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    Bye Bye Aero-Belly!

    I was looking for a picture in my facebook account and came across this picture from March 2010. I had been riding about a year by then, and had about 4,000 mi by this point. When I first saw this I was shocked to see that belly. I knew I had one, but it didn't seem THAT big. But then, I knew that it provided a nice bounce surface for my knees when I was riding in the drops. Something that I didn't do very much back then.



    Note my race number (183) That was probably pretty close to my weight!

    I don't have a comparable pose, but I think you can see from this photo that the aero-belly is gone. I was hoping at the time that the aero shape and the bounce affect were providing a benefit, and resulting in higher average speeds. That proved not to be the case.



    My race number now should be 165!
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    pretty cool man !

    It Is said that the fat closest to your heart Is the most dangerous fat,

    Your Heart should be happy now XD
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    I thought your knees were supposed to hit your belly.....just sayin'
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    Well done Bob. I'm afraid in this case my race number would be 215

    May I ask you how you did you achieve this accomplishment? Was it only through cycling, or did you follow a specific diet?

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    Nicely done. My wife was just cleaning old photos out of an overfull hard drive and she came across one of us that was taken after we had been more-or-less off the bikes for about nine months. We had been remodeling our house and the only exercise we were getting was due to the fact that we don't drive a motor vehicle unless we are going out of state. We were both surprised at how large we were in the photo, probably close to fifty extra pounds between us.

    Now we are fearful of the guy from the public service commercial showing up and offering to return our bellies that he found in the neighbor's front yard.

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    Good work! Don't go back.

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    You're looking a bit peaky in that second picture. Sure you aren't too thin?



    Great job.
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    It's hard to tell much from those two pictures.... but I'm taking your word for it. I'm going through a similar phase vis a vis gut reduction, and it seems to come after the hips and thighs start to thin out and muscle up. In any case it sure feels satisfying doesn't it? And good work!

    Sample of my aero belly last winter at about 216-218 pounds:
    P1030148b.jpg
    Weighed in at 206 the other day and hope the new version will look more like
    P1030148vanityversion.jpg
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    I always get worried if I ride with an "Overweight" rider. Their speed downhill is phenomenal and I have to work hard on the one place I reckon I can take a rest on the ride to stay with them. It doesn't stop there either. The effort in carrying all that weight has led to greatly increased leg strength to enable them to carry that weight around.

    For those large people that do manage to lose some surplus have a couple of benefits though. They don't seem to lose bike speed or endurance and the health benefits are tremendous.

    Well done on the weight loss but think of your fellow riders now. Give them a push up the hills and and allow them to buy your old clothing that no longer fits you at a discounted rate.
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    Keep up the good work All I can say is that I face the upcoming holiday season with great dread and trepidation as, invariably, I'll be 10, 12 pounds heavier come New Years Day, despite riding thru the holidays To compound that, seems like, since my late 40s, it takes longer and longer each yr to burn off the excess to desired weight

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    Great job. I've got a good 30 I need to lose.
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    Well done Bob, looks like you and Tyler will be swapping kit soon!

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    You're an inspiration, bobthib! Maybe those pics will kick me into losing 10 or so this winter.

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    Great job. I did pretty much the same thing but the term "aerobelly" sounds like it should apply to the later rather than the former. I guess you are you alluding to the smooth rounded airflow like on wing's lift surface instead of the direct path?
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    Quote Originally Posted by billydonn View Post
    It's hard to tell much from those two pictures.... but I'm taking your word for it. I'm going through a similar phase vis a vis gut reduction, and it seems to come after the hips and thighs start to thin out and muscle up. In any case it sure feels satisfying doesn't it? And good work!

    Sample of my aero belly last winter at about 216-218 pounds:
    P1030148b.jpg
    Weighed in at 206 the other day and hope the new version will look more like
    P1030148vanityversion.jpg
    Nice photo shop work XD,,LOL

    Yeah I found that getting the first 5 lbs off was easy,,the next 5 took some real hard work.
    Was told the second 5 lbs Is often much harder to loose because your adding muscle mass at the same time
    your burning fat...
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    Well done.

    I took up cycling again about 4/5 years ago partly to take my mind off a stressful time. At that time I weighed 165 lbs ( at 5'8" ). Within a year I was 148 lbs and have stayed that way. I'll never know how much that had to do with cycling but I really do believe it was the major factor.

    It also helped coping with the stress.

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    Quote Originally Posted by donheff View Post
    Great job. I did pretty much the same thing but the term "aerobelly" sounds like it should apply to the later rather than the former. I guess you are you alluding to the smooth rounded airflow like on wing's lift surface instead of the direct path?
    You can blame recumbent riders for the term, "aerobelly." When sitting in a recumbent, the belly acquires a bulbous shape, somewhat like a front fairing. Thusly:

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    Quote Originally Posted by donheff View Post
    Great job. I did pretty much the same thing but the term "aerobelly" sounds like it should apply to the later rather than the former. I guess you are you alluding to the smooth rounded airflow like on wing's lift surface instead of the direct path?
    Yeah, I guess its the marketing genius in me!
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    Quote Originally Posted by TexLex100 View Post
    Well done Bob. I'm afraid in this case my race number would be 215

    May I ask you how you did you achieve this accomplishment? Was it only through cycling, or did you follow a specific diet?
    What really did the trick was a low carb high fat diet. I thought I was eating healthy but my BP was going up as was my cholesterol. It was the carbs. Got off the carbs, and the lbs and inches melted way. AND I got off of the statins and the bp meds.

    billydon, perhaps this pic will show off my new flat belly a bit better (although the jersey is now quite loose.) I was going from some tight fitting 36" pants to a more comfortable 38" "waste" but now I'm a 33" My wife has taken in some of my 36s and now she has to take in 34s.

    NOTE: I will say I look great in tight form fitting polos now, but honestly, the birthday suit is as loose as the jersey in a few spots

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobthib View Post
    snip... but honestly, the birthday suit is as loose as the jersey in a few spots
    Okay, I'll take your word on this one Bob, no pics needed, PLEASE!

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    Bob,

    Nice job on losing the weight and the belly. I went through the same thing, going from 180 lbs down to 145 lbs. I didn't change my daily diet that much other than eating smaller portions, eliminating junk food and soft drinks and cutting out the junk snacks. It felt great to be able to stand straight up and see my feet without having to bend over. It felt even better when I dropped off all those 36 waist pants at the Salvation Army and went shopping for 32 waist pants.
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    Quote Originally Posted by qcpmsame View Post
    Okay, I'll take your word on this one Bob, no pics needed, PLEASE!

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    Bill, no worries there!
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    Quote Originally Posted by billydonn View Post
    It's hard to tell much from those two pictures.... but I'm taking your word for it. I'm going through a similar phase vis a vis gut reduction, and it seems to come after the hips and thighs start to thin out and muscle up. In any case it sure feels satisfying doesn't it? And good work!

    Sample of my aero belly last winter at about 216-218 pounds:
    P1030148b.jpg
    Weighed in at 206 the other day and hope the new version will look more like
    P1030148vanityversion.jpg
    Well, I finally tapped to expand the pix. Sure can see the difference! Keep up the good work!
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    Quote Originally Posted by bobthib View Post
    Well, I finally tapped to expand the pix. Sure can see the difference! Keep up the good work!
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    Confession: Second pic is edited a bit... more of an aspiration pic... heh, heh. I'm getting there though!

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    Quote Originally Posted by osco53 View Post
    Nice photo shop work XD,,LOL
    My first thought's too.....

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