Hi from Ottawa
After experiencing some set backs due some some heart issues I am resuming riding. My only option was an E-Bike and I have purchased a STRONG E-Bike. I have gained a lot of weight (now at 205lbs) and want to address that issue as well.
I have been following some threads in this forum and I would appreciate any comments, suggestions, etc. that anyone may have to help me in making this a positive experience.
Hello ricam0rtis, I see you already found the E-bike forum (and they said no one would be interested in e-bikes--hah!). A good place to go for motivation is the Clydesdales/Athenas forum--you are already almost not a Clyde, but you are looking for a positive experience, and you will get that in the C/A forum :) .
Welcome to BF!
Welcome to Bike Forums ricamOrtis. I tooled around in an electric scooter for a few years while going through health issues.
Originally Posted by ricam0rtis
My only suggestions are to set easily obtainable goals at first, be patient while recovering, and learn to work around your disabilities or weaknesses. Also remember, everyone has disabilities whether they admit to it or not.
Originally Posted by East Hill
It took me 8 minutes to type my reply. I must be typing slow East Hill! :)
I'm fairly light to begin with, but I've had some weight gain since my kidney transplant due to being on prednisone (oral steroid). I also wasn't able to ride much over the previous 4 years while on dialysis, so, I've been coming back since the spring. I had the kidney transplant a year ago, but you can't ride a bike for 2-3 months after, and by the time I could, it was winter. I ride for pleasure, but also for cardiovascular fitness, and to try to lose the extra 30 lbs I've gained (on a small 5'3" frame, that sure feels and looks like a lot). I've been riding (and also walking) quite a bit since the spring, but it hasn't made a dent in the extra weight. I don't think cycling alone is enough. It's great for cardiovascular and respiratory fitness, but it's not a big weight loser, at least not for me (except water loss due to sweating, which is only temporary). It's going to take patience and a long time of watching the fat and calorie intake on a daily basis, in addition to exercise. There's no way around it. To lose weight, you have to not take in as many calories as you are using. With cycling and most other exercises, you might gain some muscle weight, which is fine, but it doesn't necessarily follow that you lose fat weight, unless you limit and keep track of the calories. To be perfectly honest, sometimes when I come back from a ride, I'm so hungry that the calories I just used up, I put right back on and more.
So, I'm disappointed with the weight issue, but on the other hand, I've got to be happy with my fitness progress. A year ago, I could barely walk a couple of blocks, and now already, I'm riding at a steady, relatively fast pace for 2 hours at a time (no thanks to me, but all thanks to the person who died which allowed me to get a new kidney when my name came up on the waiting list).
Anyway, congratulations on resuming riding. It can be hard at first, and it takes some perseverance for sure. As for losing weight, your situation is a bit different than mine, but it takes a lot of patience.
Originally Posted by edp773
I am just very fast at typing (too much practice, eh?).
Longfemur, I think that your post is the kind of positive experience which ricam0ortis is seeking. There are so many people on this forum who continue to amaze me with their positive attitude even after terrible troubles and sorrows have beset them.
You, edp773, Tom Stormcrowe--just a few of the amazing stories to be found here.