I have been biking and losing weight for several years. The weight loss has been a series of downhill slides, long plateaus, and a couple of regressions. I am down to 224 from about 290 over two years.
As a big guy, hills have always been an issue. One thing that has threatened to discourage me from riding is that where I live is pretty hilly. This is the worse approach to my home, though the others aren't much better.
Last week I had taken off on a long after work ride into a brutal headwind. My average speed on this 19 mile route had been averaging almost 15 mph recently, but this day it was a pitiful 11. The wind blasted me head on almost the whole way.
Toward the end of this route are a couple of moderate hills. These hills had been hard for me when I was packing 240-250 lbs, but this day they actually seemed easier than the wind. It wasn’t until after the ride that the significance of this hit me.
Yesterday, with a mild quartering tailwind, I did that route and stretched it to 23 miles, averaging over 15mph for the first time on that route, and earning a PR on one of those hills in the process.