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    Keep it up great. I am inspired more everyday i just started a week ago and i am down 4lbs from 291. Keep it up

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    Hi Michael, Your journey and the support you are getting from this community are an inspiration to me. Im thinking about you as I ride up these hills. On my descents Im just thinking "I love mountain biking!!!, don't kill yourself Ginko!!!!"

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    Same boat as wild5ive

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    Keep it up great. I am inspired more everyday i just started a week ago and i am down 4lbs from 291. Keep it up
    Michael, I am inspired by you,started a month ago lost 10 lbs from 290 but still need to go down more. Just checking in to see how you are doing
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    Just checking back in was doing good i think until my bike was stolen, went out of town for a funeral and got a call from ADT telling me some one had entered my home. We where in Carolina at the time when i got home my t.v.s were missing 2 bikes and my oldest sons football and basketball trophy as well as my George forma grill (really it was used WOW) so right now Im in the process of trying to buy another one as well as get some stuff replaced only 2 t.v. were on my renters insurance plan so i have been on a tread mill i hate it same ol thing to look at Im looking at the BAMF line of 29ers will update when i get a New bike money is a little tight right now after helping with the funeral. thanks a lot

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    Quote Originally Posted by wild5ive View Post
    Just checking back in was doing good i think until my bike was stolen, went out of town for a funeral and got a call from ADT telling me some one had entered my home. We where in Carolina at the time when i got home my t.v.s were missing 2 bikes and my oldest sons football and basketball trophy as well as my George forma grill (really it was used WOW) so right now Im in the process of trying to buy another one as well as get some stuff replaced only 2 t.v. were on my renters insurance plan so i have been on a tread mill i hate it same ol thing to look at Im looking at the BAMF line of 29ers will update when i get a New bike money is a little tight right now after helping with the funeral. thanks a lot
    Sorry to hear about your bad luck, keep your head up !! Hopefully ur back out on the trails soon.

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    This is really inspiring, I need to start riding more often...

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    Wow man, just wow. Thats pretty powerful stuff. A guy your size just snatching up the motivation, getting up and hitting the trails - that's quite amazing. Good job on the weightloss and I wish you the best on your journey.

    Sorry I have no input on the trainer, but I at LEAST felt the need to give you props where deserved.

    Happy trails my friend!

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    Quote Originally Posted by wild5ive View Post
    Just checking back in was doing good i think until my bike was stolen, went out of town for a funeral and got a call from ADT telling me some one had entered my home. We where in Carolina at the time when i got home my t.v.s were missing 2 bikes and my oldest sons football and basketball trophy as well as my George forma grill (really it was used WOW) so right now Im in the process of trying to buy another one as well as get some stuff replaced only 2 t.v. were on my renters insurance plan so i have been on a tread mill i hate it same ol thing to look at Im looking at the BAMF line of 29ers will update when i get a New bike money is a little tight right now after helping with the funeral. thanks a lot
    Oh man, just saw this after I posted - Sorry to hear about this. Hope it turns around quickly for you!

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    I am really thankful I live in an area with well developed trails to ride instead of having to ride on the roadways (Katy, TX). I have always been kind of paranoid about road riding, and have had 2 friends die as a result of being struck by vehicles (one in a formal road race/charity event). I too am overweight and am looking to lose some weight in the process, and have always loved riding bikes. We recently moved to Katy from Louisiana and have purchased 5 bikes in the past 3 weeks. 2 cruisers for my girls and 3 mountain bikes for my sons and I. All new except for mine. Riding almost every day, and we don't sit down to watch any TV until after dark. Kids get home from school, have a snack and do homework, we eat dinner, and off to the trails until it gets dark. I dread the time change next month when it will be getting dark at 6:00.

