Hey guys, I have been lurking around here for a little while. Reading and abosrbing as much as I could. I used to ride a good bit, but that was also 10 or so years ago, before marriage and children and all that fun stuff. Around that time, I weighed 240 or so at 6' 2" and 23 years of age. Now I and 34, still 6' 2" but maxed out at 296 at the beginning of June this year. Fathers day hit, and I decided that it was time for a change. I had been wanting to start back riding for a year or so, just never had the gumption to do so.
So, I dusted off the old Rockhopper, got a tune up and off we went. 4 mile ride on fathers day around the neighboor hood. I did it, but I was completely SPENT after the ride! Then two of my good friends who are frequent riders and MTB racers, suggested that I check out the local greenway in town. It was a 12 mile ride round trip start to finish. The week after fathers day I decided to throw the bike in the truck and give it a shot after work. Well, needless to say, I have been riding there 2-3 times a week and loving every minute of it. I have also started back visiting a few of my old trail haunts from the "good ol days". Wanted to get a bit of a base back before I tried to kill my lungs on a real trail.
Around the same time, I also began to read up on calories and such and began to cut back on my meal portion size. That is something I have never really done before, obviously!! And it seems to be working.
So, after 5-6 weeks I am now 13 lbs lighter and starting to truly enjoy riding again. The climbs still get my lungs burning, but it's getting a little easier each trip.
I say all of this to say, thanks for the great resource that this forum is for us, "men of extra stature"! It's nice to have a place to go where all the posters aren't the size of jockeys and have the attitude of "that bad guy from most 80's movies". You know the one!
Anyway, thanks again and looking forward to seeing where this progress takes me.
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