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Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) Looking to lose that spare tire? Ideal weight 200+? Frustrated being a large cyclist in a sport geared for the ultra-light? Learn about the bikes and parts that can take the abuse of a heavier cyclist, how to keep your body going while losing the weight, and get support from others who've been successful.

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Old 06-02-13, 08:01 AM   #1
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I'm baaaaaack...

Whaddaya mean no one noticed I'd gone?

Hello folks. Yup, I'm back. I know I'd only really started here, but a very unfortunate occurrence led to me disappearing from life for a bit, and that even meant disappearing in certain section of my online life.

I had just started the MTB life when I was hit with a major health issue. I was diagnosed with an undetermined heart condition, which was later confirmed as Dilated Cardiomyopathy. Needless to say, everything came to a grinding halt when I found that out... Strangely, being a big guy probably saved my life, it seems, I'll not bore you with all the details of what has gone on in the last year, but I'll just say now I'm ready to start on my journey again.

I had just purchased a Carrera Kraken, but I sold it soon after being diagnosed (I didn't think I'd be allowed out there again!) However, I've just ordered a Kona Splice 29er, and I can't wait to have it delivered and get on the trails again... I've been given another go at this, and I'm aiming to do it right!

Hopefully, I'll be on here when I'm not out there... Looking forward to making all your acquaintances!

Keep it between the hedges!
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Old 06-02-13, 08:03 AM   #2
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Old 06-02-13, 08:10 AM   #3
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Thanks chum... It's good to be here!
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Old 06-02-13, 09:24 AM   #4
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After having the Anterior Descending artery in my ticker blocked last year I empathize with you. Glad you're still in there kickin'. I hope you end up faster, better, stronger. Listen to the docs and get well my man!

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Old 06-02-13, 09:49 AM   #5
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Welcome back, and feel free to bore us with the details as it may helps another in your shoes try to recover from a similar issue.
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Old 06-02-13, 10:22 AM   #6
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@phread59 Thanks Mark. It's good to know there's a success story out there!

@Shakeyone: Never thought of that... I'll maybe post more once all my scans are completed. At the moment, I've been cleared to start exercise, but we really haven't begun to answer the questions that surround my development of the condition! When I know more, I'll share!
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