I started Cycling this year, mostly, because I wanted to do some trail riding on my mountian bike and I wanted to build up my stamina and lose some weight. I was at 230. My fattest and grossest. I know 230 isn't a lot for some people but I am a skinny guy basically, with a layer of fat hanging off my gut and man-boobs. Disgusting. Any way, I was doing great over the course of the first month or so. I was(and am) getting out 4-5 times a week and comming home exhausted. I am not shyiung away from any hill that is on my routes and have lately been trying to keep my cadence high to burn more fat. I started out riding my MTB on the street and then got my hands on an old Peugeot road bike. Other than the fact that it's a little too small for me and that I am afraid that I am going to break it under my weight, I like it very much and even at my poor conditioning and skill level I could see a HUGE diference in riding that bike on the street and my MTB on the street. Lately, as my stamina has increase, I have been doing less road riding and more trail riding and bike path riding for -gasp- recreation and I have been riding a little more for utility purposes.
First,my "win"s. I feel less winded, but just as sore, when I am done with a ride. I can pull hills better than I could before and rarely have to walk any. I am consistantly ina gear or two higher than when I started. I ahve the engergy to STAND to peddle into the 5th or even 6th mile of a ride now.
My problems are two-fold right now: I'm not loosing any more weight and I'm not going any farther. I went from 230 to 215 in like 6 weeks and was prety happy. Then I stayed at 215 for a couple of weeks and left the house this morning at 218. I am not pleased. The other thing is that, even though my total milage per week has been going up, I still can't ride any more than 8-10 miles in one sitting BUT it doesn;t matter what surface I'm on. 8 miles of street whipes me out as much as 8 Miles of dirt. I'm proibably at 50 mile a week total.
What can I do or change to keep the weight comming off and building my mileage? Should I stay OFF the trails for now and concentrate on the road bike (there is no way that I could do a double session, my legs are too......heavy after a ride)? Slow the cadence down and power-up more?