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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 05-26-11, 12:18 PM   #1
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First 12 miles

Did my first 12 miles with only 3 breaks,and started to think i would never make it home lol.my ass is sore my legs are all wobbly,but i must say its a good feeling to say you did it.And Three weeks ago i could barely make it around my Neighborhood. my story here if you care http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...n-NorthEast-PA

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Old 05-26-11, 12:45 PM   #2
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Old 05-26-11, 01:10 PM   #3
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The nice thing is that once you ride out, six miles in your case (?), it's easy to get back. Suddenly, your motivation is getting home.
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Old 05-26-11, 03:16 PM   #4
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Get it done!!! The butt hurt will stop after a few more rides.

Keep it up for a couple weeks and you'll start to find that 12mi isn't enough
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Old 05-26-11, 03:22 PM   #5
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Good job! Keep it up!
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Congratulations! I remember my first 12 mile ride... it's huge!
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For me the issue with early miles was not fitness, but feeling safe on the streets. At first I actually drove to a local bikepath, then I decided that was stupid and figured out back streets to get there. Finally I took what I considered the busy road there.

Be careful, the next step is feeling comfortable on most streets, once that happens you could end up anywhere.
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Congrats.

Isn't it fun when you get in your first ride of double digit miles? I mean before you do that you're always wondering IF yu can do it. Then when its over you wanna do it again. Or at least that's how I felt. I hope you feel that way too.

Again, congrats on the ride.
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Thanks everyone,i little sore today in the legs going to go for a small ride today sometime between the storms if they ever let up.
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Keep it up, the miles do get easier with time.
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Keep it up, the miles do get easier with time.
Or they don't get easier, but you go faster.
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Congrats! The miles will get easier and faster.
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COngratulations !! See? You really CAN do it !!!!
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justtom, For myself the first ten miles, or so, of any ride are the most/more difficult for me 'till everything starts to 'mesh'. Hang in there, it gets better.

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thanks for the boost,only did 51/2 this afternoon.might go with my daughter after school gets out for a few laps around the neighborhood,gears seems to be all buggered up again trying to fix them myself only seems to last a few days hopefully i will figure them out one day soon,probably should take it to the shop and have them adjusted right along with the brakes,being that it was slapped together at wall-mart. just cant seem to let my self spend the money on that.
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thanks for the boost,only did 51/2 this afternoon.might go with my daughter after school gets out for a few laps around the neighborhood,gears seems to be all buggered up again trying to fix them myself only seems to last a few days hopefully i will figure them out one day soon,probably should take it to the shop and have them adjusted right along with the brakes,being that it was slapped together at wall-mart. just cant seem to let my self spend the money on that.
There is nothing wrong with starting out on a walmart bike, but you should have it looked at to make sure it is working properly. A well tuned bike makes all the difference and will make it easier to stick to your goals.
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Old 06-04-11, 12:06 AM   #21
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The bugs had me goin, just tried to mash one,lol
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I have just stepped up to 20 miles, today it felt pretty good, took 4- 1 minute breaks and focused on hydration, still a little tough on the butt, getting better evry time out. I`m going to work on pace and cadence before longer distance. Today, average cadence 77, avg speed 13.8 with the breaks.
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Very nice! When you have a goal ride half way out and you then have to ride the other half back in.
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Old 06-05-11, 10:22 AM   #24
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I have just stepped up to 20 miles, today it felt pretty good, took 4- 1 minute breaks and focused on hydration, still a little tough on the butt, getting better evry time out. I`m going to work on pace and cadence before longer distance. Today, average cadence 77, avg speed 13.8 with the breaks.
congratulations scfishr im up to 16 miles now,and yes my ass still hurts also,might look into different seats.i have not bothered with the cadence or pace yet at all. Im just out riding,just got my bike back this morning sent it in for a tune up going out as soon as im done with the yard work.
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Well done. You are on your way.
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