I really appreciate this forum and all the good people who participate here. I've been reading extensively and posting occasionally for a while now, but I've never given the personal details that invite relationships. The posters that I enjoy the most do often share those details, and it's time for me to start.
I rode for pleasure as a child through high school, but mostly stopped after that and sold or gave away my bikes slowly as time went on (I still regret the loss of a 1936 Elgin balloon tire cruiser and a 1984 Miyata Team. Hopefully they are on the road somewhere, and not in a landfill.)
I steadily got fatter and fatter for the next 17 years and topped out in 2008 at 309lbs (I'm 5'9") despite my physical job and vegetarian diet. That year I moved from Illinois to California and started doing much less physical, but more rewarding, work. I gained 30 pounds in less than a year and finally decided to make some real changes.
I bought a hybrid and started riding to work, and found that I loved being on a bicycle now as much as I had loved it twenty years ago. Later I bought a road bike and started joining the Saturday shop rides at my LBS. The pounds began to come off.
I've had a goal of riding a century and picked out three different ones to be the first in the last two years, but health problems have interfered each time. I will do a century, and more, but it'll be a while yet.
Three months ago my fiancee started a liver cleansing diet of mostly fresh, all vegan foods. I joined her, and the pounds really began to come off. I went from 275 to 235 in two months.
I'm off the bike and most other exercise due to a herniated disc at the moment, and my weight isn't changing right now, but I'm getting better and hoping to be back on track by January. I'm also really enjoying my new almost vegan diet and don't plan to go back.
Some goals of mine currently are:
- a final weight of around 170lbs - I'm flexible here because I don't really know what is under this fat and what I might add in muscle along the way.
- a century ride - I don't intend to stop there, but it's a landmark I haven't reached, so that's the current target
- a half Iron distance triathlon - next summer. My longest run to date is about 6 miles, so I have a lot of work to do before then
So that's something about me. If you got this far, thank you for being interested enough to spend your time with me.