and I'm very excited
only been doing this about 3 weeks now, less than a week on the Trek.
I'm a type II diabetic who hasn't taken very good of myself over the last few years. I decided to try and make a life change and reintroduce some exercise, maybe some diet changes, in order to loose some weight and get off these meds. I'm danger close to having to start on insulin, that scared me enough to try and make this change.
I'm currently right at 280lbs stuffed into a 6'1" frame, my ultimate goal is about 225lbs. I believe I can do this and keep there, below 200lbs I just don't think I could maintain that as much as I'd like to be there.
I decided cycling would be a good avenue for my quest and headed off to Wally World in search of a bike. Found one I liked (Mongoose something or other) and my quest began... that bike made it 1.5 miles before it went poof so I took it back and decided I should invest a little more at the sporting goods store. I found a Schwinn Midmoor there and rode it a few miles and decided the front suspension just couldn't support me as it was really squishy and felt very unstable. Back that went too and off to the local bike shops I went.
After lots of back and forth's and online researching, I decided on the Trek 8.3 DS. I picked it up last Thursday and got out on it Friday morning for a quick ride. I'm still fine tuning everything and think I'm very close to getting my fitment down but I'm loving this bike. It's very stable even with the suspension unlocked. It shifts smoothly and is actually pretty comfortable, I've had none of the butt pain I had with the Schwin initially. I did have a little hand comfort issue at first but I think that was more due to me not being used to riding position because it has gone away over this past week.
I've done 6 rides so far with a total of 23.94 miles and last night my first 5 mile ride (my goal when I started this was to do 5 miles a day). My ultimate goal is to make the 17 mile commute to work but I think that will be a while before I attempt this. For the time being I will concentrate on my 5 mile loop and maybe in another week or two I will go to 7 miles and so on. I would like to get to the point where I can do the 5 miles without being exhausted and that's just going to require some conditioning. I am working on using lower gears with higher cadence (will be buying a cadence computer to help with that) as my thighs are letting me know just how unhappy they are with my decision to ride.
Small steps right?
I must say I have been inspired by the posts on here and hopefully one day I will be able to inspire someone to take that next step forward.
Thanks for reading and I'm looking forward to being a part of this community.