Wow that is really a great story of pulling yourself out of the depths. It would have been so easy but so wrong to stay down in the dumps and let life get you down. You jumped up and kicked out and said that you will not go down. That's a great bit of inspiration. Thanks for sharing.
Thanks for your very inspiring story! Keep us posted on your competitive career. I would like to read more about your training schedule. Would you mind starting a new thread so we can get all that information in one place? What are you doing for off-season training? What are your events?
I hired a cycling coach and have been posting my adventures under the Cycling Coach topic. I had no idea, when I started that there was so much to learn about cycling. Now I canít get enough information. So please share! Thanks!
Do not look where you fell, but where you slipped. African proverb
Thanks you guys. It certainly hasn't been easy. I've lost lots of weight before, only to put it all back on during that marriage. It was so incredibly disappointing to go from 340 to 160 and racing bikes, then back to 285. I actually remember the turning point in February, when my then-girlfriend and I were visiting Cincinnati (abiker- I live in downtown Indy, but didn't do the Hilly :( ) and I realized that I was getting winded by tying my shoes again. Right there, I decided that it was time to make a change. And that's what I've been doing since then. The bike shop owner approached me about racing for his team next year, and it really kind of hit me that I had come pretty far this year. It was even more gratifying to finish that ride this evening. I've done distances and speeds like that before with no problem, but today my eyes actually teared up when we got back to the start and I realized that I had just hung with these guys. The feeling I had at the end stood in very stark contrast to the one I had in teh hotel room that night, gasping for air while tying my shoes...
Well, where to start... I used to race road bikes, criteriums mainly, but after getting married, starting smoking again, and never exercising, I found myself as a smoking, 285-pound, 27-year old guy who would be divorced one year later. I decided this year after my promotion that it was time to undo all of teh evils I've done to my body. Getting back on the bike was miserable. Rides that I would have laughed at a few years back now killed me. We're talking five miles felt like a century. But, I kept with it, logging about 500 miles per month, 850 in September, and eating much better. I even quit smoking in July. This has been one of the toughest missions of my life, but today was a fantastic gauge of how far I've come since March. I showed up to ride with what ill be my team next year, and we rode HARD... The first 40 miles, we did not drop below 28 mph. The last 50 were not quite as tough, but we were still at 24 or so. I took a few pulls at the front and felt great the entire time. Came home and weighed in at 208 pounds. I still have 38 more pounds to go, but today has made me feel like a million bucks. I look forward to racing again next season.
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