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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 09-07-14, 08:25 PM   #1
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I wish my body was into riding as much as my mind is

I think about riding all the time now. My butt is sore and my arms and legs hurt, but I love it. I've lost 35 pounds and I assume it gets easier with each pound that melts away, it sure seems that way for me so far. I have to think though that compared to running, and most other exercise that cycling is relatively low impact. I have nothing earth shattering to say, just that I get it, and to anybody that is on a similar journey...pedal hard.

plus the new bike makes it so much more fun to ride.

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Old 09-07-14, 08:51 PM   #2
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Riding is indeed fun and low impact. The more you ride the less you suffer and faster you go. But...we all suffer after a certain threshold is reached. Mine is after 2-1/2 hours of a 3 hour ride at full speed. The last half an hour is always a bear, but the last 10 miles are up a shallow but steady incline. I'm always wishing my home stretch was downhill
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Old 09-07-14, 09:17 PM   #3
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..... My butt is sore and my arms and legs hurt, but I love it. I've lost 35 pounds and I assume it gets easier with each pound that melts away, it sure seems that way for me so far. I have to think though that compared to running, and most other exercise that cycling is relatively low impact. I have nothing earth shattering to say, just that I get it........
The soreness will go away with time. Cycling hard and fast will never get easy.... but you will get faster, stronger, and be able to ride longer and further.

I know cycling is exercise and I do count and track the hours I ride. But I ride far more than what would be needed for health benefits. I ride for the joy of it. I do a little walk/run in the mornings sometimes before breakfast. That I call exercise. But it's nice to remind myself that at my advanced age... I can run.. again.

I think you do get it.
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As DC said, it'll always be as tough as you push yourself.

But, as you become conditioned to cycling more, longer rides will become less and less an ordeal. Just keep getting on the bike. And remember, sometimes recovering from the last ride is as important or more so than the next ride. Ride, Recover, Repeat.
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If your mind is strong enough your body will follow. Keep the passion, put in the time miles and effort and your body will meet your mind.
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Hang in there, and keep riding. if we coast, we never get better. if not already, you will soon be exceeding the last ride and cutting your time down. I remember a 3.5 mile ride down the trail, hurt all the way out and all the way back.

I did back to back 16 mile rides this weekend and felt great, but you know what, there are plenty of people who can ride further and faster than I can. Keep riding the best you can! Take a slow day and push the next.

And keep riding!
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Old 09-08-14, 07:13 AM   #7
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I assume it gets easier
"It never gets easier, you just go faster".... Greg LeMond

Cycling's such a great hobby.
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Old 09-08-14, 07:22 AM   #8
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As I was riding this morning, I realized that with every pound lost, I need to pedal a little harder to keep my heart rate up. A weird little paradox but made me smile.
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Old 09-08-14, 07:50 AM   #9
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Keep on, keepin' on!

OBTW! NICE BIKE!
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