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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 01-06-08, 06:18 PM   #1
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What the heck has happend to me?

I rode today for the first time since Nov 18th. I THOUGHT I WAS GONNA DIE
I rode 10.5 miles. My wind is gone. My legs are gone. My Sit Bones are gone

My other passsion is whitewater kayaking. I got back in my yak a couple weeks ago after about the same time off. It took about thirty minutes to get it back, but I was hitting all the same moves as before.

I remember the first couple of weeks last June when I started riding, but I guess time has erased the pain, until now. I was so proud of myself last fall, having built up to 50 mile rides and tackling all four of the TSALI trails, only now to find myself worried that I would not make it back to the house without an assist

Oh well, it was still GREAT to get out today. Can't wait for daily ride weather. The good news is I will have a whole lot more year then last.

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Old 01-06-08, 06:36 PM   #2
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Welcome to just how fast you lose fitness being off the bike....
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So true. I rode a few metric centuries last year but doubt I could ride 20 miles without having a coronary...
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I'm told that fitness, however it's gained, decreases very slowly for 10 days then drops off at 3 times the rate you gained it. Muscle memory plays a big part so if you've always been fit the drop off may not be immediately noticeable.

A weeks rest is nice but any more than that and expect some pain .
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My bike sent me an engraved invitation to ride again. Unfortunately, it seems I have lost its address.
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My bike sent me an engraved invitation to ride again. Unfortunately, it seems I have lost its address.
Mine was knocking on my door....I didn't answer, to much snow on the ground
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This thread just makes my already bike-starved cabin fever SO much worse. Thanks guys.
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i will be getting back on the saddel, after a month or so off.hope my butt remember where it left off.
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This is the exact reason I am still riding in the snow.
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I try to get out every chance I can in the winter. Even if its only five miles. I have a tendency to overdress and then I get too warm but I really enjoy the rides if its not too windy.
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I went away for the holidays and couldn't bike as much (ice & snow) so I jumped on the treadmill and rowing machine (but not the recumbent cycle cuz I'm no Fred ) to keep my fitness loss at bay. Got back on the bike today and felt fine, if not finer.
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Mine was knocking on my door....I didn't answer, to much snow on the ground
I tied mine up in the basement, seems to have worked...
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Anybody know about this thing called a trainer ?

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i couldn't find another excuse not to ride and today's temps (mid 60's) said to get my butt out there.....whoa!!!! 6 miles 30 minutes...what happened???......guess this "January spring" means to get my a** in gear. I must say that I do feel good that I went today.....even though I'm starting at the beginning.....again.
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lol
Yeah, it's tied up next to the bike Me hates trainers.
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OK, you guys did me in. I got a $50 mountain bike...a 94 Scott with no suspension but lots of gears and

I'M RIDING TOMORROW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Go Susan

Now, go beat the hell out of that thing

Be careful, Mtn Bikes are addictive.

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I'm not even going to clean it up first! That shows you just what kind of wanton mood I'm in!
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I rode today for the first time since Nov 18th. I THOUGHT I WAS GONNA DIE
I rode 10.5 miles. My wind is gone. My legs are gone. My Sit Bones are gone

My other passsion is whitewater kayaking. I got back in my yak a couple weeks ago after about the same time off. It took about thirty minutes to get it back, but I was hitting all the same moves as before.

I remember the first couple of weeks last June when I started riding, but I guess time has erased the pain, until now. I was so proud of myself last fall, having built up to 50 mile rides and tackling all four of the TSALI trails, only now to find myself worried that I would not make it back to the house without an assist

Oh well, it was still GREAT to get out today. Can't wait for daily ride weather. The good news is I will have a whole lot more year then last.

Thanks for letting me share.
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I had a simular experience today, only it was 8 miles. I have not been on the bike for a couple of weeks due to illness, bikes in the shop, etc. Today it was an unbelieveable 62 degrees! I had to ride my bike. I thought I would die! I wanted to pull over to the side of the rode. Just last summer I rode w week long ride, retracing one of the Underground railroad trail. Today, I struggled with a lousy eight miles. It looks like I can't afford not to ride my bike.

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I rode today!!! 34 degrees, and I was too hot. I overdressed. It was FUN! Don't be afraid to get out there in the winter.

I was told by my LBS that if you're not cold for the first mile, you're overdressed.
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I logged my first 13 miles of the year today. Augh. So not good. I've been a little sick though and it's been raining.

I felt fine on the flats, I didn't have much for the hills though. I was huffing and puffing like I haven't been in a long time. Some of it is this cold I can tell, not all of it though #$@!@#

A little too much over the holiday season I'm afraid.

Still though, I've got another ride Thursday, Saturday, and Monday, so the schedule is looking good.
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I hear ya OP.

My last ride was 35 miles on 12/21 before we went out of town for Christmas. I did manage 16.4 miles walking/jogging and 2.6 km of swimming while out of town (about 7 hours of exercise).

I got a cold on 1/1 which I am just now getting over. But I hit the trainer on 1/7 to do one of my climbing workouts (9 miles - 896 feet). I turned on the virtual competitor to compete against my best effort to date and got shelled! My legs felt weak. My arms felt weak when I got out of the saddle. I pushed on through but felt like crap when I was done. And then started to feel sicker. So I slept in the next couple of days and I'm feeling better again. I'll try to hit the trainer tomorrow mornng and maybe make it more of a recovery level ride. Just to keep things moving and try to keep the cold at bay. I'm sure my cold had something to do with it, but wow...I wouldn't have thought that 2 weeks, 3 days off the bike would have hurt that much!

Hopefully I'll be able to get out for a ride on Saturday so I can put my new Garmin Edge 305 HR & Cadence through some paces...
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HAH! 24 degrees!

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HAH! 24 degrees!

Nice moose covers (close maybe?) on the bars! I was really wanting those during a day break ride when it was about 2F about a month ago...
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