Our scale at home will give me my weight but it takes a few minutes. Just keep moving forward. I would probably use fiberglass and resin with that plywood. You can get it at auto parts stores around here.
alrighty !! back at it again. put on 6 miles tonight.
Got out the sawzall and dremel and went at it fixing the seat. I am also BENDING the seat back arm !! I need to reinforce that too.
I added two layers of plywood (later will find some foam to put on top of that and some black canvas to make it look nice and "blend" with the existing seat.
WHAT a difference. no more "butt pain" from trying to oooze in the opening. huge improvement.
I think I am starting to break in my muscles cause MAN did it wipe my legs out tonight. "I" was not overly tired but my legs said "wow" and it felt very good.
Here are some pics of the seat repair AND finally got a self picture with my bike.
Me and my bike
The seat cushion and its cover
I bought some 1/4 x 20 short counter sink bolts and used the unused holes in the seat to secure to the plywood I also stuffed some gorilla glue in the break in the resin/foam of the seat. then added a layer of paper so the glue would not adhere to the seat cover itself.
The top with the wood. note I have extra wood extending out the back to provide more support and ALSO to allow me to "anchor" the seat to the backrest stem to reinforce all of them (will device a bracket system alter)
The base/stem unit attached
that square tube right there is what goes to the "backrest" and it is bent now. I need to reinforce that.
Here is the seat on the bike again
notes in the picture. the CIRCLED component is a concern. it looks like I am bending and or stressing it. its a very small little clamp with ONE screw holding it all together. that is a weak point I need to reinforce. one way is my supports. once I add them THIS component should be under less stress
its also hard to keep the seat from "turning" (see the arrow) and I am afraid to tighten this too much. SO I am going to get a piece of pipe that will snugly slide over the step once I have it JUST where I want it I will cut to the exact length to fit here and add that piece in to take some of the load.
tonight I did most of my 3 mile loop and then road up to the walmart center and road around that and came back through the neighbor hoods road 6 miles (its shorter in strava because I start and stop it away from home)
have not ridden in a couple days. got a pretty aggressive fungal infections near the thighs. got some spray its working.
one problem I am having is my underwear. the "seam" edge between the seat and my leg is tearing me apart.. what can I do about that.
I have some cycling short waiting for me at home - hope they fit :-) but the underwear seam will still be present I don't see how they will fix that problem.
someone suggested go without underwear. but then I have my .... no nice way to say this ... nut sack in contact with my thights. as a fat man this is not good. I depend on the "wrapping" function of underwear to cup my sack and prevent this contact.
suggestions? basically I traded butt pain fur underwear thigh pain. I can live with that but I think its part of why I get the fungal infection and spending $8 a week on anti fungal spray will get both expensive and might eventually stop working.
hey. one of the consequences I have to live with for being 450 pounds. I thought the sitting position would be ok (since I sit all day at work with minimal problems)
well I (duh) did not account for the fact that my legs would be MOVING on the bike that up and down crunching motion is what's doing it.
I ordered a pair of cycling shorts 5x (hope they fit) off ebay they were delivered today so I will take a ride tonight or tomorrow morning and see how it goes.
My fear is that cycle shorts without underwear will "wear" like boxer briefs. IE the fabric does not "GO INTO" the fold between my genitals and my thighs like regular briefs do. its why I can't wear boxers or boxer briefs (tried both) and can only wear regular tighty whities :-)
I am afraid the cycle shorts will do the same thing. not enter that "fold" although the posture of the dream 21 means my thighs don't directly rub together (a huge relief for me) so maybe it won't be so bad.
I sweat so much down their when "active" like this that I have to sometimes were two pair of underwear a day (mid day change) or I get bad rot down their. sometimes there can be a near solidifying build up on the fabric that goes into that fold.
I am surprised I don't have more problems with my panis. I am assuming since I wear my underwear below that point in that fold that it absorbs that moisture as well.
I got down to 360 last year but had a relapse and gained 40 pounds, hitting 400 again. Back down to 375 and slowly getting there. Stick with it. Cycling is seriously addicting. There will be enormous highs. There will also be devastating lows. The trick is to not get discouraged when something bad happens. In 2004 I was well on my way to establishing cycling as a lifestyle, but one bad 15 mile walk home (flat tire, didn't know how to fix it) and I became so discouraged that I quit for 5 years and gained 100 pounds. Bad mistake.