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    Excellent videos of your rides in Bradford. Keep going!! You're doing great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by monzie View Post
    At the risk of getting flamed by a bunch of ****-wads, have you considered a vegan/vegetarian diet? With an emphasis on organic plants and whole grains? Don't worry if you don't like tofu/tempeh, I think that **** sucks a bag o' ***** too. Too processed and too much soy. My goal in food purchasing is the least amount of ingredients, the better. Bonus if it's organic; at least, that's how I do when I have funds to do it. Dry goods at Whole Foods are stupid cheap. Quinoa is awesome. If you check out the Nutrition/Hydration forum there's a Vegan/Vegetarian Passion thread with lots of good info and a bunch of unnecessary flaming from ******-nozzles. But a lot of good recourses none the less.
    So that's what is wrong with you! LOL

    Thanks for the thread. I do not plan on becoming a vegetarian or vegan, I just like meat too much. But I do enjoy vegetables very much. I'm that type of guy that likes just about everything as long as it doesn't bite me back. I find it nice to have a strictly vegatable diet for a day or two. I'm not sure if I can exactly pinpoint a valid reason besides it just tastes and feels "cleaner" or not so gravy/fat laden/heavy on the stomach type thing. I find the same thing when I eat sushi. I will not eat anything that is cooked, processed or prepared when I go eat sushi, it defeats my specific purpose of eating something that does not weigh down on me, plus it confuses my taste.

    I second the motion to lean towards more vegatables. Your body still needs fat, even when you are trying to lose yours and vegatables is a much better source. And as I mentioned, your digestive system will not feel so heavy. Making sure to add garlic when you can will also help clean you out.

    Good luck to you! Keep on keeping on!
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    Wow man, this is really inspirational. After all the grief people have given you, you still haven't given up... It would be great if you kept posting the youtube videos, really cool to see your progress

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    Just a update, Sorry been away..

    Two weeks ago i had the ride of my life, with a couple of my regulars.. we went and rode the race course at Coulsons hill, what would normally take me about 35 mins we did it in 20.. The goal was to not come out of hte middle front ring.. and i pushed my butt off.. on the big climb i actually started to feel light headed but pushed through it.

    Anyways, finished the ride got lots of props and then hit the dirt like a ton of bricks!!! Just could not catch my breath but after relaxing things mellowed out and i did go check in with my doc the next day.. ended up in ER at the strong advice of my doctor and after a Echocardiogram and blood work they have determined i have a 30% blockage in my left artery.. Which could explain why i get tired soo easy!

    So i am on new meds coming along well been told to stay off my feet as much as i can for a couple of weeks and go tomorrow for my follow up to see how the new meds are working.. they figure that most of it should clear up on its own with the meds and diet change again.

    I will let everyone know tomorrow.

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    Wow that's awesome that u lost so much weight in so little time. I just got a bike for the same reason I'm 5'9 250lbs and I'm hoping I can loose 50lb in the next year.. Keep it up man..

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    Good to hear it should be resolved with meds. If you ever make it to East TN you can ride with us anytime. Keep up the amazing work

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    Keep it up dude! The fact that you are still posting on here and riding means that you are still motivated and willing to continue on this path. I have a friend that I have wanted to have some sort of "intervention" with but don't know how to approach it. He used to be active and over the last few years has really taken a turn for the worst. My wife and I were going through pictures the other night and could not believe how different he was just 4 years ago. Any suggestions on how to talk to him without coming off too strong? It's a tough subject but it's getting to that really concerned point for us..

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    Nice to see you're still going strong. Hope the meds will get you back out soon.

    I wanted to comment on one of your thoughts a few posts back:
    I agree moderation, and correct foods are my issue.. and of course finding something that will give me that FULL feeling..
    I believe many of us were taught at an early age that being full was the goal of our evening meals. Perhaps, that made sense for active, growing children but it's hardly good advice for most adults.

    AndrwSwitch made a number of great suggestions on portion control, counting calories and developing a plan to succeed and, IME, they all work. But until you recognize that feeling full is not a component of any of these strategies, you may be sabotaging your own health and wellness efforts.

