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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 04-03-08, 10:24 PM   #1
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Eagle's Maiden Flight

I like to think I am a man with a plan; albeit an overly convoluted and meticulously rationalized plan...

But something about that trike, and the sun, and my Beck, and well, the very idea of moving free simply got the better of me and boy am I glad!

I had Becky roll Eagle down the drive because I had never tried the brakes and wasn't sure.



Then I held the brakes to hold her still while I levered my ponderous ham of a leg over, gingerly worked my way between seat horn and handgrips and sunk into total plush comfort.

Here it was, time ti fish or cut bait; put up or shut up... Whatever other tired cliche you want...

On the trainer I had her at the toughest gear and it was 'eh!' but now, here, on real ground with a real load it was STEEP so I did my best to shift down. I had to reach down and help the wheel along with my hand to get enough movement to shift and it reminded me uncomfortably of my wheelchair for a few sickening moments...

Becky asking 'is something wrong' and the gears just making sickening clicks as they complied...

Then it caught, my feet began to move, and so did I!



Pump, pump, pump, I picked up speed, and it all came rushing back!

How much I have lost, how much I have missed, how much I have to regain, to enjoy, to become once again. Moving under my own power, and so fast! I circled, I buzzed Beck, I circled again....



I'm doing this EVERY DAY from NOW ON!





Though, I might want to do just a bit more adjustment of the seat and put on a pair of them kneesavers!

I parked by my truck and reluctantly dismounted.



Then I gave Beck her turn.



Now, I have been trying so hard to get Beck to talk about this, to show a little interest, but she hasn't had much to go on. All she's ever ridden have been upright bikes tho I got her to sit in a tadpole trike recently...

But she got on that Magnum, and FLEW!



I may have to fight her to get any time on it or buy another!

Every day, I am on IM's with Beck while she's working at 3M, when she says she's signing out and heading home will be my time to hop on my bike and meet her down there on the road.

Tho, I do want to try to take it slow and steady in spite of my excitement, we large folk injure easily.

I figure I'll work on frequency, then duration, THEN intensity.

So there ya have it,

RD
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Old 04-03-08, 10:33 PM   #2
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I got a little misty eyed reading that, Rollerdave. I remember the first time I rode a bike - December 24, 2006. You captured all my feelings of joy and excitement.*

Ride on, Rollerdave. Roll on, Eagle. The world is yours.



* Well, almost all - you skipped my sheer terror and my mishap with a mailbox.
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* Well, almost all - you skipped my sheer terror and my mishap with a mailbox.
Those mailboxes can jump out in front of you from NOWHERE! lol...

But thanks, I appreciate your encouragement, and have enjoyed reading your tale too.

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Judging by the pictures you might as well put in an order for a second trike today. Seeing the smile on Becky's face tells me your going to be fighting over who gets to go first like a couple school kids. Great pics and story. Glad to hear everything worked out so well. Just keep it up its all fun from here on out.
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Old 04-03-08, 10:56 PM   #5
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Congrats RollerDave. I will be pulling for you, and for the record I am a little jelouse of your bike's name. I wish I would have thought of that one.

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edit: I am the worst speller.

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Old 04-03-08, 11:20 PM   #6
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I wish I'd thought of it too, but I simply made a pop culture reference and Tom Stormcrowe pointed out that it worked.

I totally missed it until he pointed it out!

But thanks!

Yeah, I might have to build a couple LWB lowracers to keep Becky and my daughter Angie busy so I can get some seat time!

This thing was worth every penny.

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Old 04-03-08, 11:22 PM   #7
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Dave, I didn't think that smile could get any bigger.....I was wrong!
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Old 04-03-08, 11:23 PM   #8
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Rollerdave,
Great set of posts recently and great pictures, keep the updates coming. I get the sense that this is the start of a new adventure, a new period in your life, it's very exciting to read about.
take car sir! here's to many days like this one,
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I am smiling right now just reading this. Congrats on the bike Dave...have fun
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Old 04-04-08, 12:32 AM   #10
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Lately, when I sit down to my computer, I find myself thinking "I wonder how Rollerdave's doing"
Looks like you lost your snow. You're gonna have a fun summer.
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Old 04-04-08, 04:17 AM   #13
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The eagle has landed! Thanks for sharing this with us. I myself am wiping a tear of joy after reading it;-) Great stuff thats what life is all about! Keep us up to scratch with your progress and eagles progress too of course:-)
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You rock man. I love reading your posts. Please keep them up (and your riding also)!
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Great pictures, you're looking good.
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Attaboy, I knew once you got that on the open road, there would be no stopping you.
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Congratulations and keep it up!

Looks like Becky will need her own trike, better get that order placed so you two can start riding together.
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I think this song captures the cheeky awesomeness and heart of this tread as well as your personality. . .

Spectre General - Nothin’s Gonna Stand in Our Way
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Ride on.
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Awesome Dave, totally awesome. Really really inspiring. I got a little choked up too. We need a happy with tears smiley...
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Dave, my man, I'm with everyone else. Sitting here at work I got a little teary, and then I wanted to stand up clapping and cheering. I remember my first time walking - WALKING - on a treadmill when I was over 500lbs. Remembering that, then seeing you, I'm kicking myself for not getting a bike back then .

Anyway, again, you rock. Thanks for the inspiration.
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Dave, I didn't think that smile could get any bigger.....I was wrong!
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I think it is obvious we are all pulling for you RD, and what an awesome first ride. Keep it up!

Now, I think I'm gonna try and come up with a name for my bike
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Dave, my man, I'm with everyone else. Sitting here at work I got a little teary, and then I wanted to stand up clapping and cheering. I remember my first time walking - WALKING - on a treadmill when I was over 500lbs. Remembering that, then seeing you, I'm kicking myself for not getting a bike back then .
Me too. I missed a whole year of riding by not getting a bike or trike at 385.
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I say this with total sincerity...

YOU ROCK!

Seriously, dude. You have made the first steps towards regaining yourself. That takes courage.

You're doing it smart, as well. Good show!

I'll bet that in a year, you'll look back and be amazed.
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By the way, what's the gearing like on that thing? I want to see you ride that up your drive way.
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By the way, what's the gearing like on that thing? I want to see you ride that up your drive way.
+1

Also Dave, it looks like your road has a slight hill? If you can make it up that hill on your road a couple times, I'd bet you could make it up your driveway.

Remember, it's 2% physical and 98% mental. I can't tell you how many times I've thought "I CAN'T DO THIS, everything is burning and hurting, I can't keep going" then changed my mindset and did it. The muscles might burn, hurt, and outright revolt but with the right mindset you can make that thing get up that driveway.

I say this confidently because I know you have that mindset. The smile, and the determination you've shown so far proved it.

GIve it a shot! The worst that can happen is that you have to turn around. Even if you turned around, you still tried.
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