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    One year later! It was a very good year!

    On May 27,2010 I went to the local Wally Wally and bought an
    $88 Next MTB. Cheapest full size bike they had.

    I rode it around the neighborhood a few times over the next few
    days. I bought a computer to track my rides and started going
    out every morning. Two or three miles to start with, then five and
    six. It was not fun. At 288lbs, a bad stomach, and completely out
    of shape, it was a major struggle. Half way through my first long
    ride, an eight mile attempt, I nearly returned the bike, I was just
    across the street from where I bought it.

    365 days, 12,002 miles, -70lbs, -10" in the waist. Best day, 126,
    best day average, 22mph, overall average, 14.9mph, three days
    over 100 miles. twenty days over 80 miles.

    Next; $94, tax remember.
    Used Huffy Savannah; $10, $30 repairs
    Schwinn Varsity; free
    Ironman MTB; free, $55 repairs
    Schwinn Avenue; $204
    Spalding ATB; $10
    Sold Next; $50
    Sold Huffy; $60
    Sold Varsity; $75
    Wreaked Avenue, wheel failed, Schwinn, Wally took care of
    it; Replaced with Schwinn Aluminum Comp, new tires and
    tubes, wheels trued, $NC.
    Trek 720 MT; $40, repairs $155
    Sold Schwinn Comp" $275

    Still have Trek 720, Ironman, Spalding ATB

    65 years old, take no regular medication, passed flight medical
    in March, married to retired model, retired, work one day a month,
    about three hours. Annual salary $42,000, plus teachers pension,
    National Guard pension, trust check. Home is paid for, car is paid
    for.
    One daughter, five grand kids. Youngest grand daughter will be
    in ninth grade this fall, she is 11!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xwv-DxOPhSc

    It was a very good year.

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    12,000 miles??? Man ... that's FANTASTIC

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    You had a Great First year.
    What are you doing for the second year?
    [SIZE=1][B]What I like about Texas[/B]
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PGukLuXzH1E

    Set F1re To The Ra1n ( NY Night Rain Ride)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W7jfcWEkSrI

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    Quote Originally Posted by 10 Wheels View Post
    You had a Great First year.
    What are you doing for the second year?
    To better the first! Loose another 30lbs, get average up.
    Spread the word! The only way to get fit and stay that
    way is ride!

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    Cool..... Have fun with your riding.
    [SIZE=1][B]What I like about Texas[/B]
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PGukLuXzH1E

    Set F1re To The Ra1n ( NY Night Rain Ride)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W7jfcWEkSrI

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    Well done! If they had a little icon of someone bowing or tipping the hat, I would use it now.

    You are an inspiration.

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    Very cool story, inspirational for my jelly gut to apply myself and earn the great rewards.

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    Nice story. I want to tell the same story 11 months from now. More or less.

    Maybe I misunderstood, but is your $42,000 annual salary for that three hours of work a month? If so, I want that job. (I'm retired too, and consult about 3 to 5 hours a month for pocket money).

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    Wow, congrats on your first year. That's amazing progress.

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    Thanks to all. I tried to set a personal best today, but ran out of
    time and energy. Got soaked twice. Took on the biggest hill in the
    county. Left the house at 9:00am and had company coming at
    5:00pm. Got home at 4:56.

    120.01 miles. Completely spent. Had to cook burgers for six.
    Everything hurts! Only bright spot, someone asked "Doesn't
    that hurt your butt?"! I have a Zefal gel seat and never thought
    about it for the entire ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BHOFM View Post
    Thanks to all. I tried to set a personal best today, but ran out of
    time and energy. Got soaked twice. Took on the biggest hill in the
    county. Left the house at 9:00am and had company coming at
    5:00pm. Got home at 4:56.

    120.01 miles. Completely spent. Had to cook burgers for six.
    Everything hurts! Only bright spot, someone asked "Doesn't
    that hurt your butt?"! I have a Zefal gel seat and never thought
    about it for the entire ride.
    Good one..
    [SIZE=1][B]What I like about Texas[/B]
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PGukLuXzH1E

    Set F1re To The Ra1n ( NY Night Rain Ride)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W7jfcWEkSrI

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    Excellent job! To encourage you a bit, about 4 years ago I graduated out of this group (at 193 - 6' 1"). My weight this morning was 192. I won't say it stayed that way for four years, but I always knew what to do when it started to climb. Losing weight as many of us can attest is hard, keeping it off, harder. With cycling, you have a weapon.

    It is nice to be scrawny. My top weight, about 15 years ago, was 270 lbs.

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    BHOFM: What a wonderful story. This retirement/consulting livestyle is great. Don't know about the 12000 mile/year thing butt as my B17 is breaking in It seems more possible now. I put myself thru college working as a line boy never got my license. If I ever achieve that perfect power to weight ratio getting it is on my bucket list.

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    Quote Originally Posted by goldfinch View Post
    Maybe I misunderstood, but is your $42,000 annual salary for that three hours of work a month? If so, I want that job. (I'm retired too, and consult about 3 to 5 hours a month for pocket money).
    Board member of a family owned bank. I just sit in on the first meeting of the month, and
    on rare occasions special meetings. My brother in law is the chairman. Dad is not able to
    attend any more. He will be 90 in July.

    Thanks again for all the positive replies.

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    Jeee... I once thought of buying one of those Next mountain bikes at Wally-World. Now maybe I should have! lol
    Congrats to a very good year! :-)
    ~When I grow up, Gonna get me one of them there fancy road bicycles~


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    Quote Originally Posted by WJordan View Post
    Jeee... I once thought of buying one of those Next mountain bikes at Wally-World. Now maybe I should have! lol
    Congrats to a very good year! :-)
    It seems the bikes at our local Wally are put together reasonably well. The original tires went about 700 miles and the knobs were
    gone on the rear. Put on road tread innovas. Brakes grabbed and squeaked from the start, new pads stopped that. I have nothing
    bad to say about the bike, it served me well for nearly 6000 miles and I got back most of my money at the yard sale. Even the
    seat was OK. I think the rear suspension was a big plus getting started, it saved the rear wheel from my bad riding habits at the
    time. I learned to get out of the seat when it got rough.

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    I want to be you when I'm 65.

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