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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 08-29-13, 08:20 PM   #1
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Sharing My Latest Blog Post: How to Handle Resistance

I've been meaning to introduce myself to this group. I am most definitely an "Athena."

My husband bought me a new bike on August 2 to celebrate my birthday and I absolutely love it. (Fuji Absolute LE)

For years I rode a MTB but never realized how much I was fighting the bike when I was on the road. I just love the look of a MTB. I had a Giant Yukon and rode with my husband as much as I could but was beginning to feel like I was worn out.

So after over ten years with my Yukon, we finally sold it after I got the Fuji. I've been amazed by the difference in the two bikes. I now feel as though I am flying down the road! And it has greatly encouraged me to ride longer distances which will hopefully contribute to me getting back into shape.

One of the things I fight is Resistance. I capitalize the word because I (like author Steven Pressfield, who did this same thing in his book, Doing The Work) view Resistance as an active entity. It comes at all of us in various forms but the objective is the same: to get us to quit.

I write for a living and I'm friends with many creative types. Resistance comes at creatives especially hard. If Resistance isn't telling us our creation is garbage, it's trying to stop us from creating anything in the first place.

I wrote a blog post today that had a bit of irony to it. I focused on the parallels between cycling and growing one's business. I shared how the movie "Rocky" inspired me (and included the inspirational speech from "Rocky Balboa"). And after I published my post, I went for a ride.

You can click here to read it and also the updated info of what happened on my ride.

No matter what... DON'T QUIT!

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Old 08-29-13, 08:38 PM   #2
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I know the Resistance you speak of.
Another kind of Resistance is climbing hills.
And Persistence at both makes you stronger (but I bet you knew that).

Thanks for your contributions Mary and well done on your persistence.
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Old 08-29-13, 10:51 PM   #3
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Welcome.

No. 1 rule: have fun riding your bike. As long as you have fun, you'll succeed!!
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I agree with Chuck and 2 wheeler. One other thing. A Fuji Absolute? Wow! Happy birthday indeed! You will love it. You said you felt like you were flying down the road? Thats because you ARE flying down the road. I ride a mtb just to change thing up but I wouldn't take anything for my roadie.
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The transition from a resistant clunker to an efficient bike is always a delightful revelation. Enjoy it!

I regularly ride all my bikes--- a ti Serrotta, a $225 dept store hardtail MTB and a Salsa Fargo. The MTB is mostly for winter and bad weather, the Fargo is for fully loaded touring and the Serrotta is for distance/training/pleasure, but I also log miles on the MTB and Fargo just to maintain perspective and keep my appreciation of the Serrotta alive. After a week on the Fargo, the Serrotta feels like I got off of a Greyhound bus and into a Ferrari.
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Well, I'm the guy that bought Mary Rose the new Fuji Absolute. Yup, she is enthusiastic and energized. She is riding with the vigor that she had when we were first married. She loved to ride when we met.

Mary Rose told me about the flat tire (pinch flat from an uneven seam in the road) and I fixed her up with a new inner tube. We'll be giving it a workout this evening.
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Old 08-31-13, 02:16 PM   #7
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I know the Resistance you speak of.
Another kind of Resistance is climbing hills.
And Persistence at both makes you stronger (but I bet you knew that).

Thanks for your contributions Mary and well done on your persistence.
Thank you! I know you're right about Persistence. I watched "Rocky" again and thought about his comment: "All I wanna do is go the distance." That is exactly how I feel about cycling and getting back in shape.

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Welcome.

No. 1 rule: have fun riding your bike. As long as you have fun, you'll succeed!!
I absolutely have fun! Other than dancing (which I can't get my husband to join me in doing for the life of me...), cycling is my second most favorite type of exercise. It's a beautiful combination of physical exertion while enjoying the outdoors.

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I agree with Chuck and 2 wheeler. One other thing. A Fuji Absolute? Wow! Happy birthday indeed! You will love it. You said you felt like you were flying down the road? Thats because you ARE flying down the road. I ride a mtb just to change thing up but I wouldn't take anything for my roadie.
Yeah, I loved my Giant Yukon. And after I experienced the flat tire, I realized I can't go bouncing off stray twigs and rocks the way I used to. I'm just very glad I'm married to a bicycle man who knows how to change a tire. (I'm going to learn, too, just in case!)

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The transition from a resistant clunker to an efficient bike is always a delightful revelation. Enjoy it!

I regularly ride all my bikes--- a ti Serrotta, a $225 dept store hardtail MTB and a Salsa Fargo. The MTB is mostly for winter and bad weather, the Fargo is for fully loaded touring and the Serrotta is for distance/training/pleasure, but I also log miles on the MTB and Fargo just to maintain perspective and keep my appreciation of the Serrotta alive. After a week on the Fargo, the Serrotta feels like I got off of a Greyhound bus and into a Ferrari.
Lacumo, this is soooo true. I couldn't believe the difference in speed. Before, the MTB was giving me a lot of resistance but heck, it was heavier, with knobby tires and a smaller wheel ratio. You're blessed to have a Serrotta! I read about the company and felt sad. Hopefully the founder will get his name back and make bikes again. I'm looking at those $1K and above bikes and thinking, "No way will I ever get one of those..." but you never know.

I've asked my husband about what makes a bike so expensive and he said different things like the frame and the components. The shifter on the Fuji feels great to me, but maybe I will upgrade to a better one someday. At this point, I'm just happy to have a bike that isn't holding me back, anymore!
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Resistance is futile.

BTW...I met Sly when he was scouting locations for Rocky II. I was in junior high and was having lunch with some classmates in Rittenhouse Sq. when he came waking through with a few people. We all got to shake his hand. At least once/week I ride past the Rock statue next to the Art Museum. There are usually tourists lined up to be photographed with the thing. Sometimes I yell "Don't forget that Rocky lost." as I ride by.
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Resistance is futile.

BTW...I met Sly when he was scouting locations for Rocky II. I was in junior high and was having lunch with some classmates in Rittenhouse Sq. when he came waking through with a few people. We all got to shake his hand. At least once/week I ride past the Rock statue next to the Art Museum. There are usually tourists lined up to be photographed with the thing. Sometimes I yell "Don't forget that Rocky lost." as I ride by.
Cool story! I'd love to see that statue in person, and the steps. Funny how they probably get more attention and excitement from some than what's in the museum.

And you're funny... "Rocky lost!" I say even though it was split and the judges gave it to Creed, Rocky "won" by doing what he said he wanted to do: When that bell rang, he was still standing.
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I really like the low resistance of a road bike. I feel like I can go real slow and easy until I feel like going harder and if I want more resistance all I have to do is go faster. This seems to be a wonderful match for my fitness and willingness to exercise.

As far as the resistance to create, a little yoga and meditation will go a long way in breaking that barrier.
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Old 09-03-13, 10:55 AM   #11
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I appreciate you posting this. I am also a business owner and the only thing that will stop me from achieving my goals is resistance and how I handle it. That's it. I'm going to save your blog and keep reading. I write (though not as well as you) about these type things here and there. Check it out if you wish: http://www.280dude.com/

I call resistance my "mule". It is a stubborn thing and needs constant and forceful attention else it bog you down.
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