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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 07-15-13, 08:22 PM   #1
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Back in the saddle again

I've been off my bike for a year. In 2011 my wife and I were riding several days a week and doing 12-15 miles each time. Then winter came, then laziness took hold 2012. While watching the TdF I got inspired and yesterday I got the bike out, dusted it off and went for a cruise. I was originally just going to go on a 2 mile ride but after I did the one mile down, I decided heck, I'll do my 4 mile loop. 93 degrees and humid but I was feeling good. At mile two I felt winded and was feeling some cramps. I took a couple minute breather, drank some water then went back on the road. I started off slowly but then picked up the pace. The last mile and a half I was moving at a steady 14mph. I felt really good but a little winded. 4 miles in 20 minutes or an average of 12 mph.

Today I feel good. Slightly sore but I was ready to go out again. Temp again was in the lower 90's but very high humidity so I am giving a rest day and will get back out there tomorrow. Don't want to give myself heat stroke. A buddy of mine who is a very avid cyclist said he will go out with me and help get me back into shape. Even offered to let me try his Bianchi road bike. I also bought my nephew who is 12 a new MTB so I would like to get into shape to take him trail riding.

Now I just have to make sure I continue.
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Old 07-15-13, 08:50 PM   #2
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Don't let anything get in your way!!
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I'm with ya! I just hopped on the bike this month after 2 months recovering from surgery... and hoo boy, what was easy before is no longer easy.

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Thanks guys. This site always help inspire me with everyone's encouragement.
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Just when get motivated again, heat wave with oppressive humidity. I haven't been out since. It was 97 degrees at my desk today and 95 the last couple days INDOORS! I just didn't have the energy to ride. Got home, hit the air conditioning and that was it.

Tonight I got home and was going to try and ride but again, the heat drained me. I'll have to wait for the weekend when temps go back to upper 80's.
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Anytime you get back to your bike and return to some hopefully regular exercise it's a great thing, eh? I took 20 years off...
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Went out with a buddy last night for an 8 mile cruise. It took a little longer to get up to speed after stopping for traffic lights and stop signs after mile 6 but I pushed on. This morning I am sore but I feel good. Hopefully I am going to get back out there tonight with my wife and put in a few more miles with her. This will be the first time she was on a bike in over a year so we will probably only do a few miles.

I am starting to get back into the groove.
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I want to share my bike happy moment with you guys. Got up yesterday morning looked out of the window and said this is a great morning to ride. I got my gear on, AND my helmet for the first time, and took it out for a spin. Went 4 miles this time. What was different was I got my old Fuji road bike back from the LBS from getting a tune up and new bigger tires. I am still getting used to it. After the TdF it encouraged me to get the road bike road worthy. One thing I have noticed with this thing is I am able to focus more on my cadence. Since I don't want to shift as much because i am not used to the down tube shifters I have found that I am increasing my pedal RPM which is a good thing. I have a tendency to go into higher gears and push instead of spin. I think this is going to help with the cardio aspect I need as well as better feeling legs.


Another thing I found was this sucker is fast. My BMW is more of a hybrid bike with MTB style gearing. Top speed I hit on that was 23mph. This Fuji I was doing around 25-27 mph gauging the cars passing me. Speed limit is 25 on this road so people rarely go over 30 If i really wanted to push it I could have gone over 30 i think. What a great feeling. Plus the people walking and cars passing were probably saying "dang that big dude is moving" - probably not but I would find it a complement.


Now I have two bikes I can chose from depending on my mood to get out on. This is only going to encourage me to get out there more.
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...Today I feel good. Slightly sore but I was ready to go out again.
Bravo - Short ride every other day is the way to go...

Just had my first ride in two weeks - Had my turn with the back pain - All well now...
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