    Rather than eating until you're full, you should want to eat smart. Moderation means you should eat until you no longer feel hunger pangs, consume an appropriate number of calories and nutrients and then put down the fork.

    I know it's a lot easier said than done but, like any dramatic lifestyle change, there will be a period of adjustment. For a while, it won't feel right to eat such small portions but don't give up! Eventually, your body will adapt and you'll realize that eating smart is something you can easily live with.

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    briefly got the idea of maybe getting a bike to lose some weight since my joints end up hurting if i walk/run for (what i would consider) a long time. lol. Saw the video the OP posted and instantly made my decision to go for it. Now the journey on which bike to get

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    Quote Originally Posted by OCtrailMonkey View Post
    Keep it up dude! The fact that you are still posting on here and riding means that you are still motivated and willing to continue on this path. I have a friend that I have wanted to have some sort of "intervention" with but don't know how to approach it. He used to be active and over the last few years has really taken a turn for the worst. My wife and I were going through pictures the other night and could not believe how different he was just 4 years ago. Any suggestions on how to talk to him without coming off too strong? It's a tough subject but it's getting to that really concerned point for us..
    Most people hate being pitied or being told they do something wrong, it's much better to declare that you want him as your riding buddy and pull him off the couch. Let him know that saturday 9 am you're bringing your spare bike and picking him up for some outdoor fun. Come saturday he might feel too tired or something, be a little pushy but if he's serious about not going tell him that you're coming for him next saturday and he should go to bed early friday, get a good nights sleep, set the alarm for 8 pm and eat something like a ham sandwich but not stuff himself before the ride. You bring another ham sandwich in your backpack in case he bonks out during the ride.

    It might take 8 saturdays to either make him go or tell you directly to stop trying. Keep the focus on how you like to have him as a riding buddy rather that how you're trying to save him from himself. Let him know you enjoy his company and want him there.

    Once you get him on the bike it's important that you don't ride him too hard. Pick a short route that has some easy climbs. Stay close to the trail head so you don't have too far to go when he feels spent. The objective is not to test his limits and grind him into dust, the objective is to design a ride that he'll be able to manage and fell good about afterwards.

    If you work him too hard he'll be sore as hell the next day and remember that soreness next time you want to take him riding. It's a million times better if you go a bit too easy on him, let him build up a sweat and all that, but leave him with enough energy to brag about it. Let him remember the wind in his hair, the fresh air and that he managed it without killing himself.

    Let him know you enjoy his company and had fun riding with him. Play the role of a coach. Pick routes that he can handle, pick him up and bring him to the trail, let him know what you eat and drink before and after a ride, push him a bit without breaking him.

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    ^^^ Very good advice!
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    good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sandrenseren View Post
    Most people hate being pitied or being told they do something wrong, it's much better to declare that you want him as your riding buddy and pull him off the couch. Let him know that saturday 9 am you're bringing your spare bike and picking him up for some outdoor fun. Come saturday he might feel too tired or something, be a little pushy but if he's serious about not going tell him that you're coming for him next saturday and he should go to bed early friday, get a good nights sleep, set the alarm for 8 pm and eat something like a ham sandwich but not stuff himself before the ride. You bring another ham sandwich in your backpack in case he bonks out during the ride.

    It might take 8 saturdays to either make him go or tell you directly to stop trying. Keep the focus on how you like to have him as a riding buddy rather that how you're trying to save him from himself. Let him know you enjoy his company and want him there.

    Once you get him on the bike it's important that you don't ride him too hard. Pick a short route that has some easy climbs. Stay close to the trail head so you don't have too far to go when he feels spent. The objective is not to test his limits and grind him into dust, the objective is to design a ride that he'll be able to manage and fell good about afterwards.

    If you work him too hard he'll be sore as hell the next day and remember that soreness next time you want to take him riding. It's a million times better if you go a bit too easy on him, let him build up a sweat and all that, but leave him with enough energy to brag about it. Let him remember the wind in his hair, the fresh air and that he managed it without killing himself.

