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    Introducing Bigalerickson - The start of a clydesdale recovery

    Hello to All!

    Greetings,

    This is my first thread that I am starting, I have been reading around a little bit, and am now ready to officially to introduce myself to all of you. I am a clydesdale to say the least, haven't ridden regularly since the the nineties, and am entering the Wildflower triathlon for the mountain bike event.

    My History - fall of 2002 take a hit on the football field that retired me, summer 2003; back surgery. 14 day hospital stay. highlighted by waking up from the surgery without feeling in my arms or left leg. With the surgery a success, and rehab out of the way I take to the couch. I ate, drank, and watched tv until I was so bored I couldn't take it anymore. Also during this time I started a very successful business, got engaged and broke the engagement off. Needless to say, I lead a relatively interesting, somewhat dramatic life. Fast forward to December 2006. I announce, half drunk, that I am going to enter a triathlon in 2007. Mind you, I have not had been physically fit since 2002, and haven't exercised at all in two years. My best friend Ryan directs me to the wildflower website, and I promptly enter in my credit card info, and just like that I am a traithlete

    Some statistics - 12-2006 - 6'2" 334 lbs. the worst shape of my life. Just so you all know how bad I really am in over my head. My only good news - I have always been an excellent swimmer, and I have very strong legs. I am down to 310 lbs now, and feeling much more athletic. I am beginning to believe I will actually finish the event.


    Okay, now onto mountain biking. I have no better memories than those from mountain biking. I miss every bit of it, and I cannot wait to get back into good enough shape to be doing it on a regular basis again. I am now prepared to purchase a bike. Honestly, I was so out of shape that even shopping for a bike wasn't realistic.

    I will begin a mileage log starting immediately. I think that will be a very cool thing to be a part of.

    Cheers,

    Alex
    bigalerickson@gmail.com
    Less than 50 days to Wildflower!

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    Welcome aboard, Alex!

    With dedication, you can certainly be in riding shape in 50 days. Last year was my first ride in 20 years. I was 350 pounds. Within 2 months I went from riding 5 miles a day to riding 25 miles a day. I'm not fast (13 mph) but I do it consistently.


    Saturday, May 5, 2007- 9:45am (0.25 mi-swim, 9.7 mi-bike, 2 mi-run) This is certainly doable!

    What bike did you buy (or plan to buy)? Is the bike portion mountain, or road miles?
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    Best of luck mate, I was 308 lbs in October and I am 268lbs now ....... I have no thoughts of doing a triathlon dunk or sober......
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigalerickson
    Hello to All!

    Greetings,



    fall of 2002 take a hit on the football field that retired me,
    Collage ? Pro? Just curious and good luck.
    Like the other guy said , drunk or sober, I have nevwer said I would do a triathalon...
    Let us know how you do.
    LJ

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    Alex, welcome to Clydes!

    Let me extend you an invitation to our Spinner Miles program....it's a sticky thread up at the top of the forum. I run a free charting and tracking database for the Clyde's training miles. It's fairly simple. Report the miles once a week as well as saddle time if you want. Miles that count are trainer, spinner bike, live ride, etc. Basically, if it pedals and counts miles, it's good to go!
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    Good luck with your tri. Keep us informed on how you do!
    I used to race tri's back in the early late 80s to mid 90s, until my college schedule pretty well wiped out any time I had to train. They're lots of fun, and I'd go back to doing them if my knees could take the running.
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    Know the feeling, I was never small but in October of '01 I made the stupid mistake of drunken football on snowy ground. An hour later I was in the ER with a torn MCL and partially torn ACL. Four years later I had ballooned to 567 pounds and probably a cheeseburger away from a heart attack. Now I'm down almost 200lbs, but still struggling to take it off.

    This group is great for support, I've found, and just keep tryin'. When I started exercising in July of '05 I could barely walk for 15 minutes on the treadmill. Six months later I was "running" daily on a elliptical for 30-45 minutes - watch a 400 pound guy going balls out on a elliptical at the gym sometime, then watch everyone else watching him - it's awesome. Last summer after a brutal car accident that left me out of the gym for months I desperately tried a bike ride. Now I'm an addict, riding at least 5 miles/day to work.

    Good luck, there's lots of support and wisdom to be had here.

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    Thats awesome man. i'm 6'2" and 255lbs so you aren't as out of shape as you could be.

    good luck on the Tri. i cant run or swim but i'm trying to train for a 75 mile tour event in june.

    Keep us posted.

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    Welcome aboard. I was 375 as of June 1 2006, now down to 303. I barely made my first ride of 4 miles and was a whip dog after, but I got out there the next day. I have a 20 mile avg, just did my first metric and I'm training for my first century ride. Just keep pedaling and before you know it, your be svelt.
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