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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, 06:46 PM   #1
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The journey of 1000 miles

Starts with the first 1/2 mile. Went out again today and made it that same 1/2 mile I made the other day and was tanked. Told myself, "self, let's go further than 1/2 mile today". Self shouted at me when I got to the end of the road to stop or it was gonna kill itself. Legs were on fire. Lungs burning out of my chest. 1/2 mile, and im tanked. Sigh. Dont like it. No sir, dont like it at ALL!
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Old 07-19-13, 07:41 PM   #2
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persistence is everything!! Keep it up!
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Old 07-19-13, 07:51 PM   #3
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Starts with the first 1/2 mile. Went out again today and made it that same 1/2 mile I made the other day and was tanked. Told myself, "self, let's go further than 1/2 mile today". Self shouted at me when I got to the end of the road to stop or it was gonna kill itself. Legs were on fire. Lungs burning out of my chest. 1/2 mile, and im tanked. Sigh. Dont like it. No sir, dont like it at ALL!
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Old 07-19-13, 08:11 PM   #4
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Guess I just learned something! SHUTUP LEGS!!!
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Just to be sure:

Does your bike fit ok?
Are in you a really low gear? Don't be mashing those pedals.
Are in a flat area or are you forced to get fit on hills?
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Just to be sure:

Does your bike fit ok?
Are in you a really low gear? Don't be mashing those pedals.
Are in a flat area or are you forced to get fit on hills?
Fit is the basic free fit that I got at the LBS when I got the bike. Low gear for sure but not so low that Im spinning wildly and yeah, where I am is rolling hills. Not much flat land unless I go to the SCT. Kind of a long drive to go to the trail, though if im onl gonna end up doing a mile or so.
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I suggest going to the flat trail, it might be more rewarding than attacking the hills at this point.

I tend to spin a bit wildly.
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What is a "wild" spin for you?

Count your cadence over 1 minute - 1 for each complete revolution, and let us know.

To some, 120 rpm would be wild. To others, 60 or so.
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Be patient with yourself and just keep going. Remember, you didn't get out of shape by missing a few bike rides, you won't get back into shape by taking a few bike rides. It takes time. Stay with it.
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Don't be to made at your self! It takes time but if you stick with it you WILL be rolling further in no time. Remember, no matter how slow or how far you went, you still did more than if you were on the couch at home.
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I am 53 was out of shape was the same went 1/2 a mile then 1 then 2 etc and 4 years later can regularly do 50 to 80 and am doing the 100 mile london ride in 2 weeks . Its not been easy as I dont ride in the winter so dont give up challenge yourself
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Be patient with yourself and just keep going. Remember, you didn't get out of shape by missing a few bike rides, you won't get back into shape by taking a few bike rides. It takes time. Stay with it.
Very true, as it's often said for folks who are overweight (which means most of us here in the Clydes area) the weight didn't go on overnight and it won't come off overnight.

Stick with it, if you can manage half a mile today keep at the cycling and before you know it you'll be doing a mile, then 2 miles, then 5 miles, then who knows? I remember the first time I found myself 10 miles from home on the bike and wondered whether I could cycle that far back. Now anything less than 20-30 miles feels like it's barely worth getting the bike out.
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