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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 01-01-09, 03:13 PM   #1
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New Years Ride 45 miles and Bonk

I set out to do a trial run for my spring commute 22.5 miles each way. I haven't tried it before because it's not a good route after dark, but I want to start when the days get longer so I thought I would try it today. I buggered up the rear wheel on the road bike so I took off on the Navigator. Made it over in decent time 13.6 mph for 23 miles on the Navigator aint bad but by the time I headed back the wind had picked up and unfortunately for me it was blowing the wrong way or I was going the wrong way whichever. 15 mph headwinds gusts to 25 mph made minor hills into mountains. I made it almost home and had to call my wife to come rescue me.
My question is what is the best thing I can do this year to continue to improve my fitness and lose weight. I picked up a few pounds over the holidays and I want to get serious about my weight and increasing my distances. I want to do a century this year
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Actually, sounds like you're doing pretty good. Just keep riding.

One thing if you're just recreationally riding is to watch the wind direction. I prefer to ride into the wind going out, then coast back home. It's not much fun the other way, as you've noticed. Sometimes the wind will shift around and give you a headwind both ways, though.

I've read of people in the commuting forum that drove partway, parked, then rode the rest of the way to cut their commute down to size. No reason not to do that if it suits you. If you actually work all day, that ride home should be easier than if you just turn around and head back.

"Bonking" is kind of an indefinite term. Maybe you needed to eat something or stop a half-hour and rest, and no reason not to do either or both. If you're overweight and haven't had a checkup in a good while, you might want to make sure you don't have any kind of diabetic stuff going on that you're unaware of.
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The only thing I can think of is to ride more, and when you say "almost home" how far away were you? At least your wife was kinda enough to pick you up, my wife would have laughed her butt off and said too bad lol.

In addition try to have a snack and rest after the hour of riding, before going back home. It will help give you energy for the return trip.

I live in Florida and it was a real windy day today. I rode 15 miles stopped had a banana and 50/50 gatorade g2 mix and did another 15. It was also deceivingly hot today with the winds, make sure you drink enough water while you ride.
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Actually riding in the wind is a great exercise to help pull the weight off, but make sure you eat appropriately to compensate for the added effort. Just continue to ride and maybe start doing some weight training if you are not presently doing so.

Also, I can speak highly enough about counting your calories and making sure you are getting the right balance of Carbs, Fats and Proteins. I started doing this in mid Oct and have lost 18 lbs, but I have added strength training and increased my protein and reduced the fats. In doing this, I am increasing my overall muscle and have found my avg speed has increased about 2 mph. I recently had a ride where I was able to maintain a 20 mph for about 5 miles at the end of a 30 mile ride. Would have never been able to do that 6 months ago.

Just keep at it and by the way, jesspal, enjoy that warm weather, in Jacksonville, it never got above 55 today and like you 15-20 mph winds. brrrrrrrrrr.
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Yea just finished a little over 25 miles of wind whipping myself.

My only advice echo's what'a already been posted, keep riding, stay hydrated, and make sure your nourishment level is supporting your efforts.
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Actually, sounds like you're doing pretty good. Just keep riding.

One thing if you're just recreationally riding is to watch the wind direction. I prefer to ride into the wind going out, then coast back home. ...
I was thinkiing the same thing: ride a lot and regularly, and just eat sensibly. +1 for part 2 of the reply:
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Actually riding in the wind is a great exercise to help pull the weight off, but make sure you eat appropriately to compensate for the added effort. Just continue to ride and maybe start doing some weight training if you are not presently doing so.

Also, I can speak highly enough about counting your calories and making sure you are getting the right balance of Carbs, Fats and Proteins. I started doing this in mid Oct and have lost 18 lbs, but I have added strength training and increased my protein and reduced the fats. In doing this, I am increasing my overall muscle and have found my avg speed has increased about 2 mph. I recently had a ride where I was able to maintain a 20 mph for about 5 miles at the end of a 30 mile ride. Would have never been able to do that 6 months ago.

Just keep at it and by the way, jesspal, enjoy that warm weather, in Jacksonville, it never got above 55 today and like you 15-20 mph winds. brrrrrrrrrr.

I realize that riding into the wind is not all bad and that I should have stopped longer at the mid-way point. Part of the problem is that I had surgery in October and was off the bike for several weeks, then we opened a new store in another small town 22 to 27 miles away (depending on route) and the holidays came and I'm still trying to get back to the way I was riding two months ago and patience not being my best number I'm guilty of pushing more than I should. While riding into the wind is good excercise, it is so discouraging.

Are you following a specific plan to control your calories? I was using a low carb plan before, but that doesn't work with increasing cycling distance. So I'm looking for a new plan.

And yeah Jesspal I married well. I was only a couple of miles from home and I probably could have made it but I knew my bride of 43 years would bail me out so I placed the call.
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As far as losing weight goes, I find I eat when I am bored so I try to stay busy, fill up on water and only snack on fruit. It seems to be working for me.

Good Luck!
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As far as losing weight goes, I find I eat when I am bored so I try to stay busy, fill up on water and only snack on fruit. It seems to be working for me.

Good Luck!
Thanks, I too munch when I'm bored and during my low carb diet days I got out of the habit of eating fruit but that's a lot less damaging than what I've been doing.
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22.5 miles each way is somewhat long for a commute (although certainly many do even more!) What I would suggest is to work up to it. That is, try and find a way to combine public transportation (train, bus, etc...) to make up part of the mileage, and then as you get into better shape, try it without the help. Alternatively, if there is no viable public transportation, try driving partway, and each week cut down the distance you drive.

Finally, don't expect to do this five days a week as you first start out. A good goal would be to do it twice a week for 2-3 weeks, then three times/week for 4-6 weeks, then four times per week for a month or so, and finally, al five working days (if your schedule is such)

I commute 16 miles each way, 4-5 times per week, but sometimes, there are just days when I am not up for it, and I drive. Make sure you have that option open.
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weight watchers is honestly the best weight lose plan that i have ever used, it works very well and once you get the hang of it, it is very easy to know what your doing right and wrong.
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My question is what is the best thing I can do this year to continue to improve my fitness and lose weight. I picked up a few pounds over the holidays and I want to get serious about my weight and increasing my distances. I want to do a century this year
To continue to improve fitness requires two things: go harder (i.e.: faster or hillier), go longer.

I would recommend to (begin?) ride with groups/clubs. It solves both issues above: harder & longer.

Also, FWIW, I commute to work 40-miles in the AM (2hrs, 20mins), and two 5-mile sections (separated by a 25-min train ride) on the way home in the PM. So, I definitely think you can do two-22 mile legs. Good luck!!
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