My Fat Guy Cycling Story...Sort of.
Well it begins as all stories like this do…I have always been big, not always fat. Played football and wrestled in high school. I am Average height, 6ft...Never fat in those days, just gobs and gobs of muscle. Always hovered around 180-190. I was able to eat anything I wanted and it never made a dent in my weight. It was during this time I also began the horrible habit of smoking (lightly then).High school transitions into Collage and the most of the physical activities died off but still rode my bike to class on good days. Then I found BEER!!!! MMM Beer…its good and plentiful on a collage campus in Southern Illinois along with all the crappy foods you can stomach. Fast forward a few more years, Got married to high school sweetheart and most recently had our first child. Last year midsummer I purchased my first road bike as really more of a way to get away from things for a few hours….and put about 300 miles on in the months from june to August and hung it up when things stated to get crazy with the baby. Well around January I stepped on the scale for the first time and it read 250lbs…wow how this did happen?
Here I am 27 years old….substantially over weight and going to be an example for the little life we have created. Smoking at least a pack a day and hating who I am.
I had become the fat/unhealthy guy.
Fast forward from January to now…Both my wife and I joined the neighborhood Gym and go regularly, I have dropped almost 12 lbs on my way down to around 200. We have revised what types of food come into the house….can’t remember my last fast food meal (except subway). I quit smoking and for the first time in a long time feel great.
All this leads me to this past weekend; I jumped on my bike and took advantage of the great weather here. Wow. What a good feeling. Not smoking makes this whole bike riding thing much easier. Rode for about 2 hours (the wind in St. Louis was horrible) but powered though it. I was able to take in all the things around me, explore a couple new roads and didn’t have to focus on how bad I felt as I did last summer. Total stress reliever and great workout at the same time. Got down in the hoods and cranked a few miles out, couldn’t do that last year. It’s a awesome start to the year and hopefully by August I will have some respectable miles logged and at a respectable weight. Attached is a photo from my ride Saturday and a Fay boy shot taken after a workout a few weeks ago!!
Thanks for listening to my rambling!!
Lets put this in perspective
Lets put this in perspective, I am 57 years old weigh 270 .Trying to use cycling to loose at least 80 more pounds. Bought a Garmin 305 to keep track my progress.
Yesterday I rode 25 miles in two hours over flat ground and legs felt good. Temperature was about 82 degrees at 7 am when I started.
With about ten miles to go I spotted a cyclist about ½ mile in front of me and I started a chase. Catching him, and passing him, a mile later he passed me back. I followed and my heart rate went to 160 where the Garmin started beeping. The dude amazed me his cadence was about 50 and it was like he was gliding while I had a cadence of about 70. He weighed maybe 165
I am training for the Tour de Cure in Houston TX on Sept 25, 2010. The 100 mile event I have entered is fairly flat. I will need to , over the next ten weeks condition my endurance. I have set up for a stress test to determine a training program to reach a goal of averaging 13 to 14 mph for 8 hours. My biggest problem is a sore butt and breaking bicycle seats.