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    today I rode 25 miles in a local club ride and it was very hilly along with a 30+ mph wind all day. I haven't been on the bike much the last month. It seemed the only nice days we had were the ones with other commitments. I rode the cross check and was wiped out by the end. I'm almost embarrassed to say it but I actually had to get off and walk on a few of the hills. I was debating on taking the 45 mile loop and thank goodness I didn't because I would have never made it. I have been hitting the gym a few days a week lifting weights but hope to start riding at least 2-3x's per week now that the weather is starting to improve. By the end of todays ride I was just totally disgusted with myself. I really expected my body to handle the ride much better than I did. Next time I do a ride like that I will definitely ride my long haul trucker with the narrower tires. My cross check has 700x38's and think that may have hurt me a little today as well(even though the hills/wind were the main problem for me).
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    well I weighed in this morning for the first time in a while and I was at 256. So it looks like I've lost 6lbs since my initial weigh in. My eating wasn't very clean through February and I didn't do alot of exercise. I was a tad disappointed but I only have myself to blame. The local bike club just announced a weekly bike ride for beginners. I'm going to try to make the ride for a while until I can get to the point of riding with the faster guys.
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    rode 12 miles with the local bike club this evening. I think I'm going to make the Monday group ride a part of my routine. It was a nice slow pace and would probably be good for a lighter workout once a week. I did ride my Long Haul Trucker for the first time since I converted to a triple crank. The difference between this bike and my Cross Check is night and day. I think last weekends ride would have been totally different had I ridden the LHT.
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    Today I messed with the cross check and found that the front derailluer was unclamped from the frame. I had a few problems on the ride last weekend and it looks like alot of it is related to that because it was dragging on the rear wheel. I also decided to order some new tires/tubes for the cross check. I'm currently running 700x38's and ordered some 700x32's. I spent the afternoon trying to hook the front derailluer up. After a few hours I was finally able to figure out how to make it work.
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    Lee,

    Hat's off - you sound like you're doing great. I started at almost 290 pounds a year ago, lost about 30, started bike, then biking MORE, down to 215 and holding steady for eight months now. For me, biking was huge. And I love it.

    Keep on going!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BaseGuy View Post
    Lee,

    Hat's off - you sound like you're doing great. I started at almost 290 pounds a year ago, lost about 30, started bike, then biking MORE, down to 215 and holding steady for eight months now. For me, biking was huge. And I love it.

    Keep on going!
    hopefully I will be able to say the same as you this time next year .......the weather has been unusually cold/windy the past few weeks so I haven't been able to ride much. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that the weather will turn around.
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    yesterday I rode about 27+ miles. I picked up a new hiracer recumbent and took it out for a 10 mile ride. Later in the evening I went for a 17 mile ride with a local group. I had some new tires on my cross check and could tell a big difference going from the 38c to 32c tires. Riding the 'bent was a real hoot! I almost fell a couple times and it's going to take a few rides to get really comfortable with it. As corny as it sounds that 'bent really made riding fun again. I may look into getting rid of a couple of bikes down the road.




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    we've had rain the last couple of days but tomorrow I hope to go for a 2-3 hour ride on the recumbent. I did weigh in this morning and in the past two weeks I only lost 2 lbs. I was very disappointed to see that on the scale. I was sure it would be 10+ because my pants are about to fall off of me. Hopefully I'm building up some muscle because I'm definitely loosing inches. I'm trying not to let the scale get me too bummed but I'ld be lying if I didn't say I wasn't disappointed.
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    My Friday ride turned into a complete cluster. I had a flat and my mini pump would only get the spare up to 20lbs and I pinch flatted before I got home. My wife had to leave work and come pick my up. I was totally bummed because I had planned on riding 40 miles that day and only got in 20.

    We did go camping last weekend and did some hiking in the Arkansas Ozarks. I'm wanting to start doing some backpacking and back country camping so I got a good workout climbing the hills there. Even though I haven't dropped alot of weight I can start to tell that my clothes are fitting better and I'm able to go a little harder/faster/longer than before on the bike rides. I was suppose to ride in a group ride tonight but took the day off. My legs are REALLY sore from the hiking last weekend and decided to make today a rest day. I plan on riding at least 20 miles tomorrow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by leeinmemphis View Post
    Hey everyone,

    It looks like tomorrow is the day. I'm a returning clyde that weighs in somewhere around 275lbs area(will check tomorrow for sure). Last fall I purchased two bikes with intentions of returning to riding bikes(Surly cross check and Big Dummy cargo bike) but I had a disc rupture bilaterally in my back and had to have emergency surgery. This week marks the 12 week mark where I can start back to exercising. As a Christmas present my wife gave me a certificate for a bike fitting and I just made the arrangements for mid week this week. I have a few bikes but I am going to get fitted on my Surly Cross Check because it is the one I anticipate riding more often than the others.

    I will weigh in tomorrow to get a firm starting point. I'm going to start out 3-4 rides a week say an hour or so long and hopefully expand from there.I've been looking at my bikes since my surgery just dying to get out on them but I have followed doc's orders because I didn't want to risk going through the back ordeal again.(I can't even explain how traumatic it is to all of sudden not be able to move your legs). With that being said I will try to keep this as my workout thread to track my progress.

