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    New commute

    Hello

    Just started a new job last week and the commute is a hundred miles with change. I've only been averaging around 60 miles a week for the last four months. Woke up on Saturday with no sore muscles, and went for a 4 mile walk. I really enjoy the 36t chain ring I switched with a the 32t that came with the crank set.

    Takes about 50/60 mins depending on traffic lights. Which should improve as I get used to riding at 5am. I also purchased some reflective gloves which makes me feel better. I'm also going to start taking a gopro with this week for one specific area were I get buzzed. The area has no bike lane and puts me in a turning lane for a freeway on ramp. I've been taking the lane with none turning traffic, and is where I get buzzed.

    I'm getting a new city bike which is a step through for commuting, and will put my e-bike kit on it to use a few days a week. Mainly since I can't take bags in to the production floor and have a small locker. Thinking that I can put a set of wire baskets on the back and use a shoulder bag for clothes and a lunch box with my food. New food jar arrive tomorrow very excited.

    Some thing's I want to work on changing is the sugar in my oat meal since I use the instant. Also considering a after ride drink with 4oz OJ, 8oz almond milk, and a scoop of whey powder with a bacon, egg breakfast burrito, and fruit. I only drink water and coffee before I leave my Apt. Lunch is good with pasta, sauce, and salad. On breaks I want to switch to nuts and fruit since I'm currently eating another packet of instant oatmeal in the morning. Will keep the PBJ and fruit for afternoon break.

    This is just an attempt to get it from my head, and been in a que for assistance for over an hour. The 36t chain ring is allowing me to spin, and at 280 is a nice cardio workout going both ways. I'm in the process of trying to learn how to sustain weight loss. Since I went from 310 to 235 last year, and went back to 280 by December. I have losing eating habits, and eat a lot of sugar snacks. Which is why I want to get sugar out of my main meals. The only thing my diet requires is the consumption of 35-40 grams of fiber, and over a gallon of water a day. Calorie wise I want to consume between 1800 and 2300. According to the calculators I can lose 1-2 pounds a week. Since I didn't get to this weight in a short period of time. I know that for me a slower and consistent process is best.

    Well time to go shopping and get errands done since I can't continue to wait on this Que. Other wise I won't have the thing's I need for next week. Which for me would be a travesty and set me up for failure. My win of the week was getting my groceries done without the purchase of any sweets in the cart.
    My bikes name is 'Walter'. Walter is used like a multi-tool. Walter is a 'LHDiscT'. I'm heavy at 280, so a bike built for hauling weight, is a great choice for me.

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    If you want to reduce sugar in your diet, more than willpower is needed if you burn a lot of calories biking or otherwise. If you like the flavor of those instant oatmeal packets, you might consider mixing them with regular oatmeal without adding any additional sugar. Adding a bit of salt to oatmeal (or anything else) gives you the salt you need without adding additional sugar. You need a little sugar to "get the fire going" so to speak, but once you fill up with more complex carbs, you should not get hungry and crave sugar. Of course some willpower is still involved because sugar is an addiction/habit like everything else, but if you consistently resist sugary snacks, your body should crave them less; so if you have enough slow carbs in your digestive system to sustain your energy level, you should be able to cut down to mostly non-sugary meals with just a little sugar here and there for the extra kick.

    When you say you have a 100 mile commute (from 60), do you mean 50 miles each way? How many hours do you spend biking per day?

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    Quote Originally Posted by timsataurus View Post
    Hello

    Just started a new job last week and the commute is a hundred miles with change. I've only been averaging around 60 miles a week for the last four months. Woke up on Saturday with no sore muscles, and went for a 4 mile walk. I really enjoy the 36t chain ring I switched with a the 32t that came with the crank set.

    Takes about 50/60 mins depending on traffic lights.
    I stopped here because I'm confused about the math. I gather that the 100+ mile commute isn't each way or round trip. So, maybe it's per week, but is it based on 5 days per week? or what? How far is the one way or round trip commute?

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    Quote Originally Posted by timsataurus View Post
    Just started a new job last week and the commute is a hundred miles with change.
    Wow! Over 100 miles a day! I don't even ride that far when I'm riding all day long on a tour. You must be 280 pounds of rock-hard muscle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ekdog View Post
    Wow! Over 100 miles a day! I don't even ride that far when I'm riding all day long on a tour. You must be 280 pounds of rock-hard muscle.
    I was more taken by the fact he goes 100 miles (or even 50) in under an hour. That's some pedaling.

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