Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Results 1 to 25 of 25
  1. #1
    Newbie
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Posts
    3
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    just cant keep it to my self

    well i have been lurking here for i dont know how long....but i had me a mini milestone today and felt the urge/need to post. i guess i just feel the need for positive encouragement every once in a while.....

    today i completed my longest single ride to date...41 miles....and on my new (new to me) road bike...it isnt much compared to many but i feel....well i cant describe it in a few words....

    for the info about me, i started riding this year at almost 300 lbs (5'10", 30yrs old) and as of last week i am 255.....i havent weighed less than 260 since i first got to college in 1996. i love riding and the more i do the more i want to....but people i know dont understand it at all.

    i dont know what i expect by posting but i felt compelled to post....and to let you all know that yall guys/galls have really inspired me to do more....

  2. #2
    Tilting with windmills txvintage's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    North Texas 'Burbs
    My Bikes
    Many
    Posts
    4,832
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    WOOT! 41 miles is a heck of a ride. You don't have to explain the feeling, I imagine the grin is explanation enough.

    I've been riding since mid May, and I can't get there yet. The knees aren't up to it yet, but they will get there. Might help if I slowed down and not flame out so early, lol.

    As for folks we know not getting it, I think that is pretty common. Given time though, I bet they bring your riding into the conversation on their own the more you do it.

    Congrats on the mileage and the 45 lbs. You do realize you're only 21 miles from a Metric Century......

  3. #3
    Rabbit Habbit! Jerry in So IL's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Location
    Johnston City, IL
    My Bikes
    Specialized Sirrus 08
    Posts
    458
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    You are going great! 41 miles IS something, don't belittle such a ride.

    Jerry
    I'll be needing that for squirels and such....

  4. #4
    bcc
    bcc is offline
    Large Member bcc's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    Canterbury, UK
    My Bikes
    2008 Cannondale Bad Boy 700
    Posts
    212
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by TAlchemist View Post
    today i completed my longest single ride to date...41 miles....and on my new (new to me) road bike...it isnt much compared to many but i feel....well i cant describe it in a few words....
    Don't knock it - that's a hell of a distance and something you should be proud of. I'm not there yet, but it's posts like this that keep me pushing that bit further each week.

  5. #5
    Senior Member Bill Kapaun's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Mid Willamette Valley, Orygun
    My Bikes
    86 RockHopper,2008 Specialized Globe. Both upgraded to 9 speeds.
    Posts
    7,050
    Mentioned
    3 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Excellent job!
    SO you lost 65 lbs. of fat and gained 20 lbs. of muscle?
    See- you did better than you thought!

  6. #6
    invisible friend seenoweevil's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Location
    Decatur, Alabama
    My Bikes
    Gary Fisher Tassajara hardtail mtb, '01 Rans Wave, '98 Raleigh R700, Mid-80's Takara Professional, '91 Bianchi Alfana
    Posts
    961
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I don't know what you expected by posting either, but what you get is knowing that you are helping to further inspire me and others! 41 miles! Wow man, that's still a dream to me! I've been back on a bike 2 months now, and I'm still hovering around the 20 mile mark, with most days around 15 or 16.
    The weight loss is spectacular as well!
    Don't let anyone tell you any different - I don't care if your bike came straight off a pile of junk. If it's making you smile when you ride it, and helping you to be an active cyclist, it might as well be made of solid gold in my book. My bikes aren't pretty, but you should see me grinning when I'm on them(well, when I'm not panting!).
    Keep it up, and don't be a stranger!
    Faster than a sundial.

  7. #7
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Posts
    101
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Fantastic, congratulations! I hope to post the same some day. It is seems more plausible when you see others doing it. Thanks for the motivation!

