Hey there ... my first post!
I've been a casual cyclist for several years now ... I don't own a car, live in a fairly big city, and use the bike to get around. Haven't biked through the (Canadian) winter yet, but I cycle about 8 - 9 months of the year. The point is, I've never done any "serious" cycling.
I'm very seriously embarking on a mission to lose about 50lbs, and though I've tried running (got it up to 3 miles every other day), it's been a hard pursuit to make stick. I thought that cycling might be the answer ... I love being on my bike! At the moment, I ride a 2005 Marin Muirwoods (flat bar, 26inch wheels) though if I can reach my goal, I will reward myself with something nicer and more appropriate for longer rides.
I'm looking for some advice on a training program / routine to follow to help with my weight loss. I'm a vegetarian, and like to think I watch what I eat most of the time. I am giving up beer and eating after 10pm, and I have started a calorie log of the foods that I am eating to get an honest picture of things.
Realistically, how far / fast / often should I be trying to ride in order to see a drop in weight / change in body shape. I can ride 9 miles pretty easily at an average 12 - 15 mph, and have been doing this daily, but I've never gone much further (I don't think). Today I bought a cycle computer that has a cadence feature as well.
Any input would be MUCH appreciated.
Thanks as well for all the tips I have picked up cruising these boards, and for the many inspiring stories here.