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Old 05-31-14, 02:37 PM
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Hi new to the bike forum

Hi, My name is Gregg and I'm 53 yrs. old and single. I just found this bike forum and stopped in to say hi. I'm from Moore, OK. Also just starting to get back into bicycling. Alittle out of shape and last night I pulled out my road bike and cleaned it up. My road bike is a blue giant and am really looking forward to riding again. I work at the VA.hospital and am retired from the Oklahoma Army National Guard after 26 1/2 yrs.. I served a year in Iraq 2004-2005 and retired in 2007. My doctors have told me to get a exercise program to lose alittle weight. So I thought why not get back into bicycling and try it. We have a lot of bicyclist around here. I will start out slow just around my neighborhood and then later join a cycling group. I have all the equipment such as helmet,shoes,cycle short and shirt. Any advice will help and thank you for reading.

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Old 05-31-14, 02:39 PM
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Also I will let you all know how I am doing.

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As a fellow 50-something who started riding again about six years ago after a decades-long break, I would say pay attention to any discomfort, perhaps due to age, fitness level and weight gain, once you get used to riding the Giant again (I don't know how long of a break you've had from riding). You probably already know your sit bones might be sore for a bit if you haven't ridden in while, for example. But ongoing discomfort on a bike, especially when not having ridden in quite a few years, can be very discouraging, and it's a shame when people give up something they previously enjoyed when so many options are available to improve the ride.
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Gregg,

My doctors have told me to get a exercise program to lose alittle weight.

While exercise is great for your health and great for maintaining your weight, for the vast majority of folks, exercise is really not an effective way to lose weight. I know that's counter intuitive.

I should add that I work out just about every day at the local gym for about a full 90 minutes though I never lost any weight until I learned how our bodies deal with fat regulation. Long story short, to burn your own fat requires a negative stimulus of an insulin deficiency. In other words, you do everything you can _not_ to raise your blood sugar.

Once that sunk in I lost 30 pounds and have kept them off (going on two years now). My blood panel also improved as well. Foods that raise your blood sugar - everything made from grains (bread, cereal, crackers, pasta), potatoes, rice, and fruit juices. There's more sugar in fruit juice than in soda. Instead of drinking a glass of orange juice, eat an orange; the fiber from the orange will slow down the fructose from entering your blood. (I used to drink a liter of orange juice most mornings.)
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Old 06-05-14, 05:10 PM
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Originally Posted by gbike60 View Post
Hi, My name is Gregg and I'm 53 yrs. old and single. I just found this bike forum and stopped in to say hi. I'm from Moore, OK. Also just starting to get back into bicycling. Alittle out of shape and last night I pulled out my road bike and cleaned it up. My road bike is a blue giant and am really looking forward to riding again. I work at the VA.hospital and am retired from the Oklahoma Army National Guard after 26 1/2 yrs.. I served a year in Iraq 2004-2005 and retired in 2007. My doctors have told me to get a exercise program to lose alittle weight. So I thought why not get back into bicycling and try it. We have a lot of bicyclist around here. I will start out slow just around my neighborhood and then later join a cycling group. I have all the equipment such as helmet,shoes,cycle short and shirt. Any advice will help and thank you for reading.

Gregg
Welcome. I'm not all that far from you, in Kansas City.

I started riding 10 miles a day pretty consistently last summer. I lost a fair bit of weight after a couple of months. I got lazy over the winter and put it back on. More importantly than losing weight per se, I felt a lot better overall and lost one or two waist sizes on pants. I wasn't a TON lighter but I was less fat and felt better.

Stick with it. Until you get in shape, you might want to ride every other day, or two on, one off.

One of the best investments I made, just to motivate myself and track my rides, was an inexpensive Garmin Forerunner 10 watch. They make a mount for it for your handlebars, and I ride with mine every day then download the ride into Garmin Connect. That way I can compare rides, track my overall riding, etc. It also forces me to be accountable if I miss a day since there is a gap in there that bugs me. It's not super high speed, but it maps the ride and tracks times, which is all I wanted. It doesn't route you or navigate or anything.

My other recommendation from a fellow novice is an insulated water bottle. Amazon and everyone else carries them. Makes all the difference on a hot day, not to have a sweaty bottle full of warm water.

Oh, one last thing. You can get bright hi vis super breathable synthetic tee shirts that are great for cycling at Wally World in the section where basketball shorts are. Cheap, like ten bucks. Hi vis yellow and lime green. Highly recommend. I think they are called Starter Regular Fit Core Tee and are 100% poly and ultra light. Cant beat them for ten bucks, and cars see you real well.

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