Greetings... I have been lurking here for a couple months and finally registered earlie this month. I am an "ultra" clyde weighing in excess of 300#. I have been lifting weights for 9 months now and have seen small loss of fat <20 pounds>, but needed a way to kick my cardio in its @ss. I can walk 2-3 miles at 4mph, but I started trying to jog and really put a hurt on my knees, so...... I am here.
I bought a Trek 7200 FX and rode for the first time over 30 years today. <I am 45>. I found out that I am not as good a bike rider as I once was, but was suprised at how soon balance and old memories came back to me.
I live in rural South Dakota on a gravel road, so my first challenge was to negotiate the gravel. The first quarter mile is downhill and I spent the whole way on the brake...... thinking I am going to regreat this.....
Fast forward.... I rode 5 miles of gravel and one mile of blacktop, and though you with miles behind you will not be impressed, I stopped only twice, once at a stop sign and once to adjust the seat. I made it averaging 9.5 miles an hour <woohoo>. Remember I have not ridden in 30 years and was mostly on gravel. I was smart enough to plan the loop to end into a 10+ mph wind, but with the majority of the last 2 miles down hill.
I was whipped when I got off the bike, but recovered quicky and am planning on going again tomorrow. It was great, the best cardio workout I have had in years.
OK boring as heck, but I am so pumped about the ride I had to tell someone.
Thanks for letting me ramble and I am glad I found the site. Heading up to read the weight loss thread now.