Hello my name is chris I am 20 years old and i have decided to change who and what I am.
I am currently 6'2 and roughly 265 lbs. I don't know how I got to this point I used to be at around 190 lbs and very athletic. I had multiple surgeries on a bone in skull and the doctors would bar me from all physical exertion for months on end so I would have a surgery and just go a whole year without doing anything. I think i used it as an excuse to not get back into shape. More recently the effects of being overweight have come to hit me in the face as a relative of mine who raised me has just been diagnosed with diabetes due to being obese. I saw that relatives health rapidly decline and spiral out of control. I help take care of this relative now and I want to make her proud and myself proud. I want to change myself before I get to that point of being diabetic. Cycling will be my redemption. I wanna cycle in the tour de cure event.
Can any veteran cyclist give me some knowledge on what I can do to prepare for this and how I should prepare for this? Its such a scary feeling not knowing anything about what I will be undertaking. I currently have a trek 720 multitrack bike I am using atm. Kind of a junker but I plan on taking it to the bike shop and getting it road ready.
Im asking for ideas or help planning how I can get ready for this event since I have no cycling experience other then riding a bike when I was younger. My goal isn't to be skinny but rather to be healthy and fit. I am going to be joining a gym in preparation for the 3 months I have until this event. I plan on dedicating myself to doing this 110%. The only thing I am lacking is the knowledge of a mentor.
Thanks in advance to anyone who responds.