Ok, Im diving in!
Im @ ~320lbs right now. 340 has my high... I lost the 20 on just food intake changes alone...but now I'm looking to lose alot more. A bunch of my coworkers recently got new bikes, and after doing some research and alot of reading here and elsewhere, I got my bike.
I got a 2007 Specialized Hard Rock. I actually have a hard-rock from like 12 or so years ago. While the gears, wheels, shifters and just about anything that moves on it is ruined, the frame is still as good as day one, so I have some previous faith in specialized and in the hardrock. I've also read here that some of us bigger riders have done well with the hardrock, so I went for it.
I plan on working my way up to a 30mile ride every weekend for a while. (Its just convenient that I have a 30-mile dedicated bike/run loop near me)
I'm excited about it. I've made a lot of big "life changes" lately. Call it maturity or call it just being sick and tired of being sick and tired, but I really want this to work and I'm really motivated to MAKE it work. Especially after reading all of you guys' (and gals) posts here.
This actually works for me. I like to get out and walk, but walking doesnt do as much for my heart as I wished it would, and at 320, jogging makes my stomach hurt like hell from the bounce. I'm the one always trying to get my skinny friends out of the house to do things, but everything worth doing around here costs $$$...so now I have an outdoor, healthy activity that I can do and enjoy on those days where I'm sitting around bored and having nothing to do...
First Ride, tonight! (an easy one, though...)