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Just completed my first 20+ miler

Old 04-25-15, 10:30 AM
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Just completed my first 20+ miler

I dropped 80+ lbs since September of 2014. I have been riding a MTB since Oct, but finding time to hit the trails is difficult and I really don't like riding the MTB on the road all that much. I picked up a second hand road bike since it is way easier to just jump on that and get some saddle time. Today I completed 22.5 miles in 1:22:28 @ 16.4 mph avg. This is only the third time on that bike, btw. That is a huge accomplishment for me. I am still a clyde at 208 lbs. but I don't think it will be long before I get under 200.

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Congratulations! Feels great, doesn't it?
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Good for you. Now tomorrow go for a five or ten to stretch out (trust me this will help with the next day soreness )
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Originally Posted by gjhsu
Congratulations! Feels great, doesn't it?
Thank you and yes it does. Both the weight loss and the ride

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Good for you. Now tomorrow go for a five or ten to stretch out (trust me this will help with the next day soreness )
Already have a 10 mile loop figured out. I'm going to need it, I can tell already.
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Originally Posted by Giant Fuji
Thank you and yes it does. Both the weight loss and the ride



Already have a 10 mile loop figured out. I'm going to need it, I can tell already.
I really encourage you to take this 10 mile loop easy, just use it as a stretch and movement exercise. You don't want to over work muscles and have them cramp on you

Drink lots of water today too. If you find yourself getting sore go buy some liquid amino acids and take some before you go to bed, some in the morning, some before, and some after a workout.
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I will take it easy, thanks for the advice!
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Congrats, its a great feeling. Broke the 10 mile barrier for the first time this year but hit 20+ last summer and its a great accomplishment.
Keep it up and keep us posted of your results.
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80 lbs since last September? Wow
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Yep! It pretty much melted off. My diet was pretty awful, so I completely cut out sodas and donuts, started counting calories and just simply ate better. It has gotten harder to lose now that I have leaned out so much. Decided it was time to work on fitness
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Congrats! <3 road bikes.

yeah, those plateaus take some time and effort to get through.
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Rainy and cold today I'm gonna spin on the trainer in front of the TV instead, an hour should do it!
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22 miles in 1:22 is awesome! Congratulations on losing the 80 lbs., I know your knees and hips are thanking you. My doctor advised me to start using a cane for long walks when I was 280. Three years of riding and watching what I eat and I'm holding steady at 185-190. Knees and hips feel just fine. (most of the time)
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Wow. Well, I did my first 20+ non-stop ride yesterday after several 20-27 mile rides with an hour break in the middle (so, really, a pair of 10-13 mile rides separated by an hour). Your pace is what blows me away. I barely missed breaking 13mph, doing 21.7 in 1:45 or so. Part of me is inspired by you, and part of me just hopes you have REALLY flat rides so as to justified my hilly, slower pace.

Congratulations, sir. You've done your future such a service.
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Congrats! Excellent. The mileage is great, the weight loss in even cooler.
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Thanks for all the kind words! I started at 290 lbs and have plateaued at 207 lbs. I am hopeful that putting in the miles on the bike will get me over the hump and get those last few pounds off. My overall fitness just keeps getting better all the time, it is awesome!

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Wow. Well, I did my first 20+ non-stop ride yesterday after several 20-27 mile rides with an hour break in the middle (so, really, a pair of 10-13 mile rides separated by an hour). Your pace is what blows me away. I barely missed breaking 13mph, doing 21.7 in 1:45 or so. Part of me is inspired by you, and part of me just hopes you have REALLY flat rides so as to justified my hilly, slower pace.

Congratulations, sir. You've done your future such a service.
Thanks Masque! My legs are pretty strong and it seems like I can just pedal forever, always been the case for me even as a kid. I spent my entire childhood on a bicycle. As far as my pace, yes, it is flat here. i only had about 235 feet of gain on that ride. That said, for only being on the third ride on a road bike I think it is pretty good and now I have a benchmark. I talked with the owner of my LBS and he said they normally push about a 20 mph pace on their group rides, so I have a ways to go to hang with those guys.

