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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 07-21-10, 10:13 AM   #1
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A growing Clyde?

So hey, I got back into biking recently and found these forums about the same time. The name of this sub-forum intrigued me so I investigated and discovered that I just about fit into the category at 6' and 203lbs. However my normal weight was around 185lbs so I didn't think much of it.
I've had the bike for about 2 weeks now and have just clocked up 120 miles so I'm pretty happy, then at the weekend I went on a hiking weekend with some friends and had a good laugh while tackling some big hills.
The day after getting home I weighed myself expecting good things and to be on the border of 200... I looked down to see 210. Which I wasn't expecting, diet has stayed the same (though I think I ate a bit less than normal at the weekend) exercise has gone up, and weight has gone up, despite weighing myself at roughly the same time and in the same place.
So it looks like I may be around this section for a bit longer than I thought.
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Old 07-21-10, 10:41 AM   #2
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a) welcome
b) that's a lame palindrome
c) I share your problem... about a month after getting back on my bike after a long hiatus, I hopped on the scale and found... no progress.

I feel better though, and it is fun to go blasting past some skinny dude with a high mod carbon bike and fancy deep section wheels. Not that it's a terribly frequent event.
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Old 07-21-10, 11:06 AM   #3
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I quite like the palindrome, it appeals to me for some reason.
I'll agree on the skinny dude catching though, I cycled 30 miles to visit my girlfriend yesterday and about 20 miles in I hit the city and saw 2 lycra clad racers in front of me at the lights, I managed to catch them up and actually got frustrated up the hill as they slowed me down with no way to pass in the busy traffic. I'll put that down to them not trying though, rather than any mad skills of my own.
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2 weeks is not a lot of time to see any drastic improvement on your weight.
Weight may fluctuate based on any number of factors; state of hydration,
size of last meal, have you moved your bowels lately, etc. Keep at it with
your riding and diet improvements and I'm sure eventually your hard work
will pay off.
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Your diet plays a huge factor in your weight loss... though of course exercise is great for your body and speed your metabolism, I find my weight is gained or lost via what I eat. It is simpler to not eat that extra donut then to try and cycle the donut calories off!

Perhaps try tracking software that allows you to easily log your diet.. then you can see how many calories your cycling is burning verses how much you are eating.

BTW, by weight I mean fat of course. Obviously you gain some muscle from cycling but 2 weeks is probably not enough time for that. I have lost up to 20 pounds in 2 weeks from eating low calories and working out and weight lifting 5 days a week. This is a bit extreme though it just depends, if you are closer to your ideal weight its going to be that much harder to see numbers come off.
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I like to go by the holes on my belt. I am down to the last hole, even on the new one that I got for Christmas. The waist is in better shape, but my weight is actually up a few pounds. I have been riding for right around a year. I started at 245 (6' 3") and got down to 215. This morning I was 223. But the belt is comfortably cinched on the last hole.

Its not scientific, but I feel better.
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I'll put that down to them not trying though, rather than any mad skills of my own.
No! you beat them fair and square... Don't sell yourself short.

I was coasting down a big hill by my house this morning right after I started... because why not, and some skinny racer dude went blasting by on my left. I caught up to him ASAP and followed him for a while until our paths diverged. I'm not about to call him out and say, "hey, let's go you skinny bugger" but it gives me something to do for a couple miles and it's entertaining.

He even had little racer socks on. With stars.
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Your muscles might be retaining water from the exercise they've had lately.
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He even had little racer socks on. With stars.
Little racer socks with stars? How cute.
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After a week of touring, my pants are looser and I usually gain a pound or two. Seven pounds in a week... that's a bit much to gain from cycling alone. What kind of mileage are you talking about here?

Just keep blasting past those roadies who need a sammich and you'll be fine.
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My fish cycling socks are cuter. :-)
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I used to have cycling socks with speedy arrows. Those arrows really made me go fast. They also helped me to remember which was forward.
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I like to go by the holes on my belt. I am down to the last hole, even on the new one that I got for Christmas. The waist is in better shape, but my weight is actually up a few pounds. I have been riding for right around a year. I started at 245 (6' 3") and got down to 215. This morning I was 223. But the belt is comfortably cinched on the last hole.

Its not scientific, but I feel better.
That's a good way to do things, I'm looking forwards to all my shorts and jeans that I bought 2 sizes to big to be baggy again, as it is they're now a good fit. (Yes, I'm still one of the baggy trouser brigade at 26.)

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No! you beat them fair and square... Don't sell yourself short.

I was coasting down a big hill by my house this morning right after I started... because why not, and some skinny racer dude went blasting by on my left. I caught up to him ASAP and followed him for a while until our paths diverged. I'm not about to call him out and say, "hey, let's go you skinny bugger" but it gives me something to do for a couple miles and it's entertaining.

He even had little racer socks on. With stars.
Cheers, I'm still happy I caught them and was slowed down by them, it made me laugh. I haven't got any cycling socks yet, I'll have to find some nifty patterns when I do though. ^^ I've also been quite chuffed at hitting the speed limit a few times (A grand old 30mph), normally while headed downhill and with the wind at my back.

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After a week of touring, my pants are looser and I usually gain a pound or two. Seven pounds in a week... that's a bit much to gain from cycling alone. What kind of mileage are you talking about here?

Just keep blasting past those roadies who need a sammich and you'll be fine.
Not many miles, I think today is actually the three week anniversary of my bike and I've just hit ~125miles, so 40 a week and a weekend hiking of about 24 miles. Thinking about it though, food may be a factor as I've moved back in with the mother for the summer holidays before I change Uni's so I'm just eating whatever is in the fridge rather than buying and eating what I want. I'll have to make sure I take care of what I eat I guess.

Cheers for all the encouragement as well.
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Don't over estimate your calorie usage by biking. If you're overweight and haven't been active in a while you're probably coasting more than anything.

If you want to lose weight start by eating better - think of the exercise from riding as a bonus.
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