Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) - From 9.5 to 17.5
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09-24-11, 09:50 AM
I started riding a bike again about 2 years ago, I started at 265 pounds and rode about 2 miles at 9.5 mph average. Today, I stand at 220 pounds and average 17.5 mph riding around 25 miles. The farthest I have ridden is 65 miles, I plan on riding a full century by next spring.
What I am trying to say is believe in your self and just RIDE. It takes courage and strength and a little perseverance, but you can do anything you put your mind to.
BTW, if you really want to lose weight and keep it off, you have to diet better. Loosing weight in my eyes, is 90% diet and 10% physical activity.
But to improve in cycling, just ride.
You're exactly right. If I eat poorly and ride 4x a week I maintain. If I eat correctly and ride 2x a week I lose weight. :)
Must be nice to get your average up in the 17mph range. Im battling to get into the 13-14mph averages. Its tricky in my locale though as its so hilly...
Again - great job! :thumb:
09-24-11, 01:36 PM
Awesome progress! Keep it up and you'll be averaging in the 20s!
09-24-11, 02:03 PM
Good for you! Be proud of your accomplishments.
Remember to enjoy the journey -- it may be more satisfying than the destination.
I bet your "other" numbers - blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar, etc - are also improving.
I have done some interesting reading.
Some overweight people are "diet responders" and lose weight when calorie intake is reduced with no change in energy output.
Some overweight people are "exercise responders" and lose weight when energy output is increased with no change in calorie intake.
Some overweight people respond well to both; and some don't respond well to either. Metabolism is a complicated thing.
I am also finding that conventional wisdom may be great advice for 99% of people; but the exact opposite may work best for 1%.
Try new things if what you're doing isn't working; and find out all you can.
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