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Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) Looking to lose that spare tire? Ideal weight 200+? Frustrated being a large cyclist in a sport geared for the ultra-light? Learn about the bikes and parts that can take the abuse of a heavier cyclist, how to keep your body going while losing the weight, and get support from others who've been successful.

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Old 11-02-06, 12:07 PM   #1
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Secret to high-performance cycling

This is one of those geezer posts the whippersnappers laugh at in the Over 50 forum, but for what it's worth:
Everybody knows lighter is better, in riders as well as bikes, but I've had a recent experience that really shows how important it is.
I'm 6'4" and weigh about 220 when I'm in pretty decent shape for a geezer. This summer, for several reasons, I didn't ride as much as I usually do and didn't take off the winter weight, and I gained about 30 pounds without really paying much attention (that's not as much on me as it would be on somebody who weights, say, 140, but it's still a lot).
Last month I was diagnosed with gallstones, and while I'm dealing with the insurance and scheduling surgery, I've had to watch my diet pretty carefully to avoid flare-ups. I feel fine other than the abdominal pain, which I can usually prevent, so I've been exercising pretty regularly, eating the way I always should and I've lost about 20 pounds. It's happened quickly enough that I've been aware of the change, and the difference is amazing. I felt pretty good before, but EVERYTHING is easier now, from getting out of bed to climbing stairs to riding. I notice it even walking to the coffee machine. My knee and leg pain have just about vanished, too.
None of this is news, but the difference is so great I thought I'd pass it along: Getting rid of a relatively few pounds (less than 10 percent of my body weight, in my case) is really worthwhile, especially if you've let some pounds creep up.
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Old 11-02-06, 01:22 PM   #2
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What did you use as "eating the way you should"
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Old 11-02-06, 02:35 PM   #3
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Secret to high-performance cycling = spend more time on the bike than you do on the forums.
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Old 11-02-06, 02:40 PM   #4
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velo, you are very correct that less of you means more of everthing else.

However, for folk's handicapped like me loosing any weight is a nightmare.
I can ride but I can't ride fast nor can I ride far anymore. I ride as much
as I can but for the life of me I've not found any excercise that I can do
other than that. DAMN! When your legs are weak life can be a b!tch.
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'Dog, you're moving better because you have the muscular strength required to maneuver and control a 250# body only loaded to motivate a 220 (or whatever) # body. Your power to weight ratio is significantly improved.

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When a clyde looses weight, they still have the big leg muscles they needed to move the weight they used to carry, so ex-clydes are probably going to be fast.
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When a clyde looses weight, they still have the big leg muscles they needed to move the weight they used to carry, so ex-clydes are probably going to be fast.
+1 on that. I was around 340 at my highest. At 245 and dropping so many things are just so much easier. Over short sections I can power past people, but on a long climb it's still quite a thing to drag all of me up a mountain. 20 more pounds to my ideal weight.

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Regarding the dietary changes: I just did what I knew I should be doing all along, mostly cut back on portions and ease off a little on the fats. Not a dramatic change, but you have to stay with it.
There's a computer program called Balance Log (maybe one word, BalanceLog) that you can use to keep a food and exercise diary. I got a copy of it when I did a story on a local weight-control clinic a few years ago--it lists something like 2000 foods, including brand names, and 600 exercises, and you can customize it. It adjusts calories used as your weight goes down and analyzes your diet day to day so you can track the most common nutrients. Nothing you couldn't do manually, but it takes just a couple of minutes a day and makes it easy to stay on top of things. I got mine free, but I think they cost around $45.
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No doubt. My back used to "go out" for no apparent reason (Other than it's hauling my big ass around) and since I have been riding that stopped. My knees used to hurt as well, but that has stopped also. Hoooray for biking!

BTW, What is the definition of a "Geezer"? Just checkin' to see if I am one yet.
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BTW, What is the definition of a "Geezer"? Just checkin' to see if I am one yet.
To find out if you are a geezer: ask a 20something girl to go out on a date, if she laughs, your a geezer.
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I think I qualify as a geezer, since my youngest daughter is 20 something...

When you are at the edge of your ability and drop 5 lbs it is incredible how much easier it gets! I notice that you don't see a lot of people with guts in the Tour de France...
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I think I qualify as a geezer, since my youngest daughter is 20 something...

When you are at the edge of your ability and drop 5 lbs it is incredible how much easier it gets! I notice that you don't see a lot of people with guts in the Tour de France...
Does your daughter think you are "cute"? Is she no longer embarassed to be seen with you? Then, in her eyes, wheather she admits it or not.... you are a geezer.
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Like the sound of that, thanks for the xtra motivation.



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When a clyde looses weight, they still have the big leg muscles they needed to move the weight they used to carry, so ex-clydes are probably going to be fast.
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Old 11-08-06, 10:05 PM   #14
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You may want to try a "liver cleanse" a lot of folks say that it has helped them to avoid surgery. Here is a site with more info:

http://www.curezone.com/cleanse/liver/

I have not had gallstones but was looking for info about blood pressure when I saw that site.

From looking at the forums there, some very bad results can occur from even seemingly successful liver or gall bladder surgery.
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Actually my daughter is not at all embarrassed to be see with me. With my sunglasses she says I look like she has a body guard...

Which is pretty accurate now that I think about it...

But, yep, in her eyes - I am a geezer. Heck, in MY eyes I am a geezer!
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