I have noted a number of times when talking to people that I won’t get back on my road bike until I lose enough weight. Most people question me as that seems counter-productive to losing the pounds. My reason for this…fear of failure.
For years getting out on the road and putting in 20, 50 or 100 miles in a day was the norm. My problem was that I was doing a whole lot more bad things to my body that the bike couldn’t overcome. I chalked it up to getting older, but the truth was I was getting fatter. I was losing ground to people ten years older than me. I chalked it up to the fact that they had more time to train. The truth was they were living a healthier life.
I said I was going to wait until I hit 225 lbs to get back on the road bike. I have been on my mountain bike on the road with my kids…it is easy to do 10 mph all day long, but it isn’t the same as averaging 20 mph. I got the itch to ride my road bike this weekend and I decided to see what would happen.
The family did 13 miles on Saturday and we averaged about 9 mph. I pulled Derek in the trailer and the heat was a lot for Kyle on his mountain bike. I decided to test myself on Sunday and ride the same route on my road bike. I was happy with my results as I did the ride averaging 17 mph with a side wind most of the ride.
I could tell I was much stronger than last year. I still need to build muscle to increase the distance and maintain the averages, but now I feel I am on the right path and not heading down the road of past failures. Taking my time to set realistic goals and not getting discouraged at small setbacks is really starting to pay off.
Decide to dominate!
Old TLoe = 282 lbs / New TLoe = 243.5 lbs