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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 07-14-13, 08:09 PM   #1
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Grr... the fitness is gone

although I have a host of excuses ready to explain it. My ride today was hot, it was windy (a bit), I haven't ridden in two months as I recover from ankle surgery etc. Not my fault!

21 miles was about the outer limit today though, and my HR was sky high compared to what I would have expected for such a non-aggressive ride. I did pass an old man on an electric assist bike... twice... so there's that.

http://app.strava.com/activities/67162531

I'd post a screen shot of my power curve today vs. my maximal power for 2013 but it's depressing, so I'll hold off on that.
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Good to see you back in the saddle. The fitness will come back. Just don't push yourself to the point of injury.
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Lambert & Mar Vista, two streets I would never want to ride on unless I had to. But it looks like you were on the Greenway trail for part of it. Whittier Blvd., around the 605 is also horrid.

I was off the bike for a couple of months (until the end of May), and I'm slowly getting my fitness back. What can you do? Just ride.
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Old 07-14-13, 10:11 PM   #4
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Glad you're back on the bike. Now quit making excuses and start training for Cool Breeze!
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the good news is that it comes back ;-)

I'm already surprised 2 months ago I was seeing a new max HR on most rides (topped out at 202 or 203... high for a fat 33 y/o lol)... the other day I was riding and pushing pretty hard and amazed at the difficulty I was having even getting my HR into the 160's...
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Good to see u spinning again. I can say it will take a solid month to get that he down and control your breathing again. If it hurts, back off a few gears. And map your rides with the fewest amount of potential stop lights.
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Glad you're back, it'll get better.

I was off the bike for almost 2 months once and it took me about that same amount of time to get my fitness back.
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Glad your back buddy.
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Glad you are back. I'm waiting on the doc to give me the OK. It's been 37 days since my accident and I fear that I'll have an FTP value of 1.FAT W/Kg
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TH welcome back to riding. How'd your weight hold during the recovery time?
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Lambert & Mar Vista, two streets I would never want to ride on unless I had to. But it looks like you were on the Greenway trail for part of it. Whittier Blvd., around the 605 is also horrid.
I don't mind Lambert east of say, first street but I stay off it west of there. Mar Vista also doesn't bother me but I seem to use that street a lot - I live just off Colima.

That 605 underpass on Whittier BLVD is usually where I get my highest HR for the day. Ha ha.

I usually avoid the greenway trail like the plague but that's about the right speed for me right now.

Fun times!
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TH welcome back to riding. How'd your weight hold during the recovery time?
Yeah, not so well. I guess my diet could still use some improvement.
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You'll be back in no time. At least now maybe we can all keep up with you.
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I don't mind Lambert east of say, first street but I stay off it west of there. Mar Vista also doesn't bother me but I seem to use that street a lot - I live just off Colima.

That 605 underpass on Whittier BLVD is usually where I get my highest HR for the day. Ha ha.

I usually avoid the greenway trail like the plague but that's about the right speed for me right now.

Fun times!
No kidding! I wish they'd widen and light that underpass assuming you mean the SGRT underpass/tunnel at Whittier Blvd

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You need to be patient. Spend a couple of months just rebuilding your base.
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No kidding! I wish they'd widen and light that underpass assuming you mean the SGRT underpass/tunnel at Whittier Blvd
Nay, not the SGRT underpass under Whittier Blvd (which is awful)... but ON whittier blvd trying to get under the 605. it's like frogger.

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Just be glad you're riding, all the rest will come back in time.
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