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Old 03-08-12, 10:31 AM   #1
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First day commuting!

Outstanding ride! Here in Alabama the weather is getting really nice. I decided to take the Surly CrossCheck into work today. 7.5 miles one way paralleling a US Hwy. Not much traffic, a few short steeps. The Ortliebs on the back with a change of clothes, baby wipes, and other assorted necessities. It was a good ride and I have a goal of three times a week to start. People at work think I am a nut! 13 years ago I weighed 431lbs and smoked three packs a day. Over the years I have lost down to 260lbs by riding bikes. I quit smoking and while I was diagnosed as a diabetic those many years ago, today I do not even have to take any meds for it. I started my commuting to get my legs prepared for long distance touring. I read this forum a lot for inspiration and hopefully, at some point I can inspire someone to do what I am doing.
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Congratulations on your first commute and all of your health accomplishments!
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Wow. Good job. A part of me is so lazy that I just assume people can't change: if they are overweight, they will stay that way, if they smoke they will keep doing so, and stuff like that. I don't have any expectations of change. Then I hear about somebody like you who went out and improved himself like you have.

Have you rewarded yourself with any tours? You may have mentioned that without me seeing, sorry if so.
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Wow. Good job. A part of me is so lazy that I just assume people can't change: if they are overweight, they will stay that way, if they smoke they will keep doing so, and stuff like that. I don't have any expectations of change. Then I hear about somebody like you who went out and improved himself like you have.

Have you rewarded yourself with any tours? You may have mentioned that without me seeing, sorry if so.
Not yet except for a few short overnighters. However in April I am going to do the Chief Ladiga Silver Comet ride from Weaver Alabama to Smyrna GA. It is a paved bike path that goes 110 miles one way. I should take about 4 days. It will be my first long one, although not as long as I hope to eventually work up to.
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Awesome. I did my first commute of the year today as well. It feels great to get back into it after the winter.
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Hello there Mr. Lincoln,

I'd just like to congratulate you on one of your most tremendous accomplishments in life. Few people can say with conviction that they've experience such a triumph in any of life's affairs.

The affair with your personal health is a most important one, indeed!

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Hello there Mr. Lincoln,

I'd just like to congratulate you on one of your most tremendous accomplishments in life. Few people can say with conviction that they've experience such a triumph in any of life's affairs.

The affair with your personal health is a most important one, indeed!

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Here, here!!(while standing and applauding)
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Hello there Mr. Lincoln,

I'd just like to congratulate you on one of your most tremendous accomplishments in life. Few people can say with conviction that they've experience such a triumph in any of life's affairs.

The affair with your personal health is a most important one, indeed!

Most Respectfully,

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I was a Marine formerly and was embarrassed that I had allowed myself to reach the point I did. I had to do something. Also, my Doc told me if I did not change something I would not see 40 years of age. I am now 49 and in much better health than I was back then. I started out as a hardcore mtb'er and have only recently been bitten by the commuting/touring bug. But it has its teeth in me deep now. It is all I think of, riding and exploring new places. I still mtb as that is a great activity also but the touring and commuting can be done right outside my front door!
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These are my favorite kinds of posts. I never tire of one's like this. They serve as the best kind of inspiration. Thank you HRL.
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Congrats on your accomplishments, and your first commute.
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Alright! Good on you man! Very inspiring story. Sounds like you've got all the gear sorted and you are well on your way to 5 days a week. Great to hear, and thanks for posting!
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Alright! Good on you man! Very inspiring story. Sounds like you've got all the gear sorted and you are well on your way to 5 days a week. Great to hear, and thanks for posting!
Thanks, I did get to see some wildlife that I did not even know existed in Alabama. A coyote which was running away from me and a porcupine that was watering itself as I passed. It was awesome! Can you tell I am just a wee bit stoked?
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Thanks, I did get to see some wildlife that I did not even know existed in Alabama. A coyote which was running away from me and a porcupine that was watering itself as I passed. It was awesome! Can you tell I am just a wee bit stoked?

Kinda makes you wonder why everybody isn't doing it. Like being on vacation every time you go to work or head home.
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Kinda makes you wonder why everybody isn't doing it. Like being on vacation every time you go to work or head home.
Too many people can't even wrap their mind around it. One of my co-workers could not fathom how I could ride 7.5 miles without having a heart-attack. I told him that riding would actually stop me from having a heart attack. He thinks I am a nut
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Outstanding ride! Here in Alabama the weather is getting really nice. I decided to take the Surly CrossCheck into work today. 7.5 miles one way paralleling a US Hwy. Not much traffic, a few short steeps. The Ortliebs on the back with a change of clothes, baby wipes, and other assorted necessities. It was a good ride and I have a goal of three times a week to start. People at work think I am a nut! 13 years ago I weighed 431lbs and smoked three packs a day. Over the years I have lost down to 260lbs by riding bikes. I quit smoking and while I was diagnosed as a diabetic those many years ago, today I do not even have to take any meds for it. I started my commuting to get my legs prepared for long distance touring. I read this forum a lot for inspiration and hopefully, at some point I can inspire someone to do what I am doing.
You are already inspiring all of us (I'll be bold & speak for the group!). I have a Cross Check as well that I use as my commuting bike. I love it.

I see a fair amount of animals as well, especially riding home after dark. I've seen lots of possum, raccoons, fox, and even a black bear. That is one of the reasons it is a lot more enjoyable than driving.
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You are already inspiring all of us (I'll be bold & speak for the group!). I have a Cross Check as well that I use as my commuting bike. I love it.

I see a fair amount of animals as well, especially riding home after dark. I've seen lots of possum, raccoons, fox, and even a black bear. That is one of the reasons it is a lot more enjoyable than driving.
My Cross Check is the most fun bike I have or have had. It can do so many things. Yeah, I look forward to the ride home tonight. Should be interesting
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Congratulations, Hot Rod. Your story is truly inspirational.
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Congrats...on many levels.
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Hooked another one. I don't have to commute any longer but I do ride every day.

Touring is really a great way to spend a few summer days.

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Great story. It's great that bicycles help with your health and they are just fun at the same time.
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Well wouldn't you know it. On the way home it started pissing rain in torrents. But, I held up as did my equipment. It took a little longer but that was okay. It was still fun
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Congrats! I, too, love seeing posts like this.

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