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Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) Looking to lose that spare tire? Ideal weight 200+? Frustrated being a large cyclist in a sport geared for the ultra-light? Learn about the bikes and parts that can take the abuse of a heavier cyclist, how to keep your body going while losing the weight, and get support from others who've been successful.

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Old 11-20-12, 07:49 PM   #1
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One Month Report

Well I started one mounth ago on my journy of heath and trying to find myself. So I have rode my bike 46 miles and lost about 15 lbs. I set a goal to ride 100 miles before the end of the year. I have 54 miles more to go, but I think I can do it. At first I did not think it was possible, I was having to push to go 2 miles, now the hills don't seem as steep, and my rear doesn't hurt as bad on that seat . My problem is that I have a mountain bike and I really like riding the wooded trails and mountain bike parks, so the miles don't come as easy. But Who cares ? Right? Now I have to find a reasonable goal for the upcoming year. Do you think that 500 miles for the year is to few? Too much? I really don't know, like I said I like the trails and 3 miles on them is like 15 on the road, but I have only been at this for a month.
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Old 11-20-12, 08:08 PM   #2
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Way to go! I like your goal of 500 miles for next year! I bet you surpass that!
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Old 11-20-12, 09:12 PM   #3
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Congrats on the journey so far. I think 500 miles for next years goal is a fine idea and if you do more, good for you! I agree about the mileage on a mountain bike. I usually ride a road bike and can easily crank out 40 miles in an afternoon. I took up MTB riding this fall and 10 miles on the MTB is a real workout. Totally different t beast.

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Congrats on the progress thus far. How do you feel?

For your goal: Have you tried road riding? The one thing that will give you is the ability to ride better and more confident in traffic. You can still see a lot have have a lot of peace with road riding. And the miles will add up too.
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Old 11-21-12, 07:57 AM   #5
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Nice going! Great on the weight loss. Your body doesn't know how far you rode nor at what speed; it's the time and relatively effort you spend on the bike that counts. You're doing just fine.
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I think you need to do your goals a month at a time or less. Making a goal to ride 500 miles over 12 months is way too easy in my opinion. As you become fitter, you will need to increase the miles to increase our fitness. Riding just 3 miles four days a week gets you around 50 miles a month and I know you can do better in time.

by the time it warms up next year you will be in good enough shape you will strongly consider getting a road bike
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Setting a goal of 500 miles for a year would be fine, there's nothing wrong with that. However, you don't have to have an annual mileage goal if you don't want one. For about 9 years now I've not set goals like that, and I think I enjoy the act of bicycling more. When I wanna go out for a ride, or I need to go somewhere I just hop on the bike, have a blast, and I don't worry about tracking mileage and heart rate - I just have fun. I'm not saying tracking mileage and setting that type of goal is wrong, I'm just saying that we all have different personalities and are different ages so "just riding" is also a viable option

I see the point of having annual/weekly goals, too. There's a lot of pride and accomplishment felt when you set a goal and then accomplish it. But I've seen people burn out on cycling by "over structuring" it. Either way is fine, but just know there's options
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But I've seen people burn out on cycling by "over structuring" it. Either way is fine, but just know there's options
Very true.
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Nice going! Great on the weight loss. Your body doesn't know how far you rode nor at what speed; it's the time and relatively effort you spend on the bike that counts. You're doing just fine.
+1. You're doing great. Just keep doing it.
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