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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 07-19-13, 07:09 AM   #1
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Going to be a long road back...

I started packing on the pounds again so I told myself it's time to eat better and get back on the bike. I've been shopping for a little while and finally chose a bike and got back on last night. Man, am I out of shape. I put 1.84 miles on last night and my legs were wiped and my lungs were burning at only a 13.5 mile pace. I know I've got to get the first 20 rides or so under my belt again and I'll be good but it was so frustrating to get out and know what I've given up over not being on the bike over the past 2 years or so.

Weight was 293.6 this morning, my goal is to get down around 250, I don't have a time frame to do it, but at 6'5" and a large frame I feel like that will be an ideal weight for me. I've also stayed strict to a 1990 calorie diet and cut out all sodas and junk food over the last ten days or so, netting me about a 6 pound loss in that time. It's amazing what a simple diet change will do for you.

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Old 07-19-13, 08:50 AM   #2
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Nice ride...you'll get there. I'm about to go through the same agony. Been over 25yrs since I was riding regularly, also 6'5" and 270 here. Waiting on my Surly Ogre build to be finished off and hoping the frame will fit reasonably well.

A bit over a year ago I was in a doctor's appointment and she just kept sliding the scale over and over and over. I was just knocking on 300 and decided I had to do something. I went heavily carb restricted for a year and was down 55 or so, currently I'm down 35sh. I want to drop another 40-50 with the added activity from cycling with luck.
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Nice ride...you'll get there. I'm about to go through the same agony. Been over 25yrs since I was riding regularly, also 6'5" and 270 here. Waiting on my Surly Ogre build to be finished off and hoping the frame will fit reasonably well.
What size frame did you end up going with (what's your inseam)? I went with a 61cm and when I picked it up I thought it was going to be too big but so far it's pretty comfortable, making the adjustments suggested on these forums.
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Old 07-19-13, 08:54 AM   #4
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That's actually a rather fast pace for starting out.
Just take it easy for the first few days.
Spin one lower gear than you think you need and a bit slower than you think you want.
In a matter of DAYS, things will get much better.
Keep it FUN!
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Yeah, I was surprised at the data when I got back to the house. Top speed was 19.1 with a 13.5 amph. That was on a local trail just down the street from my house. I probably did just over 2 miles as I didn't turn on the data recording until I got to the trail. My goal is to get out today and get 5 miles in and do another 5 tomorrow morning before it gets too hot outside.
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What size frame did you end up going with (what's your inseam)? I went with a 61cm and when I picked it up I thought it was going to be too big but so far it's pretty comfortable, making the adjustments suggested on these forums.
I've got a bike inseam of 37" (930mm I think) so I went with the XXL, the top tube is 64.8 effective I believe. I always feel too compacted front to back on bikes and wanted the stretch. I'm going with drops on it too so I'll know when it's built how that all works out. The last bike that fit me pretty well was an ST400 Cannondale that was at least a 25" frame, but I can't remember exactly. It was the largest they made at the time ('87).
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.........Man, am I out of shape. I put 1.84 miles on last night and my legs were wiped and my lungs were burning at only a 13.5 mile pace..............
That's actually a rather fast pace for starting out.
Just take it easy for the first few days.
Spin one lower gear than you think you need and a bit slower than you think you want.
You'll last much longer.
In a matter of DAYS, things will get much better.
Keep it FUN!
The WORST thing you can do is make it a miserable experience!
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That is a sweet looking ride.

Others have given better advice than I could give, so I'll just say keep at it and in no time you'll be seeing the results you want to see.

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I started packing on the pounds again so I told myself it's time to eat better and get back on the bike. I've been shopping for a little while and finally chose a bike and got back on last night. Man, am I out of shape. I put 1.84 miles on last night and my legs were wiped and my lungs were burning at only a 13.5 mile pace. I know I've got to get the first 20 rides or so under my belt again and I'll be good but it was so frustrating to get out and know what I've given up over not being on the bike over the past 2 years or so.

