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#1 Equus

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Posted 17 March 2008 - 04:04 PM

Hey guys. Ive taken on a new hobby. Im road biking. Ive decided to do this as part of my lifestyle meaning, i bike to work. I live in Merville, I work in the Makati area. It takes me a good 40 minute relaxed trip to makati. This isnt so bad because on a given traffic day, this is still the amount of time id spend to get to work.

Downside, you need to find a good bathroom with showers and you have to bring your clothes to work. but on the upside, it relieves you from work stress... how?

After a bad day of work, no matter what your problems are, YOU STILL HAVE TO BIKE GOING HOME!!! HAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHa... eh biking to work or going home is always a life and death situation given the traffic situation and habits of the Philippines... so, it feels very liberating.

Anyways, my goal is 40 pounds in 4 months... im down 7 pounds since the start of march... Started off at 215 pounds. will finish at 180. Im about 5'9.

Included in my workout is going to the gym... I still believe that NOTHING makes you eat or consume more calories compared to Gym work... because with the correct fitness training, you even burn when yer resting... I still have my work out on bill star's 5x5 program that was introduced to me by Olympus, from here on the threads.

anyways, ill keep you guys posted on whatever progress i have on a weekly basis... most likely during my weigh ins... are there any other people out there like me? hope so... :D

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Posted 17 March 2008 - 11:57 PM

Biking or cycling reminds me of one person: Lance Armstrong. Watching him makes me want to train for cycling too.

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Posted 19 March 2008 - 12:59 PM

Started 215 - 214... Im now down to 205... ten pounds in 3 weeks... not so bad... tings should really start picking up after the holy week... Plus im going out of town... i dont usually eat when im out of town, hassle pupu... hehehehehehehehe... sana naka take ako ng before pics...

Work out regimen still consists of the following:

Bike to and from work at least 4 times a week. one way is about 30 to 40 minutes with gradual climbs and deadly traffic...
Work out each body part at least once a week... sometimes twice. reason for this is that i dont want to start overtraining. besides, im training to get smaller now and not to get bigger or stronger...

Whenever i work out though, i still do 5x5...

Cut rice completely from my diet... all ulam and veggies... need to veggies at least once a day... replaced fruit as my sugar fix... except mango. I still eat canteen food coz no choice but i try to stay with the fishes... at night is a major battle... so used to eating junk at night... managed to keep my diet to peanuts, fit and right juice, and fruits at night... so far so good... Please take note that my protein intake is not very high... Dont see the need to yet because im not trying to gain size or strength yet... most of my workouts is for endurance and pacing... especially with the bike...

so again, 10 pounds down, 30 more to go...

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Posted 19 March 2008 - 05:35 PM

Just curious -

1) What is your route from Merville to Makati? Do you pass through Fort Boni, or do you take SLEX?

2) Do you bike at the right side of the road (and risk the buses and jeepneys stopping) or do you bike in the fast lane (looks even scarier to me).

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Posted 19 March 2008 - 10:44 PM

I can understand you not wanting to get bigger, but getting stronger is what athletes want to do. Specific strength yes, mass no. Just to let you know, the 5x5 is not used by athletes who want specific strength.

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Posted 20 March 2008 - 05:27 PM

i know.. i like the 5x5 because it keeps my strength up. general strength.. foundation training.. mervil, service road, fort boni, mckinley... stay in the right side of the road.. far right..

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Posted 20 March 2008 - 09:45 PM

At CamSur right now.. nice place.. managing to keep my diet in check. wakeboard the whole day.. kept my eating at a minimum pero oks parin.. luveet... so far so good.. i expect to lose some more when i get back to my scale in manila...

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Posted 21 March 2008 - 10:46 PM

Just to add variety to your biking... try trail (mountain) biking. The ups and downs, the pounding and the occasional running uphill with your bike when you it's too steep to pedal up combine for a terrific workout. Good luck in your program!

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Posted 24 March 2008 - 11:44 PM

Will get to the mountain biking in a bit... street muna, build strength. Got myself a cyclo computer for my bike.. gives me a better idea on my accomplishments... start to time my routes and finally put an odometer on my bike to record its use... i bike 11.68 km one-way, total of 23 kilometers per day... i take 1 way in 30 minutes or so... i should start to lose some weight when i try to shed off that time... in the meantime, i mix it up a bit... Will have a weigh in by friday. Was 206 lbs this past wednesday.. Im hoping to have broken the 200 pound mark in two weeks...