Stick with it. Track the weight. Success will come with patience and effort. Keep on truckin.
Cool. One word of warning... do NOT get devastated or angry when it tells you what you weigh and it's a lot more than you expected. It's a tough pill to handle, and I think, at least for me, that a sense of devastation or depression is the most counterproductive feeling to have, because it makes me want to give up.
I've given up many times before. I always regret it. Take the number in stride, jot it down daily or weekly, and track your progress. There are surely people who weigh more who have been successful... so we can be too.
yeah the shorts fit. so I ordered every pair she had (7 pairs total) so thats a weeks worth. good. $42 for 7 pairs of cycling shorts in my giant 5x size NOT BAD :-)
Have not ridden in a few days. hard core work hours (mom got sick so I had to work even more hours) really really wiped out. and this fungal rash is kicking my butt though the spray powder is working.
odd too cause I was being ultra careful to shower often and aggressively. my pop got a small fungal infection near his drainage port. so I am thinking I may have picked it up from using the same towel he used when I dried off. won't make that mistake again.
not being "too" careful over what I eat (working on it hard when you have to order out) but I AM staying under 2000 cals a day and doing well at that. just got to select healthier items to fit in that 2000 cals :-)
whatever the number is that number is reality. reality is funny that way in that it imposes itself on you whether you agree with it or not. Will I get angry? sure, devastated? no. angry is good, motivates me :-) devastation is irrelevant since it won't change reality.
Either way the number won't bother me that much. I will deal with it and move on whatever it may be. I am guessing between 450-460 since I was "ALMOST" able to get all the way on the scale before it errored but then again that could be a 30pound difference too. speculation is irrelevant though so will just wait till I get the scale.
found my bt speaker finally !! so I can get some audio going on my rides. that will be a good motivator always looking for more time to listen to my podcasts and audio books. my monster speaker should be more than loud enough and its tiny :-)
In the morning will drop anthony off at the ms150 start. figure I will help out if they need any help (already their might as well lend a hand)
I REALLY wish I could have participated but I just got the bike too late and am far too out of shape.
I did not realize they had a 45 mile "short course" you could do. it would have been grueling but I "might" have been able to complete that if I just took it slow. too late now.
I WILL do it next year. its one of my primary objectives. lose at least 100 pounds and do the ms150 2013.
I WILL do it next year. its one of my primary objectives. lose at least 100 pounds and do the ms150 2013.
That's a great goal and good luck to you, Nerys.
Here's a tip for you, the food industries are not your friend. Try as hard as you can to NOT order out. It's difficult and takes planning. When you order out you don't have as much control over what you eat. The weeks were I have lost a pound or two are the weeks I did not eat out, and I took charge of my diet. The weeks were I gained back a pound or two are when I ingested fast food or restaurant food.
agreed but its difficult to say the least. we run a family business and pop is out of commission. the other employee works every single night so one of us "MUST" work every single day.
I will be down here 5 days straight this week. 4 days next week. its 54 miles one way so I come down here and I STAY down here over night to reduce the cost of fuel (rather significant when your round trip is 110 miles) not even speaking of the 3 hours of driving every day if I went back home.
SO I order "lighter" Chinese entries that I can get a pretty good measure on calories. staying away from the heavy beef stuff.
its just not practical to "prepare" hot meals here and I am not going doggie bag style for 4 and 5 days straight :-)
hopefully this will be short term once he gets the gall bladder removed and is back on his feet again. (tentatively planned for oct 15th) so by November I hope he is well enough to return to work. they my schedule will be a lot less hectic :-)
this week is extra hellish. had to work an extra day for mom since she got sick enough to need a trip to the hospital (better now) and then I am stuck down here till tomorrow night since its 4 hours round trip to ocean city from home. I can't afford the cash for that kind of gasoline outlay nor the 8 hours travel time it would entail (two trips) so staying here in EHC which is only 30 minutes from ocean city.
Just got to made do and "go with it" till things improve :-)
Anthony made 70 miles of the trip today (century loop) and had an issue (chest pains) turns out he is ok and will continue tomorrow.
Great job so far! Keep it going. Not easy. I've been losing since the first of the year. One of the best feelings is weighing yourself every couple days and having the scale show the least amount you've weighed all year.
