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    Milestones for New Riders

    I changed my diet on 4/1/13 and started riding on 5/24/13. As of today:

    550 miles total
    60 pounds down
    Doing 12-15 miles a day/~100 miles a week
    311 miles in June/210 so far in July
    Average speed in the high 13's MPH, getting close to 14 MPH average on 1-1.5 hour rides
    Have purchased three bikes already
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    Wow - 60# down in 3-4 months is outstanding. And you've bought into the N+1 philosophy! Chapeau! Other than dropping some more #s , what are your cycling goals? Metric century? Full century? Hotter than Hell 100? Death Ride? Keep up the good work.
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    Grats Jarrett2 That really is a great performance.
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    Jarret2, it's like we are brothers from different mothers...

    Started WW on March 9, down 56 lbs.
    700 miles total
    weekly miles vary
    My average speed sounds like yours.
    Bought one bike and fixed another up to tote my granddaughter around.

    Great work!! I know how difficult it can be, and how rewarding.
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    Thanks, this forum has helped me quite a bit in doing that.

    Quote Originally Posted by peckma View Post
    Other than dropping some more #s , what are your cycling goals? Metric century? Full century? Hotter than Hell 100? Death Ride? Keep up the good work.
    I don't really have any true cycling goals. It's more just exercise at the moment. A way to burn calories without blowing out knees is how I see it.

    I've done a 25 mile ride. I did my third 20 mile ride last weekend and did it under 1.5 hours at 13.6 MPH. I'm just trying to incrementally go a little further/faster each time. I'd like to get my daily 15 mile rides into the 14 MPH speed range consistently. Would be nice to try a 30 mile ride soon as well. But no major aspirations of competition outside of personal.

    I'm starting to wonder when it makes sense to move from a hybrid to a road bike.

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    Congrats! If you've already done 25 miles, you can do 30. The weight loss is awesome. Good on ya!

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    Great job Jarrett and ChuckHubbert!

    I started cycling on June 25, 2013 and did my first 10 mile ride today (after feeling exhausted doing 2-4 km the first few days). I've done 100 miles this month and ~114 miles total so far. I'm generally averaging around 12.4 mph (20 km/h) at the moment.

    I've basically been more focused at adding distance for the time being than speed, and on keeping my average cadence around 80. Once I have built up the endurance to do some longer distances in the 20-30 mile range, I'll probably start focusing on speed more. I've ridden every day since I got my bike and plan to keep doing so until the impending winter forces me to get a resistance trainer so I can keep it up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ursa Minor View Post
    Grats Jarrett2 That really is a great performance.
    very impressive!
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    Very impressive indeed!! You guys are doing amazing!! wish I could lose that kind of weight.

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    Thanks all. Just to be clear, for me its not the bike that's losing the weight. It's the change in diet. I was losing weight before I got the bike, but it certainly helps. I saw someone post this on here and thought it was great advice:

    Eat less to lose weight
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    Wow I'm impressed and encouraged! I just got back on my old bike less than two weeks ago. I have gone from going down the street and back to nearly 7 miles. I work second shift and have to stand on concrete all night so I am trying to work up slowly. If I am worn out when I get to work it makes for a very long night. I haven't lost any weight but I haven't changed my diet either. In fact I think exercise gives me a better appetite!I guess I need to work on that too. I am 5'8 and weighed 202 when I started. I have told myself that if I can keep it up for a month then I may look for a new bike. Right now I am riding a 30 year old rusty 10 speed. Keep up the good work and keep encouraging the rest of us!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Street Pedaler View Post
    If you've already done 25 miles, you can do 30.
    Apparently, you were right, sir



    With that, 610 total miles and 63 pounds down so far.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jarrett2 View Post
    Apparently, you were right, sir



    With that, 610 total miles and 63 pounds down so far.
    HA! Told ya. Awesome.

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    Another new milestone this weekend:



    125 miles for the week
    955 miles since I got my first bike on 5/24/13

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    I could only hope to be as successful as you are. I haven't drastically changed my diet but I have cut most sweets and all soda except one day a week. I'm down maybe 15 lbs. since late May when I got my bike but the biggest change is in my waistline, I can feel it in the way my pants fit. I've only done 190 miles in that time also but I feel I'm exchanging fat for muscle which partially explains the lower loss number.

    Congrats on your weight loss, keep it up.

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    That weight lose is great. The VA has a program called MOVE. It is a weight lose program. They taught us how to eat and what to and what not to eat. I am on a 1500-1700 calorie diet a day. I have been on this since middle of June. I also have changed the way I eat. Lots of water everyday, no sodas,very little sugar and fresh veggies and fruit everyday. I weigh and measure everything I eat. It is working. Lost over 20# since I started the program. Now at 235 and my goal is under 210. I ride a Sun recumbent trike and try to ride 10-15 miles a day.

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    Some new updates:

    87 lbs down since 4/1/13
    1306 miles since 5/24/13
    521 miles in August
    155 miles last week
    Down 3 shirt sizes and 4 shorts sizes

    New average speed record today:



    New overall ride distance record:


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    Very impressive pal keep it up

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jarrett2 View Post
    I'm starting to wonder when it makes sense to move from a hybrid to a road bike.
    I did it this year and instantly began kicking myself that I hadn't done it sooner. My rides are faster and the hills are smaller on the road bike :-) The thing that worried me was comfort, I was amazed that the road bike was more comfortable than my hybrids - partially due to additional hand positions. Having said that, my road bike has a sloped top tube and a triple crank.

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    Well done!

    I started in November of 2012 with a 9 mile ride that killed me. I've since completed two of my three goals for the year. Last one to knock off is a century on 9/15.

    I've lost 40lbs, picked up speed, and one hell of an addiction.
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    Impressive ! Congrats !!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Buckeye370 View Post
    Well done!

    I started in November of 2012 with a 9 mile ride that killed me. I've since completed two of my three goals for the year. Last one to knock off is a century on 9/15.

    I've lost 40lbs, picked up speed, and one hell of an addiction.

    Update:

    Mark the century off of the list! Knocked that out today. Time to set new goals!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jarrett2 View Post
    Thanks, this forum has helped me quite a bit in doing that.



    I don't really have any true cycling goals. It's more just exercise at the moment. A way to burn calories without blowing out knees is how I see it.

    I've done a 25 mile ride. I did my third 20 mile ride last weekend and did it under 1.5 hours at 13.6 MPH. I'm just trying to incrementally go a little further/faster each time. I'd like to get my daily 15 mile rides into the 14 MPH speed range consistently. Would be nice to try a 30 mile ride soon as well. But no major aspirations of competition outside of personal.

    I'm starting to wonder when it makes sense to move from a hybrid to a road bike.
    Funny thing about a fast road bike, you need to search out hills, go further and challenge that 20mph peg to get the same workout as on a heavier upright bike. It's a fun ride, but I often think it defeats the purpose (if you are riding for fitness) on the average 30m loop. Blasting hills on my Roubaix is fun, but it's not the workout I'd get with my steel fixie or my touring rig.

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    Yeah, I've picked up a bit since that post. Now doing daily 20 mile runs around a 16mph pace. I've changed my route to include more hills as well. My fastest pace so far is 16.5 mph and my greatest distance is 42 miles. I'm hoping to increase both in the near future.

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