I just got a pretty cool call from my son. He is a first year Neurologist. This afternoon he had a lady with type II diabetes and diabetic neuropathy. She was overweight and told my son that every time in the past that she has tried to join gyms, she has been turned off by the looks and attitudes of the extreme fit in the groups. He asked her if she like bicycles. She said she did, but, just like the gym, she was kind of embarrassed to ride in public because of her weight.
Last month he came to visit and I took him on a 20 mile ride on the Tunnel Hill Trail. He is 26 years old, 6' 1" and weighs about 170. I smoked his butt (though I kept looking at him, wondering what it must be like to be that young and that weight and be on a bike). When we finished our ride, he quizzed me about my cycling and how I keep motivated. I told him that one thing that has helped, has been the Clydes & Athenas Forum. I told him that finding like-minded and respectful fellow peddlers has helped me keep at it.
So, this afternoon, along with going over the lady's blood panel, prescribing her meds and directing her to a nutritionist, he looked up the Clyde & Athena forum, wrote the URL down, gave it to her and suggested that she possibly get involved.
We might get a new participant. I think that is pretty awesome.