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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 08-09-10, 08:05 PM   #1
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there and back again

well went on my first ride in almost 6 years and i would like to tell you that i did a 10 mile ride...but i didn't. i did however do 2 miles and feel i should have tried for 3.

a Lil about me... i am 40 years old, i tip the scales at 375, i am 6'4"
3 weeks ago i had gotten pneumonia had to go to the DR. twice, on the second time they took an x-ray and it showed that my heat may have been enlarged.
it wasn't but it was enough to scare me into doing somthing...i have always had a bike of some kind or another and i could never get myself to sale my cannondale when it just set in the garage. it was time to get it out and dust it off. i plan to ride and lift every other day and take Sunday off.

on a side note... when i first got home tonight i sat here reading this forum trying to think of all the things to not go riding...day 1 done

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Old 08-09-10, 08:18 PM   #2
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Good job. You don't mention your activity level other than not riding in 6 years. When people first start an activity I always tell them that when they finish they should feel like they can do more. It seems easy to overdo it the first few times.

Keep at it.

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Old 08-09-10, 08:23 PM   #3
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i didn't really do anything work and home to the couch
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You have taken the first step and should be really proud of what you have done. Don't focus on not riding 10 miles, focus on how good you felt about being on the bike and getting back out there.

It's so easy to talk ourselves out of getting back on the bike for another ride but don't allow that to happen. Whether you do 10 minutes or 10 miles - you are doing it.

Keep it up - You just motivated me to get on my bike today (been talking myself out of it because of the humidity) Thanks

Congrats again.
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Old 08-10-10, 05:42 AM   #5
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thank you and it was stupid humid. i talked to a friend and she said to think of it as baby steps
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You have taken the first step and should be really proud of what you have done. Don't focus on not riding 10 miles, focus on how good you felt about being on the bike and getting back out there.

It's so easy to talk ourselves out of getting back on the bike for another ride but don't allow that to happen. Whether you do 10 minutes or 10 miles - you are doing it.

Keep it up - You just motivated me to get on my bike today (been talking myself out of it because of the humidity) Thanks

Congrats again.
This is great advice. I struggle almost every day to get on the bike. Once I am on and have gone a couple miles I feel great and am loving it.

Something else I will do especially on weekends is to go for a ride in the morning and then another in the evening. They might be shorter rides but total mileage ends up being more than the single ride. You'll be surprised how fast your mileage actually goes up riding everyday.

Good luck.
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Do a little at a time to get into it. If you over do it, you will take the fun out. Props to you for doing what you did. It will get better each time out.
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Well you are on your way! I just now got to 10 miles (and that was only once!). I have only been going for a month and that was only a few times in July. I have just started to do a loop that is about 8-9 miles. I do it two days and then take a day off(or more if my legs are screaming at me). Do you have someone that might ride with you? I brought my kid along to give me some company. I don't ride as fast (maybe 9 mph) but it is a little more relaxed. I then try to follow it up the next day with a faster ride.

Anyway it is good to hear other folks that are similar and don't just start out of the box at like 20+ miles a night. The baby steps thing is a good analogy. Listen to your body as well. If you get out and don't think the old legs will do it, then you are better off just waiting a bit.

No sense in getting hurt doing this if you don't have to. I hope you enjoy it and keep up the good work!
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The hardest thing for me is actually going out and getting on the bike. Some days I look forward to it,some not so much. Once there it's no problem.I have a rough idea of distance but don't use a computer. I am at a point where it's time to up the time spent on the bike. Fear of traffic,poor gearing and the need of a good saddle (unemployed yet again) make that a challenge. We'll get it done. So will you if you move on.

I had a Dr.'s appointment a couple weeks ago and he said "ah the healthy one" which surprised me. He is a family Dr. and knows most of the family. It was reassuring for me to hear that and he answered my question about heart rate by saying "don't do that." It seems one of my BP meds limits my heart rate and 130BPM for me is more like 180 for a normal human. Whoops!

Just get out and ride as much as you're comfortable doing. Movement is the key at first and as you adapt the rest will follow. And perhaps removing the computer from the bike will help so you don't look around here and become disillusioned.

