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Re: Obese Cyclists

Postby mikesbytes » Thu Oct 24, 2013 7:34 am

Welcome Antii, as you know I read your story as it unfolded. Seeing it as a summary is inspiring. Appologies for getting your weight a little wrong.

I know where BFV is coming from, I race track too. R U still living in Melbourne? If so they have a great wooden velodrome. If your in Canberra, then there's a wait before track riding as its closed for major alterations. At a place near Gouldburn NSW is a mini car race track called Marulan Driver Training Centre and its a real buzz to push bike race on.

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Re: Obese Cyclists

Postby Gordonhooker » Thu Oct 24, 2013 7:44 am

Thanks Mike.... I will enjoy....
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Re: Obese Cyclists

Postby g-boaf » Thu Oct 24, 2013 11:24 am

anttismo wrote:Month 9 onwards - The bicycle!! At about 180kg I had tried my old bicycle - an early 90s diamondback apex mtb on slicks - but it was too difficult. At 160kg I tried again and I found I could do it. I rode 30km one Saturday and I was probably the happiest guy in Melbourne that day. I was worried about me knees, but they pulled up OK. Over time I built up the kms. Pretty soon I was riding most mornings, averaging 150~200kms a week. Oh yeah, I bought a new bike to - a Giant Seek urban thingo, that has subsequently done over 50000 kms. I still get up at 2 am, so an average 3hrs on a bike is still part of the day...


I had a good laugh and a grin at that! :D That is hugely inspiring - well done to you. 8)
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Re: Obese Cyclists

Postby anttismo » Fri Oct 25, 2013 8:52 am

Thanks for all your positive comments folks :)

bigfriendlyvegan wrote:...You can do this on a pushie as well. Get a track bike, get on a velodrome, and you'll have the same sort of experience you had on a motorbike, except you're pedaling. Imagine doing 60kph on a bike with no brakes while riding up a 42 degree wall, all the while wearing lycra. Body armour and full face helmets are for pussies.


Well that explains why I like full face helmets and body armour. Soon I might step up to a gimp suit :lol:

mikesbytes wrote:Welcome Antii, as you know I read your story as it unfolded. Seeing it as a summary is inspiring. Appologies for getting your weight a little wrong.

I know where BFV is coming from, I race track too. R U still living in Melbourne? If so they have a great wooden velodrome. If your in Canberra, then there's a wait before track riding as its closed for major alterations. At a place near Gouldburn NSW is a mini car race track called Marulan Driver Training Centre and its a real buzz to push bike race on...


I'm still in Melbourne. Never even been to a proper veledrome, let alone riding on one. Actually, we do have a few low banked public outdoor ones I've had a few laps on, but not proper like. Pro chick at work (who actually won last round NRS at warnambool- yay!) is always encouraging all kinds of crazy pushie ideas. Might have to go along to a veldrome with her one day. Who knows, I never thought I'd buy a single speed and I did that!

Only thing I have planned racing wise is to do a few more 50/100km XC mtb things like otway odessey, capital punishment, etc. They were fun :)
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Re: Obese Cyclists

Postby sogood » Fri Oct 25, 2013 10:28 am

Late reading it but still a great story Anttismo! Thank you for sharing. A positive input for weight reduction aspirants all over. :)
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Re: Obese Cyclists

Postby Lambsy » Wed Oct 30, 2013 1:34 pm

sheesh Anttismo, I was proud of myself for dropping from 110kg to 80kg fifteen years ago (swimming did it for me) but your story is just bl*^#y astonishing.

Kudos to you and all the others out there trying to do the same - you CAN do it,

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Re: Obese Cyclists

Postby foo on patrol » Sat Nov 02, 2013 10:27 pm

sogood wrote:Late reading it but still a great story Anttismo! Thank you for sharing. A positive input for weight reduction aspirants all over. :)


Same here, top stuff! 8)

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Re: Obese Cyclists

Postby winstonw » Sat Nov 02, 2013 11:58 pm

good on you antti. very interesting stuff. over 150kg is seriously big. over 200 is just mind boggling.

I think your story about booze is very interesting. I have also had a taste for it, and get annoyed at myself when I realize how many K's I'll have to ride to burn off a session. Anyway, I can honestly say I am probably just as obsessive about cycling as many here, and that has actually helped me tone down the hold booze gets on me sometimes. Sometimes I think you need a passion that is almost as strong as one you are trying to shake. I admire anyone who goes cold turkey.

The other thing I found interesting is your 100kg set point. I am guessing at 6ft4, you could be 90kg no worries, and your cycling would be so much better. It is true that weight loss gets harder as your body fat % drops. I work in the wt loss field and can share this - if you are doing heaps of exercise, which it seems you are at maybe 15+hrs a week, and with the very heavy weight you reached, it is possible you are still somewhat insulin resistant and the exercise is burning a higher % of carbs than fat even if not high intensity.

I've had several clients really cut back on their exercise (2 cut all of it together on 1 mth stays in Indian ashrams) and focus on calming their nervous system with meditation and yoga.
To their surprise, they busted the set point and lost 5-15kg very comfortably, and then progressively built back the exercise load.

At the end of the day, you need to understand what is driving your hunger cravings. For many, calming the mind and emotions is a very powerful way to calm your cravings.

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Re: Obese Cyclists

Postby TREKKER_MIKE » Tue Nov 05, 2013 6:34 pm

I just finished the sydney to gong, and everyone at work was shocked "you !! finished the Sydney to gong"

they all thought i was fat and lazy, even though they knew i was training for it.

Problem is, we have a few really big people at work, and they eat rubbish all day, make excuses why they cant do anything, THEY are the people that give us big boys a bad name !!!

Lazy fat people take notice, you are making it harder for the rest of us
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Re: Obese Cyclists

Postby foo on patrol » Wed Nov 06, 2013 6:58 pm

Never judge a book by its cover hey Trekker, good onya! 8)

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Re: Obese Cyclists

Postby anttismo » Fri Nov 08, 2013 12:31 pm

winstonw wrote:...The other thing I found interesting is your 100kg set point. I am guessing at 6ft4, you could be 90kg no worries, and your cycling would be so much better. It is true that weight loss gets harder as your body fat % drops. I work in the wt loss field and can share this - if you are doing heaps of exercise, which it seems you are at maybe 15+hrs a week, and with the very heavy weight you reached, it is possible you are still somewhat insulin resistant and the exercise is burning a higher % of carbs than fat even if not high intensity.

I've had several clients really cut back on their exercise (2 cut all of it together on 1 mth stays in Indian ashrams) and focus on calming their nervous system with meditation and yoga.
To their surprise, they busted the set point and lost 5-15kg very comfortably, and then progressively built back the exercise load.

At the end of the day, you need to understand what is driving your hunger cravings. For many, calming the mind and emotions is a very powerful way to calm your cravings.

Power to you....


Thanks for your input winstonw. Perhaps I could be lighter, but I'm not sure 90 is so easily possible, but the long and the short of it is that I'm very comfortable with my current lifestyle and cycling performance. And unecesary discpline is something I try to avoid :lol: But worth pondering if I ever got serious about stuff :)
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