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Old 08-23-09, 06:35 AM   #1
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I'm monogodo, and I'm a Clydesdale

(Hi, monogodo!)

It's been 8 days since I last had ice cream.

Oh, wait.

So I've finally come to grips with the fact that I am what I am. I currently weight just over 250#. I'm 5'9". Most of the weight is in my midsection, but it has spread to other parts. Years of inactivity have caught up with me. The only bikes I feel fully comfortable riding are my two MTBs. When I ride the road bikes, I feel like I'm on a toothpick. I know the bikes will hold up under me, I just feel uncomfortable riding them.

Anyway, the wife and I have begun working out at the gym, and we've even gone on 2 rides together in the past two days. Neither ride was much of a workout for me, as I'm in better shape than she is, and she had mechanical issues on both rides, but it's a start. I'm able to ride 15-20 miles with no issues. She had difficulty with 4 the other day, but then all she had was the lowest gear on a SRAM S7 internal hub.

Just thought I'd stop by & say hi.

Also, I hate the term Clydesdale, but am willing to live with it.
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Hey there,

Nice to see ya drop in. We need more good vintage steel in the forum. Don't worry about the terminology, we actually just use Clyde most of the time.

Congrats on getting the wife on the bike. It will be more than worth it once she gets up to speed. Since there are now bike racks on all forms of DART we need to try and resurect the N. Texas Clyde Ride idea. I'm out of action, but there is no reason everyone else couldn't do it. The heat is going to break real soon and the best weather of the year will be upon us.
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I'll go ahead and introduce myself here as well. Hello, I'm Effulgent, monogodo's wife. I've never been in shape in my entire life, except for maybe in 8th grade, where due to my larger size I was deemed to be appropriate for the Shotput and Discus (read: the "fat girls" track sports). I was a size 16 when I graduated from high school, a size 24 when I graduated from college, and I am now at my highest weight, 350#. I'm also 38.

Everything I've read about health and weight loss is that after 40, it becomes much more difficult to lose weight, and your health starts decreasing dramatically if you don't really take care of yourself. Well, that means I've got a year and a half to go. And monogodo, at 41, is just sitting on that line as well. I fear that if I don't lose weight and get healthy, right friggin' now, it's never going to happen.

On top of that, about a month and a half ago, I quit smoking. I've quit smoking twice in the past, and each time I gained 30 pounds in the process. Due to my size, and the fact that I'm pushing the largest sizes at Avenue and Catherine's, that is simply not an option this time.

As far as diet, I believe I would be considered to be in Stage 1 of the Best Life Diet. The idea behind the diet is to make small changes gradually. The biggest changes I'm having to make in my life during Phase 1 is to drink lots more water and to exercise.

Being an Athena, and a 350# one at that, there are particular challenges that I face that most people don't have to face when they start with an exercise regimen. First, I have wide feet. This means that I have to go to a specialized running store to get shoes that are wide enough for my feet, so I can go to the gym. I also had to go to my least favorite running store in town, the Behemoth mega store that treats me bad, because they're the only store in town that actually carries the Sidi Mega. I can't buy bike shorts, or jerseys in my size unless I order from the Internet. For that matter, I can't even buy exercise gear unless I go to a shop like A Big Attitude online.

I've got the gym membership, I've got the workout gear, I've got the cycling gear and bicycle now. No more excuses. I'm going to move, dammit, and I'm going to get healthy. And, if I keep at it, eventually weight will come off.

As far as cycling goes, I've got a very sturdy bike. It's a Biomega Amsterdam shaft geared bike, with egg beater pedals and a Specialized BG Milano seat. I may end up switching saddles once I get some miles in - I have this fantasy that someday I've ridden my bike enough that one day I'll get on my bike and my butt won't actually hurt! My super-sturdy urban bike is not going to get me anywhere particularly fast, but it's going to be a great workout. Once I really get to where I can move, and where I have lost some weight and feel comfortable on more of a road-style bike, I'd love to get a Bianchi road bike, or possibly a Specialized. But for now, I've got my shiny Biomega bike that 's great for tooling around town, and I'm sure it's going to be a most excellent workout for quite some time.

Anyway, so Hi!
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I have found that most people over 35 have some kind of weight issue. I have come to terms with being fat and I am trying to do something about it permanetly. A life change in eating and exersize, I will wear the name clyde until I either drop under 200lbs or drop dead. Just keep the both of you moving forward and don't let anybody get you down. ECB1
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Way cool having another husband and wife team on board. Even better that you are local. I've actually met monogodo once at one of cuda2k's vintage rides but I doubt he remebers me. I look forward to one day riding with both of you when my broken down ol azz is allowed back on the bike

You're on the right track, just keep to it and don't get discouraged. The hardest thing to remeber is we didn't get this way in a few months and it's not going to dramatically change in a few months. The one thing that will change in a few months is you will start to feel better and have more energy as your conditioning improves.

If I remember correctly you guys live down town and are car free. That is a great advantage in that once you get the base miles in you can start replacing the DART with your bike. You also have some great riding areas just a few blocks away in the bike friendly Oak Cliff area, White Rock, and surrounding areas. DART will also bring out North where we have a growing membership of the forum.

Congrats on deciding to make a change and taking the steps to do so. I'm looking forward to eventually riding with both of you.
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You could try a different seat on your roadbike...I'm a little clyde (I guess) at 210 lbs, I'm around your height (5 foot 9.5 inches) and have proportionally long legs for my height (a 34.6 barefoot cycling-inseam, floor to pubic bone). I need large frames and/or a higher/closer handlebar stem (I'm not that flexable I guess, I like my handle bars about even-height with my seat, or even a little higher). I like the drop-bars and the skinny tires on road bikes (a lot of hand positions and the feeling of moving efficently(?) down the road), I just have to adjust things to make them work for me (don't like the big seat-to-handlebar drop that some do).

That is great that you have your wife riding. I would make her happy with her bike, and fast, while she is showing some interest.
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We're not quite car-free, as we do own a car (that we finally paid off, woohoo!), but I do walk 3 blocks to work, while effulgent drives to the north west side of D/FW airport.

As for my discomfort with my road bikes, it's mostly psychological. Every time I ride it I picture Chris Farley in Tommy Boy pointing at me and singing, "Fat guy on a skinny bike." The seats are actually extremely comfortable for me.

She's also very happy with her bike, especially now that I've figured out how to keep the recurring mechanical issue from happening. It turns out it's the result of an OK design on the part of SRAM coupled with the clearance issues of the shaft drive Biomega causing a vital screw to be on the underside of the assembly where it is nearly invisible. I was unaware of the screw, and didn't notice it when it finally fell out. That won't happen again.

My only other issue is my preferred ride at the moment is my SS MTB is currently unrideable due to the fact that the cranks are currently being powder coated black. I should have them back sometime next week & am really looking forward to it. So in the meantime I have to ride the Catamount, which is in sore need of a rear shock rebuild.

We're about to head out for another ride. Will report back later.
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Hi monogodo! (please note 2nd line of my sig )

Clydesdale is a lot nicer than many terms I've heard. Keep riding!
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Where are you having your Cranks PC'ed? I have used Enduro in Mesquite and was thinking of having a set of 105 cranks done in black chrome or flat black, along with some calipers.
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Welcome monogodo, and here's an explanation as to why the term Clydesdale is used......

Why Call us Clydesdales and Athenas?

That said, welcome aboard!

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(Hi, monogodo!)

It's been 8 days since I last had ice cream.

Oh, wait.

So I've finally come to grips with the fact that I am what I am. I currently weight just over 250#. I'm 5'9". Most of the weight is in my midsection, but it has spread to other parts. Years of inactivity have caught up with me. The only bikes I feel fully comfortable riding are my two MTBs. When I ride the road bikes, I feel like I'm on a toothpick. I know the bikes will hold up under me, I just feel uncomfortable riding them.

Anyway, the wife and I have begun working out at the gym, and we've even gone on 2 rides together in the past two days. Neither ride was much of a workout for me, as I'm in better shape than she is, and she had mechanical issues on both rides, but it's a start. I'm able to ride 15-20 miles with no issues. She had difficulty with 4 the other day, but then all she had was the lowest gear on a SRAM S7 internal hub.

Just thought I'd stop by & say hi.

Also, I hate the term Clydesdale, but am willing to live with it.
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effulgent, welcome to you as well! Shaft drive bike, huh? Very cool!

Everything about the difficulties that arise after 40 are pretty much true. I'm very nearly on the wrong side of 50 now, and it only gets worse.

I can tell you both, you and monogodo, that YOU CAN DO IT.

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I'll go ahead and introduce myself here as well. Hello, I'm Effulgent, monogodo's wife. I've never been in shape in my entire life, except for maybe in 8th grade, where due to my larger size I was deemed to be appropriate for the Shotput and Discus (read: the "fat girls" track sports). I was a size 16 when I graduated from high school, a size 24 when I graduated from college, and I am now at my highest weight, 350#. I'm also 38.

Everything I've read about health and weight loss is that after 40, it becomes much more difficult to lose weight, and your health starts decreasing dramatically if you don't really take care of yourself. Well, that means I've got a year and a half to go. And monogodo, at 41, is just sitting on that line as well. I fear that if I don't lose weight and get healthy, right friggin' now, it's never going to happen.

On top of that, about a month and a half ago, I quit smoking. I've quit smoking twice in the past, and each time I gained 30 pounds in the process. Due to my size, and the fact that I'm pushing the largest sizes at Avenue and Catherine's, that is simply not an option this time.

As far as diet, I believe I would be considered to be in Stage 1 of the Best Life Diet. The idea behind the diet is to make small changes gradually. The biggest changes I'm having to make in my life during Phase 1 is to drink lots more water and to exercise.

Being an Athena, and a 350# one at that, there are particular challenges that I face that most people don't have to face when they start with an exercise regimen. First, I have wide feet. This means that I have to go to a specialized running store to get shoes that are wide enough for my feet, so I can go to the gym. I also had to go to my least favorite running store in town, the Behemoth mega store that treats me bad, because they're the only store in town that actually carries the Sidi Mega. I can't buy bike shorts, or jerseys in my size unless I order from the Internet. For that matter, I can't even buy exercise gear unless I go to a shop like A Big Attitude online.

I've got the gym membership, I've got the workout gear, I've got the cycling gear and bicycle now. No more excuses. I'm going to move, dammit, and I'm going to get healthy. And, if I keep at it, eventually weight will come off.

As far as cycling goes, I've got a very sturdy bike. It's a Biomega Amsterdam shaft geared bike, with egg beater pedals and a Specialized BG Milano seat. I may end up switching saddles once I get some miles in - I have this fantasy that someday I've ridden my bike enough that one day I'll get on my bike and my butt won't actually hurt! My super-sturdy urban bike is not going to get me anywhere particularly fast, but it's going to be a great workout. Once I really get to where I can move, and where I have lost some weight and feel comfortable on more of a road-style bike, I'd love to get a Bianchi road bike, or possibly a Specialized. But for now, I've got my shiny Biomega bike that 's great for tooling around town, and I'm sure it's going to be a most excellent workout for quite some time.

Anyway, so Hi!
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effulgent, welcome to you as well! Shaft drive bike, huh? Very cool!

Everything about the difficulties that arise after 40 are pretty much true. I'm very nearly on the wrong side of 50 now, and it only gets worse.

I can tell you both, you and monogodo, that YOU CAN DO IT.
Welcome monogodo and effulgent (great names, btw). I really like both of your attitudes. Just remember, One Day at a Time! Tom's right but he's also great proof that it can be done.

I'm 46 now and have gone through a couple of big gain/loss cylces over the last 25 years. This one is definitely harder, but I AM doing it! I'm 6'1" and have gone from 273 to 251 since mid May. Just keep plugging away and enjoying the ride and before you know it your big clothes will start to feel too big for you.

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Where are you having your Cranks PC'ed? I have used Enduro in Mesquite and was thinking of having a set of 105 cranks done in black chrome or flat black, along with some calipers.
Cosmetics.

I think the bike will look better with black cranks instead of silver cranks. I don't have any decent pictures of the entire bike from the right side, but I do have a pic of the crank area:

The water bottle cage on there has since been changed to a black one.

I have a friend who uses a shop in Ft Worth (where he's originally from). I dropped the cranks off with him about a month ago. He'd been talking for 2-3 months about getting some things PC'd, and finally got around to it. Everything he's had done there looks great, so I figured I'd have him take care of it for me. Not sure of the price, yet. I saw him Friday night, and he said he'd have them for me sometime this week. I asked about price, and he said I'd get the "good buddy" discount. It helps that I gave him a set of Bianchi labeled Ofmega cranks w/ chainrings.
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I think Clydesdale is a great word! I like to think of us Clyde's as diesel engine types rather than little race cars.
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What's funny is that, even at my current size, I am still great at climbing hills.
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I'm looking forward to seeing how your crankset comes out. Like I said earlier, I'm seriously thinking about giving it a try but am curious as to how well the powdercoat turns out on them.

Did you go for just a plain black type finish or one of the chrome or flats? If I do it I'm going for a chrome type finish.

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My first choice is matte black, but I'll be happy with whatever comes out.
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Welcome monogodo and effulgent. Very nice to have you join this fine group. I joined in May myself for similar reasons.

The first rule is to have fun! I've found as long as you have fun riding then it doesn't seem like it is as much work as it is.

For the backside soreness, I can attest to the wonders of biking shorts. If you can find them in your size they are a wonder to be worn. The soreness will subside, sort of. I think a lot of it has to do with training your saddle area to something new too and don't forget to stand up on your bike every so often or even stop for a break.

Stay with it, it WILL get better. I've lost 10 pounds since I started and am very motivated at the moment. The wife and I started going 2 miles, now we are doing 10+ almost every day.
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