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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 03-23-11, 08:01 PM   #1
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Did my first 20+ miler!

Man am I feeling good and bad at the same time! I feel great except for a slight queasiness and a sore lower back. I think I may need that adjustable stem after all.

For those that don't know, my goal is to start commuting to and from work. That's a 16.2 mile trip one way. I have never met an overweight person that commutes more than five miles to and from work.

Well, riding 20 miles of mostly what will be my work route kicked my butt! I think that I'm going to do half-commutes to start and work my way up. There's several good places to park that create a 7.7 mile and 10.2 mile commute each way. I think I'm gonna do that for a few weeks with a rest day here and there.

I'm definitely feeling the need for bibs. Anybody here accurate with sizing for falconi's?
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Old 03-23-11, 08:28 PM   #2
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Good for you. I too had a 17 mile trip each way when I started bike commuting. It was way beyond my abilities, not to mention the time it would take. I started with partial commutes; my company's Recreation Association is about halfway between my house and office and is along the route I would take on a full commute. It was great having secure parking.

As my fitness improved, I would park the car closer to my house and ride a little longer with even more hills. Then one day a week, I would do a full commute. Those long commutes became something to look forward to. It is much simpler riding from the house rather than packing up the car.

I never have been able to be a full-time bike commuter. 3 hours on the bike plus 10+ hours at work plus cleanups meant not enough sleep or recovery time. It's enough exercise on the bike days that I thought it fine to take the car on bad weather days or if I wasn't recovered. I generally ride the commute miles just as if they were training rides trying to improve my average mph.

I've since been relocated to a different office with its own sets of challenges. It's fun to re-ride my old commute route and see how much flatter the hills have become. They were just about killing me on those early commutes but it gave me a great sense of satisfaction. Look forward to seeing the same effect on your own rides.

The overweight thing -- exercise is great for your health. You still have to have a healthy diet to manage weight.
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Old 03-23-11, 10:45 PM   #3
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Man am I feeling good and bad at the same time! I feel great except for a slight queasiness and a sore lower back. I think I may need that adjustable stem after all.

For those that don't know, my goal is to start commuting to and from work. That's a 16.2 mile trip one way. I have never met an overweight person that commutes more than five miles to and from work.

Well, riding 20 miles of mostly what will be my work route kicked my butt! I think that I'm going to do half-commutes to start and work my way up. There's several good places to park that create a 7.7 mile and 10.2 mile commute each way. I think I'm gonna do that for a few weeks with a rest day here and there.
Good stuff.

Have patience, keep at it and you will soon become accustomed to the mileage.

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I'm definitely feeling the need for bibs. Anybody here accurate with sizing for falconi's?
If no one does, email Dan at love2pedal, jethro56 has his address here.
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Excellent plan. Go for it!
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Very cool, congratulations!
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according to the charts, I am overweight even though you might not think I am to look at me. I started bike commuting when the office was 17 miles away. my goal was to one day do 5 consecutive days. I think I did that just once, during a summer. when the office moved 4 miles closer my goal was to commute year round meaning through the winter, which I did (not every day) I mixed it up with swimming; running and weight training. my overall goal was body transformation; which I achieved. I started walking at lunch in 2000 and over the past 10 years ratcheted it up a notch from time to time being careful to not do any harm or attain any injuries. I'm in a bit of a slump right now due to a severe emotional trauma sustained this past fall, but when I look at the past 10 years I realized this slump will pass. somehow. I got to the GYM and on my bike this week, and I have to hang on to the good things I can achieve. while small goals get me through and keep me putting one foot in front of the other; the big goals will find their way back into my life. good luck and may God bless
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Old 03-24-11, 10:41 AM   #7
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Thanks for all the support!

I thought I wouldn't be up for after that 20+ miler but today is another milestone for me, my first commute. It was a half commute, I admit. I drove to the place that makes my commute apparently 8.140 miles, not 7.7. I made it in 41:22 and avg speed was 11.6 including the stop lights. I definitely want to get that time down and the speed up but I feel great none the less. I can't wait to ride to work truck-free!
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I have never met an overweight person that commutes more than five miles to and from work.
I'm overweight (not obese) at 6-2, 220, and my commute is about 17 miles. Last year I was better about riding to work; this year life keeps getting in the way and I have trouble finding the extra hour and a half per day to ride the bike to work. On off-days and/or evenings, though, I often ride 20-30-40 miles at a time.

11.6 is respectable. My average speed after a few years of commuting is about 13 mph. I don't have a bike computer; I just kind of keep track of how long the commute takes... sometimes... and divide the time into 17 miles.
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great work. dont' worry your body will adapt to it soon enough. I've just been getting back out on my bike after a long winter and i feel good while riding, but i've got a few little aches and pain and muscle cramps post ride as well as some wrist issues the day following a ride. same stuff I dealt with last year. by the end of the year I was doing 50-115 miles without any major pain or lingering discomfort.
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Hang in there, with time you build up to being able to do the 20 mile trip easily. A year ago, 84 pounds ago when I rode my bike for the first time I had all I could do to do a mile. Now my average trip is over 20 miles with my single longest 70 miles. Just keep pedaling. I wish I could commute but no showers at work and at ten miles each way too much sweating.
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11.6 is pretty good. Don't worry about speed until you get 500-1000 miles in. The roadies call it "your base". The key is making this something you want to keep doing.
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That's very true... the more you ride, the easier it gets to ride more.
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Congratulations!

I'd have to lose 25 lbs just to get to overweight. I commute 13 to 20 miles, depending on available time, 4 or 5 days per week. Keep at it, soon 20 will seem like "just around the corner".
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Congrats, I was where you are at last October. I've ridden 200 miles in the last 4 days
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