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    Congrats on the weight loss! That's great! I'm trying to lose some weight here too, to get back to where I was before DS was born. It's hard!

    No suggestions on running or biking - hate them both! I walk, lift weights and the gym and swear I'll pick up swimming again, but never get a chance to!
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    Quote Originally Posted by abacaxi View Post
    Congrats on the weight loss!

    I don't run myself, but I just read the book 'Born to Run,' and now I'm totally inspired to start (once it cools off out here, so in about 4 months). Read it - it will make you want to run 100 miles in a canyon (though please start with shorter distances so you don't die)!
    I can pretty much guarantee there is nothing on earth that will make me want to run 100 miles in a canyon, probably not even a zombie apocalypse or being chased by a murderer. I seriously can run to about the end of the block before I stop wanting to live anymore. I did like biking okay once I got past the first week of pain, but then my knees started bothering me, and then I got pregnant and nauseous. Also I'm really scared of traffic and will only bike on back roads, so that's kind of limiting.

    My sport is skiing, but I'm in the entirely wrong climate for that one! I also really liked rock climbing the one time I ever tried it. But it's expensive (so is skiing!) I'm thinking of trying water aerobics. It's actually insanely good for you, and maybe I won't feel so bad about my terrible fitness level surrounded by old ladies.
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    Congratulations on the weight loss, that is terrific! I wish I could get motivated like that. And good luck with school!
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    Quote Originally Posted by cactuswren View Post
    I also really liked rock climbing the one time I ever tried it. But it's expensive
    Not when you have friends with ropes, chalk bags, and harnesses and you go outside rather than the gym!! All you need in that case is shoes. We stick you bouldering because its cheaper ... and less scary. That's it. The three Tucson families are going rock climbing once this rassafrassin' heat is gone. So, November.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cactuswren View Post
    I can pretty much guarantee there is nothing on earth that will make me want to run 100 miles in a canyon, probably not even a zombie apocalypse or being chased by a murderer. I seriously can run to about the end of the block before I stop wanting to live anymore. I did like biking okay once I got past the first week of pain, but then my knees started bothering me, and then I got pregnant and nauseous. Also I'm really scared of traffic and will only bike on back roads, so that's kind of limiting.

    My sport is skiing, but I'm in the entirely wrong climate for that one! I also really liked rock climbing the one time I ever tried it. But it's expensive (so is skiing!) I'm thinking of trying water aerobics. It's actually insanely good for you, and maybe I won't feel so bad about my terrible fitness level surrounded by old ladies.
    We have a local water zumba class. I bet if it is in my small town, you might have it too. I have not tried it yet, but I think that may be for me instead of a regular zumba class. I like to dance and groove, but I must say that I feel like I don't look to "cool" doing it, especially in a class setting. I'm picturing....maybe someone having a seizure while standing up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TiggersMommy View Post
    Not when you have friends with ropes, chalk bags, and harnesses and you go outside rather than the gym!! All you need in that case is shoes. We stick you bouldering because its cheaper ... and less scary. That's it. The three Tucson families are going rock climbing once this rassafrassin' heat is gone. So, November.
    Ooh, YAY! I'm a total beginner, obviously, but DH used to be really into rock climbing so he would LOVE that. He actually has equipment, it's just really old (like, from high school). I have actually done a little light bouldering at Joshua Tree--nothing involving special equipment, mostly just scrambling and a few little climbing moves DH showed me. I love it because it's so focusing, and the physical activity is such that at the end you feel like you got a workout but it's a slow burn, not all breathless and sweaty. Mainly I hate cardio.

    Water Zumba sounds AWESOME though. I can imagine that's about tops in terms of looking dorky, but I'm way past caring about things like that.

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    Glad everyone is doing well...CONGRATULATIONS on your weight loss! THAT IS AWESOME...you are doing great!!!!
    Best wishes w/ college too!!! :0)







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    41 lbs is amazing!!!! Congrats.

    Ditto on the padded shorts like Erin said. I broke my tail bone and a kid and have the worst time with bike seats but padded shorts work wonders. Layer them under shorts you'd normally wear if not into the spandex thing. Gosh now I miss my bike which hasn't been touched in like 2 years.
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    Oh and I wanted to add something about buying bikes. Something no one will ever tell you in a bike shop, ever! Any bike of the same style under about $500 is nearly exactly the same thing. You can make ANY cheap bike into a decent bike with just a few modifications. Don't go buying some $400 bike thinking its going to make you into some kind of rockstar when a clunker will do exactly the same thing. For the past 4 years, I've been riding my DH's old Mongoose from when he was a pre-teen. No joke! We just painted it and put some new components on it. I was riding 20+ miles per day on that thing. You DO NOT have to shell out $500 for a bike that is great to ride. Above about $500 bikes gradually get better and better for the truly competitive rider up to about $3000. Above that and you're not increasing performance at the same rate that you're increasing cost. You absolutely do not need a bike that costs more than $500 unless you plan to ride competitively or you plan to haul things great distances (I'm talking 50-100 miles). I got my bike, which is technically a touring bike, because I do plan to start riding competitively (some day) and I do plan to use it to do some touring of several hundred miles. My frame is specially designed to withstand carrying several hundred pounds (including me) and its very light. My components are high end because it would seriously suck to have them break as I'm about to whooop somebody's *** or am trudging up a hill 300 miles from my car. In the $500-$3000 range, you do typically get what you pay for but you are paying for extras, no the basics. It makes me die of laughter when I see 300 pound men wearing $500 racing suits on their $10,000 carbon-fiber road bikes. That bike isn't making them any faster and they'd actually be getting a better work out if they went with a steel frame.

    So, my advice is to tweak the bike you have or trade it in for a used bike from a thrift shop. There are always cheap used bikes at pawn shops (unfortunately because they're stolen) that you can fix up really nicely for under $200, especially if you or your DH are even remotely inclined to do some repairs yourself. If you need help, post pics of your bike and I'll be more than happy to give you some specific pointers. Between myself and my bike dork DH, we can get you hooked up.

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