  8. #8
    No I'm Not a Pirate! Bionicycle's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Location
    The middle of somewhere in Indiana
    Posts
    696
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by TAlchemist View Post
    well i have been lurking here for i dont know how long....but i had me a mini milestone today and felt the urge/need to post. i guess i just feel the need for positive encouragement every once in a while.....

    today i completed my longest single ride to date...41 miles....and on my new (new to me) road bike...it isnt much compared to many but i feel....well i cant describe it in a few words....

    for the info about me, i started riding this year at almost 300 lbs (5'10", 30yrs old) and as of last week i am 255.....i havent weighed less than 260 since i first got to college in 1996. i love riding and the more i do the more i want to....but people i know dont understand it at all.

    i dont know what i expect by posting but i felt compelled to post....and to let you all know that yall guys/galls have really inspired me to do more....
    That is great… I very rarely feel envious of anyone but… I’m almost there now.

    I’m just under 300 lbs, and about 6’ but I have about 17 years on you. At this time it’s still a dream for me to do 20 miles…

    Keep up the great work… that’s fantastic. I don’t know what you expected from your post either, but you have my respect for your accomplishments.
    A bird can roost but on one branch, a mouse can drink not more than its fill from a river.

  9. #9
    Senior Member avmanansala's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Location
    Sacramento, CA
    My Bikes
    Cannondale Road Warrior
    Posts
    401
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    AWESOME! Keep it up!
    "Study your math, kids. Key to the Universe." - Gabriel in The Prophecy

  10. #10
    Senior Member LandKurt's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Location
    Beltsville, Maryland
    My Bikes
    Jamis Commuter 3 and Novara Randonee
    Posts
    81
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Congratulations on your milestone.

    I made my first 40+ mile ride this weekend too. But since it was on almost completely level trails along streambeds I somehow feel like it doesn't quite count. Maybe I'll make my own post if and when I get to 50 miles on normal roads with a few hills. Gotta have goals.

  11. #11
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Location
    Marysville WA
    Posts
    439
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Good job on the ride and the weight loss! Keep pedaling.....

  12. #12
    Me and the cat... Pamestique's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Location
    Tustin, CA
    My Bikes
    2002 Lemond Zurich, 2006 Santa Cruz Superlight, 2010 Landshark, 2012 Santa Cruz Juliana, 2014 Juliana Premiero Origin 29er and last but not least, the "Frankenweenie"!
    Posts
    4,449
    Mentioned
    8 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Mmmmmm I was going to bag my ride today but you got me inspired! Thanks for the encouragement!
    ______________________________________________________________

    Private docent led mountain bike rides through Limestone Canyon. Go to letsgooutside.org and register today! Also available: hikes, equestrian rides and family events as well as trail maintenance and science study.

  13. #13
    Senior Member dbikingman's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Location
    Spokane/Tri-Cities WA
    My Bikes
    mountain bike, road bike
    Posts
    1,332
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Well let's review.

    People don't understand you
    You’re a cyclist - that puts you in the minority of people
    You rode 41 miles - minority of people ride that far
    You lost 65 pounds in less then 8 months - minority again
    Hey you smile when you ride - ok, majority here.

    This forum understands and embraces people like you. Thanks for sharing. Good luck with continued success. And please share more milestones along the way.

  14. #14
    This Space For Rent Stujoe's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    Southern IL
    My Bikes
    2007 Specialized HardRock Sport, 1982 Schwinn Super Le Tour
    Posts
    657
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Awesome on all counts! Congrats!

  15. #15
    aka Phil Jungels Wanderer's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Location
    North Aurora, IL
    My Bikes
    Road & Hybrid
    Posts
    5,522
    Mentioned
    4 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Congratulations, Chemist!

    Keep it up, and, soon, all your friends will be asking how you did it.

    p.s., I love ridin my bike too!

  16. #16
    Senior Member tabnlu's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Location
    Mesquite, TX
    My Bikes
    Trek 1000, Trek 700
    Posts
    111
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Great job! Keep it up and you will think 41 is a short ride soon.
    2000 Trek 1000 (yellow bike)
    2008 Trek 7000

  17. #17
    Too old & too big
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    Illinois
    My Bikes
    StrongFrames Custome, Specialized Rubaix, Specialized Sequoia, Specialized Sirus Sport
    Posts
    188
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Great job ...