My problem now is finding time for longer rides. I have enough time for about a 30 min ride during lunch and I have a great 9 mile loop to do it. I actually do it in 32-33 minutes, but close enough. So that is a 16.8-16.4 mph pace. If I can increase that pace then I am confident I can increase the 20 mile pace as well. The only time I can get in a longer ride is on the weekends. I may mix in some intervals on that 9 mile ride to increase strength.
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Just did an hour on the trainer. I need a different saddle. The only way I can get comfortable is to push all the way back on it so my sit bones are supported. I am almost sliding off the back of it. I slid it forward on the rails after the long ride yesterday hoping that would help, but at best it was just a bandaid for a fit issue.

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The sit bones should be providing most of the support, but if you have to sit in a really unnatural position it's probably a good idea to try something different.

Congratulations on the ride and the weight loss!
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20mph in a group taking turns on the front is easier than 20 solo......even just letting somebody set the pace will push your speed up some.
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Excellent!
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Oy, the saddle. First, above all else,is your saddle the right width for your sit bones*? I tried for a time to live with a 143mm saddle, and I had the same experience you describe - because the widest point of the saddle was the only point wide enough for my proud southern region. Having been measured and put at 155mm now, I find that saddles... work. The rest of this post assumes you are on a saddle the width of is properly fit to your hind nethers.

You mention feeling like you have to "push all the way back on it so my sit bones are supported" - okay, so do that! Moving the saddle forward 1/4" or 1/2" at a time (give it a mile or two between adjustments) and deciding that letting half of yourself sit off the back... these are fine decisions if they work for you. Also you may find that you benefit from -raising- your saddle - owing to the seat tube angle, this moves the saddle further back as well as giving you a geometry change which may be beneficial, especially if you've lost some of nature's padding.

At 240 lbs I went and bought the cushiest saddle I could find that still said "I M SRS CYCLIST" rather than opting for the ones that looked... well, you know, comfortable. I'm sure there are other, probably better options, but I went with this one: Specialized Bicycle Components

Since then I've lost another 17 pounds, and I STILL haven't found the perfect position for this thing. I will give you this advice: Don't settle. Keep adjusting. My saddle is now inclined up one degree, sitting a full inch higher than I thought was originally correct (I've lost padding and this saddle is a little more compliant, so ... I sink into it more) and it's pointing 2 to the left(!). This is as close to perfect as I've yet found, and along the way I learned that adjustments to position make more difference than anything else EXCEPT where I was putting myself on the saddle, which was corrected by getting one wide enough for the HMS Mybutt.

* May I just say that "sit bones" is the least amusing title for those supportive pelvic protrusions? Why not 'pork points' or 'booty bipod'? Anatomists are no fun.
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nice work!
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My knees hurt after putting the saddle forward. I put it back and went just a touch nose down. We'll see where that gets me short term. I need to self measure (cardboard trick) and go from there. Saddle replacement is number one priority right now.
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Originally Posted by Giant Fuji
I dropped 80+ lbs since September of 2014. I have been riding a MTB since Oct, but finding time to hit the trails is difficult and I really don't like riding the MTB on the road all that much. I picked up a second hand road bike since it is way easier to just jump on that and get some saddle time. Today I completed 22.5 miles in 1:22:28 @ 16.4 mph avg. This is only the third time on that bike, btw. That is a huge accomplishment for me. I am still a clyde at 208 lbs. but I don't think it will be long before I get under 200.
Well done!
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Originally Posted by Giant Fuji
I dropped 80+ lbs since September of 2014. I have been riding a MTB since Oct, but finding time to hit the trails is difficult and I really don't like riding the MTB on the road all that much. I picked up a second hand road bike since it is way easier to just jump on that and get some saddle time. Today I completed 22.5 miles in 1:22:28 @ 16.4 mph avg. This is only the third time on that bike, btw. That is a huge accomplishment for me. I am still a clyde at 208 lbs. but I don't think it will be long before I get under 200.
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Wow. Well, I did my first 20+ non-stop ride yesterday after several 20-27 mile rides with an hour break in the middle (so, really, a pair of 10-13 mile rides separated by an hour). Your pace is what blows me away. I barely missed breaking 13mph, doing 21.7 in 1:45 or so. Part of me is inspired by you, and part of me just hopes you have REALLY flat rides so as to justified my hilly, slower pace.

Congratulations, sir. You've done your future such a service.
Well done both of you!
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