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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 08-12-10, 01:37 PM   #1
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Woo hoo! New personal record

It took me 15 minutes and 34 seconds to get home from work yesterday. Before this, my best time was just shy of 19 minutes. That amounts to a 17 mph average, exactly, over the course of 4.6 or 4.7 miles. If that doesn't sound very impressive, there are two hills that aren't terrible, but are long, and slow a Clyde down, so a fast ride including the hills isn't easy.

I'm not really sure why the difference is so huge. I've been training on hills a lot lately ( and cursing Mr Beanz the whole time! ), and I've been focused on staying in the big chain ring as much as possible, plus it was a balmy 80 degrees, making the air a little bit less dense. Plus, I don't sprint every day, and haven't in a while, so if I've been getting stronger lately, this is the first time I've tested it, and that could make the gap seem bigger...?

I can't make the commute home that quickly by car more than once every week or two, thanks to rush hour traffic. It's "fun" that I can go faster with my bike on the surface streets, than I can in a car on I-5.

When I got home, I was breathing pretty hard, but relaxed quickly, and felt good. The commute took little enough out of me that I went kayaking last night, although that wasn't very hard work. Anyway, I feel like it's a big accomplishment, and I've been telling everyone who'll listen ... whether they care about cycling or not.
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Old 08-12-10, 04:05 PM   #2
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Nice job man! Nothing wrong with being proud of what you've done.
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Old 08-12-10, 06:28 PM   #3
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Great work, you've raised the bar for yourself.
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