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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 12-24-10, 04:32 PM   #1
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Happy holidays, and "I'm Back!"

Hope everyone is having a fun holiday season. Mine is getting better and better.

After a disappointing Fall cycling season involving a painful 300k, and a more slow and more painful 400k leading to my ditching out on the 600k I was registered for so I could have surgery on my bunghole instead, I'm getting ready to embark on the real road to recovery; getting back on my actual bicycle.
I've been riding the recumbent in my apartment gym every night, and jogging on the treadmill. I'm up to an hour of some sort of mid-pace exercise per night.
During my sedentary recovery period I managed to pack on weight like a sumo wrestler preparing for season. I was not allowed to exercise: AT ALL. Minimum movement, really, for about 4 weeks. Then I was allowed to try walking around, but the best I could do was a half mile or so at first. I worked my way up to a couple miles, but I was starting to re-do some damage to my surgical wound so I had to go back to... you guessed it: Nothing.
Between doing nothing, narcotic painkillers and steroids for soft-tissue recovery, I went from 230 back up to 262 in the course of 2 months. I felt like crap. I could barely manage 10 minutes when I first started back at the gym on the 'bent; even after having been doing some walking with my dog around the neighbourhood. I had to dig around for my Fat CGK1 clothes.
The good news is that the gym is only a couple floors down, and easy for me to get to, so I'm there every night now. I've dropped some of the weight and I'm at 250 again as of this morning. Starting the first of the year, I'm allowed to try getting on a traditional saddle and building up my endurance again. And, my friends invited me to be on their CX team next season, so I'll be racing singlespeed 'cross with these guys: Soft Like Kitten
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Old 12-24-10, 04:39 PM   #2
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Welcome back and that is some sweeeet kit. Go kitties!

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I've been where you're at, be patient and persistent. It'll come back and the weight will come off.
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It's good to have you back, Cliftongk1. There was a lot of Awesomeness missing while you were out.
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Historian said it best, but welcome back!
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Welcome back Cliftongk1! Glad you have turned the recovery corner and the bike is near.

That kit is awesome.
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Welcome back, I look forward to your entertaining ride reports.
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Welcome back! And I want one of those Soft Kitten jerseys. Nice! Especially the knives.
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Congratulations! It must feel great to be back in the saddle. Love the team name for the cross team, too.
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We're gonna have to check you and your bikes into the old folks' home if your memory keeps slipping like this, Chip.
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We're gonna have to check you and your bikes into the old folks' home if your memory keeps slipping like this, Chip.
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I rode my fixie for 20 minutes on my rollers today! First time back on a bike in 3 months, with the exception of a 1 mile ride to/from the butcher a few weeks ago (and most of that was spent walking, because of crosswalks. I was on the sidewalk because I got partway into the ride and still hurt, so I couldn't go quick enough to be comfortable in traffic.)
No pain in the bungular region today, and it appears I can still ride rollers without needing a wall to prop up on every few seconds. The women in the gym looked at me as if riding rollers must be some sort of arcane cycling majick. It's funny, because I feel the same way about people who can use the Precor AMT 100i and not hold the handles. "Are you some kind of wizard!?!"
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Hey, Clifton. That's great that you're rolling again. I see comeback, I see CX, but what about PBP?
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Hey, Clifton. That's great that you're rolling again. I see comeback, I see CX, but what about PBP?
Even if I hadn't broken my bunghole I wouldn't have been on track for PBP. I actually don't have any 1200k plans for my future. I'm happy with the 100 - 400k distances for now, and my biggest plan is to get a 600k in there some day.
Those plans may change, but for now, I'll let the rest of the gang have the 1200k fun and I'll work the volunteer end of it.
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Too bad, at least in terms of PBP. You never know if you'll be ready in 4 years, or if the rider limits might squeeze you out. From my experience, it doesn't get a whole lot tougher to go beyond 400. At least, the legs will still go. It's just the sleepiness that I battle. Well, I hope you feel good enough to go after the SR this year. Maybe I'll see you in Paris in 2015.
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