Just a quick update, I am still riding everyday. I burned a little under 6000 calories. BUT NO WEIGHT LOSS UGGGG!!!. However, I feel myself getting stronger. The hills that used to kill me, I now jump out of the saddle and sprint over them like I did in the old days. The BIGGGG ones, are still a challenge, but it feels great when I get to the top. I am able to maintain a good speed on the flats, and I am able to see my avg speed increse each week. When I started a couple of months ago, I was lucky to hit an avg of 14. Now I am seeing close to 17 with a few hill tossed in for good measure. I will keep spinning away and wait for the pounds to fall off one day.
Fitness Minutes: (14,285) Posts: 1,287 8/16/07 4:55 P
Hi Roy, and welcome from the mountains of Southwestern Virginia, barely 30 minutes from the KY line!
I know I drive by Waddy on the way to visit my family in Illinois, and if I remember correctly you have the same narrow road/mountains challenges we do here. (Edit, I see you're closer to Louisville, much more varied terrain to choose from!) I grew up in Illinois, so getting back on my bike at nearly 38 and a whole lot heavier AND having to climb has been a shock to say the least! But I look at it as a great challenge and way to gain fitness fast. When I take my bike up to the great Midwest this fall, I expect I'll be able to flat out fly on the level trails up there. Or at least go for a long, long way...
I've been amazed at how quickly I'm getting stronger, and it's really turbocharging my weight loss too. I'm quite biased because I'm remembering how much I love it now, but I think cycling is one of the very best cardio exercises out there.
Welcome to the group from about a 100 miles north of you just outside of Cincinnati. Good luck with your weight loss with spark. Using the food tracking, and groups like this to stay motivated I was able to lose quite a bit of weight over the last couple of years. It's a great site and this is a great group!
~~Adam~~ abiker.blogspot.com '08 cycling : 0/1500 miles '08 running: 446/1500 miles
J: I didn't mean to beat you to the punch yet you still get to put out great info! :D You have great positive messages too.
R: The truth is what we once could do might not be doable now. All the added weight and time off really takes a toll on the body. With some patients and work you will be back in great shape before you know it. Stick with it and share your experiences on here and you will really make the time fly by.
Wow, you have had a wonderful weight loss. GREAT JOB. I guess I am a lot like your Husband. And YES, it feels GREAT to get back on the bike. It took me a while to get used to the idea that I can not just get back out and ride like I used to. I had a picture in my mind what the hills should be like...BOY WAS I WRONG!!!.. They are getting better, but I LOVE IT....
Fitness Minutes: (12,378) Posts: 2,178 8/9/07 6:18 P
Hi there and welcome! And I bet it must feel fantastic to be back on your bike again! My boyfriend and I are both avid cyclists.. I am very new to the sport, have only been riding with any seriousness at all, for the last 2 years. He has been riding his entire adult life (he turns 40 next week), and most of his childhood.. He raced, racked on the miles like you. Then he wound up married, had a daughter etc and wasn't able to ride as much. He then broke his foot last year, which hasn't helped. He is back to riding again, but finds himself frustrated with no weightloss. His problem is portion control, and too many fats in his diet. He just loves food! I was able to drop my weight, thanks to the bike, but I also was able to be quite strict with myself. Now that I am just maintaining, I'm not nearly as strict, especially since I am able to ride nearlly every day each week.
Sorry to ramble.. just had to say hi from Nevada!
Marnie RENO, NEVADA
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R: Welcome to the team. You will find lots of people of varing experience on this team. There are many great people who make posts on here. I hope that you will be able to lend some of your experience with the rest of us on here. Not all of us are racers but some are. Either way experiences are shared quite often on here. Take a look around some of the topics. I'm sure you will find something that might intrest you or you can add a little nugget of wisdom too. Good luck with your weight lose and meeting your goals.
My wife turned me on to this site today. About 5 years ago, I was a very active cyclist. Riding 200-300 miles per week and racing on the weekends. My job changed and we had a son so my cycling came to a halt. Since then, I have packed on about 80 lbs. I have been active on the bike again this season, but the weight has not come off at all. So, I thought I would check SP out. I am glad to see that there are other cyclists here. I look forward to chatting with you. If anyone finds themselves in Waddy, KY we can get a training ride in....
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