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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 12-22-10, 12:03 AM   #1
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A Formal Introduction of Sorts

I have been lurking here on the forums for a few months now, mainly in the Clyde forums and thought it was about time to do a quick introduction! I hope that starting a new thread for introductions is acceptable

My name is Jordan and I am from Calgary, Alberta, Canada and I am 23 years old. I am currently tipping the scales at a whopping 356.2lbs as of this morning and am working hard on bringing that down, though I will never be out of the clyde category which is fine by me! I began biking on a Kona Dew at the start of last summer with the intent of riding to and from work over the summer. I quickly fell in love and soon upgraded to a MEC (think REI in the states) 1971 cross/touring bike and haven't looked back! The bike is pretty much stock aside from an upgraded wheelset to Mavic A319's and a stem with a little more rise. This past summer I completed a 50km charity ride which has been my longest ride to date but plan on really increasing the mileage in the summer ahead, I have a 2 day / 220 km ride in the works for June and who knows what else the summer will bring. Right now I am working hard at dropping the pounds and have started a blog to track some of my progress should any of you be so inclined to follow, I will post the link at the bottom. I am not to sure what else to say, but I do plan on leading a more active role on the forums in the months to come! Thanks to everyone for the motivation over the past months, I know there is more where that came from


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Old 12-22-10, 12:08 AM   #2
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Old 12-22-10, 12:32 AM   #3
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Welcome aboard! I like the color scheme on your ride. How far do you commute?
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Welcome!

How tall are you? If its any consolation, the picture looks like you carry your weight well.

And are those clipless pedals on that bike? You using that to ride to work? How's that going? There's a 2,000 page thread elsewhere on the board that's about 50 percent me whining about the clipless pedals on my road bike. I couldn't imagine riding to work in the darn things.
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Welcome Jordan!

Honestly, that picture looks much like I did when I was 280 and hadn't exercised in many years.

I'm still somewhere around 260 now (I don't tend to weigh myself very often) but dropped around 4" off my waistline, mostly thanks to cycling.
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Old 12-22-10, 06:42 AM   #8
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Welcome! I read your blog and think your 4 month goal is reasonable.May I suggest that you begin thinking long term. I've been on my journey for a year and a half. When I began I told myself I'll give this two years to achieve my goal and if I don't get there I'll give it two more years.

As far as Spin classes and the gym is considered expect to be ignored for quite a while.The vast majority last less than two weeks. Most you only see one time.The very few that continue with it start out slow and hold themselves back. Try to enjoy the workouts you're only competing against yourself.
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Welcome Jordan! You live in one of my very favorite cities, but I'm not sure about winter commuting there!
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Thanks for the warm welcome everyone

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Welcome aboard! I like the color scheme on your ride. How far do you commute?
I was commuting about 14km each way (or 8km if I was having a lazy day), but that was only for 4 months in the summer while I was completing an internship for school. Back in class now but plan on commuting by bike when I start full time in May!

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Welcome!

How tall are you? If its any consolation, the picture looks like you carry your weight well.

And are those clipless pedals on that bike? You using that to ride to work? How's that going? There's a 2,000 page thread elsewhere on the board that's about 50 percent me whining about the clipless pedals on my road bike. I couldn't imagine riding to work in the darn things.
I am 6 foot 5 inches! I carry it quite well but it still gets in the way for biking and hockey, plus the whole health aspect

Yea, they are some cheap Welgo SPD pedals that have treated me well, I wouldn't even consider riding without clipless pedals now! This summer I am building up a dedicated commuter and will be outfitting it with dual-side pedals, one side SPD the other side just a regular bmx flat for times I don't feel like putting on my cleats.

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Welcome Jordan!

Honestly, that picture looks much like I did when I was 280 and hadn't exercised in many years.

I'm still somewhere around 260 now (I don't tend to weigh myself very often) but dropped around 4" off my waistline, mostly thanks to cycling.
I am looking forward to dropping off the waistline, maybe even buy some jeans from a regular store!

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Welcome! I read your blog and think your 4 month goal is reasonable.May I suggest that you begin thinking long term. I've been on my journey for a year and a half. When I began I told myself I'll give this two years to achieve my goal and if I don't get there I'll give it two more years.

As far as Spin classes and the gym is considered expect to be ignored for quite a while.The vast majority last less than two weeks. Most you only see one time.The very few that continue with it start out slow and hold themselves back. Try to enjoy the workouts you're only competing against yourself.
Thanks for the advice, I plan on adding some long term goals come January 1st!

As far as spin class went I did my first one this morning and woah, that was a workout! I think I will stick with it, I just need to learn to pace myself so I am not dead after 25min

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Welcome Jordan! You live in one of my very favorite cities, but I'm not sure about winter commuting there!
No winter commuting for me, it's all in the car with the seat warmers cranked to high! Have you ever lived in Calgary or just visited?
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Welcome (and well done so far).

Good luck finding jeans. Cycling has given me solid thighs, so I struggle to find a good fit anywhere. I did find one brand/style that I like, but I can't find a pair in this town (well, there is a pair but they have a really silly colour and detail on them - no plain blue!).
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Welcome Jordan! I'm a lifelong Calgarian currently toiling in the wilds of Saskatoon. I miss Calgary. (Though not the Chinook winds, oddly enough.)
There is a hard core of Calgary commuters that ride all year 'round. I was only among their number one winter, but not once the Chinook blew in and turned everything to ice.
Have you checked out the RealRides dvds for home trainer riding? They're made by a Calgary couple who do Ironman triathlons and film the courses with voice-over for a workout. Tempe Arizona has proved to be a bit disappointing, but the Couer d'Alene dvd is very scenic. The Grand Canyon and Pentiction discs are pretty good as well. The website is Realrides.ca. Not affiliated, just a satisfied customer.
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No winter commuting for me, it's all in the car with the seat warmers cranked to high! Have you ever lived in Calgary or just visited?
Never lived there, but have been there more times than I can count for business and for short vacations. The Canadian Rockies in the summer time make for a great visit and the off season rates at Banff are nice!
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Welcome sonic.soul!

Don't rule out winter commuting. There are many people who cycle year round in all types of weather (although those guys in California, Texas, and Florida need to stop rubbing it in the rest of the countries faces ;-). All you need is the right clothes, the right bike accessories, and the will to do it.

Good luck and keep pedaling.
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