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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 08-16-09, 05:31 PM   #1
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I think this is the right way??

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Im new here, and am new to cycleing, I have'nt ridden in about 15 yrs. Anyway I am fortunate to have been able to retire at 56yrs old, that was last year, but Im really over weight 100lbs over weight!!! So I figured I'd like to be able to enjoy my retierment, so I quit smoking, and just the other day I bought me a Trek Navigater 2.0. Just recentlly I had a stress test, and was pulminairy checked, and passed both with flying colors, so Im fairly confident that I won't kill myself on my new bike. My first inclination is to get on my bike and ride it all day long every day, but since Im really bad out of shape I think the slow approach is the way to go. The first time I road my bike I only went 2 miles, when I got off the bike my legs felt like rubber!!!, Ditto for the second time, but tonight was my third ride, I took it easy, and road for 18 mins, when I finished my ride I felt tired but not out of breath, and no rubbery legs. So Im thinking maybe ride my bike about 20 min a day and increase my time by 5 min each week, Im not worried about speed or cadence yet, it will come with time, right now I just want to get comfortable on my bike and get used to the gears. What do you more experianced riders think?
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Old 08-16-09, 05:40 PM   #2
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Sounds like a good plan, Paul.

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Old 08-16-09, 06:05 PM   #3
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Sounds like you have a great plan worked out. Do what is comfortable for now, then when you get comfortable, do what's uncomfortable...huh???? Yeah, have fun and remember, when you bike out, you gotta bike back!!!
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Push it a little more each time you're out. Sounds like you're doing great.

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Perfect plan Paul! Slow and easy does it. Before you know it you'll be shopping for lycra clothes!!!

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Old 08-16-09, 09:30 PM   #6
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Thanks for all the good input, Im really excited about getting in shape and looseing all the weight, but I think Im most excited about my new found hobby, my new Trek is very comfortable, and I know that every ride is gonna get better, heck I already enjoy it, but I know that the more weight I loose, and the stronger I get, and the better rider I become, there is no limit on how much this sport can be enjoyed.
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Old 08-16-09, 10:50 PM   #7
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Welcome to the forum! You're going to get really addicted to this biking thing, so be forewarned!!!LOL
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Old 08-17-09, 05:29 AM   #8
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First off welcome. Like others have mentioned before do what you feel comfortable with. However be sure to takes some time off every now and then to let your body recover. Your fitness level does not always increase gradually. Some days you feel you can go longer and some days you can't.
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I like your plan. You got the right idea. Slow and easy to start....
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Old 08-17-09, 07:37 AM   #10
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Sounds like a solid plan. Do plan for some days of rest. Eventually, once you're comfortable riding, you'll want to plan for some easier days and harder days, too.

If you want to lose weight, I'd also consider looking at your input as well as your output. Exercise definitely helps you become more physically fit, but unless you're keeping track of your eating habits as well, it can be difficult to lose weight. A program like Weight Watchers can help you learn to make good eating choices that will give you enough calories to support the extra fitness but still limit it enough so you drop the pounds.

I was about 100 pounds overweight 14 weeks ago. I have dropped 40.6 so far through eating properly and enjoying riding my bike.
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