April 15, 2017 at 11:04 am #57850
The Honda isn’t that bad. If I changed the tires, that would make a big difference. The tires I have on it now came with the bike and are DOT/street legal. Fine on pavement or hard packed dirt roads, but it sucks on muddy and sandy trails. Plus it’s almost 100 lbs heavier than the KDX. That makes a huge difference for many things….getting stuck, picking it back up, maneuverability, turning, etc. Plus it’s easier for old people to load on a trailer..HA. There aren’t many (legal) trails in RI unfortunately. When we put on our races we have to get permits for the parks, but most of the trails we use go through private property, with the owner’s permission of course. Luckily I live close enough to many state forests in MA that allow dirt bikes. I just have to register it for offroad in MA.
Probably many of the trails you see are dirt bike trails, or mutli use. Many of them are way out of the way. For the most part, trail are marked with signage for hiking, biking, or horseback trails and don’t overlap too much. You don’t want to see a guy walking his dog or riding a horse on a trail designated for motorized vehicles.
I do jump…you have too for some obstacles…but nothing big yet. I’d like to try a motorcross track someday.November 11, 2017 at 5:32 pm #58300
Update to this thread. I have continued to work out on a regular basis, but significant gains seem hard to come by. Overall I am still near my lifetime peak strength, but I can’t really go beyond it much. For bench press I have been able to hit the low 300s for the past few months (did 295 x 2 during my last chest workout two days ago), so there is possibly slow growth.
I will say that the lack of using a spotter to help has hindered my growth because I can’t push it to total failure. Benching 300 lbs. without a spotter is a bit scary, although I think this can also be a good thing since the adrenaline kicks in.
With that said, about a month or so ago I started putting on these guiderails to the bench press station which acts as a stopper to prevent the bar from crushing me if I couldn’t get the weight up. I hadn’t used them before because I felt like they got in the way of my bench when I got near the bottom, but I found a way to prevent this from happening. Anyway, I can now try to increase my bench press without fear of going over my limit. One of these days when I’m feeling particularly strong I will try for 310 or higher.
As for the rest of my muscle groups, there’s not much advancement to report. I max out around 210 on lat pull downs, but even that is hard to do. Legs are stronger. I hurt my left arm doing bicep curls about 2-3 months ago, and it still has not healed completely and gives me some pain whenever I tense my bicep for an extended period of time.March 13, 2018 at 7:18 pm #58475
Was able to bench a personal record of 330 lbs. a few weeks ago.
Anyway, here are some of my workout pet peeves:
- Grunting so everyone can hear how much you are lifting.
- Occupying a workout station by just sitting there, mesmerized by your phone while others may be waiting it.
- Horrible smells from patrons.
- Not re-racking your weights.
- Singing aloud with the music you’re listening to through your headphones.
- Bathrooms that wreak.
- Having strangers working out next to you and chatting it up so much that you feel like you know every detail of how they spent last weekend.
- Hogging multiple sets of dumbbells at the same time.
- Being in a gym almost all by yourself, only to have someone walk in and use the exact machine or weights you were about to use.
- Patrons who wear inappropriate workout clothing.
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