I have to say this. I dropped a younger couple last night. On modern mountain bikes. Uphill. On my classically geared (42/52) road bike. They weren't taking advantage of the gearing they had. It did feel good anyway.
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Old 08-10-10, 07:54 AM   #10
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10 miles is a good medium range goal, just ride what you can for now. Everyone starts somewhere. i started being out of breath after my 4 mile commute. Now, 2 months later, I just finished a 40 mile ride, my new longest. I'm signed up for a 50 miles later this month, and then a 100km in October. I've found that setting small (weekly) goals helps a lot, as well as always changing your route. Besides my commute, my adventure rides are always a new path. Drink plenty of water, and just ride.

Just so you know I was worried about my heart almost as much as you. I had high blood pressure and tachycardia (my heart beat unhealthily fast) before I started. While I haven't gotten my blood pressure taken in a while, I can tell you my heart rate went from over 100 beats per minute resting to close to 60 (less then 60 is bradycardia, although I know most athletes are brady). I don't have to drink coffee to stay awake at work (the real test will be 8AM Differential Equations this semester, followed by cloud physics, follow by dynamic meteorology with no breaks.) And I feel better. If I stayed the same weight and had this cardiac health, vs the other way around, id pick the heart. But the nice thing is you get both.

Stick with it, ride often enough to get your mileage up, and then keep on riding. Cycling has produced many success stories (check out the before and after thread for inspiration) and if you don't give up and live smart then you can be one too. Everyone here will be routing for you.
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Like everyone else has said, don't worry about any preceived notion that you're riding too short a distance. Long rides begin with little rides. You don't necessarily want to arrive home feeling like you won't be able to support your own weight when you get off the bike. At least not with your regular daily rides. Save that kind of exertion for the special events.

As you accumulate mileage from those shorter rides, you'll find yourself looking for little side jaunts to increase your usual ride mileage. It'll probably just happen, sort of automatically. When you decide to put actual numbers to it, a good rule of thumb is to bump your mileage up 10% or so each week.
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Congratulations on getting started. Maybe it is just the picture but that bike looks small for someone 6' 4". A good fitting bike is really important to your future success.
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Old 08-10-10, 10:36 AM   #13
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Congrats to you!

I started my journey in February in much the same position as you. Lack of activity for years, overweight and a couple of miles biking being a challenge:

http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...ghlight=magohn

Last month I completed the 200+ mile Seattle to Portland ride with the following "training" schedule:

Mon-Weds-Fri - A 5-10 mile "after work" ride. (30-45mins)
Sat or Sun - A 20+ mile "longer" ride. I did up this amount to 50+ miles as the STP came closer but the lower miles worked well for me for weight loss.

I am now down from 315lbs to 289lbs (nice and slow) and though the STP is completed, I still stick to this schedule. Its light and doable and very flexible. If you cant ride one night due to commitments, its fine to skip. I found the biggest hurdle to me was to "not think about the ride" - just go home, get on the bike and ride. Dont allow your brain to talk yourself out of the ride by thinking about how you dont "feel like it" - just get on the bike and go

Worked for me
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Old 08-10-10, 08:42 PM   #14
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Congratulations on getting started. Maybe it is just the picture but that bike looks small for someone 6' 4". A good fitting bike is really important to your future success.
it is a med frame. i have a short inseam, i had a large and didn't not like riding it. was to tall standing over
i rode bmx a lot when i was a kid so its about the same feeling for me.

i started on a trek 850 single speed conversion a few years back and i am getting ready to order the last of my parts for it
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You are off to a good start!

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it is a med frame. i have a short inseam, i had a large and didn't not like riding it. was to tall standing over
i rode bmx a lot when i was a kid so its about the same feeling for me.

i started on a trek 850 single speed conversion a few years back and i am getting ready to order the last of my parts for it
Wow! You must have a really long torso. My youngest is 6' 3" with what I thought was a short inseam and he rides a 21" MTB comfortably. Seems like you'd feel cramped with that bike's short TT length and your long torso.
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Just keep on riding. If you add .1 of a mile a ride 4 times a week for the next two months, you will double your distance and your heart will appreciate it.
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