  18. #18
    Mad scientist w/a wrench
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Location
    Chucktown
    My Bikes
    none working atm
    Posts
    760
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    41 miles is a great accomplishment. But I have to say I'm more impressed by the weight-loss, thats just freakin' awesome!

    I completely feel you on people around you not understanding. I finished my first 40-miler this weekend, got home all psyched about it and my wife was like "that's nice dear, go wash your stinky bike stuff" Total buzzkill.
    Proudly wearing kit that doesn't match my frame color (or itself) since 2006.

  19. #19
    On a mission for God squirrell's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Location
    VA
    My Bikes
    Trek 1.2 WSD
    Posts
    79
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Great ride! I'm hoping to hit a new best long-distance tomorrow myself--going to try for at least 60 miles but we'll see....best so far is 52 miles

    As for people not getting you--same here! People just kind of look at me like "are you crazy". One friend said he had no concept of how I could 'sit on a bike" that long and wasn't there something else I could do that "would be more fun."

    But he hasn't seen the smile on my face when I'm riding!

  20. #20
    Banned
    Join Date
    Jun 2002
    Location
    Santa Clarita, CA
    Posts
    1,371
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    TAlchemist, you rock! There's just no other way to put it. Excellent job, you have my respect and admiration. Now go riding!

  21. #21
    I'm a Cyclist! Missbumble's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    Boca Raton
    My Bikes
    Specialized Dolce Elite
    Posts
    1,397
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Talchemist - well there you go you are AWESOME! Wow - ok so share a bit for the audience how you achieved the weight loss...any big tips? Also how perhaps you got up to 41 miles of riding....

    I think you are awesome! Skinny pretty soon too - Congrats! Just think how great you are going to (or do) look in your favorite outfit!!

    Rock on!!

  22. #22
    Senior Member BlankTim's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Location
    Fort Collins, CO
    My Bikes
    2011 Specialized Sirrus Sport
    Posts
    92
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    It's not much?... Are you kidding? That's HUGE!

    41 miles. Frak man. I can't wait until I can do that.
    Keep at it and keep having fun with it.



    EDIT: Oh, and enjoy the new bike too!
    Tim
    “He attacked everything in life with a mix of extraordinary genius and naive incompetence, and it was often difficult to tell which was which.” ― Douglas Adams

  23. #23
    Newbie
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Posts
    3
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    thanks

    thanks for the encouragement, i think that is what i have been needing....i have been feeling a little run down lately from upping my weekly milage.

    as for what i have done to lose, nothing more than increase output....i still eat what ever and when ever (less excess though) and ride to work (10 miles round trip) 3-4 days a week with a 20-30 mile ride each weekend....and i am starting to do my errands on bike as well....my old mountain bike makes a good utility bike for me.

    now in addition to the bike riding i do 2-3 days of weight lifting a week...mostly upper body to balance all the riding out and as i lose i am gaining muscle and tone....i love that

  24. #24
    Air
    Air is offline
    Destroyer of Wheels Air's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Location
    Creating some FA-Qs
    My Bikes
    Nishiki Sport, Downtube IXNS, 1950's MMB3 Russian Folding Bike, MTB
    Posts
    3,558
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    41 is awesome! Once you hit 50 a century really isn't that much further away (especially if you have to get back ).

  25. #25
    Neil_B
    Guest
    Quote Originally Posted by LandKurt View Post
    Congratulations on your milestone.

    I made my first 40+ mile ride this weekend too. But since it was on almost completely level trails along streambeds I somehow feel like it doesn't quite count. Maybe I'll make my own post if and when I get to 50 miles on normal roads with a few hills. Gotta have goals.
    Completely level trails along streambeds count. They often are the prettiest rides anyway. Please feel free to post them, or list your other accomplishments. No plus is too small to post about.

    French Creek Road, Kimberton, PA:


Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •