Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Fifty Plus (50+) Share the victories, challenges, successes and special concerns of bicyclists 50 and older. Especially useful for those entering or reentering bicycling.

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 09-16-05, 10:12 PM   #1
Stv
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: AJAX not the soap, Canada
Bikes: 05 Specialized"Roubaix" Campy 10spd.
Posts: 296
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Duh!

Last edited by Stv; 12-07-08 at 07:25 PM.
Stv is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-16-05, 11:31 PM   #2
cheeseflavor
Get A Life - Get A Bike
 
cheeseflavor's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Minnesota, You Betcha!
Bikes: Specialized Roubaix, Bianchi San Jose, '87 Schwinn Super Sport
Posts: 1,042
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Stv
How's it go'n, eh ?

I have just gotten back into cycling a short 7 months ago, after a twenty year or so hiatus and with the generous help and continued support of a good personal friend, cycle-mentor and member of this board. Thanx (rvdv).

This road was not an easy one and it has been long and rough. From a motorcycle argument (accident) in my late teens that left me hindered with only 10% use of my left foot and only 30% use of my right arm, plus I've recently kicked the 50 to 75 cigarettes a day habit and the alarming, copious amounts of the daily booze grind. I lost 50 pounds from a bloated 200 lb. frame to 150 lbs.,I'm 5'9", (now risen to 175 lbs. currently) and endure the shear physical, not to mention psychological discomfort of such a radical life-style change in such a short space of time, to say the least.

I have never felt better, nor been more pleased with myself than I am this very day !

Since March of 2005, of this year, to September the 16th., today, I am celebrating my 4,600 kilometre of cycling! Now, that is approximately 3/4's of the distance across Canada. The total distance across, starting in Vancouver, B.C. and ending in St. John's, NFLD is 7,400 kms. est. That means that I have only 2,800 kms. by my math left to pedal the equivalent of crossing Canada, in my first season back to cycling, virtually of course, but the kilometres are very, very real.

There are only 6, maybe 8 more weeks tops, me thinks, of suitable ride weather into mid-November left before the winter nasty's set in and I think, I hope, I'm gonna make it.

Sure I will.........

I better get going now. Got a way's to go yet.
You go, Stv! What a great story! And congrats on turning yourself around. I too have a similar story, at least with alcohol and letting my self baloon to 300#, but that's about me and not about what you've accomplished.

I should shut up and let you get peddling!

Cheers!

Steve
cheeseflavor is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-17-05, 12:09 AM   #3
Digital Gee
I need more cowbell.
 
Digital Gee's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Reno, Nevada
Bikes: 2015 Specialized Sirrus Elite, 2012 Masi Evoluzione
Posts: 8,111
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Wow!!! This story is SO inspiring! Thank you for coming out of lurk-mode, and sharing it with everyone. And good luck getting to the opposite shore. Clearly, YOU CAN DO IT!
__________________
2015 Sirrus Elite
2012 Masi Evoluzione

Proud member of the original Club Tombay
Digital Gee is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-17-05, 03:44 AM   #4
berts
Roadie
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: israel
Bikes: kestrel
Posts: 370
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
It would have been nice to actually traverse the route from BC to NFLD.
Good example of the power of will power - keep it up
berts is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-17-05, 08:00 PM   #5
rck
Senior Member
 
rck's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: monroe (sw) wi
Bikes: cannondale 400st, dean el diente, specialized hybrid
Posts: 1,299
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 6 Post(s)
stv,
Although it doesn't sound as if you need any more inspiration, you might be interested in reading a book by Mike Magnuson which is entitled "Heft on Wheels".
rck is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-17-05, 08:33 PM   #6
KeithA
Senior Member
 
KeithA's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Bikes:
Posts: 688
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Amazing what you've accomplished. I'm in awe. I really hope you keep us updated on this truly inspiring turnaround.
KeithA is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-19-05, 06:18 AM   #7
pinerider
bici accumulatori
 
pinerider's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Hamilton, Ottawa, Maberly, Apsley, Ontario
Bikes: 1985 Nishiki International Touring Bike, 1992 Vitus 979 road bike, 1996 Bianchi Premio road bike, 2002 Thin Blue LIne CO2 mountain bike, 2007 Rocky Mountain Sherpa touring bike, 1964 CCM roadster, 1959 CCM Motorbike, 2002 KHS FXT mtb + more to fix!
Posts: 855
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Great work, Steve, I'm 51 too, but have yet to admit that I'm not 19 anymore (My wife has mistakenly pegged my acting age at 14) This is my 4th year of "serious" cycling (how can it be serious, I'm smiling all the time?!) and have found this forum to be a great source of inspiration and information.
Great job on accumulating the kilometrage, too, but the good cycling doesn't end in November, it keeps going all year long. Check out the winter biking forum for more info!
pinerider is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 10:07 AM.