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    A FatMan moving along...

    I've read most everything posted here in the last 8 months I've been commuting and reaquinting myself and buiding a baseline fitness to work from. Y'all have been most influential and encouraging in what I've set out for mymelf and goals for this year.
    I started out at 335-340 in August. I smoked like a chimenny, drank like a fish, wheezed when I climbed stairs, complained a bit, depressed alot and just crap health in general. That first six weeks of commuting SUCKED! but in a good way. I didn't realise how out of shape I was and needed that wake up call. Might have bit off more than I can chew (thats saying something!) deciding to commute. I went from nothing/no miles for years to 20 miles RT! I thought my legs would never NOT ache! The first six weeks pass and I'm not any faster but my wind is less 'sucking' and more 'blowing'. Hard work, but I could feel the results far faster than they became visible. By the beginning of Thanksgiving I was up to about 100 miles a week.
    Around Thanksgiving I had to decide if I was going to ride year round. That was an intimidating decision! The winter here in Colorado was mellow, thankfully, and I dove in. One of the best choices I've ever made...Around Christmas I purchased some studded tires and kept on. My miles had dropped to about 60-85 miles/week. Not bad, I thought! Got alot of comments about riding all winter. Most everyone got used to me riding with a day or two of driving a week. Keep in mind I work shift at 12 hours per. I got to see some amazing sights when fall moved into winter. Hardly any commuters where I go in winter. That and I commute either at 430AM or 615 pm, coming or going.
    I crashed three times fairly hard over the winter. One was loud enough that people at a bus stop turned to see where the noise came from and the bus driver yelled asking if I was okay (bus was 150 feet away...Fat lands loudly!). I would have laughed but had smacked the air out of myself!

    So anyway, to make a long story long, it is now spring. I've missed some miles logged due to cyclo'puter getting thieved but I checked out what everyone was doing. Dang!! There are some seriously rollin' people around here! Just the kick in the booty I needed! Thank you all!!

    So as of last week, I've decided to up the personal stakes. I did two 30 mile rides on my two days off. One day off, back to commuting. Now that my days off are here again, I did 40 this morning and should the weather hold, another 40 tomorrow and commuting all weekend to work.

    My goals? (finally, eh!)

    Short week next week, so I WILL! do a MetricCentury next Saturday.

    Before the month is done and I go back to nights, an Imperial Century.

    All this on my trusty, cheap, Fredded out MTB!

    My reward so far?


    Down 65 pounds, BP in the Healthy/very healthy range, resting HR of 54, Spirometrics testing out at 119% capacity at 78% effort, no 'age' on lungs.



    Now to finish off the gut, about 50 more pounds and to do a Century that includes Lookout Mountain here in Golden (no links but the locals know what I'm talking about).


    So thats that, finally.

    Thanks for listening to a FatMan working his way down but never out!!
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    That took some guts to persevere during the Winter!
    My hat's off to you!

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    Spring is in the air! You are actually in better shape than some of us due to the fact that you are training at 5,280' (Mile high)
    14,000 miles and rolling...

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    Congrats on your success.

    Remember:

    Hardwork = Success

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    You've obviously demonstrated a deep level of commitment to cycling by commuting during the winter. I have a lot of admiration for that, and think you'll do well losing the weight and keeping it off. Keep it up!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ban guzzi View Post
    I got to see some amazing sights when fall moved into winter. Hardly any commuters where I go in winter.
    First of nice job riding through winter, kudos. Admittedly i mostly ride the rollers during winter.

    i can't for the life of me remember who said it but "the world is more beautiful at 15 miles per hour."
    Quote Originally Posted by ban guzzi View Post
    So anyway, to make a long story long, it is now spring. I've missed some miles logged due to cyclo'puter getting thieved but I checked out what everyone was doing.
    There's a site called bikejournal.com it is free for the basic membership and like $20 a year or something for the premier membership, it logs your miles throughout the season, i'm only reccommending this because you can plug the route you rode into a google map type thing and it will tell you the distance. than sucks that your cyclo-computer was jacked. peaople suck sometimes.

    and because i feel like quoting people i'll add a couple... "It never gets easier, you just go faster." -Greg Lemond

    Quote Originally Posted by ban guzzi View Post
    Short week next week, so I WILL! do a MetricCentury next Saturday.

    Before the month is done and I go back to nights, an Imperial Century.

    good luck on both and have a blast!!!!


    and the last quote, and to use some words that you posted, "The best rides are the ones where you bite off much more than you can chew—and live through it." — Doug Bradbury


    enjoy the ride and keep the rubberside down

    kyle

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    Here's another free bike journal type thing (www.mycyclinglog.com) integrates with bikely.com for route maps.

    I've created a group for people aiming for 2008 miles this year, and we have about 10 people from all over the world, you're welcome to join (follow this link http://www.mycyclinglog.com/?g=229&p=2oo8). I find it pretty good motivation.