Two ways to eat really healthy...and help stay away from the processed food industry:
1-Get a juicer and a couple good juicing recipes books. Keep these at home. Supplement one meal a day as juice (with green in it!).
2-Get a fuzzy logic rice cooker and a good recipe book. Keep at the family business. The one we got has a 'ready' timer. Just put the ingredients in it, set the 'ready' time, and go do what you need to do. When the timer goes off...yum. As a side bonus, you can make the best tasting oatmeal you've ever had, and have it ready for breakfast before you wake up (or get to the office).
Keep it up. Don't ever share towels, that's just a bad idea. Aggressive cleaning can actually encourage fungal infections that can get started because of a ph inbalance and/or irritation/skin breakdown. Get some BAG BALM. The stuff in the green can. Apply liberally to hot spots:
cotton is "ok" for wicking away sweat but from what the doctor told me the big issue for us fat folks is not sweat (once we control where it goes) but HEAT. we overheat in very short order.
we generate tons of heat both metabolically and via friction while riding. we inflame where the friction is and make even more heat.
for us fat people "breathing" is a superior need and we can take care of sweat other ways.
nylon does not breath. it wicks sweat but it does not breath ie is insulates. very very bad when your 450 pounds.
required when your a 140 pound twig :-) ie you would freeze in cotton (you being the skinny riders) while us fat riders would "cook" literally.
we have to regulate heat. the thin skintight nature will help to wick moisture and evaporate it better IE keep us dryer.
in nylon we sweat so much we overwhelm the ability of the nylon to "wick" so we end up hot AND wet.
the semi recumbent "works" with me better. the sitting position results in my thighs being pushed "APART" slightly. this reduces the chafing (tremendously) and lets "air" get in their so I stay dry.
in fact its so comfortable that were I not fat I would likely not even need cycle shorts except for the cooling effect they provide (cotton) to help me regulate heat. my problem is I am so heavy. the "edge" of the underwear is "RIGHT" on the "crease" where my leg pumps up and down onto the edge of the seat. so that seam gets "ground" into the skin over and over by my massive weight.
WHEN not if I manage to get skinnier I may find I need to switch to what you guys were (supplex blends nylon lycra) in order not to run "cold" though I imagine I will always be well above 200 pounds (even skinny) because I genuinely am "built big" even without the fat.
my goal is 225 and I predict its going to be a lifelong battle to stay under 225. staying under 250 should be easy but 225 is going to be tough.
I am over 450 pounds Anthony is 169 and he is a tiny but pudgy (just a tiny bit)
when its 45' or so out I am in shorts and t-shirt and comfortable.
in cool weather I LOVE the feel of polyester shirts. but the moment you start to sweat they are the most horrible thing I have ever worn. I admit I like the smooth slinky feeling.
I have tried nylon underwear. HORRENDOUS after 30 minutes I was done.
I am probably explaining it wrong. let me try again.
First its not total crap. I have lived it. maybe my explanation is wrong but my results are "fact" and not really up for discussion. again I could be wrong on the why but the "what happened" did in fact happen.
normal supplex cycle shorts are good at wicking and staying dry (they don't absorb moisture but they can trap it) synthetics however DO NOT breath. at all.
cotton absorbs moisture unlike synthetics but it also breaths. ie thin cotton is a very POOR insulator but a good breather. this is why people in countries like egypt do a LOT with cotton.
synthetics INSULATE. this is why you can wear them in cold weather.
so while cycling you have several issues.
you need to wick the moisture away from your skin because you have a lot of "skin on skin" in your normal bent over tight riding position.
fat people however have an additional issue. heat.
you get friction heat and the skintight nature of cycling shorts helps with friction heat. synthetics are SMOOTHER which also helps with friction.
its why you use them.
us fat folks however "overwhelm" the wicking capacity of spandex and overheat under its insulating properties.
while moisture is a problem our copious sweat means with spandex we STILL get wet and worse we now get "HOT"
you don't have this problem so you don't encounter this issue.
call is crap all you want. maybe my explanation IS crap but it "DOES" work.
at least with regular clothing. I for the most part can not wear synthetics because I sweat like CRAZY wearing them.
I was told specifically to seek out cotton blends if I could.
I chose these not because they were cotton (that was a bonus) but because the were cheap. regular synthetic shorts my size are over $50 a pair. I don't have that kind of cash.
I think the irritation is under enough control to get back on the bike. I will let you know how it goes in a week.