Just joined today, Have read some posts and I am looking for more help.
Some about me first, I am 6' 3" and 290 lbs (44 years old).
I am just getting back into bicycling to loose some weight.
I have been in and out or riding for about 15 years.
At my lowest weight (14 years ago) I was on a road bike for 100 miles a week and weighed in at 225.
Then I quit for a couple of years and got back into it but this time on a mountain bike (still regret selling that road bike) and road 50 miles each weekend with my friends in the dirt, with some road miles (on the mountain bike) thrown in just for training. weighed in at 255 (most recently 7 years ago)
Stopped again, but got back into it three years ago, got down to 265, but was in good shape, did a day at Steamboat off the lifts. My arms gave out before my legs and lungs. I didn't expect that much load on my arms going downhill all day.
After having shoulder surgery, took over a year to get back into exercising and I am now back up to my all time high weight.
Last time I did this it took me 6 months to go from 290 down to 265. It took some jogging with the bike riding to get there.
I was then at the point where I needed to look into changing my eating to get below that plateau (I was at 265 for 6 months While still riding and running)
My goals now are of course to loose weight.
I can't really say when the last time I was below 250 Lbs. I don't know what I need to do to get down there. So I need some guidance there.
I would also like to do my first "Century" at the end of this summer.
I think I need 4 to 8 weeks of fitness riding before I start on a Century training schedual. I am sure most of the one's I have seen assume you have some level of fitness before you begin.
I have never attempted a century, but back when I did ride a road bike all the time, one of the guys I worked with told me all the time that he thought I was in good enough shape and I should be able to complete one.
Anyway, I am putting out a feeler here to see what kind of help and support I can get from this board.
Also, I live in Colorado, I have a new road bike, an Orbea Aspin. And my mountain bike is an older Cannondale Super V 1000 (with the carbon fibre swingarm).
Thanks in advance and Hello to all.