Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Results 1 to 11 of 11
  1. #1
    Neil_B
    Guest

    A Christmas Celebration

    Christmas is the season of rebirth.

    On December 22, 2005, I was 385 pounds and hospitalized with chest pains. My physical condition was so poor that in other to perform a stress test, the doctors gave me a drug to simulate the effect of exercise. I wouldn't have been able to exercise enough for the test to register without endangering myself.

    On December 24, 2006, I rode a bicycle for the first time in my life. I managed 1.5 miles before a mailbox jumped in front of me and I crashed. It took nearly an hour for me to get through that ride.

    On December 24, 2007, I rode 35 miles from Doylestown, PA, to Bethlehem, PA, a ride that featured more than 2500 feet of climbing and a hill of more than 12 per cent grade. OK, I walked the 12 per cent hill, and parts of a few others. I followed up the following day with another ride of 35 miles. This after two days of 25 + mile days. And I'm closing in on the 3000 mile mark for the year.

    Christmas is the season of rebirth. I know, because I've lived it. I was lost, and now I am a cyclist.

    Me at 360, after losing 25 pounds, February 2006.


    Me at 260 or so, this morning, Green Lane Reservoir, near Red Hill, PA. Forgive the extra weight and facial hair, folks, please. It's the cycling off-season. :-)

  2. #2
    Folsom Prison Blues Kid-Cycle's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2003
    Location
    Folsom, CA
    My Bikes
    '04 Trek 5200, '73 Raleigh Grand Sport "Fixie" & '94 Specialized Rock Hopper Comp MTB
    Posts
    218
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Christmas is indeed speacial in many ways....

    Merry Christmas Historian and great job on your rebirth!!!
    Uphill or downhill; headwind or tailwind; Pavement or Dirt ... it's all good.

  3. #3
    Gorntastic! v1k1ng1001's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    United States of Mexico
    Posts
    3,428
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Historian, you are the man. That's some serious progress. What's even better is that you enjoy the sport.

  4. #4
    Third World Layabout crtreedude's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Location
    Costa Rica
    My Bikes
    Cannondale F900 and Tandem
    Posts
    3,067
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Truly something worth celebrating. Losing weight is one thing, losing it doing something you love means it stays off (except perhaps during the off season...)

  5. #5
    Lanky Lass East Hill's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Location
    Take a deep breath, and ask--What would Sheldon do?
    My Bikes
    Nishiki Nut! International, Pro, Olympic 12, Sport mixte, and others too numerous to mention.
    Posts
    21,575
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Another amazing tale. One of the biggest reasons I love this forum (perhaps also why I like C & V so much--rebirth).

    East Hill
    ___________________________________________________
    TRY EMPATHY & HAVE LOVE IN YOUR HEART, PERHAPS I'LL SEE YOU ON THE ROAD...

  6. #6
    Me and the cat... Pamestique's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Location
    Tustin, CA
    My Bikes
    2002 Lemond Zurich, 2006 Santa Cruz Superlight, 2010 Landshark, 2012 Santa Cruz Juliana, 2014 Juliana Premiero Origin 29er and last but not least, the "Frankenweenie"!
    Posts
    4,419
    Mentioned
    7 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    What always matters is the journey and how we got there...

    As I get older and the weight stubbornly stays put, what I realize is more important is being healthy. I'm 56 but according to the docs have the health of someone much younger (OK 55! No serously as if I were in my 30's). And cycling has made me realize if I put my mind to it I can do it and even though physically the task seems undaunting, I can do it. I remember a time when I wouldn't go to the store by myself and now I've ridden across country, on and off alone.

    Good job and keep it up. Remember health first!
    ______________________________________________________________

    Private docent led mountain bike rides through Limestone Canyon. Go to letsgooutside.org and register today! Also available: hikes, equestrian rides and family events as well as trail maintenance and science study.

  7. #7
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Location
    Ohio
    My Bikes
    Trek 7500 Trek EX8
    Posts
    277
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Good for you Historian. I'm glad to see you're doing so well..........so much better. Cycling is a great, fun way to exercise. MTB in particular is, for me, now the riding of choice. Continue to be well and progress. Merry Christmas.

  8. #8
    Air
    Air is offline
    Destroyer of Wheels Air's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Location
    Creating some FA-Qs
    My Bikes
    Nishiki Sport, Downtube IXNS, 1950's MMB3 Russian Folding Bike, MTB
    Posts
    3,558
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Congrats - looking good!

    How are those straight pull spokes holding up for you? How long have you had them and how much did you weigh when you started riding them?

  9. #9
    Senior Member neilfein's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    Highland Park, NJ, USA
    My Bikes
    "Hildy", a Novara Randonee touring bike; a 16-speed Bike Friday Tikit; Dahon Curve D3 folding bike; a green around-town cruiser; and a Specialized Stumpjumper frame-based built-up MTB.
    Posts
    3,778
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Neil, you've become a happier person in the time I've known you, I think I see a connection with the biking. (Well, duh.)

    Quote Originally Posted by crtreedude View Post
    Truly something worth celebrating. Losing weight is one thing, losing it doing something you love means it stays off (except perhaps during the off season...)
    Cycling has no off season!
    Tour Journals, Blog, ride pix

    I'm in the celtic folk fusion band Baroque and Hungry. "Mended", our new full-length studio album, is now available for download.

  10. #10
    Neil_B
    Guest
    Quote Originally Posted by Air View Post
    Congrats - looking good!

    How are those straight pull spokes holding up for you? How long have you had them and how much did you weigh when you started riding them?
    I've put about a thousand miles on the bike. Only one broken spoke - rear drivetrain side. I weighed 243 when I got the bike, and I weigh about 260 now. The trip this weekend added 20-30 pounds to that.

  11. #11
    Senior Member rkimble's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Location
    Ashland City, TN
    My Bikes
    None....Looking to buy!
    Posts
    85
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Congrats on the awesome progress! Cycling is indeed an awesome way to exercise. I had forgotten how much fun it was until I started riding again.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •