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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 08-30-09, 06:32 PM   #1
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I DID it!!!! Rode my first 400+ mile month

Excuse this 56 year old 254 pound clyde from being excited. For the first time since getting back on a bike in November 08 I set a goal for August to ride at least 400 miles. With vacations out of the way there was no excuses. Today I announce I have logged 439.28 miles. With tomorrow (the 31st) being a rest day here are my stats: 21 ride days, 10 rest days with an average ride of 20.92 miles. I logged 34.9 hours on the saddle.

Now my goal is to increase that monthly mileage to 450 in September and reduce the number of rest days to 8. In addition, I am adding some sub-goals for September of doing at least one day of week of hill training and to drop 4 pounds. 450 (miles) at 250 (pounds)

I know some of you vets will laugh at these modest accomplishments, but when I started in November I could NOT climb the smallest of inclines without being totally out of breath and having to stop at the top to catch my breath. I would get dropped on every group ride. On one of the short inclines I struggled to make it at 6 mph and dying at the top, today in honor of breaking 400 miles I attacked the same incline at 17mph and turned around when I got to the top and screamed Yeah Baby!!!!
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Awesome Gapwedge

Don't get too carried away with the elimination of rest days and remember as your distances and efforts increase you can substitute a recovery day for a rest day. We ain't gettin' any younger, and we need recovery. Recovery is also when we build muscle.

Keep this up and we will have to update your screen name to at least 9 iron
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Awesome Gapwedge

Don't get too carried away with the elimination of rest days and remember as your distances and efforts increase you can substitute a recovery day for a rest day. We ain't gettin' any younger, and we need recovery. Recovery is also when we build muscle.

Keep this up and we will have to update your screen name to at least 9 iron
Like that txvintage....9 iron Agree with the recovery. I find now I can go out with the wife and do a recovery ride without much effort. Before there was not much difference between my regular rides and a recovery ride.
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Outstanding Gap!!!!!! I agree with above, don't over due it and burn yourself out or get an injury.
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yeah congrats on the goal. average mph = 12.5 which is not too bad. well done and keep it up. i gonna try and do a similar sort of thing.

can i ask you how did you pick your rest days? did you mark them on a calender or decide on the fly?
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yeah congrats on the goal. average mph = 12.5 which is not too bad. well done and keep it up. i gonna try and do a similar sort of thing.

can i ask you how did you pick your rest days? did you mark them on a calender or decide on the fly?
You gotta remember some of my miles are manuvering around town which involve stop lights and sometimes signs with traffic so the mph is misleading. Also some of the miles were with the wife riding a comfort bike so 11 mph was a normal pace. I had several individual rides between 13 and 14 mph including slowing for stop lights.

I did not preselect my rest days in advance. When my legs felt heavy and non-responsive I would not ride the next day. Some days I could go 4 days without a rest day. If I had a recovery day of riding I could go longer between rest days. Most rest days were earlier in the month and as I got stronger later in the month I rode more often. Some of my longer rides were in the 30 mile range.

Another item of interest was keeping my self hydrated. I monitored this by the color of my urine (I know TMI ), but as the urine got lighter in color I knew I was staying hydrated so I have been drinking more water even on my rest days to stay hydrated.
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I monitored this by the color of my urine (I know TMI ), but as the urine got lighter in color I knew I was staying hydrated so I have been drinking more water even on my rest days to stay hydrated.
ha ha yeah i do that too its amazing then aswell if you take some vitamin supplements it goes off the wall into some sort of hi-vis yellow colour

thanks, think i might do that and take a break when i feel like i need it instead of planning it beforehand. i shouldn't need a rest day really cos i'm only doing 10 miles at the moment. we'll see though
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ha ha yeah i do that too its amazing then aswell if you take some vitamin supplements it goes off the wall into some sort of hi-vis yellow colour

thanks, think i might do that and take a break when i feel like i need it instead of planning it beforehand. i shouldn't need a rest day really cos i'm only doing 10 miles at the moment. we'll see though
One thing I fought through was not letting my mind play games to determine the rest day. It was easy at first for my mind to say hey, take a day off. So I made sure I let me legs dictate the rest day. A full rest day quickly returned the zip back and felt stronger as well.

Yeah, some vitamin B complex tabs will do the hi viz thing...funny.
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