I am over weight. I have no doubt that those that are not over weight are probably in better shape then me. Even non-cyclists, & maybe even smokers who are not over weight with exception of the lungs. I am talking on the basis of physical ability & mobility. It takes more energy & effort to move more weight then not.
So why do the non-cyclists who barely have an ounce of fat on them think I am in better shape then they are? I bet if they got on a bike they'd kick my ass & out ride me. They think the opposite.
A friend of mine is a cyclist & not at all over weight & does not smoke. I asked him if he was doing the club century this weekend. He stated no because he is not in shape for it. I walked away thinking, why? I'm way over weight compared to him & I'm riding it. I have ridden a little over 700 miles for the year so far, which includes a solo century I rode 2 weeks ago. The club century will be my second in 2 weeks time. Even if he has ridden less miles then me how can he not be in shape or ready for the century?
I do not understand this. Why do those who are not over weight think they are in worse shape then me? I ride slower because I am over weight, but I finish every ride I start unless there is a mechanical problem with the bike. Is it because I might have more "heart" then some of these people? I don't let my weight stop me from riding?
Can a non-over weight person shed some light on this? Those who are over weight can also comment too.