Heading back in from a group ride this evening, a rider I don't know compliments me on my strength with something like, "you're riding strong, ... at your size I didn't think you'd ride this strong, especially on these hills". We followed up with a conversation about weight and cycling, a nice chat - and then rode into town. Near the end where it always heats up with a couple of rollers I launch off the wheel and take off - nobody follows except this guy, and once we've reached the cooldown coast back to the finish the guy says, "if you lost 30 or 40# you'd be hanging right with the racer types". Well that ain't gonna happen, but I could see myself reasonably at 200-205 (I'm around 6'0, and currently at 225).
So, while it sounds kinda odd, I thought it entirely positive. I have been riding a lot, (on pace to meet my oft-missed 4K mile year) and I'm getting stronger (if not too much lighter) as a result. I'm motivated to get the lbs off - as I'm tired of being the slow guy in the group blowing himself up just to keep up (not this ride, but just in general).