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    Newbie to forum and riding.

    Hey everyone . I made an intro on the intro board, and now want to start getting into posting. I have a lot of nutrition and training questions as I am just starting out on a bike. I am getting into cycling right out of long distance running, so I have fairly decent endurance. Like I said in my intro, I am a 17 year old male, so I should be able to handle some training right? . Anyways, I am only commuting about 9 miles round trip to school in 40 minutes round trip, so I am doing practically nothing in terms of physical activity right? I was just wondering where I should start really. I have no idea heh. I plan on doing hour long rides on Saturday and Sunday in addition to the Mon, - Fri. commutes. Does this seem like a reasonable starting plan, or is it too little? I did buy a road bike, so no more using my BMX to commute (as I said I was doing in my into) and hopefully that will make things a lot more enjoyable. I also have some questions regarding nutrition. I have always been really into getting the right amount of nutrition and such. I am actually recovering/recovered from an eating disorder, so some aspects of my nutrition deal with that. I was just wondering. I am 5'9 1/2 feet tall and weigh 123-125 pounds. Do you guys think this is too skinny? It is considerbly above my previous weight, which was 110, but some people think it is way too thin. My doctor said hes allowing me to maintain this weight (but would like to see me get 130 or over), but I just can't drop any. What do you guys think heh? Also, with my current commute, I am taking in 1870 calories a day. I do count pretty religiously, so I am sure it is an accurate number (give or take a few calories, but whatever ). I have a very high carb, pretty low fat, a pretty low protein diet also. Oh yea...i am also a hardcore Vegan. Parents raised me as one and never plan to turn Omni . Sorry about this being kind of long, but as I am new...I am hoping to really get off in a good start here. Thank you to anyone with advice. Much appreciated.

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    Well welcome to bikeforums...

    First let me say anytie you get on the bike you are doing something, whether it is a 9 mile round trip commute or an hour ride. Since it sounds like you came from running the arobic endurance will carry over but the muscle endurance you may have to work on. Two one hour rides on the weekends are nice, I do not know what intensity level they are at so I can not comment on that fact though.

    Anywhere is a good starting point. When you start riding you will see where you are and taylor accordingly. When I got back to road cycling some time ago I started riding 6 hours per week... now I am at over 10 with different intensities.

    As to the weight issue I can not help you with that. As to the vegan part, I attend a school that is vegan, not that I am, but you will have your own considerations there...

    wecome to the world of road cycling,.
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    Ah..the intensity...Forgot about that. While I do not have any fancy equipment like a HRM or anything, I do know I will be riding at a pretty consistent pace of 13-14 mph, with some hills in there (obviously a little slower on uphill). Does that help, or am I still missing something heh. Thanks for the welcome .

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    Sorry if that was bad...I just want to talk to some people and get to know everyone .

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    Hi Dosh..

    If you haven't already, I'd take this thread over to the "Road Cycling" forum, as well. More people tend to view of there, so you might get a greater number of responses.

    You've asked a TON of questions...and a lot of us (I'll speak for myself here) just simply aren't qualified to give you anything but opinions. In other words, what's too much/too little, too fat/too skinny, a good amount of training/bad amount of training - a lot of that is very individual.

    GENERALLY speaking - and you can use your running experience as a guide - it's always best to start slow, build a base. How MUCH of a base is up to you; move forward when you feel ready to do so. As for your ideal weight...that is STRICTLY up to you. It's all how you feel, how your body is responding (or not) to the rigors of training. Listen to your body. You have the added burden of having had an eating disorder - this is not to be taken lightly! And you should be listening to NOBODY here in regards to your caloric intake, and/or what's a "good" or "ideal" weight for you. Hopefully, you're still in contact with a therapist/nutritionist - he/she should be your first point of contact in regards to this.

    I hope this helps. Good luck with riding. It is a wonderful activity if done safely.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smokey
    Hi Dosh..

    If you haven't already, I'd take this thread over to the "Road Cycling" forum, as well. More people tend to view of there, so you might get a greater number of responses.

    You've asked a TON of questions...and a lot of us (I'll speak for myself here) just simply aren't qualified to give you anything but opinions. In other words, what's too much/too little, too fat/too skinny, a good amount of training/bad amount of training - a lot of that is very individual.

    GENERALLY speaking - and you can use your running experience as a guide - it's always best to start slow, build a base. How MUCH of a base is up to you; move forward when you feel ready to do so. As for your ideal weight...that is STRICTLY up to you. It's all how you feel, how your body is responding (or not) to the rigors of training. Listen to your body. You have the added burden of having had an eating disorder - this is not to be taken lightly! And you should be listening to NOBODY here in regards to your caloric intake, and/or what's a "good" or "ideal" weight for you. Hopefully, you're still in contact with a therapist/nutritionist - he/she should be your first point of contact in regards to this.

    I hope this helps. Good luck with riding. It is a wonderful activity if done safely.
    Very good points . Thanks. I generally just want opinions though. I really just want to talk, get opinions and see what other people think and such. I know that ultimately it is really up to me/my general doctor to tell me stuff with nutrition, but sometimes I like to just hear what others think. Sorry if I am annoying anyone heh .

    Cheers

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