Ok, new to the forums and just wanted to introduce myself in the clyde's section as well. I'm a 280 pound college student.
Here's my story: Graduated HS 3 years ago at 200 lb's, went straight into the work force where I had to drive as my job(mobile tech support and such) and IMHO 80 lb's in 3 years is a bit much. I'm a total sugar addict and have decided it's time to ditch the car as much as I can, so I'll be heading down to the local police auction here in the next week to see if I can get a decent bike there. If I strike out, it's on the the LBS.
My plan is to drive to work and commute to school (I'd ditch the car all together but I need it for work.) It's 10 miles one way, so here's what I'm thinking. I'll start out local for the first 2 weeks or so, get my bike legs back. Then do the commute from work to school and back 2 or 3 times a week for about a month. Then I'll step it up a notch and do the double trip in the morning and night once or twice a week for another month. Finally after 2 (or 3 depending on how I feel) months I'll do the double commute 3 times a week.
My goal is to commute to school exclusively by bike by 6-8 months. A total of 200 miles a week. I realise this will be pretty tough, but I need a plan because I'm not the go to the gym and run on a treadmill kind of guy. I have to go somewhere or do something for me to not feel like I could have spent my time more effectively.
What do you guys think? I really need the input from some of you experts