Hi everyone. I just got my first bike today and I'm still cooling off from my first ride. I posted some before pics in the before after thread the other day and a little of this is repost from there. I'm excited to loose weight and get healthy!
I'm currently 220 lbs. and out of shape. I used to wrestle and play football, but I was a lineman and wrestled heavyweight. Neither were aerobic exercise much. I put on muscle but lost little fat. I weighed 240 back then and have been trying to loose weight but cant find an exercise plan that works for me. Running kills my knees, swimming is great but I can only do it at school and takes a lot of time out of my day (have to walk to the gym, change, shower, swim, shower, change, walk back, etc), and rugby, despite being the most thrilling sport I will every play, was played by what seemed like the wrong crowd for me (bing drinking and ego's through the roof.) My brother just got a trek 1.2, and he told me its awesome. I had mountain bikes when I was a kid, but never a road bike.
I just got my bike today, a used 08 cannondale caad 9, upgraded to 105 shifters and front derailer, ultegra real derailer, ritchy bar, and ultegra wheelset. It also came with a specialized seat, a basic sigma bike computer, clipless pedals, a bottle cage. The guy I bought it from needed to sell some stuff, his wife just got pregnant again. He looked sad to let it go, but it was mine for 700 dollars. He said the frame and drivetrain only had 15 miles on them, and the wheelset had 500. The LBS had the same bike, same size on hold for me without all the upgrades for 100 more. I went to them after I got the bike, told them what I ended up getting, but they were great about it and said no hard feelings. They asked if I needed any accesories, bought specialized shoes, new cleats, a kryponite lock, and a giro helmet. I'm really happy with everything.
Took the bike out for a ride, the clipless pedal business, while intimidating, wasn't to bad. I'm not the most efficient at getting locked in quick yet, but I managed. I only went 6 miles +/- half a mile, but it was fun. I even got brave and got off the back streets and road on the main strip. I have my motorcycle license (but no bike), so I know how to ride safe in traffic.
I'll be doing a test commute tomorrow, and soon I'll be commuting first time Sunday. Can't wait.
I'm going to get new gear as I loose weight, as a reward system. And if I gain past the threshold I'm not allowed to use that gear anymore.
Heres the system:
200: Bike shorts
190: A jersey
Thats what I've got for now, once I get down towards 190 and know my needs I'll add to the ladder as fit.
Wish me luck!
I'll update any progress, I'm thinking about joining the biggest looser thread on Monday. Can't wait to loose!