    Let him know you enjoy his company and had fun riding with him. Play the role of a coach. Pick routes that he can handle, pick him up and bring him to the trail, let him know what you eat and drink before and after a ride, push him a bit without breaking him.
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    Quote Originally Posted by michael lambert View Post
    ... ended up in ER at the strong advice of my doctor and after a Echocardiogram and blood work they have determined i have a 30% blockage in my left artery.. Which could explain why i get tired soo easy!

    So i am on new meds coming along well been told to stay off my feet as much as i can for a couple of weeks and go tomorrow for my follow up to see how the new meds are working.. they figure that most of it should clear up on its own with the meds and diet change again.

    I will let everyone know tomorrow.
    Michael... Wow... So glad it was just a 30% blockage. I hope these meds and diet change work out for you. Biking and exercise are good for you, but over doing it can be even works Listen to your doctor!
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    I hate hearing about break ins! We were burglarized about a year ago. They did catch the three guys who did it within hours of me getting home... but we did not recover everything we lost.

    I don't know WHY people think they are entitle to take other people's stuff. One of the guys involved in our robbery was an ex-neighbor who my husband used to hire to do odd jobs.. shoot, he even took the guy to the dentist and paid to have a tooth extracted since the guy couldn't afford it.

    The sad thing is that I am sure that the three who did the thieving had better stuff than they stole from us.. in fact, they did NOT steal our 1999, big as an oven television.. nor our vcr player. I told the officers that I was almost offended that our stuff wasn't good enough for them. They did get my deceased mother's jewelry and my favorite pistol though.. and neither were recovered.

    On top of that, if they DO catch people, they dont' get much punishment. Two of the three in our situation were felons. One was actually wearing one of those monitoring bracelets because he had been convicted of failing to report as a sex offender. He got the most time at 18 months to serve. One of them got a year and the other 9 months. Not a whole lot of time for turning people's life upside down!

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    Quote Originally Posted by joeinchi View Post
    Nice to see you're still going strong. Hope the meds will get you back out soon.

    I wanted to comment on one of your thoughts a few posts back: I believe many of us were taught at an early age that being full was the goal of our evening meals. Perhaps, that made sense for active, growing children but it's hardly good advice for most adults.

    AndrwSwitch made a number of great suggestions on portion control, counting calories and developing a plan to succeed and, IME, they all work. But until you recognize that feeling full is not a component of any of these strategies, you may be sabotaging your own health and wellness efforts.

    Rather than eating until you're full, you should want to eat smart. Moderation means you should eat until you no longer feel hunger pangs, consume an appropriate number of calories and nutrients and then put down the fork.

    I know it's a lot easier said than done but, like any dramatic lifestyle change, there will be a period of adjustment. For a while, it won't feel right to eat such small portions but don't give up! Eventually, your body will adapt and you'll realize that eating smart is something you can easily live with.

    Good luck!
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    Keep it up, man. That's great! I was proud of my measly 10 pound weight loss this summer. Good job.

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    well the apointment was good today... i got the go ahead to get back at it.. they where pleased with my stress test and the blood work came back clean no issues or damage to the heart.

    only concern that came up was my Testosterone, the tolerance on the blood test was supose to be 8.5mmol - 16mmol.. and someone my age ect should be 12+mmol however.. it came back 4.8 so its extremely low and while i don't totally understand what it does he was showing some pretty serious concern with it.. enough to refer me to a endocrinologist right away so we will see what happens there.. find out whats causing the low T's and get that corrected.

    He did say that explains some things, including my lack of energy, mood swings and some recent difficulty losing weight/ gained some back.

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    Glad to here you are able to get back to riding. Just in time for some nice fall rides.

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    Oh man, sad to hear of your recent troubles. Low t can suck, hopefully they get that solved for you or at least get you supplements to help correct it. I know a lot of big guys have it...