    My goals are probably a little different than most but I plan on using my bikes for running errands and exercise. If I need to go to home depot I'll just take the bike since I'm going anyway I may as well get some exercise. Ultimately me getting down to the 220lb range would be where I would like to get to and my first mileage goal is to be able to ride 50 miles in a day. I know it will be several months of hard work until I get there but hopefully I will.

    Tomorrow I will post a pic and my starting weight.
    If those are your initial expectations, you must be strong, young, athletic and a recent hardened cyclist as those are numbers for a more seasoned rider not a newb.

    Easy and gradual is the way -- especially pst op.

    Maybe, you can get a deceptive adrenaline / endorphin rush that can help you ride longer than you should but your back could hate you for it later, not to mention other body parts if you have not dialed that bike in properly over smaller rides.

    Most overweight newbs / post ops are doing much smaller rides to start.

    Oh and P.S. I'm re-joining post op land -- had abdominal surgery (gallbladder) and am hurting like feck, I won't be riding for a littl e while; so jealous of those who can as the weather is turning so sweet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rideorglide View Post
    If those are your initial expectations, you must be strong, young, athletic and a recent hardened cyclist as those are numbers for a more seasoned rider not a newb.
    I may be some of those......I'm just one of those guys that once I put my mind to something I do it. I've gone every step possible to protect my back. I did everything the doc's instructed post op and even took it easier for alot longer than he told me I had to. I was fitted by a certified professional on my bikes and have been pushing myself within my limits. I am now only probably getting 2-3 rides in a week due to some other commitments and on days where I can ride the weather has not cooperated.
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    Finally the weather held out for me to get a short ride in. I had 4 flats this morning all within the course of two miles. I ended up having to walk it home and finally figured out my problem. We have some bad storms on the way so the winds are pushing 15+ mph. I only got in 19 miles today but between walking it home and the wind I had a pretty good workout. I'm registered to do the BRAT(Bike Ride Across Tn) spring ride and am debating whether to go or not. The first day is 55 miles and it has 3k' of climbing over the course.
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    How is your back feeling after all you've done. Sounds like you're doing great!
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    Quote Originally Posted by PhotoJoe View Post
    How is your back feeling after all you've done. Sounds like you're doing great!
    I have occasional stiffness but so far I'm 100%. I think riding the recumbent helps some because it focuses it all on my legs. After 20 or so miles on a regular bike I need to stop and stretch. So far so good though. I'm hoping to shoot for 40 miles on Friday. It's suppose to rain here all day tomorrow. I guess I'll see how the 40 goes to decide on next weekends trip.
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    went on a ride today with a mixture of bike lanes and green lines. I had about a 10-15mph headwind most of the way. When I left I honestly didn't know if I would be able to ride the full 40 but I did it!!!!!


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    oh also forgot to mention that I had my first bike fall since I was a kid. I was approaching a busy intersection and a car turned quick in front of me(road was slanted right ) and I couldn't get my right foot unclipped quick enough. Yeah I'm an idiot.....
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    got up last night to make dinner and when I stood up I felt a sharp pain in my back. Woke up this morning and it's much worse. Feels like my disc has ruptured again. I'm trying to wait until tomorrow to see if I can get in to see my surgeon again. Hate going to the ER because there's not much they can do.
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    pain has really spiked the past few hours. We spoke with the surgeon and I am going to see him tomorrow. I have numbness going down my left leg and pain spiking through my back and down my legs. I'm sure this is re-ruptured. I had one spell when I got up a few minutes ago that my legs went dead for a couple seconds. Man this sucks I was just getting back into the program with my weight/working out. Very frustrating.
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    Got the results of the CT scan and the good news is that he said there's nothing on the CT that would warrant for immediate surgery. He sent me home with a steroid dose pack and couldn't believe when I woke up this morning that I was able to walk without the walker!!!! Even through the day today I've gotten even more relief. Surgery still isn't out of the question. If it flares up again we may need to run more tests. I'm going to get an extra dose pack to have at home in case I have a flare up when on a trip, on holidays or weekends.

    This thread hasn't been getting hardly any traffic so I guess I'm going to stop updating it. I have decided to get rid of the conventional DF bikes so I will be 100% recumbent. As much as I still like riding a conventional bike I think it's best that I do away with DF bikes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by leeinmemphis View Post
    Got the results of the CT scan and the good news is that he said there's nothing on the CT that would warrant for immediate surgery. He sent me home with a steroid dose pack and couldn't believe when I woke up this morning that I was able to walk without the walker!!!! Even through the day today I've gotten even more relief. Surgery still isn't out of the question. If it flares up again we may need to run more tests. I'm going to get an extra dose pack to have at home in case I have a flare up when on a trip, on holidays or weekends.

