fitness ?

Discussion in 'Canada' started by dr650bc, Feb 4, 2013.

  1. dr650bc

    dr650bc Been here awhile

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    Since 2002, I have enjoyed many adventures on 2 different V-Stroms. On the many organized rides such as LoadedPalooza and the BC Big Trailie rides, I have met many great folks and enjoyed spectacular scenery.

    Unfortunately, time on the bike does little for fitness & health so I am back cycling, hiking, snowshoeing, & skiing to avoid long term problems such as diabetes and heart disease.

    I will miss the camaraderie and I thank Manxman & LoadedAgain and other folks for their hard work organizing these rides.
    Anyone looking for a nice V-Strom 650 check here: http://vancouver.kijiji.ca/c-cars-v...uisers-choppers-Vstrom-650-W0QQAdIdZ425100002

    Best regards & happy safe riding in 2013
    Ray Browne
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  2. Bayner

    Bayner Long timer

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    Have you considered stopping every 25 kms, hopping off and pushing the bike for a few minutes? You'd get to ride and improve your health!

    :lol3
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  3. Mercenary

    Mercenary Mindless Savage

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    You seem to be saying that fitness and riding have to be seperate endeavours. I don't see it that way. To each their own...but having a number of hobbies lead to a more fulfilling existance. Being fit and staying fit doesn't mean you need to give up riding.
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  4. teamgrizzly

    teamgrizzly Even more advanced n00b!

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    DR650, you should keep in mind that studies have shown that motorcycling helps mental acuity. Also I would really suggest working out during the week and then go riding on the weekends.This way you can have your health and enjoy the fun rides and camaraderie. Mark's Big Adventure Ride looks like it will be a sweet ride this year

    Or you could go out and get a dirtbike and ride it up at Blue Mountain or Chipmunk. Now that's a workout. Also feel free to come out and hack and clean trail.

    Mike
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  5. dr650bc

    dr650bc Been here awhile

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    thanks for the comments. I am keeping a DR650 I share with my son as well as my ATV. I wouldn't like to stop all riding. The multi-day trips are not feasible with my business and fitness schedule.

    I may still post some nice offroad reports from the DR:D
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  6. DORION

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    dr650bc Been here awhile

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    I agree that intense off road riding would be great exercise. However most of my riding was mostly touring and reasonably smooth dirt roads. Very little exercise but very good training for co-ordination by attempting to keep a big adv bike upright on loose gravel.

    Calorie calculators suggest that I will burn almost 2000 calories during 2 hrs fast cycling or 700 calories motocross riding.
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  8. shipwrek12001

    shipwrek12001 Shipwrek

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    Yep 700 calories assuming you never fall, once you fall, and get up again, then fall then get again... those 700 will catch your 2000 quickly...

    which reminds me of a song...

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  9. dr650bc

    dr650bc Been here awhile

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    good point shipwrek ! I do remember the effort required a couple times picking up the wee?strom - definitely burned some calories:lol3
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  10. Country Doc

    Country Doc Wanderer

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    Intense off-road riding is a major workout, but I agree that gravel road touring is not much exercise, generally. Still better than sitting in a car though.

    I try and pack a set of lightweight hiking shoes and explore some areas by foot when out on a m/c tour - that way I get good cardio exercise as well as enjoying the ride.

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  11. DORION

    DORION Been here awhile

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    cycling is the way to go for max calorie burn.
    My experience mt bike on trails intermediate single track to easier double - approx 22 km + - approx 1.5 -2 hrs burns 2500 + calories. I have compared this with running for 15 km approx 1.5 hrs (im slow) burning 1200 to 1500 calories used heart rate monitor and smart phone pedometer gps to calculate efforts.

    have fun
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  12. teamgrizzly

    teamgrizzly Even more advanced n00b!

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    In the time honored tradition of inmates helping each other, I think I have a found a solution...

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    This way you can take your bike to cool places and have some fun riding. And since you're having fun you'll be motivated to do it. Motivation is one of the reasons why I don't ride my bicycle as much, since I have ridden pretty much all over the lower mainland. And you have a the added benefit of impressing the ladies with pics of you on your bike in some really out of the way cool places.

    Mike
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  13. dr650bc

    dr650bc Been here awhile

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    that has crossed my mind:D part of my problem is the fact that just getting out of the lower mainland to some quieter, dryer roads gobbles up so much time.
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    don't ride to get in shape, get in shape to ride :D just ask Sean :evil
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  15. Brit711

    Brit711 Been here awhile

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    when I was riding 40,000 miles a year for 13 years.... believe me I was fit ! I was just a skinny little guy... (still am I guess LOL) but there's a lot going on when riding a bike... my hands,especially, were extremely strong to the point that my 6ft2 built like a brickshithouse friend could not pull apart my finger and thumb when I put the tips together LOL :evil
    ALSO, of course, riding a bike is fantastic meditation... that is the place when you can set your mind free and think clearly ... OMMMMMM... :wink:
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  16. dr650bc

    dr650bc Been here awhile

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    wow - that's a ton of miles ! part of the enjoyment is the precision of a good road bike on a twisty backroad.
    I may plan a trip to rural Quebec in the future - I hear there are some fantastic cycling routes.
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    Brit711 Been here awhile

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    to be honest, I got back to having a bike under me again after some time of being "single" again :cry lol.... so only the past couple of years,actually thanks to my son that made me realise I no longer had an excuse not to get a bike again, and I havn't YET really managed to get out into "the wild", bringing up 2 kids and work at a white water rafting company (in the summer), however there is a ton of "adventure" motorcycling going on over here ! I watch them pass me as I am driving a bunch of bikini clad girls :eek1 along the river... and wondering hmm .. "which would I rather be doing?" > :rofl<oolala or in Brit talk..... cor blimey !
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  18. shipwrek12001

    shipwrek12001 Shipwrek

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    teach them to ride and bring them..... for your friends...:freaky:lol3
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  19. Brit711

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    yup... my son is 15 and already had a couple of bikes :wink: just that he has his eyes on mine too !:huh as to my 17 year old daughter , well she did ride his little xr80 some years back and was pretty good too... however... that may be more of a challenge.
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  20. CordR

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    Dr650bc,

    If you would like, I'll give you a complimentary hour of my time to consult with you about your fitness program and make sure that your efforts are the most effective and efficient use of your time. Perhaps we can save you some gym time that you can then put into riding.

    We are both in Vancouver so meeting up shouldn't be difficult . I have owned my fitness/personal training company for 12 years. We work with everyone from 8 to 85 yrs old. I currently have one person that's very active on this forum training with us and I did some consulting with Don Hatton for his most recent run at Dakar.

    My philosophy is 'training for the sport of life'. In short, we train to put our bodies in a position to do what we want to do, when we want to do it. Some people train for a certain event, some just want more energy at the end of a long day, and some want to do more pain free miles on a bike.

    I hate to see someone give up something they love in order to focus on fitness, especially when the goal of a healthy and fit body is to be able to use it for the things you love.

    PM me if I can be of assistance.

    Cord
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