Weight was 293.6 this morning, my goal is to get down around 250, I don't have a time frame to do it, but at 6'5" and a large frame I feel like that will be an ideal weight for me. I've also stayed strict to a 1990 calorie diet and cut out all sodas and junk food over the last ten days or so, netting me about a 6 pound loss in that time. It's amazing what a simple diet change will do for you.

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Old 07-20-13, 08:33 AM   #10
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This mornings ride was:
3.22 miles
12.6 amph
18.8 max speed
73 rpm average cadence

My plan is to add a mile a day until I'm back at a respectable daily number. I'd like to eventually be in the 5-10 mile half hour ride range for a daily work out with additional rides sprinkled in.

My hands started to go numb today, so I definitely still have some adjustments to do. I think I'm going to try to nose up the seat just a little to see if that helps. It felt like I could be sliding forward in the seat a little, as well.

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This mornings ride was:
3.22 miles
12.6 amph
18.8 max speed
73 rpm average cadence

My plan is to add a mile a day until I'm back at a respectable daily number. I'd like to eventually be in the 5-10 mile half hour ride range for a daily work out with additional rides sprinkled in.

My hands started to go numb today, so I definitely still have some adjustments to do. I think I'm going to try to nose up the seat just a little to see if that helps. It felt like I could be sliding forward in the seat a little, as well.

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Maybe focus a few rides just on time, not speed. So, slow down and try for 30 minutes in the saddle, then 35, then 40.
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yeah yeah...we've all heard it before. Wait...that doesn't sound too encouraging, does it? How about, "yeah, we understand because most of us have been there before or are there now". That sounds better. I made it about a mile each way on my "back to biking" day a couple of years ago. Next ride half again as far. Rinse and repeat many times. By starting to watch what I ate (no particular diet) I dropped 80lb so far, but I'll admit it involved a -lot- of biking and much more careful attention to what I ate. A lot of work, but worth it. Good luck.
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That's a nice ride. A little at a time and you'll get where you want to be
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I like the time idea. I did my first run on the Ogre today and targeted 30min as the ride goal. I turned on strava and put the phone in my tail bag. My focus was bedding in my brakes and working on a smooth cadence, gear and speed aside. worked out well.

I can track progress as I go. For now, too much focus on stats is silly as I've got a long way to go.
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Following your progress and rides as I am in the same miserable boat as you. Lol. Keep rockin it! I'll be reading as you go!
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My goal is to get on the bike and ride for time today. I'd like to get a minimum of 30 minutes in on the saddle and see how I feel afterwards. I'll post back up and let everyone know how it went.

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My goal is to get on the bike and ride for time today. I'd like to get a minimum of 30 minutes in on the saddle and see how I feel afterwards. I'll post back up and let everyone know how it went.

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You can do it. By slowing down and focusing on time, you build up your cardiovascular endurance, rather than just blasting your quads. Before you know it, 90 minutes will seem like a recovery ride, and 4 to 5 hours will be within the realm of the possible, rather than just something pro endurance athletes do.
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Old 07-23-13, 06:41 AM   #18
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I feel like such a big wussy, I couldn't get a half hour in last night. I was just whipped after about 15 minutes. Even in a higher gear at a slower pace I hit a wall at about minute 15. I will keep trying to get to that elusive half hour goal for me and hope to hit it by this weekend.

Here's last nights stats:
Distance: 3.40 mi
Runtime: 17:42 M:S
Average Speed: 11.6 Mi/h
Max Speed: 16.8 Mi/h
Average Cad: 69rpm
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you can do it. your muscles WILL adapt to the new demands. All you have to do is keep it up and you WILL be able to ride a little further each time. We all know because we've been there so just keep it up and don't let the extra bit of exercise be an excuse for extra food. That sabotages a lot of people.
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I've cut out all snacks and sodas, and am staying on a 1990 calorie a day regimen. It hasn't been too bad, and I don't count any of the calories I burn on my short rides so I'm not eating more. Next up is to stop smoking.

