My name is Darrin and I'm from Colorado. My wife is a personal trainer and road cyclist. About a year ago, I decided it wasn't very good "advertisement" for her to have a nearly 400 pound husband loafing around, so I started working out with her. I really began in earnest last May (2007) at a weight of around 375lbs. Since she was into cycling and teaching spinning classes...I thought I would try them out too. I have an old low end trek mountain bike that we did some riding on and I started attending her spinning classes regularly. The weight started coming off. Then I started going to her circuit training classes and more weight started coming off. Last August she road in the MS-150 in New Mexico and I became so inspired by her accomplishment, I decided to get in shape and try to do it this year with her. I am now down to 290 pounds and wanting to get down to about 225lbs. Probably and optimum weight for me as I'm a taller large framed man.
As a larger framed man with heavier weight, I'm looking to gather information on appropriate bikes, components, etc... for someone like me. I'm looking to share my success stories and read about others who have fought the battle of the bulge and won through cycling.
I look forward to learning and getting to know the members of this forum.