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    Ok update i have been reading some of the posts and i think this is the type of support we need to stay fit. My wife is a nurse and i am on a slight veggan diet now for a couple of days no red meat (im dying without and with it) but its been fish mostly as well as a vitamin B12 shot once so far but you really feel the differnce in how you move around i am still in my 4xl shirts and 42in waist pants but they have started loosening up it feels great. I am now 280 from 291 that was hard trying to not eat the wronge things getting up in the morning to workout and go runwalking as my 17 year old calls it. I thought after my bike was stolen i would not be able to get any weight off i dont like running on asphalt or concrete but on grass its not as bad. But on another note I found a bike its a cannondale 29er trail sl 3r for 500.00 along with some extra parts it has a rigid front fork that i am waiting to hear from cannondale to make sure it will hold up against my weight. You guys keep it up i will and i have been taking pics and will post some when i get down a bit more. Sorry to have hijacked the thread but im excited.

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    Michael lambert im glade you are getting back out there i am sorry i did notpost this earlier i was excited about my weight lose butitwas selfish. Keep up the good work and lets make theword of the day fresh veggies and fish.

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    michael lambert keep it up, started out kind of similarly to your story(diabetic 442lbs - weight the day I found out)

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    I can relate to you buddy. all my life I was 6ft tall, 165bls, healthy. Then I got sick, Graves disease, nasty thyroid thing, got my thyroid nuked, total low metabolism, my wife died of cancer 7 years ago, broke my heart,tried to eat my way out of grief. I'm 60 years old, married for 36 years. Anyway, after 2 years my 165 lb frame went up to 380lb!! Yup, Anyway, joined Weight Watchers last year after losing 100lbs on my own, got back on my bike, I have always had bikes since 1965. I am now a new man, back to 185, I will never ever be 165lb again, thats just too much to ask. I have had a new hip and I'm in better shape mentally and physically than I have been for a long, long time. I'm a grandfather, love my life. So buddy, keep it up!! You CAN do it, I'm living proof. Ignore the wankers that think they have the right to comment on your body. Just consider the source. You are an inspiration and you are NOT alone, many of us have been or are on your journey!!!!!!!

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    man you guys are great i check in every couple of days now when i dont feel like doing anything and the krispy kreams call me and i almost everytime i see a story thats like wow ( get your butt up ) and Im out the door. This is great not the problems but the help and he way we share our stories to keep the spirits up i applaud you all. Thanks

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    i hate typing on my phone sorry about the misspelled words

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    You shredders, the young healthy bucks, your compassion and understanding of us who are challenged is truly touching.......Today I really wanted to stay home but I got out there, went around a local island here, so tranquil, dead flat, 10 k, I did it 3 times and I was so glad I got out there. This thread has totally inspired me....again! uys.

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    Hey wild5ive, your heart doesn't need a spell checker, we got it! Thanks son.

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    inspiration comes from many places the thanks is not needed from you to me but from me to you. You guys keep it up Im gonna let a few of my friends in on the mtbr family they need a little more help i try but its not enough. Thanks again

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    Great thread. Since I started MTB seriously about a year ago I've lost aoround 40lbs. I started at +/-265 and I'm down to 215. I still have about 25lbs to go but I feel great. I didn't go on a diet and I didn't start some crazy workout routine. I changed my lifestyle. I cut out all the toxic foods in my diet. I cut out sodas, sugar drinks, chips, fast food, and other junk. I mostly eat food I cook and watched my calories for a bit. Once you change your diet to natural foods you don't really have to keep an eye on your calories. Thankfully at my job we have support from a nutritionist. He explained how to read labels and ingredients of packaged food. Stay away from anything that says "enriched" "corn syrup" sugar in the top three ingredients and compare calories by serving size. At first I was spending 15mins picking out a bread but once you find the brands you like it gets easy.