Thanks for the encouragement.
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I feel like such a big wussy, I couldn't get a half hour in last night. I was just whipped after about 15 minutes. Even in a higher gear at a slower pace I hit a wall at about minute 15. I will keep trying to get to that elusive half hour goal for me and hope to hit it by this weekend.
Keep it up. You're doing great. In your OP, you stated you don't have a time frame for the weight loss. Don't worry about a time frame for the 30 minute goal, either. Keep riding. Keep pushing yourself. IT WILL COME! And it will come quicker than you think.

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Next up is to stop smoking.
As a cancer survivor, may I say this is a good call. Being over-weight increases the odds of cancer. And we all know about smoking. You're taking some great steps to increase your health and minimize future "complications".
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The smoking thing is something I've struggled with all my life. I am only 35 years old, but have been smoking since about 13-14 years old. I don't even enjoy it anymore, their nasty and I feel the negative effects of them every day, but they've got me hooked. I've got so many excuses for not stopping, I just need to set them down and not pick them back up.
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... their nasty and I feel the negative effects of them every day, but they've got me hooked. I've got so many excuses for not stopping, I just need to set them down and not pick them back up.
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My cancer was really unique. I got a pediatric cancer in a muscle in my leg. I'm 46! This cancer is almost always in lungs and bones - IN KIDS!!!! I was what the doctors call "a freak of nature". Well, they had a more complicated term for it, but I know that's what they meant. They watched my lungs VERY closely throughout my 1-year treatment. They still watch my lungs with a CT scan every three months. My Oncologist told me that while my chemo was about the worst there is out there, my treatment would not be fun, at least he saw my cancer as very treatable, if I responded well to the chemo cocktail. Had it gotten to my lungs, I would be "far less comfortable" and "treatment would be more difficult". That's all doctor speak for "it would be really bad!".

I was in the hospital for 74 days over the period of a year. During that time, there is only so much Pawn Stars and The View that one can take (Pawn Stars was far more entertaining, btw!), so I'd get up and take my "tree of life" (IV stand) for a walk. I saw it all. Kids with amputations, people moaning in agony, etc., etc. There was also a pair of rooms that were climate controlled for the advanced stages of lung cancer. I don't understand it all, but the people in there were having a hard time.

Why am I telling you this? We have no idea of the cause of my cancer. Most people don't know. You, on the other hand, know what smoking does, on many levels, and have the ability to make changes NOW.

It's hard, though. So is losing weight, and you've taken the first step to that goal, too. Conquering two beasts at once will be twice as hard, however, both will help each other. When you stop smoking, you'll be able to breathe better, which will help your cycling. When you have the urge to smoke, go get on your bike. Make them both work for you! It will end up being a snowball effect, for the better.

So many excuses for not stopping? I get that. What are your excuses? Are you married? Kids? There are some more reasons to stop.

In re-reading this, I hope I'm not sounding too harsh. I only want it to sound a little harsh! I just know how much that year sucked for me. And for a while, I wasn't sure I was going to survive. In the early stages, when we didn't know if I'd respond to the chemo, I laid in my hospital bed at night sobbing. I couldn't deal with the thought of leaving my wife and kids with no husband or father. Was I going to miss graduations, weddings, grandkids, etc? OK, so the chemo jacked with my emotions on a chemical level, too, but it was still a very hard thing to deal with.

So, here's my point (finally!): You got this! Take one minute at time. Get rid of the cigarettes and do whatever it takes to not pick them up again....one minute at a time. Keep riding, one mile at a time. Through this and a healthy diet, you'll one day realize how great you feel. And I can't wait to read your post the day you ride your first 20, then 50, then metric century, then century.....!

And on the tougher days, post here. It's a great support group!

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Thank you for sharing your story with me PhotoJoe. I do have a wife and daughter at home, neither of them smoke. My wife quit several years ago, I did at that time as well. I allowed stresses in life to get me started again where her will has kept her from picking them back up after all this time. She too, knew they made her feel crummy and has had the will to keep from going back to that lifestyle. I truly admire her strength and will power. I've set myself a few mental goals and will achieve them and continue my story here when I do.

Thanks again,
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FWIW ... riding is a GREAT stress buster. Substitute it liberally for those cigs
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