How'd you get started cycling?
I was going to title the post "How did you get your big fat butt cycling?", but thought it might not be that clear of a title. LOL
Might be interesting for those of us Clyde/Athena types to share our stories of what brought us to cycling. I'm thinking our stories might be a bit different than your average cyclist as many of ours are probably related to weight loss.
What got you interested in cycling? Was it to lose weight? What was the catalyst? What made you decide this was the sport/exercise for you?
Oct 2003. I watched my mom die from a gastric bypass surgery which was necessary for her to continue with any kind of a quality of life. She never recovered from the surgery and died in ICU. The last thing she said to me while going in for the surgery was "You should consider surgery Chris".
I was probably at my biggest at that point (maybe 375-380 pounds) and 400 was always that scary number I was afraid to hit. After her experience with the surgery, I decided that was NOT the way to go for me. I was not beyond help yet....and I thought that was the last effort when you were too big to even exercise or do anything to help lose weight.
Anyway......as I said, I decided I needed to lose weight the natural way. I had tried the gym before and not liked it. I wasn't sure what to do...was still "thinking" about it. Then one day a friend of min, a lady 20+ years older than me (in her 50s) came up with an idea that we should go to the trail and rent some bikes that weekend and go for a bike ride. Sounded like a fun idea....I hadn't ridden a bike in 10 years or more at that point.
We rented bikes and she was so slow on it, I was having trouble riding slow enough to stay with her. She finally gave me the "OK" to go on...she'd be fine. So I started riding...and riding. At one point it seemed the trail ended (later found it picked up on other side of road, but I missed that), so I turned around and went back to bike shop. We looked at a trail map and figured that I had gone about 14 miles. I was soooooo impressed with myself. I never thought I'd get more than 3 or 4 miles.
Anyway.....that started my love affair. I was looking for a bike soon after (so was my friend). She had done some research on Consumer Reports and learned to get a bike shop bike and not a Wal-Mart bike. We went separately, but ironically ended up buying the same bike (Trek Navigator 300 - Comfort Bike).
Well, she stopped biking very quickly and became a "once every 3 months" cyclist. I started riding on my own but found it hard. I was typically only riding 4-6 miles. Until I moved over closer to work and found friends at work to bike with. That's when I started getting a bit more serious about it.
Now, 3 years later, I'm down about 50-60 pounds (did that in 1 year....and been hovering in same area...need to get serious on the weight loss part again) and still riding.
What's your story? How'd you get into cycling?