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    First ride today on the new bike!!

    Well I was really excited to pick up the bike today, but it seems I was overly optimistic about my first ride on it. I only managed to make it 3 miles on flat ground at 11mph, was shooting for 6. I didn't remember riding a bike to be this challenging, what really surprised me was not that my legs got tired, I was expecting that, but how quickly my arms tired. So I sucked it up in the evening got back on and rode the a mile and back to my youngest sons baseball game, which they won, he was the winning pitcher with 9 strikeouts and 1 walk in his season debut on the mound. His debut was much better than mine, lol.

    On a brighter note, went to see my doctor today and found out I had lost 22 pounds, which really surprised me!!! Six weeks ago I cut out drinking soda, and cut portions close to half, I don't have scales in the house, I knew had lost a little weight but didn't see 22 pounds coming off that quick.

    So did I mention my butt is really sore!! I'll be back on the bike in the morning giving it my best shot, I'm wondering how long it will take my bottom to get adjusted to riding on this little bitty saddle? lol

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    it doesnt get easier you only go faster and farther

    3 miles is a great job on first ride, my first ride was a half mile.

    as for the bottom, it will be a long while before you get used to it. i remember my first ride that was over 30 minutes, i couldnt sit on a wooden chair without wincing

    just keep on riding and getting out there all will fall in place and soon you will be posting questions on what to bring with on a 100 mile ride

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    My first ride was 3 miles too! Gratz on the new ride. What bike is it?

    It really kicks one's as$ (your whole body really) after not having ridden a bike for awhile, but if your bike is properly fitted, you will get used to the saddle in less than a week of riding (in my experience). Sit bones really do toughen up but also check for proper bike fit. If your LBS didn't help you with this yet, go in and have them make sure your saddle is properly positioned. Your saddle should be at the height/back-forth position so that you feel like your weight is somewhat evenly distributed between the pedals, handlebars, and saddle. Resist the temptation to go buy a big/wide cushy saddle, as this can put pressure on soft tissue instead of where it should be: on sit bones. They also impede the free movement of your legs and can chafe. If you still have issues, do invest in cycling specific shorts before getting a new saddle - the gel really does make big difference (I'm a converted skeptic). If that still doesn't solve the problem after several rides, go to a LBS that knows what they're doing (not Walmart) and buy the skinniest saddle you can be comfortable on.

    You said that your arms hurt: make sure that the saddle is not too far back that your elbows cannot have a slight bend while in the hoods. Elbows are a part of your body's shock absorption on a bike and they should not feel pressured. Once again, check proper bike fit and even weight distribution between the body's contact points on the bike.

    Nice job on that weight loss, (that really is fast!) sharing it with us is a motivator for me and others.

    Best of luck, dude!
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    what is this 'road tax' you speak of?

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    I have a specialized sirrus, its the base model the guys at the LBS fitted me for the frame and saddle height, but didn't say much about my distance from the handlebars. After reading some other posts I think I probably need to get some more core strength. Tomorrow i'm going to try ride a little lighter with my hands, and see if that makes a difference. I'm still a whopping 318 pounds, but I'm sure gonna try to get some more of it off.

    I've already read enough success stories in this forum to know if there is a will there is a way!!

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    ya done good son! I've done rides where I meant to do 15 did 2 and wondered if I could make it home. I've had a lot of injuries besides the weight. I rode my age in miles the other day- 61 and did 32 today. I quit using a cane about a month ago, it still hurts to walk ( and ride) till I get new knees and ny back fixed, but getting a bit better ( I'm down to 235 from 258) get some riding shorts with chamois/pad - they work wonders and remember NO underwear!
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    Quote Originally Posted by hardcase65 View Post
    I have a specialized sirrus, its the base model the guys at the LBS fitted me for the frame and saddle height, but didn't say much about my distance from the handlebars.
    Hmm, yup. If it doesn't feel right, it isn't.
    what is this 'road tax' you speak of?

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    Congrats on your sons debut! Sounds like a great night.

