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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 12-25-07, 10:22 PM   #1
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A Christmas Celebration

Christmas is the season of rebirth.

On December 22, 2005, I was 385 pounds and hospitalized with chest pains. My physical condition was so poor that in other to perform a stress test, the doctors gave me a drug to simulate the effect of exercise. I wouldn't have been able to exercise enough for the test to register without endangering myself.

On December 24, 2006, I rode a bicycle for the first time in my life. I managed 1.5 miles before a mailbox jumped in front of me and I crashed. It took nearly an hour for me to get through that ride.

On December 24, 2007, I rode 35 miles from Doylestown, PA, to Bethlehem, PA, a ride that featured more than 2500 feet of climbing and a hill of more than 12 per cent grade. OK, I walked the 12 per cent hill, and parts of a few others. I followed up the following day with another ride of 35 miles. This after two days of 25 + mile days. And I'm closing in on the 3000 mile mark for the year.

Christmas is the season of rebirth. I know, because I've lived it. I was lost, and now I am a cyclist.

Me at 360, after losing 25 pounds, February 2006.


Me at 260 or so, this morning, Green Lane Reservoir, near Red Hill, PA. Forgive the extra weight and facial hair, folks, please. It's the cycling off-season. :-)
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Old 12-25-07, 11:00 PM   #2
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Christmas is indeed speacial in many ways....

Merry Christmas Historian and great job on your rebirth!!!
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Old 12-26-07, 03:02 AM   #3
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Historian, you are the man. That's some serious progress. What's even better is that you enjoy the sport.
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Truly something worth celebrating. Losing weight is one thing, losing it doing something you love means it stays off (except perhaps during the off season...)
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Another amazing tale. One of the biggest reasons I love this forum (perhaps also why I like C & V so much--rebirth).

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What always matters is the journey and how we got there...

As I get older and the weight stubbornly stays put, what I realize is more important is being healthy. I'm 56 but according to the docs have the health of someone much younger (OK 55! No serously as if I were in my 30's). And cycling has made me realize if I put my mind to it I can do it and even though physically the task seems undaunting, I can do it. I remember a time when I wouldn't go to the store by myself and now I've ridden across country, on and off alone.

Good job and keep it up. Remember health first!
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Old 12-26-07, 04:38 PM   #7
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Good for you Historian. I'm glad to see you're doing so well..........so much better. Cycling is a great, fun way to exercise. MTB in particular is, for me, now the riding of choice. Continue to be well and progress. Merry Christmas.
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Congrats - looking good!

How are those straight pull spokes holding up for you? How long have you had them and how much did you weigh when you started riding them?
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Neil, you've become a happier person in the time I've known you, I think I see a connection with the biking. (Well, duh.)

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Truly something worth celebrating. Losing weight is one thing, losing it doing something you love means it stays off (except perhaps during the off season...)
Cycling has no off season!
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Old 12-27-07, 09:07 AM   #10
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Congrats - looking good!

How are those straight pull spokes holding up for you? How long have you had them and how much did you weigh when you started riding them?
I've put about a thousand miles on the bike. Only one broken spoke - rear drivetrain side. I weighed 243 when I got the bike, and I weigh about 260 now. The trip this weekend added 20-30 pounds to that.
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Congrats on the awesome progress! Cycling is indeed an awesome way to exercise. I had forgotten how much fun it was until I started riding again.
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