislike hot squishy bananas. There are also very few places to get water on the M roads so take plenty of water.

I don't want to sound like a real girl, but it's a good idea to do some stretches after your day on the bike. I know, blokes don't like to stretch but you'll body will thank you for it and it'll stop you getting injuries.
Comment by Dabba on November 2, 2008 at 8:33pm
One of the important things with long distance riding is to make sure that you keep your fluid levels up as well as your food intake. (Tea, coffee and beer do not count as fluids!) -) I also find that spinning is best for me on long rides, rather than pounding the pedals.

Keep up extending yourself. You may find that you want to do multi day tours of several hundred/thousand kilometres.
Comment by Peter H on November 3, 2008 at 5:52am
Some quick questions about the M5 for those who ride it often. When traveling eastbound (toward the airport) from the M7, where do you go when you hit the M5 tunnel? How do you get back onto the M5 east of the tunnel?

Thanks.
Comment by noelbike on November 3, 2008 at 7:11am
From the entrance to the tunnel to the Princes Hwy there is a good train line and a good car tunnel but the bike facility is really bad. I hope in the future when we have governments that provide for bikes that we will see a path along the creek down to Cooks River.

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