    At 60-85 miles a week you'll be near the top of the group, but there are some guys who are piling on the miles now the better weathers coming, so you'll need to keep going.

    Congratulations to you sir on what you've acheived so far.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smyth View Post
    i can't for the life of me remember who said it but "the world is more beautiful at 15 miles per hour."
    great quote

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    Awesome. Good post.

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    Awesome work, keep it up!

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    Quote Originally Posted by smyth View Post
    "It never gets easier, you just go faster." -Greg Lemond

    kyle
    another great quote;-) well done ban guzzi on your triumphs btw. its great to hear someone winning!
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    maybe someday i'll have some profound thoughts of my own

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    Ban, don't give us that crap!

    YOU are inspiration! You and many others which will remain nameless (Tom & The Historian among others).

    You have done remarkable things and give yourself credit for it. I have seemingly large goals but compared to you folks, it's just a drop in the pond.
    The direct link to support me in the 27th Annual Prouty Bike Ride, July 12, 2008:
    https://www.kintera.org/faf/donorReg...upId=219633987
    Please support others by supporting me.

    Thank You! -eric

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    Thank you all! Given the weather here today (Spring snow, wet and heavy) I'll be doing something else to work out instead...

    I'll check out those links for logging miles, they looks pretty handy.

    Well, off to do some maintenance on the Schwinn and get ready for work tomorrow.

    Thank you for listening!
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    Congratulations and what a great story! You're putting in some pretty good miles there dude! Hopefully you will log them on the Saturday Spinners sheet (thread stickied on the top of the forum). Your miles could really help us out!

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    Quote Originally Posted by WhaleOil View Post

    YOU are inspiration! You and many others which will remain nameless (Tom & The Historian among others).
    So much for remaining nameless!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ban guzzi View Post
    I've read most everything posted here in the last 8 months I've been commuting and reaquinting myself and buiding a baseline fitness to work from. Y'all have been most influential and encouraging in what I've set out for mymelf and goals for this year.
    I started out at 335-340 in August. I smoked like a chimenny, drank like a fish, wheezed when I climbed stairs, complained a bit, depressed alot and just crap health in general. That first six weeks of commuting SUCKED! but in a good way. I didn't realise how out of shape I was and needed that wake up call. Might have bit off more than I can chew (thats saying something!) deciding to commute. I went from nothing/no miles for years to 20 miles RT! I thought my legs would never NOT ache! The first six weeks pass and I'm not any faster but my wind is less 'sucking' and more 'blowing'. Hard work, but I could feel the results far faster than they became visible. By the beginning of Thanksgiving I was up to about 100 miles a week.
    Around Thanksgiving I had to decide if I was going to ride year round. That was an intimidating decision! The winter here in Colorado was mellow, thankfully, and I dove in. One of the best choices I've ever made...Around Christmas I purchased some studded tires and kept on. My miles had dropped to about 60-85 miles/week. Not bad, I thought! Got alot of comments about riding all winter. Most everyone got used to me riding with a day or two of driving a week. Keep in mind I work shift at 12 hours per. I got to see some amazing sights when fall moved into winter. Hardly any commuters where I go in winter. That and I commute either at 430AM or 615 pm, coming or going.
    I crashed three times fairly hard over the winter. One was loud enough that people at a bus stop turned to see where the noise came from and the bus driver yelled asking if I was okay (bus was 150 feet away...Fat lands loudly!). I would have laughed but had smacked the air out of myself!

    So anyway, to make a long story long, it is now spring. I've missed some miles logged due to cyclo'puter getting thieved but I checked out what everyone was doing. Dang!! There are some seriously rollin' people around here! Just the kick in the booty I needed! Thank you all!!

    So as of last week, I've decided to up the personal stakes. I did two 30 mile rides on my two days off. One day off, back to commuting. Now that my days off are here again, I did 40 this morning and should the weather hold, another 40 tomorrow and commuting all weekend to work.

    My goals? (finally, eh!)

    Short week next week, so I WILL! do a MetricCentury next Saturday.

    Before the month is done and I go back to nights, an Imperial Century.

    All this on my trusty, cheap, Fredded out MTB!

    My reward so far?


    Down 65 pounds, BP in the Healthy/very healthy range, resting HR of 54, Spirometrics testing out at 119% capacity at 78% effort, no 'age' on lungs.



    Now to finish off the gut, about 50 more pounds and to do a Century that includes Lookout Mountain here in Golden (no links but the locals know what I'm talking about).


    So thats that, finally.

    Thanks for listening to a FatMan working his way down but never out!!
    Congratulations on a wonderful transformation. Keep up the good work, and keep us informed of your progress.

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    you are my hero. go ride
    I can , I will , I did it cooool

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    Quote Originally Posted by smyth View Post
    i can't for the life of me remember who said it but "the world is more beautiful at 15 miles per hour."
    I remember describing my first tour to my co workers (many moons and pounds ago). I simply said told them it was the ultimate road trip at 10 miles per hour. (hey, I was carrying gear! )

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