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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 04-30-10, 01:40 PM   #1
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Some feedback on my ride please!

Ok I am, 6'6" 230 lbs and 25 years old. I just recently started cycling about 3 months ago when I purchased my Allez Sport w/105 components. I started cycling because I had my ACL replaced about 10 months ago and needed a way to lose my post surgery pounds.

I recently just got my garmin edge 305 and would just like some feedback on my route. This is the route I take probably 3 - 4 times a week. Am I where I should be for 3 months in? I was a runner before the surgery but the pounding on the knee hurts a bit still. I know I need to stop coasting so often but I am still able to keep my average cadence to 85 or so...

Heres the route...

http://connect.garmin.com/activity/31758627
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Old 04-30-10, 02:10 PM   #2
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Well......as with any injury / surgery, I'dsay it is tough to say if you are where you need to be. Every injury and recovery is different. It's tough to place normal achievement pace on that. You should really only do what the injured joint will allow you. I'd be afraid to put someone else's norm on yourself as it may provoke you to try to keep pace and re-injure yourself. I'd say to do what your knee tells you. If you feel like you are getting a good pump and you are losing, then you are where you need to be. Where you really need to be is on the road, and it looks like you are already there. Keep it up, man. It will only get better.
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Old 04-30-10, 03:05 PM   #3
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Like HuskyRider said, it's hard to tell. If you feel like it would help you gauge your progress, you may want to look at a heart rate monitor to give you some idea of fitness improvements (assuming your knees aren't complaining).
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I'd say your numbers were impressive. all I looked at was your distance; saddle time; max and avrg speed
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Old 04-30-10, 04:07 PM   #5
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I also would say your numbers are impressive. If you are doing this to lose some weight and get in shape then you are right on track, keep it up.
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I am familiar with the area (somewhat) and am wondering why you're traveling along the main roads. See if you can find a route using more back roads. It should be more relaxing since you won't be dodging tractor trailers on 99W & there may be more hills. Rollers are always good training tools.
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17mph Avg ! - you beat me by 5mph
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Greg- I live up 99w towards the hospital. I have a couple routes around yamhill but a lot of them start or end with some 99w time. It feels 100x easier to do a ride without doublig back. Something mental with me I am sure. So for this particular route I head to Lafayette on 99 then get back onto the country roads from there. I'm always looking for more if you know of any.

I would like to join the Portland Velo club but I am a little intimidated. I don't want to look like a chump. I started cycling to lose some weight and get outside post surgery but the bug got me and I am in 100%. I completely love it. I just wish I could ride longer, more often. I am getting ready to do the 55 mile leg of Reach the Beach in 2 weeks. :-)
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Many organized rides up here come in different flavors based on average traveling speed. You are in much better shape than me (based on your times) and I had no problem sticking with the 'slow' group. 17mph is usually good for the medium group (20+ mph for the fast guys). According to the Portland Velo website:

10-12 MPH - Easy/Beginner. Frequent stops.
12-14 MPH - Social Pace. A few stops.
14-16 MPH - Moderate Pace.
16-18 MPH - Brisk Pace.
18-20 MPH - Fast Pace.
20+ MPH - Strenuous Pace.

You are already in the 'brisk' pace so look for rides in that category.
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