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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 06-28-07, 11:24 AM   #1
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Getting stronger and distance perspective is changing

I've had such a great week riding I just had to share it here.

I have been actively commuting to work (10 miles round trip) pretty much since Daylight savings time went into effect. At first the ride felt challanging and I could realy feel my legs during the first few weeks if I pushed it hard. My co-worker got me involved with the Ride-for-Roswell a cancer research hospital here in Buffalo and we descided to ride 33 miles. It seemed like such a long distance and would be a good challange. I kept riding hard each day and each weekend we would do one longer ride slowly working our way up to 20 miles.

This past weekend we had the ride. It was a great event with over 5000 participants. We were in no hurry, and our youngest team mate was my co-worker's 11 year old daughter. To my great suprise, I realy didn't even feel my legs much after the event. It was an absolutely wonder ride through the country side and we all had a great time. If someone had told me this past Christmass that in half a year I'd go for a 33 mile ride and feel good enough at the end that I could have ridden an other 10 miles.

I had such a good experience that it got me thinking. After work on Tuesday, the Buffalo Zoo was having its members appreciation picnic. What if I rode my bike to the city and then meet up with my wife and daughter. I could put the bike on top of the car and we would all drive home. I layed there thinking about it in bed Sunday night... it should be less than 25 miles so why not! I got up and grabbed my bike path map of the Greater Buffalo area and mapped out the course. I left work a little early and picked up the Amherst Bike path near SUNY at Buffalo. and followed it along to the end. There I followed a nice trail along the last few miles of the Erie canal. Then along the Niagara river over to the West side. Ofcourse I had a strong head wind the whole time as the wind was coming from the South-West. I knew roughly where to pick up the remainder of the Scajaquada trail. This turned out to be a well hidden path. Some local kids were nice enough to point me in the right direction. Mind you this passes through an area that I would NOT travel at night, but in daytime its no so bad. In total it took me about 1.75 hours to ride about 20 miles. What a great ride. A few months ago I would never have even contemplated this type of a ride, actually I would have throught I would have to be nuts to do it. It is amazing how ones perspective changes over time. I had absolutely no soreness the next day. The only thing was that I must have been riding harder than I thought because my lungs were a bit "off." The 90 F temperature, with high humidity and high ozone warning might have been a contributing factor, but in all it was a great ride.

So far a few nice side effects - I recently could tighten my belt an extra inch. My blood pressure is down to normal from previously being boderline high. My wife is also noting my much larger leg muscles. Now I just to add some upper body activity. I don't need to look like Arnold Schwarzenegger, but I do need to look a bit less than Tom Arnold. At 6' 2.5" 225 Lbs, I am not fat, but I certainly am not skinny. I am having such a good time riding. Now I need to get my wife more involved so we can do more of this together.

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Old 06-28-07, 11:42 AM   #2
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Old 06-28-07, 11:43 AM   #3
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By the way, there are other aspects of dropping weight your wife will like too! You'll be more like you were at 18 or so in other physical effects too!
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Old 06-28-07, 12:09 PM   #5
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I'm with you! I rode 25 miles yesterday and my legs could have went further.(not my butt though). A couple months ago I was going a couple miles tops. I'm already planning a slow 50 mile ride on the 4th of july.

I'd love to do a day or two on RAGBRAI but it's coming up to soon. I'll have to plan on going next year.

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Old 06-28-07, 12:53 PM   #6
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Caution: Increased riding may be addictive and could encourage the contemplation of distances greater than the previous ride. There is no cure.........but then again who would want one.
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Caution: Increased riding may be addictive and could encourage the contemplation of distances greater than the previous ride. There is no cure.........but then again who would want one.
I know what you mean! My current one day record is 167 miles! Next goal is 200!
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Embrace the addiction...............
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Having just completed my second 40 mile ride today, yes the change of perspective on what is a "long ride" is encouraging and addictive. Greg Lemond said it best: "it never gets easier, you just get faster." Can't wait to get some of my friends into cycling and make them enjoy the agony hehe
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im feeling that way too. riding is great. im happy for you.
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Nicely done! I thought the addiction was bad the first year, but it just gets worse. I love telling people that I just got done riding 70+ miles. They always look at me like I am crazy and I am just like "ehh it's not that bad, could have gone for more." Trying to work up to a comfortable century this summer. I did Hotter than Hell after riding only 3 months last year and I was ready to sell the bike afterwards.
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I know exaclty what you mean. Prior to this year, I had only ridden casually (less than 10 miles) on my hybrid on mostly mtn bike trails. My 18 mile commute to work seemed like a daunting task. I purchased a 'real' road bike (Lemond Tourmalet) about a month ago and I'm amazed at how much shorter distances seem. I hit the Riverfront Trail in St. Louis about once a week (25 miles) and hope for more at the end. I rode with a bike club here in St. Louis for the first time a couple of weeks ago; we did almost 40 miles (St. Louis to Belleville, IL) and it felt great. Yeah, I was fatigued at the end, but I woke up the next day feeling better than ever. Looks like I'll have to start doing the Riverfront Trail twice at a time now :-)
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Old 07-02-07, 11:59 AM   #13
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I don't have the great trails and scenery that some of you have (St. Louis river area), but I am trying to get on the committee to make some riding trails in our area for road bikes. My distances are riding the same streets in my small town, but we each have to deal with the cards we are dealt.

I am going to try and get involved with a small bicycle club in my small town, and if it has failed, I will see if I can start it back up. This web site has made it something worth looking forward to.
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