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Old 10-18-05, 03:35 PM
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Did you hear about....

this guy?

Looks pretty ambitious to say the least. Good luck buddy and have fun!
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Old 10-18-05, 05:18 PM
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You'd think somewhere along the "weigh" he might have noticed that he was getting heavy.
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Old 10-18-05, 09:01 PM
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Where would he find a bike that could bear the weight, I wonder. 200 kilos ! It would have to have a specially strengthened frame & wheels.I can't help but admire a guy like that, though who could even think about such a venture, much less carry it through
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Old 10-18-05, 09:53 PM
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It reminds me of how truely impressive the spoked bicycle wheel really is.
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Old 10-18-05, 10:08 PM
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Well I wish him lots of luck. I hope he does it!
I envee the fact that he can take off from work and go on a four and a half months bike ride.
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Old 10-18-05, 10:14 PM
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To be honest, I hope he has someone following him 24/7 with one of these:


And I'm not making fun, I'm dead serious. I'm not sure if he knows the kind of tolls a long tour like that can put on a body in the long run.
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Old 10-19-05, 03:52 AM
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People that still think carbs are evil are just misinformed. A cyclist or anyone should eat 60%carbs 30%protein 10%good fats just like the food pyramid says. Atkins Diet has been a passing fad and now the Atkins company is bankrupt. Avoiding carbs can even kill you cause the brain and body needs carbs. To lose weight you have to burn more calories then you take in, there is no secret.
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Old 10-19-05, 06:07 AM
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All I can say is more power to him. I wish more people would up and take his initiative, whether it was with cycling, or being a pettern person, getting a better education. The initiaitve to get up and decide to try to make one's life better, is something this whole world seriously lacks.
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Old 10-19-05, 07:34 AM
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I think he's aiming to use the low-carb diet to lose enough weight to start the riding. With any luck he will then be sensible enough to switch to a more sensible diet. And the extra exercise will make up for any extra calories he gets from bringing carbs back into his diet.

Having said that, I could never do a low-carb diet. I could live without meat, and often do, I could even live without chocolate for brief periods (although that would be very, very difficult), but I couldn't manage without pasta, bread, potatoes and oatmeal.
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Old 10-19-05, 09:04 AM
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I hope he's successful, not only in his quest to lose weight, but in a lifestyle change to keep it off for good. I've observed that most people with weight problems have this "surge and purge" mentality, where they let things get a little out of control until it bugs them to the point of attacking it at full force, be it body weight, house cleaning, financial debt, etc.

I believe the most affective technique these people can use is learn to live differently, and stimulate a lifestyle change change. For example:

Overweight - learn to cook tasty, healthy meals, and pick up a hobby involving exercise.
Dirty House - clean up everything as soon as you're done with it, don't let it build up...at all.
Finance - employ the use of some software to manage your finances, plan ahead, and address shortages before they become a problem. Keep a buffer-zone in savings.

At least this guys knows his problem, he admits that he loses determination as soon as he accomplishes a significant step towards the overall goal. By putting up a website and making a trip out of it, he is trapping himself into losing weight...great strategy! I applaud him, and I'm glad his family is giving him all the support he needs.

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Old 10-19-05, 10:25 AM
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He's shed 40+ pounds in a little over a month, that's some serious baggage.

I wish him the best of luck on his journey.
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Originally Posted by dobber
He's shed 40+ pounds in a little over a month, that's some serious baggage.

I wish him the best of luck on his journey.
Just think about how that is impacting his ridding. 40 pounds lighter? Carbon-fiber frames have nothing on that.
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Old 10-19-05, 11:31 AM
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For those that think he is putting himself at risk for a heart attack or whatnot keep in mind that his average day so far has been like 10 miles. He isn't overdoing things by trying to do 80-120 miles a day or anything.
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Old 10-19-05, 01:01 PM
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I wish him luck but I doubt that he can make it...
First of all, not riding long distances before this is going to crush him.
Second, 400+lbs...I weigh 180 and I can imagine another me and 40 extra pounds ontop of that. I would not make it up any hill without walking.
Third, He wants to do this in 4.5 months? Thats 135 days(roughly). A trip across the US is around 3k miles(roughly, I think). Thats 22 miles a day. Not including hills and not including routes that you have to take which are not direct. For instance, you are not going a direct route over rivers and buildings. So this is probably 3/2 as much so lets say 33 miles a day.

From not riding at all to 33 miles everyday, its going to be a bit hard especially with the body mass that he is carrying.

I wish him luck though, I want to see the follow-up to this story though.
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Old 10-19-05, 02:54 PM
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AAA mileage from Las Vegas to Jacksonville is 2212 miles, so it is only about 17 miles per day, although he has had a number of missed riding days early and he is towing a trailer according to his journal. If he keeps at it, but the end of the first month, he should be a lot stronger rider and able to log more miles each day. I hope he makes it.

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Guys like that are the ones I most admire.
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Old 10-20-05, 10:26 PM
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Originally Posted by KeithA
Guys like that are the ones I most admire.
Me too. Think of all the goodies he ate to get that large .
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