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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 04-28-13, 10:27 AM   #1
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Taking Steps in the Right Direction..."Down" to 240...

I thought I was doing great until very recently--the last time I weighed in at the gym (and frankly, the last time I set foot in...) was in December of 2012, and I was 235... I got re-motivated recently, started riding my bikes a bit more, and then finally bought a home scale. The numbers don't lie: 240. Hmmm. I guess I was heavier than I thought. My previous all-time high has been 254 or so (for comparison, I was 185 when I got out of boot camp and 200 when I married all those long years ago...).

So its time to stop lying to myself and accept that although I can kid myself into a bad diet, I can't cycle my way out of it. My food intake has to change. No more Pho for lunch (almost everyday ), no more 4 tortillas at a sitting, zero pastas (don't even like 'em... lol), and more riding.

I've been commuting to work at least 3 days a week (6.5 miles or so each way), and am shooting for 5 days. It's very possible, and I just have to lose the excuses for driving the truck in..

I've been riding when I get home (with the fam--towing my 4 year old), and on weekends. I'm going to start charting my rides on Strava, and keeping a log of food intake/ride details.

And I will ride more...

We took the kids out to pedal our new favorite local loop yesterday (around the Puddingstone reservoir/park, out to the airport, and then home), and had a blast. We used to truck the bikes in to the park, then ride around, but this time we left from our front door! It was so cool! I had a great time training (in my mind) for my Clyde assault on GMR (towing 80+ lbs is good, me thinks... lol!!), and it was a good "get to know her bike" session for the wife. Speaking of which, she's still a bit spooked by her new road bike. It's twitchier and she's much less confident on it than she was on her Cannondale Bad Boy.

Any tips from the ladies (or gents) a to how I can help her get comfortable on it? I mounted up a set of Tioga Sure Foot 8 pedals (platforms with pins) because she absolutely refuses to even consider clipless (and I can't really blame her). I know she needs more saddle time, and that the confidence will grow. I mean, it kind of kills her joy--she is an absolute animal on the climbs, but rides the brakes ( ) all the way down any descent...

Thanks for letting me share, and for the motivation!!!
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Old 04-28-13, 11:36 AM   #2
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I have used this website for a food log. It is run by the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. It is free and has tons of food and their nutritional information in the library. You can also add custom food and recipes. A variety of standard and custom body measurements can be tracked. It does have an exercise log but not as sophisticated as Strava.

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Getting your wife comfy on her road bike... hm... I guess you need to discuss with her what's at issue. If it's "twitchy" well, road bikes tend to be that way. She'll get used to it. My son is currently complaining about the same exact thing. He finds that riding on the hoods gives him the best feeling of control.

Use whatever pedals she's comfy with - no issues with that.

As for braking down descents, that will change when she's comfortable on the bike and confident of her route. Sounds like she needs to do GMR with you on May 5.
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Getting your wife comfy on her road bike... hm... I guess you need to discuss with her what's at issue. If it's "twitchy" well, road bikes tend to be that way. She'll get used to it. My son is currently complaining about the same exact thing. He finds that riding on the hoods gives him the best feeling of control.

Use whatever pedals she's comfy with - no issues with that.

As for braking down descents, that will change when she's comfortable on the bike and confident of her route. Sounds like she needs to do GMR with you on May 5.
Thanks TJ! I've mentioned these things to her, and she really would like to try GMR (I fear/know that she will kick my be-hind on the way up! LOL!), but is concerned with the "ride down." Here I am praying that I'll make it up, let alone make a good showing, and she's "merely" concerned with the ride down...

Scale still shows 240 this morning, BTW. Definitely have to up the effort... Goal is to get to 210.

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Erwin8r, my wife was only concerned about the downhill as well. But my wife's response after riding it the other day was that it was not near as bad as she had thought it would be.

Concerning roadbike being 'twitchy'. If I remember correctly, she's coming off a hybrid right? My wife felt the same way after coming off hybrid, but riding time and going to 25 tires made a huge difference for her. She said it felt much more stable.

Concerning clipless pedals, the route I took my wife was the pedals that were normal on one side and SPD on the other and told her it was a goal to shoot for but we wouldn't do it until she was ready. A few weeks later she got courageous and switched over and has not looked back. Her only question was why she waited so long. LOL
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Erwin8r, my wife was only concerned about the downhill as well. But my wife's response after riding it the other day was that it was not near as bad as she had thought it would be.

Concerning roadbike being 'twitchy'. If I remember correctly, she's coming off a hybrid right? My wife felt the same way after coming off hybrid, but riding time and going to 25 tires made a huge difference for her. She said it felt much more stable.

Concerning clipless pedals, the route I took my wife was the pedals that were normal on one side and SPD on the other and told her it was a goal to shoot for but we wouldn't do it until she was ready. A few weeks later she got courageous and switched over and has not looked back. Her only question was why she waited so long. LOL
Thanks man! Your ride was very inspirational--I can only hope to suffer as well as you did that day. And it seems that we may have some other similarities in the way our wives approach the sport. I'll talk to her about your wife's experience and hope that she gets through that fear soon. I might even try the fatter tires thing (explaining to her why may go a ways in helping to quash the fear).
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So its time to stop lying to myself and accept that although I can kid myself into a bad diet, I can't cycle my way out of it. My food intake has to change.
That is very important. Bike rides at modest speeds can not compensate for a bad diet. Unfortunately the people that are able to burn 1000+ calories per hour on training rides and can eat what they want afterwards, are the people that don't need to loose weight in the first place.

The next thing to realize is that your diet needs to change, permanently.
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I am only a couple of pounds behind you, looks like we will have to have a virtual race! My goal is 215, 210 preferred, but summer's end.

BTW, THANK YOU for serving!
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I am only a couple of pounds behind you, looks like we will have to have a virtual race! My goal is 215, 210 preferred, but summer's end.

BTW, THANK YOU for serving!
Mike, how much do you weigh now? Man, now I have someone to TRY AND BEAT! Yeah! LOL!!
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