    Butt get used to seats, get a good padded pair of shorts or a liner. I never leave home without mine! Pick up a heart rate monitor if you can. Don't worry about miles yet. Try to get your heart working in zones 3/4 for an hour. Make that a goal. If you ride 3 miles and rest for 10 minutes and then get another 3 miles in-AWESOME! pat yourself on the back. As you build your Cardio Vascular strength you will be surprised how everything else in life improves. The sore butts and sweaty rides will be badges of courage. Keep riding hardcase.

    I put in a call to OU, they want to know when your son pitches again. they need help!
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    Quote Originally Posted by hardcase65 View Post
    Well I was really excited to pick up the bike today, but it seems I was overly optimistic about my first ride on it. I only managed to make it 3 miles on flat ground at 11mph, was shooting for 6. I didn't remember riding a bike to be this challenging, what really surprised me was not that my legs got tired, I was expecting that, but how quickly my arms tired. So I sucked it up in the evening got back on and rode the a mile and back to my youngest sons baseball game, which they won, he was the winning pitcher with 9 strikeouts and 1 walk in his season debut on the mound. His debut was much better than mine, lol.

    On a brighter note, went to see my doctor today and found out I had lost 22 pounds, which really surprised me!!! Six weeks ago I cut out drinking soda, and cut portions close to half, I don't have scales in the house, I knew had lost a little weight but didn't see 22 pounds coming off that quick.

    So did I mention my butt is really sore!! I'll be back on the bike in the morning giving it my best shot, I'm wondering how long it will take my bottom to get adjusted to riding on this little bitty saddle? lol
    When I bought my bike I hadn't cycled in the best part of 25 years and hadn't taken any exercise to speak of for probably 5 years. My first ride was about 5 miles and at the end of it I felt like I just wanted to curl up and die somewhere.

    Stick with it, push a little further each time and before you know it you'll be doing the kind of distance you'd think wasn't even possible now.

    Make sure the bones in your butt are resting on the wide part at the back of the saddle. If you're putting weight on the thin part you will have comfort issues.
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    When I was 32 I got on my old beat up mountain bike and rode 20 miles. I was tired but it went OK. Rides after that were short and mostly for practical purposes. Then I got it in my head that I wanted an awesome road bike because imagine how far I would ride! It took me 8 years to finally make it a priority and I got my first road bike. Most of the 9 years was spent gaining weight and dreaming of biking on something that didn't weigh 50 pounds made by Huffy. When I finally go the bike (Giant Defy 2), I was dismayed that it hurt my ass to ride and going 5 miles was tough. I was still thinking I was 9 years younger and 50 pounds lighter.

    It's taken me a few false starts, but coming to this community and working near enough to my home to bike, I've gained enough momentum to keep going. I'm currently at your same weight. I got over whatever problems I had with it and bought bike shorts. They help a lot. I'm currently about 4 weeks in and I'm almost at 200 miles. My butt doesn't hurt as much, but my arms and legs are still sore.

    However, they're sore because I've gone from 4 or 5 miles to 10-25 miles. My average speed has gone from 12 to 15mph (today I hit 16mph on a short 3 mile ride). So I think my current soreness isn't my old soreness, if that makes sense. 3 weeks ago it was soreness from just getting on the bike. Today the soreness is from riding further and faster than last week. It's building so I wear the pain proudly.

    I don't think I've ever seen a story where someone didn't implore the newbie to keep at it because it gets better. You'll see the saying "It doesn't get easier, you get faster." (It was said in this thread already!) At this point in my riding I'd say it's only partly true. I could ride 3 miles at 12mph very easily. It doesn't mean it will always hurt. It's just that people tend to want to go a little faster or further than yesterday. Get hooked on cycling and the urge to go further and keep up with those who are faster is what keeps you sore. But man, it's a good sore.

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    A proper fit for the reach or distance from saddle to stem, should leave your arms slightly bent. If your arms are locked out, you are doing more damage, and it will lead to more soreness. Now due to the fact that i am carrying extra baggage around the midsection makes it a little difficult to size properly. But I blieve changing your stem length (shortening it), will bring the bars a few cm closer, and will make worlds of difference.

    Congrats on the ride, and keep on pluggin!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by contango View Post
    and at the end of it I felt like I just wanted to curl up and die somewhere.
    i still try to do a ride like that once a month.

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