First off let me just say thanks!! I have been reading this forum for about two weeks without registering as member, especially the Clydesdale/Athena postings. You guys have been an unbelieveable source of inspiration and motivation and I thank you for that.
I am a 39yr old police officer from NC. I am 6ft 4in 310lbs, so I obviously qualify as a clydesdale. I played basketball and baseball in High School and baseball in college. I have been a police officer since 1988 and spent some time on active duty from the reserves as a black hawk crew chief. As an athlete I always (6ft1in 190 in seventh grade 6ft 4in 215lbs at HS graduation) maintained my weight in the 215-235lb range and maintained 250lbs for the majority of my adulthood (20-39yoa). After coming off active duty and returning to my regular job, I quit exercising regularly and continued with the same intake of food as usual (beer is a big culprit) and soon balloned up over 300lbs. With some hard work I got back to about 260lbs, but have backslid and am back up to 310lbs over the last two years.
I bought a Lemond Etape in early 2006 and loved riding it, but quickly allowed other things (work and I'm currently working towards my Master's degree) to interupt my exercise schedule. I just turned 39yoa on 3Jul2007 and my gift to myself is to totally commit to a healthier lifestyle, lose 70lbs (240lbs goal) or more and make bicycling a big part of reaching these goals.
The postings on this forum have been a great source for setting my sights on these goals and I hope to use this forum for training tips, encouragement, motivation etc...
I hope this was the right area for this post.