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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 05-30-09, 04:08 PM   #1
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Hello to Everyone! New to board from Berks PA

I wanted to get aquainted with this Forum Group since I myself am on the large side. My name is Mark and I am 43 years old. I began my current trasnformation 4+ months ago at the Clydsdale weight of 252! Since then I have incorporated a everyday work out routine that includes some form of weightlifting, cardio work and body weight exercises. I constantly mix it up. I have really taken to running and have about a 10 mile base with a max run of 15 miles to date. I will be running the half marathon in september and my ultimate plan is to run the Philly marathon in November. (We'll see how that goes!)

I have been following the weightwatchers type diet where I count points on food I eat and document all my exercise. I am currently down to 225! I hope to be to 210 or less by marathon time.

Well, when i get into something i am relentless about it. I bought myself a used Orbea Orca for a great price this month and have logged about 225 miles on it. I live in Berks county and there seems to be no flat areas around here so I guess my climbing is bound to improve.

I must admit that I don't ride as much as I would like because I want to continue to run as much as possible right now to get ready for the marathon. Once the marathon is over I believe that I will focus much more on cycling and less on running - as you would all agree cycling is much more fun. I would eventually like to get involved in some road racing next year.

I would welcome any advice on nutrition or exercise that anyone might have and look forwar to talking with the group.
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Old 05-30-09, 04:37 PM   #2
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Old 05-30-09, 05:05 PM   #3
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Welcome to the forum! Congratulations on your weight loss and good luck on continued success.
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Hey, Papa. We've got a few in Penna, Historian being the loudest

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Welcome and congratulations on the weight loss! I'm from Dover, Bau's from Camphill/Harrisburg. There are others around scattered about the forums.

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Old 05-31-09, 08:31 PM   #6
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I'm about a half-hour from Reading. You should try riding in Oley Township. It's as flat as you are going to find in Berks.
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Welcome aboard. I grew up at West Lawn, a Wilson Bulldog. Currently live just across the county line, north of Pottstown. Berks is certainly not flat like southern Delaware, but I too find the Oley Valley a great place to ride. As do many others, as I never rode there without seeing many riders. You can try some rides with the Berks County Bike Club, they may have a semi flat route for you else where. They also ride in Oley. Their web page:
http://www.berksbicycle.com/rides.htm

Western Berks along Rt 422 looks flat, unfortunately I believe the roads on either side take you into the hills. I ride from Pottstown to Monocacy, usually on Rt 724. Take Monacacy Rd and cross Rt. 422 onto Limekiln Rd...riding into Oley Township. Plenty of routes in Oley and western Earl Twp. to yield 30 plus miles with just rolling hills. Return to Pottstown on Rt. 562 and a couple back roads. Unfortunately I live on top of a hill, so I usually walk a few yards to actually get home.
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Mark, PM me if you want to meet for a ride sometime.
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Thanks!

Wanted to thank everyone for the kind words and suggestions about riding in Oley! As much as it hurts I do somewhat enjoy riding the hills also. I am hoping that it helps me improve. I do need to get a compact crank as the 53/39 does push my limits.

Historian,

Thanks! I recently found the Berks County Bike club info and plan on joining them on one of the weekday rides. We will have to get together sometime for a ride.

Guybierhaus,

We can't be far apart as I live right in Douglassville.
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Well I'm up Rt 100 in Upper Pottsgrove Twp. Near Half Way house. I'd meet you for a ride but suspect I'm too slow for you. Age 64, beta blockers and weight seem to hold me to a 12 mph average speed. Although I share your dislike of hills. But will keep you in mind when I schedule a ride. Nursing the wife this week. Rides very iffie. When the Historian comes up with a date for second Cheesesteak ride, that would be a flat ride on Schuylkill Trail. It's paved from Phoenixville to Philly (almost).
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If you ever find yourself in the greater Harrisburg area shoot me or vXhans a PM. We would be happy to show you a few good climbs
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Welcome.

I'm a bit north of you in the Wilkes-Barre area, and another slow plodding Clydesdale.

Also into vintage bikes, with a 50+ body which can decrease the pace even more.

Enjoy the fun here!
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