I'm new to the Bike Forums. I live in the San Francisco East Bay. I've been trying to get back in shape for almost a year now. I started out at 250 and I'm down to about 210. I was running every other day but started to develop Plantar Faciatis last fall. I continued to run when I could and started the snowboarding season in December and by mid January I couldn't walk. The doctor has had me on light duty since February with strictly no impacts to my feet until (for now) mid-May. After exhausting a long list of possible activities with my doctor he said I could bike or swim for cardio.
My family had gone to Kona for vacation last October to watch IronMan. My wife and I got very inspired and bought bikes when we got back home. So I had a shiny new Giant Avail 3 Composite and I had shoulder surgery last year so I started thinking biking it is!
I started riding at the beginning of April when the weather started warming up. I've been riding to work once a week 19.7 miles one way. I've had problems with flats so far. Flatting on 3 of my 4 rides. I recently upgraded to Specialized Armadillo tires but flatted again on the way home this morning. The flats have been discouraging but I realize that's a part of it and I'll find a combination that works better soon.
I was glad to find this Clydesdale forum. Its good to see there are some other large boned folx here.