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Old 04-01-2013, 05:48 AM   #1
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Physical condition for off-road riding

This Saturday I rode my XT225 on my first ever off-road ride. It was 10 miles with about half on straight power line trails there were sometimes muddy and half in twisty woods on ATV trails that were also muddy. This was on Saturday. That evening my back was hurting a lot and by 8:00pm I had no energy left for anything. The next day my back felt a bit better but still hurt some. My energy level was lower than usual and by 8:00pm I was again exhausted. The riding really took it out of me. I've ridden these same trails many times on ATVs and never felt like this.

I'm in my late 40's. I know a lot of you guys are my age or older. What do you do to get in shape for riding?
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Old 04-01-2013, 06:04 AM   #2
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For me, ride. Just riding more makes a big difference. You strengthen the muscles you use that way, but the big benefit is that you get better riding. Form improves and you don't have to work as hard.

That being said, I do try and get out on the bicycles. I'm 50, BTW.
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Old 04-01-2013, 07:03 AM   #3
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For me (a bit younger but generally out of shape):

1. Ride - like WB mentioned, I'll get some exercise (though really not a whole lot) and also get better at riding
2. Bicycle - build cardiovascular capacity and also strengthen those leg muscles that get used when I'm up on the pegs
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Old 04-01-2013, 08:00 AM   #4
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I generally need to get in better shape! I'll start by bicycle riding as often as I can.
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Old 04-01-2013, 08:03 AM   #5
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Ride harder,ride faster,it will all come together.

Or you'll end up in an emergency room,best way to meet cute nurses ever!
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Old 04-01-2013, 08:07 AM   #6
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Wait until you get to be 57 yo and you try to ride with the 40 year olds, on really steep and loose terrain, and you fall off and roll half way down the hill, into a cactus, the walk back up the hill to your bike will take EVERYTHING out of you, you'll be wantin' some of those muddy power line roads about then..

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Old 04-01-2013, 08:22 AM   #7
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I've posted this before, but I think it's useful.
Check out this blog with great tips and tests for fitness and adventure riding.

http://adventure-motorcycling.blogsp...-rockport.html

I work out all the time but still find sandy single track exhausting (I'm 67). But I think a lot of that is poor technique - if you're manhandling the bike it's hard. Trying to learn to be smoother, but...
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Old 04-01-2013, 08:46 AM   #8
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Very interesting link Folknride. Have you calculated your number for the mile walk test?
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Old 04-01-2013, 08:56 AM   #9
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I'll have to look into folknride's blog. I am 64 and work out 5-6 hours per week over three sessions. It helps a great deal riding my various dual sports, but early season rides can still cause me some pain.

As an example, a couple weeks ago I flew to Phoenix on business. I keep a Yamaha WR250R there. With a spare afternoon I rode a 70 miles section of somewhat damaged dirt roads. Damaged enough that I was constantly croutching on the pegs as I hit babyheads and washouts. Then the last 15 miles I stepped up the pace significantly.

My thighs burned for several days after that. I had some and forearm muscle pain too. This was not technical riding, but it was rough enough on what strength I have left at my age.
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Old 04-01-2013, 09:12 AM   #10
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10 miles?
You must be very out of shape to feel the effects of 10 miles of dirt riding.
You are too tense, or way out of shape, or both.
The XT225 is a VERY easy bike to ride, so just ride more, its the best way to get in shape because its fun to do.
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Old 04-01-2013, 09:20 AM   #11
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I've ridden these same trails many times on ATVs and never felt like this.
You are comparing apples to oranges there..^^^ but after Saturday now you probably know there is a big difference between riding an atv to a motorcyle..

Any cardio you do will help,.!!.. but don't forget also the better rider you become the less energy you will waste riding..
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Old 04-01-2013, 09:27 AM   #12
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Wait until you get to be 57 yo and you try to ride with the 40 year olds, on really steep and loose terrain, and you fall off and roll half way down the hill, into a cactus, the walk back up the hill to your bike will take EVERYTHING out of you, you'll be wantin' some of those muddy power line roads about then..

I hate it when that happens.


Actually, glad to hear I'm not the only one that sometimes feels beat-up. Thinking back to a 100+mi organized ride last summer, more trails than road & I was totally hammered the day after. Probably a number of guys there my age (mid-50's) that didn't seem phased but they all ride like that more regularly.

Getting out & doing it seems like the best plan.
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Old 04-01-2013, 11:08 AM   #13
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Very interesting link Folknride. Have you calculated your number for the mile walk test?
Yes, we have a great track where I work out, so I do it from time to time. I'm at VO2 max 36 - 37 so definitely have room for improvement.

Use it or lose it I guess - I hate it when the experts are right.

I try to do lots of core exercise - I think those muscles are key when riding dirt. And a friend was just telling me about a workout tool called Body Blade, which looks like a good targeted workout for off road riding. (you can google it)
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Old 04-01-2013, 11:12 AM   #14
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10 miles?
You must be very out of shape to feel the effects of 10 miles of dirt riding.
You are too tense, or way out of shape, or both.
The XT225 is a VERY easy bike to ride, so just ride more, its the best way to get in shape because its fun to do.
It was his FIRST dirt ride ever,next one will be easier.
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Old 04-01-2013, 11:14 AM   #15
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Get yourself a mountain bike and ride it...a lot. I'm 53 and it works for me
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