    I guess the point I'm trying to make is yes physical activity is very important to weight loss but not as much as eating healthy. Think of our bodies as cars. Sure the car can run if you have a filthy air filter, never change the oil and use dirty cheap gas but it's not going to run well or for very long. It's going to lose alot of power and will eventually break down because the fuel lines clog up(fast food) or your engine seizes because of no oil. (stretching/overall health)

    But I still drink beer! Almost impossible to cut that out... But it makes me happy and diets that don't make you happy don't work in the long run.

    Great thread! Lots of good stuff here and inspires to keep riding and keep moving forward!

    Keep up the good work!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mattnmtns View Post
    I just saw that on roadbikereview and thought of this tread. Fantasic to see people making a commitment to improve their health and also great to see so many supporters as well.
    Here is his Strava page. 1600+ miles this year. Impressive.

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    Michael Lambert -- People like you inspire me. I hope you get to feeling better soon, and never give up.

    At the end of last year, I was a lazy sedentary guy that was about 20 pounds over weight, had high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. I was heading towards an early grave.

    My wife bought a Groupon for the local gym and we both started to work out on January 1st. We did several boot-camp style classes a week and moved on to spinning classes which we enjoy very much.

    We now do about 3 hours of spinning every week, and I have put over 1000 miles on my bike this year so far.

    My blood pressure and cholesterol are well under control, and I'm the most fit I have ever been.

    Biking and eating right have turned my health around, and stories like yours keep me motivated and working hard. Thanks! Keep up your hard work!

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    Giving up alcohol per se is surprisingly easy. Just stop drinking alcoholic drinks.

    The biggest difficulty for me was that at the time, one of the things I did for fun was going to bars with my friends. My drunk friends are much less fun when I'm sober.
    "Don't buy upgrades; ride up grades." -Eddy Merckx

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    Quote Originally Posted by michael lambert View Post
    yes its ontario canada... I am not far from Caledon.. I actually live just south of Barrie Ontario.. We do have plenty of easier surfaces to ride on even the local trails like coulsons hill i have riden the top part not going down into the ravine area and i can ride 3-4km of trail that is pretty much all flat with little elevations..
    Sweet Mike! I'm from Woodbridge. Ain't many good places to ride here though. You should get a seasons pass to hardwood hills next year since you're kinda close. You'd have a blast. Keep up the work my friend. Massive props to you

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    Awesome story. Stuff like this inspires me.

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    Thanks guys,

    its been a while ... i have not falling off the edge of the world or anything

    Been dealing with some hormon issues but we are starting to get that under control.

    I picked up the cycleops fluid2 trainer.. and a Schwabe big apple rear tire for it and loving it..

    I have found out real fast that doing 5KM on the road is MUCH easier than 5KM on the trainer.. lol its amazing how much coasting i guess i do when riding on the road. lol However i am pushing out 10-15KM daily on the trainer and grabbed myself a personal weight trainer so we do a weight routine 3 nights a week..

    Back in October i weight 376 and as of this morning at my weigh in with the trainer i am at 329.5! adn a loss of about 20 inches through out my body ( Legs, abs neck.. ect )

    A little progressive shot, for those who are offended by it.. sorry


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    Nice progress!
    Burning fat, not oil.

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    Quote Originally Posted by michael lambert View Post
    I picked up the cycleops fluid2 trainer.. and a Schwabe big apple rear tire for it and loving it..

    I have found out real fast that doing 5KM on the road is MUCH easier than 5KM on the trainer.. lol its amazing how much coasting i guess i do when riding on the road. lol
    Nice trainer!

    Yeah, the constant resistance of a trainer takes getting used to. I usually take it easy (lower gear) for the first 5 to 10 minutes and find I can push it comfortably for a lot longer once I dial up the resistance. Start out too hard and I can't wait to get off.

    Congrats and keep at it!
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    Trainers can be tricky. Make sure you've got a good setup with fans and distractions. I like a commercial break intervals workout on the trainer - an easy pace during the show, and then take it up a notch during the commercials.

    Great progress!
    "Don't buy upgrades; ride up grades." -Eddy Merckx

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    nice progress keep it up.

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