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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 06-04-07, 02:57 PM   #1
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My one year anniversary in the saddle!

From June 6, 2006:
"I got back into biking this week and BOY HOWDY am I glad I did! Last night I did about 9 miles on my own on the MoPac Trail, then 16 miles with kwak buddy Troy tonight. My conditioning over the past year has paid off, the only thing that hurts is my butt from the bike seat, but I got a new one tonight that made ALL the difference."

In my first week somehow I managed the free time to get 71 miles in, and enjoyed every minute of it. I think the only thing that saved my legs was that I had spent the previous 9 months getting to know a elliptical machine, and thus avoided some of the pain that others experience.

Now, a year later, I'm commuting daily to work and loving it. Lots of riding is in order this week, I do predict!

Just some advice for the new members, keep riding and enjoying it.
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Old 06-04-07, 03:08 PM   #2
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Old 06-04-07, 04:31 PM   #3
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Awesome! I hope to be up to that in a year! Commuting (about 10 miles one way) is on my list of things to try at least a few days a week once I get better conditioned to it.

I wonder about that ellipticle machine. I do that 5 days a week at the gym and I haven't had leg pain either since I started back up cycling. They just feel nicely used. Today was the first day my saddle felt just right too. I tweaked it a little and when I went out I suddenly felt like my weight was in the right spot and my butt took the ride much better.
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Old 06-04-07, 06:38 PM   #4
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Excellent. Keep it up.
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Lovey is a professional counselor who knows these sorts of things. According to her, it takes four months to make something you do a habit. You are well and truly habituated in a healthful active fun way. My congratulations to you and to all of the rest of us who are able to form new habits.
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Old 06-05-07, 01:28 AM   #6
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congrats bdinger! Im at a year also and I remember how hard 20 miles was then and how easy it is now..Lets keep them good habits going!!
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Old 06-05-07, 05:25 AM   #7
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From June 6, 2006:
"I got back into biking this week and BOY HOWDY am I glad I did! Last night I did about 9 miles on my own on the MoPac Trail, then 16 miles with kwak buddy Troy tonight. My conditioning over the past year has paid off, the only thing that hurts is my butt from the bike seat, but I got a new one tonight that made ALL the difference."

In my first week somehow I managed the free time to get 71 miles in, and enjoyed every minute of it. I think the only thing that saved my legs was that I had spent the previous 9 months getting to know a elliptical machine, and thus avoided some of the pain that others experience.

Now, a year later, I'm commuting daily to work and loving it. Lots of riding is in order this week, I do predict!

Just some advice for the new members, keep riding and enjoying it.
Wonderful progress, Ben. Happy anniversary!
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very nice, good job!!
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