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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 10-27-07, 03:35 PM   #1
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My First "Big" Ride

Hello clydes. I'm new to the forums, and biking in general. I'm 5'10", and I weigh 265 lbs. I have plenty of weight to lose, and I've recently been bitten by the bike bug. I went on my first big ride today up a local canyon here. It was 30 miles and it took just under 2 hours. I just thought I'd let everyone know, and hopefully get some encouragement to continue.
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Old 10-27-07, 04:12 PM   #2
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That would take ME the better part of 4 hours! Maybe I need encouragement instead!
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Old 10-27-07, 04:38 PM   #3
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Congrats. Not bad at all. Quite good, actually.
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That is good, I usually take about 2 hours to finish my 25 mile ride.
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Old 10-27-07, 04:55 PM   #5
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Good job.

I just did a 28.x mile ride in 1:43:07

I thought it was farther than that, I was done in when I got back. Then I went for a motorcycle ride after that.
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"encouragement" ?? Heck I've been at it 3 years and would take me at least 2 hrs 10 mins. I need your legs.
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I guess I should have added the "just under" to the 30 miles as well as to the 2 hours. It was technically 28.1 miles. I am still happy with how I did, but I hope that I'll be able to keep at it. My goal is to do a century with my Dad and brothers next Summer. Thanks everyone for your replies.
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CB, you can probably do the Century now if you've learned hydration and nutrition management I suspect you'll have no issues doing it next year n Welcome to Clyde's and cycling
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ChunkyB, What do you think your limitations will be in getting the century? I don't know that I could do a century right now, because I don't know when to stop, stretch, etc.... I am also terrible about eating while riding. I guess I could put a few cliff bars in my bike bag and eat a little every hour and make myself stop every hour. It would have to be a supported century, because I don't have any way to carry enough water with me for a century, nor would I want to carry that much weight with me.
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ChunkyB, What do you think your limitations will be in getting the century? I don't know that I could do a century right now, because I don't know when to stop, stretch, etc.... I am also terrible about eating while riding. I guess I could put a few cliff bars in my bike bag and eat a little every hour and make myself stop every hour. It would have to be a supported century, because I don't have any way to carry enough water with me for a century, nor would I want to carry that much weight with me.
Carry two bottles and refill at stores along the way. 250 cals/hr and 2 bottles of water and or a Sports drink later in the ride and voila! Fueling and hydration taken care of
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28 in 2, that's good going, thar.
For me that's an epic.

Keep 'er going.
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Holy Cow, CONGRATS

Like Tom says, when you get the liquid and fuel dialed in, everything changes for the better. You will only be limited by your rear end pain.

When I changed from bottle racks to CamelBak it got better for me. I can carry 100 oz of ICE water and my snacks. the CamelBak allows you to constantly be getting hits of liquid. When I had to reach down for the bottles I sometimes went too long without drinking.

Again, 30 miles is cool.

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Yeah, I never leave home without my camelbak. I used to use it for water and all my other junk, but now that I have a saddle bag, I just use it for water. Thanks again for all the replies. I'll have to read some more about hydration and nutrition so I can get the best out of my rides.
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Old 10-29-07, 12:16 AM   #15
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I thought i had the ChunkyX covered! lol

Keep up the good work!
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Keep riding! Ride until 30 miles seems routine. It's easy to get the riding bug, ride with enthusiasm for awhile, then let other things get in the way and stop. If you make it part of your lifestyle for years (the rest of your life) you'll really reap the benefits.

I live in a small town that's about 12 miles from a big town. The first time I rode there and back, I was very proud. Now it's my regular weekend ride and I've done it many dozens of times. I stretched it into about a 30 mile round trip by choosing a different road home (the other way out of 2). My Saturday routine is to ride into "the city", do some shopping, browsing at bookstores (or bike shops), buy some food, and ride home. It doesn't seem like such a big deal anymore.

But I'm still proud.
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