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    Senior Member eja_ bottecchia's Avatar
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    A Clyde no more...???

    Following last December four coronary stent angioplasty, my weight went up to 210 pounds (from a pre-stent weight of about 205 pounds). The principal reason for the gain was that the doc told me no bike riding for the first 30 days following the procedure and only limited, short rides (30 or less miles) for the next 30 days after that. Although I tried eating better, I watched as the weight still creeped up.

    Once the restrictions were off, I returned to riding in earnest. Finished the ADA's Tour de Cure Metric Century (I decided to do all the climbing of the regular century and skip the traffic sufferfest of the last 40 miles, just ask TrojanHorse, BeachGrad05 or PhotoJoe) and right after that I rode the "moderate" Cruisin' the Conejo ride. Slowly but surely I am getting back into my previous riding schedule. Last month, in spite of a few out of town business trips, I rode over 500 miles.

    And the result from all of this riding?

    Take a look at the attached picture (no laughing at my feet and toes please). For the past month I have been holding steady at around 190 pound and I feel great. (A big thanks to my cardiologist for getting me this far--incidentally, he is one of the co-inventor of the stent )

    The question is, at 5'7" and 190 pounds, am I still not a Clyde? By way of comparison, Froome is 6'2" and weighs about 160 pounds. Regardless of my weight, however, I will always be a Clyde at heart.
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    Congrats on getting there and so far keeping it under. What is your next weight goal?


    Mark

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    I'll call you fat any time you like.

    Congrats!

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    Congrats on the weight loss and your health!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TrojanHorse View Post
    I'll call you fat any time you like.

    Congrats!
    You can call me anything you like, just don't call me late to dinner!

    Thanks...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Black wallnut View Post
    Congrats on getting there and so far keeping it under. What is your next weight goal?
    Thank you. I would like to get down to 185...that's gonna be a bit tougher.
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    Quote Originally Posted by eja_ bottecchia View Post
    Once the restrictions were off, I returned to riding in earnest. Finished the ADA's Tour de Cure Metric Century (I decided to do all the climbing of the regular century and skip the traffic sufferfest of the last 40 miles, just ask TrojanHorse, BeachGrad05 or PhotoJoe)
    Ah...Tour to Stoplight. Good memories!!!!

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    Careful. Colorful talk like that could get you banned around here!

    Congrats on the weight-loss. You done good.
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    Great news! Way to go.

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    Wonderful! Your story is an inspiration ... 4 stents is hard to imagine.

    Charlie
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    Quote Originally Posted by PhotoJoe View Post
    Ah...Tour to Stoplight. Good memories!!!!



    Careful. Colorful talk like that could get you banned around here!

    Congrats on the weight-loss. You done good.
    Everyone who has done the Long Beach TdC absolutely despises the back 40 miles: too many traffic stops, relentless headwinds and uninspiring scenery (especially when compared to the first 60 miles). Oh well, riding with the three of you made it fun.

    I have no idea what those "color codes" were all about.

    Thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ursa Minor View Post
    Wonderful! Your story is an inspiration ... 4 stents is hard to imagine.

    Charlie
    Charlie, thank you. The first few rides after getting the four stents were a bit hairy. Any time I got any kind of pain anywhere on my body, I would stop...it took a a bit to get over the psychological fear that I had been previously riding only a tick or so away from a heart attack.

    I had been thinking what a tough hombre I was, riding and climbing hills while experiencing chest pains, then I read the story below. That dude wins the ultimate HTFU Award.

    Man Confuses Heart Attack for Acid Reflux During Dipsea Race | Runner's World & Running Times
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    Quote Originally Posted by bbeasley View Post
    Great news! Way to go.
    Thanks! The next 15 pounds will be tough though.
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    Dang that's a scary story about the runner. Getting old is such a pain.
    Anyway grats again on clyde-no-mo status.

    Charlie
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    Clearly... running is hazardous to your health. Jim Fixx DIED, people.

    Stick to bicycles.

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