    This thread hasn't been getting hardly any traffic so I guess I'm going to stop updating it. I have decided to get rid of the conventional DF bikes so I will be 100% recumbent. As much as I still like riding a conventional bike I think it's best that I do away with DF bikes.
    Lee, keep updating it, please. I imagine many of us read it in "silence," and are rooting for you. I'm sure some of us can relate and learn from your experiences. Sorry to hear about the recurrence, but it sounds like it might not be as bad as feared?
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    Sorry to hear about the pain. Truly hope it mellows out for you. You stated above that once you put your mind to something, you do it. Talk to your doc and be smart, but you'll be back in no time.

    And keep the posts coming. Yes, there are 45 replies, but 1,544 views!
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    Thanks ER and PJ.....Today and last night I did some real soul searching about what I want to make important hobby wise and let some hobby's go. The doc yesterday basically told me that kayaking was a bad idea for me with my back issues. I also spent some time trying to determine whether I want to slim out the number of bikes. I currently have tadpole trike, high wheel racer recumbent, a 9zero7 fat bike, Surly Big Dummy, Surly long haul trucker, and Surly crosscheck. The decision was made to go all recumbent so I'm going to start listing my bikes for sale.

    Today I sold a good bit of my kayak stuff on craigslist locally. I also called TerraCycle and ordered the CargoMonster long tail cargo bike conversion kit my ActionBent tadpole trike. The kit will basically turn my trike into a Surly Big Dummy rear end. I already have a big dummy that i plan on re-using the attachments that are on my Big Dummy. I've got a few things to put on ebay and then I need to start listing the bikes on craigslist. I 've sold a couple of bikes on ebay and quite honestly they have all turned out to be a real PITA. I'm really hoping I can find a buyer close by but definitely for the Big Dummy.

    The plan is to get down to three bikes:
    1. Actionbent Tadpole(already own) with cargo monster utility bike extension for riding with my wife(seldom) and when out riding/running errands. This bike also be the one that I'll call my beater.....if the roads are bad, it's raining, or any other reason I will chose this bike to ride. The local pet store loves to watch me come in and put 80lbs of dog food on the bike. I get asked more questions there than anywhere else. We have two great danes so they go through food pretty quick. I am hoping to ride the entire Natchez Trace Parkway next year and will likely take this bike to haul the camping gear/supplies needed for a self supported ride.

    2. Bacchetta Giro 26(already own). I love this bike so much. My only complaint with it functional wise is that starting it off from a start can at times be pretty ugly for me to get started....particularly if starting off on an off camber and sloped road. I'm real "shaky" for the first 1-2 crank revolutions where I build up a bit of speed and everything calms down. I guess I probably just need to go outside and spend a couple hours one day just getting

    3. I've decided to buy a decent quality trike for day rides, group rides. I really think I want the Catrike 700 due to it's performance capabilities. I think I would like having something light and fast but it's very low to the ground and has a hardshell seat. The other model I'm debating is the Catrike Expedition. It's not quite as leaned back has a little heavier/wider tires so it will absorb more of the road shock and the seat is a mesh seat so it should be more capable. I'm worried that the Expedition is in the same niche as my tadpole trike I already have. I keep flip flopping back and forth on which one to chose. I'm half tempted to just buy the 700 and give it a whirl. If for some reason I don't like the bike then it looks like I should be able to re coop most of my money.

    My back is doing much better but think I may wait until Friday to get a nice ride in. I hate to aggravate it too soon and have another flair up.
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    Hi Lee,

    It sucks that you have to go through this, but it sounds like you have a good plan in place and are moving forward. And since that really is the goal (in both biking and life), nice work and keep it coming. Good luck on continuing on your recovery and please build up just a little more slowly than you think your body is telling you that you can.

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    Thanks Charles. I'm going to spend the next couple of weeks getting some stuff cleaned out. Man I'm going to have all kinds of room to spare without all those kayaks in the garage. I'm almost back to normal(whatever that means lol) with my back and it's suppose to rain tomorrow. I'm going to try to get in a ride on Friday. Will probably shoot for 15-20 easy miles. I mean I'm simply amazed. When he gave me the script for the steroids I was like this will never work. My pain was so bad that when we went to the doc I took along a bag with clothes/laptop with plans on going straight into surgery. I just can't believe how much of a difference there is.

    I did go ahead and order a Catrike Expedition. I was a little worried about too harsh of a ride on the 700......who knows I may even end up with one of them later on down the road.

    Quote Originally Posted by cplager View Post
    Hi Lee,

    It sucks that you have to go through this, but it sounds like you have a good plan in place and are moving forward. And since that really is the goal (in both biking and life), nice work and keep it coming. Good luck on continuing on your recovery and please build up just a little more slowly than you think your body is telling you that you can.

    Cheers,
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    Quote Originally Posted by leeinmemphis View Post
    Woke up this morning and put a new flag on my recumbent trike. My old one was literally falling apart.


    This week I was fitted on my cargo bike by a LBS and today will be my first ride on it since before my surgery. i installed a set of pogies on the handlebars. I know most will say that I do not need them in the area where I live but I have nueropathy(nerve pain) in my hands and cold weather seems to magnify it.



    Weather is suppose to be nice today so I hope to get out for a while this afternoon.
    Hey Lee, is that a flag or a sail??
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