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New clyde cyclist, just finished first ride

Old 07-30-11, 07:39 PM
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New clyde cyclist, just finished first ride

Howdy all.

Had a bike when I was in high school; haven't ridden since then. Haven't done much exercise, at all, since then. Done plenty of eating, though. Scale said 345 this morning. LBS set me up with a Specialized Hardrock, swapped out the suspension for a fixed fork. Tweaked my back a little over the last two days, finally recovered and got up the courage to get on it today.

Barely got out of my apartment complex. Must've looked like a newborn filly, wobbling and wibbling on my steed. Just came back. Computer says I went 1.06 miles. Panting, legs on fire, sweat running down my face.

There's a 6.4 mile bike trail around a lake literally across the street from where I live; that's my immediate goal. Part of me is super excited, part of me is terrified at what I've gotten myself into. Will try again tomorrow. Maybe 2 miles? Probably more like 1.5...

Anyway, just wanted to say hi.
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Old 07-30-11, 07:49 PM
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Just keep at it. Also welcome to the forums.

I just started maybe 5 -6 weeks ago myself. Started where you were. barely able to do a mile. Now I can knock out 6 miles.

SO MUCH FUN!
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Old 07-30-11, 07:58 PM
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You will fall in love...

Cycling changed my life!
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My first rides since I was young and in shape went like yours, a few years back getting out for 10 minutes was traumatic. Keep at it will get better! You will get around that lake.
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Don't worry about it. Start off slow and work your way into going more miles. Don't worry about what other people think and just keep riding. Congrats onthe bike!!
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Old 07-30-11, 08:02 PM
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Originally Posted by Varaaki View Post
Howdy all.

Had a bike when I was in high school; haven't ridden since then. Haven't done much exercise, at all, since then. Done plenty of eating, though. Scale said 345 this morning. LBS set me up with a Specialized Hardrock, swapped out the suspension for a fixed fork. Tweaked my back a little over the last two days, finally recovered and got up the courage to get on it today.

Barely got out of my apartment complex. Must've looked like a newborn filly, wobbling and wibbling on my steed. Just came back. Computer says I went 1.06 miles. Panting, legs on fire, sweat running down my face.

There's a 6.4 mile bike trail around a lake literally across the street from where I live; that's my immediate goal. Part of me is super excited, part of me is terrified at what I've gotten myself into. Will try again tomorrow. Maybe 2 miles? Probably more like 1.5...

Anyway, just wanted to say hi.
Welcome! That is a great goal, within no time you will reach the end of that path and say to yourself "... AWESOME, WHAT'S NEXT??"
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Old 07-30-11, 09:33 PM
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Go slow!
Small increases at a time!
Don't rush!
The biggest reason for failure is to pushing too fast!
Make it fun!
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Old 07-30-11, 10:21 PM
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awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!

and welcome to a new addiction. this is now your new family. please put away $30 a week as you will need this to fund the new clothes you will have to buy as your pants will be too big soon
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Old 07-30-11, 11:34 PM
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San Diego is a great town to ride a bike in, or through. I have an old "rides in San Diego County" book somewhere I bought when I lived in SD.

As for wobbling, I stopped riding for about 10 years and when I got back on, it was much the same but its easily overcome with some time in the saddle.

Don't overdo anything - every other day is fine and keep at it!
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Old 07-31-11, 12:02 AM
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I restarted several years ago...made my first ride of 1/4 mile. 3 years later, I rode a 167 mile single day ride.
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Old 07-31-11, 01:37 AM
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You rode twice as far as my first ride last fall. I did a metric century last month.
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Old 07-31-11, 02:09 AM
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I went from not sitting on a bike for 19 years and weighing 400lb to weighing 328 and riding a metric and an imperial century this month. You'll be amazed by how fast you progress.
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Old 07-31-11, 02:27 AM
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great job my friend. Stay on the forum and have fun. You will more then likely experiance problems when you ride and thats ok.

Just have fun. Dont compare yourself now versus when you road when you were younger.
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Old 07-31-11, 08:10 AM
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Congrats on the new ride, the new life, and the new awesome addiction. We've all been where you are right now. In fact, on at least two days a week, i feel like I'm still there, lol. Hang tuff and just keep at it. You'll soon be amazed. Welcome aboard.
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Old 07-31-11, 08:21 AM
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I remember my first sweat filled mile like it was yesterday ,mine was in my local park as I wasn't too confident with traffic at the time
I was 275ish lbs at the time now about 18months later im 224lbs and regularly riding 100 mile plus a week

On the subject of wobbling I used to be glued to the seat both hands firmly wrapped round the bars clinging on for dear life , now Im up out the saddled dancing about on every sprint from lights or every climb that will come with confidence on the bike .

you have made a step in the right direction and you an an immediate goal that is well within your reach just stick at it
Honestly keep at it and pretty soon you will be onto your second lap round that lake and looking for further places to ride
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Old 07-31-11, 10:06 AM
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At 378lbs my first ride was a bit over 400'. by the end of the summer I was doing 25-26 mile rides 4-6 times a week. We all start differently, the only race is against yourself~!

Welcome to the herd, and take baby steps to start. Try not to push so hard that you give up~! Just ride every day, even if it's 1/2 mile - doesn't matter, time is your friend, you will get better and stronger just by doing that
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Old 07-31-11, 02:19 PM
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So just got back from my Day 2 ride. Just trying to make a habit of it, like jethro56 is always saying... 1.3 miles, and had to walk about 0.1 of it. Developing a nice tender spot on my butt. Never really noticed the hills (well, not -hills- per se, but... rolling elevation changes) in my neighborhood until now. Also figured out how to upshift today!

I appreciate the well-wishes, folks. Means a lot to me and I'm glad to have found you all.
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Welcome and keep up the good work
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Howdy and welcome to the forums! Congrats on getting the new ride and making the choice to change your life.
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Old 07-31-11, 08:52 PM
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Congrats! You got started, and that's the hardest part. Don't get discouraged, any riding is good!
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Old 08-01-11, 01:59 PM
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Day 3 - 1.5 miles, stopped twice: once for a car that was maneuvering in the roadway, and once on a upslope, but didn't walk it at all. Also sweating a little less. Slow but steady progress, that's the key, right?
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Originally Posted by Varaaki View Post
Day 3 - 1.5 miles, stopped twice: once for a car that was maneuvering in the roadway, and once on a upslope, but didn't walk it at all. Also sweating a little less. Slow but steady progress, that's the key, right?
The key is to keep riding and have fun, progress will come along with it. We all got where we are at one bite at a time and changing it back one pedal revolution at a time.
Have you ridden by the lake yet? Even if you can't make it the all the way around yet it sounds like a nice ride. I wish I had a lake close by to ride around.
Enjoy the ride!
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Haven't made it to the lake yet, no... I ride in circles around my apartment complex and the street going all the way around it. I tried yesterday to get there, but... the road to get there is about a quarter of a mile uphill. Made it about halfway before turning around. So apparently my "tomorrow goal" needs to be GETTING to the damned lake. ;p
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My wife and I have been doing this now for a few months. She pushed herself to go 3 miles and was ready to collapse when we started. Yesterday we did 10.37 miles. Its not how far you go, or how fast at this point, its just getting out there. Keep going and those little goals will be met and next thing you know, you'll be around that lake with a smile on your face. Keep up the good work, we're all here if you need us.
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Originally Posted by Varaaki View Post
Haven't made it to the lake yet, no... I ride in circles around my apartment complex and the street going all the way around it. I tried yesterday to get there, but... the road to get there is about a quarter of a mile uphill. Made it about halfway before turning around. So apparently my "tomorrow goal" needs to be GETTING to the damned lake. ;p
Any riding is good riding it doesnt matter where you are riding as long as your moving , I started off doing my rides in a local park , I even walked the bike to the park because i was too scared of traffic at that time .I even did my first 5 and 8 mile ride in that park because of the traffic fears .

if you think you can get to the lake tomorrow go for it , even if you have to stop halfway up that dammed hill for a breather .
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