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Posted 28 March 2008 - 12:15 PM

Good job! I wish I could do that... kaso I have some valuables that I need to bring along with me (laptop) and laging umuulan dito... I don't want my stuff to get soaked.

Anyway, I love biking too. Dati nga, I was in a biking club pa :D Kaso my bike broke... I'll try to get it fixed this spring... Mags-start ulit ako soon. Kahit na around the neighborhood lang. It is a good way to lose weight pero very cautious lang cuz if you get in an accident, almost sure na you're dead. I mean, I don't mean to be so glum but it's true. Wear a helmet! Kahit na medyo dorky looking, at least you're safe.

Edited by 1800donttry, 28 March 2008 - 12:15 PM.


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Posted 31 March 2008 - 10:14 PM

hit the 20 minute mark... took me twenty minutes to get home tonight... rested last week, only biked twice... planning to do more this week... less intense but ill take my time and build my cardio... thinking of foregoing the workout for the meantime.. need to start swimming for a lifesaving seminar/camp in end of may... i dont want to tire myself and overtrain...going to the point of overtraining is VERY EASY TO DO so one has to be very careful... if all goes well, ill break the 200 pounds this week...

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Posted 25 April 2008 - 02:07 AM

I used to do that before. Crossing to BF homes, but not everyday. just make sure you wear helmet. :thumbsupsmiley:

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Posted 01 July 2008 - 03:47 PM

sana makapag bike din ako papasok dito sa office... kaya lang, walang shower dito e... :(

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Posted 04 July 2008 - 11:45 PM

ok din yung mga bike routes na ginawa ni BF, kaso dedbols ka sa usok nun.

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Posted 10 July 2008 - 12:58 PM

I would like to bike din... Have to buy my bike first then hit the road.

Have you tried biking in daang hari? Need some buds as a newbie.

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Posted 23 September 2008 - 08:46 AM

magkano ok n bike ngayon?

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Posted 14 April 2009 - 12:58 AM

I recently re-acquainted myself with my old road bike when I taught the kumander how to ride a bike. Ayun, nahilig siya and nadamay na rin ako to ride regularly. I started her off slow and just plan to build little by little on what she can do on her bike. She has graduated from not being able to ride at all in December to now riding for almost two hours. Yung main route namin is in UP (around the oval pag walang tao and sa mga side roads pag marami na), pero naka fort boni at even clark na rin kami.

Apart from obvious fitness and weight loss benefits, cycling is a great excuse to travel (eventually maliliitan ka rin sa subdivision or neighborhood area at maghahanap ka na ng ibang lugar) o kahit pasyal lang. Apart from the initial investment of the bike, its not that expensive. Magkano ba lang ang singil na gumamit ng kalye? Sa mga nagbabalak, look for someone who knows about bikes at magpatulong kayo sa pagpili. Maraming manguuto sa inyo dyan na bumili ng kung ano-ano na mahal. Sa akin, choose one that will suit you (mountain, road, hybrid, cruiser..etc.) that's cheap enough na pwede niyong bitawan in case you don't like cycling but is still sturdy and useful enough to see you through your early stages. Pag nahiligan niyo, kayo rin ang maghahanap ng new bike or upgrade niyo.

Always remember though, SAFETY FIRST! Hindi optional ang helmet and other safety gear. Hindi rin advisable na sugurin ang EDSA o Commonwealth lalo na sa mga nagsisimula lang. Learn how to ride safely from experts and instructional videos (dami sa youtube) para di magsisi. Your bike's supposed to lead to a better and not deader you, so learn as much as you can before and while you're into cycling.

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Posted 11 June 2009 - 10:48 PM

yeah, what happened to the thread starter?

know of someone who picked up road biking as a hobby. he was overweight but had regular excercise prior to biking via badminton. several months into biking, he would boast of both reaching as far as cavite and doing mountain routes, thus i was left to believe that he was accustomed to his new hobby. so imagine my disbelief when he suffered a minor heart attack while biking up going to antipolo which necessitated surgery. good thing he always rides with his buddies.

so the moral of the story is make sure you are medically cleared before doing sport biking. or mag kotse nalang. :D

Edited by kanski, 11 June 2009 - 10:49 PM.


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Posted 12 June 2009 - 12:49 PM

baka merong taga laguna jan.. bike tayo..

#20 Eastpak

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Posted 13 June 2009 - 11:00 AM

Bro i want to start taking up biking as well..gusto ko kasi mag duathlon. How much ang damage for a decent bike? for satrters lang naman e. Thanks!




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