thanks for the inspiration C&A (woo hoo my first century)
Lots of really inspirational stories in the C&A, just thought I'd share my last 9 months.
May 2012 I spent a week in the hospital after being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes (11.9 A1C). 4 insulin shots a day. Every day I was in my doctor wanted to run different tests. Worried about my heart, lungs, liver etc. etc, told my sister in law that I wished they would just send me home to die. Diabetes educator scaring me to death. 42 y.o 6'2" and 275 lbs at the time. I knew I was out of shape, but I didn't think I was that bad off.
Started walking shortly after getting out of the hospital. Sometime around July, walking just wasn't cutting it for me anymore. I dusted of my less than trusty wal-mart bso and started riding. 90F+ heat and riding in the middle of the day was surprisingly enjoyable for the short distance I could manage (4 miles out, 10 min break, 4 miles back). Started losing weight with eating more normally ( I ate terrible^2 pre diabetes) and exercise.
At some point I retired the bso and got my Trek road bike out of storage and proceeded to break rear wheel spokes on every ride. Wasted money at LBS fixing crappy wheel until I got smart and bought a used wheel off craigslist. Haven't broken a spoke since. After the new to me wheel I really started getting the cycling bug.
Slowly building up miles, and then the bug hit me to get a newer bike, although the Trek was just fine. Justified it by calling it a reward to myself, by this time, I had my first post hospital A1C test at doctors. 5.5 A1C. Down to 1 shot per day + metformin. Started feeling alot better about things.
Went crazy on ebay and put together Giant TCR carbon frame bike with mostly dura-ace parts. Now looking forward to any day over 45F to go riding. My work is rather seasonal, so no problems with time so far. Worried whats going to happen when work gets busy. I basically said to heck with work last summer and fall being worried about my health and all. This year I have to balance it better.
Signed up to ride the Tour de Cure in May 2013, 200 mile option (100 mi sat and sun). I figured I needed a big goal for my 1 year anniversary. Also had a second follow up with doctor. 4.9 A1C. Although I worry that my blood sugar is spiking too much after I eat. I'm not on insulin anymore, just metformin. Have lost a total of 45 lbs and went from 44" waist size to 38". I've plateaued around 230lbs for the last month. I'm going to have to start eating better. I would like to get down to 200lbs and reevaluate
Anyway, the other day I finally did my first century. http://app.strava.com/activities/39101576 Elapsed time is a little off, I started my Garmin then went back in the house for a few minutes. Rather pleased with myself.
Still have a long way to go to where I want to be.