Join Date: May 2005
Bikes: 1993 Titanium Miyata Elevation 8000, Scattante XRL
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Back in College, I was an overweight pack and a half day smoker. On a whim, I bought used Giant Mountain bike. I rode it around campus a couple of times and then hung it on my wall for a year. After returning from springbreak, My best friend showed up with a brand new Paramount and proceded to drag my happy ***** out to the trails around Columbia MO. A few others saw how much fun we were having and bought bikes as well. When summer break came around we decided to stay in Columbia and take summer classes. Our daily routine became classes in the morning, work in the afternoon, mountain bike, and drink beer. I started that summer out around 260 and ended it around 180.
Sadly, after college real life interupted and with out my friends to push me, I fell out of regular biking. My weight slowly creeped as did a marriage and 3 wonderful kids. I began thinking that I needed to do something to ensure I would be around along time for them. I then got word that my freind from college was killed by a mountain lion in California while out mountain biking.
When spring came along, I bought a road bike and began training for my first ms-150 and have been riding road ever since. I love being out alone on my road bike, but I never liked mountain biking alone simply as a safety issue. Now that I have some new people to ride with, I can see my mountain bike getting dirty a lot more often. I just hope at 39 my skills return.
Please donate to the Mark Reynolds Memorial First Bike Fund at www.markreynoldsfund.org