First off, Hello to everyone. I'm new to the forums but have been trolling around the FG/SS forums a bit so far. I like it around here.
I'm 33 years old, 6' tall, 325 lbs and am on a mission to loose 100 lbs. If this sounds a bit too hefty a goal, let me start by saying its a long term one. I've done it in the past (I've lost 55 in the past but that was 11 years ago and a lot has changed) but the weight came back from horrible eating habits and lack of daily exercise i.e., 20+ years of skateboarding until lower back problems with sciatic nerve pains made it hard to continue. I've always been a big guy but never had any trouble being active. I decided a bicycle may be the smartest thing to do to try to aid in this quest.
I bought my first bike in over 20 years the other day... a Specialized 'Langster Comp' fixed gear track bike. I've since fitted it with a Shimano Ultegra front brake, a more comfy Selle Italia saddle, stronger KOOL chain, Bontrager Crowbar 5 degree riser bars w/ Oury grips and some leather toe straps (I just cant ride drops and I'll graduate to Bullhorns I'm sure).
I'm intrigued by the similarities fixed gear riding has to skateboarding with the sub culture, camaraderie (clicky as it may be) and simple connection to the street... but let me be the first to tell you I could care less about 50 yard skids and leg over, step throughs or 6 minute track stands... I bought this bike to have fun with some friends and LOOSE WEIGHT.
So... Whats my 1st step. I'm comfy on the bike. Do I ride 1 mile? Do I ride 3? Do I ride 20 minutes? Do I ride 40? Do I ride with a water bottle? Do I ride early in the morning before breakfast? Do I ride every day regardless of muscle soreness?
I'm hoping I can handle my diet i.e., caloric intake, nutritional meals and eliminating crap food/drink (been vegetarian for almost 8 years but until now, had a problem frequenting the Butterfingers in the vending machines) but I was looking for a little guidance as to where to start this exercise regiment. Any help will be sincerely appreciated.
p.s., My Bike...