Could it really be possible for a rider, like me (who is fat but loves cycling) to improve his skills and gain stability for riding a good mile? If Yes, How?

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    I assume you mean improve and not improvise. Yes, and we've got quite a lot of questions on the subject under the beginner tag – Chris H Nov 21 '17 at 16:19
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    The only thing you need to do is to get on a bike and ride. That single set of actions puts you ahead of everyone else who doesn't/can't/won't ride. And do it again the next day.... repeat. – Criggie Nov 21 '17 at 19:30
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    What do you mean by "ride a good mile"? Do you mean being able to go a mile, or do you mean improving your speed in sprinting a mile? Either way, the answer is still yes. The human body has an amazing ability to strengthen and become more capable in response to repeated stress of appropriate difficulty -- not too easy, not too hard -- with appropriate rest and nutrition. You can think of it as signaling or sending a message to your body: when you repeatedly stress your body, you're telling it, this is something you want to get better at. And then you do. – compton Nov 21 '17 at 20:57
  • just gotta keep riding – Ben Poulter Nov 22 '17 at 20:55

Yes, stick to it and keep doing it, each time will get you that much closer to your goal. It is very possible, start slow and stay dedicated.


I actually am jealous of where you are! At your stage of training, you will see enormous improvements in your fitness and athletic performance by any measure you like, in a short period of time and without much effort. I haven't seen 100% or 200% improvements in anything in a six month period in probably 20 years.

At the stage I'm at, on the other hand, I have to put in a Herculean effort to see even small performance gains. Thankfully, I bike because I like it. :)

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