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Old 09-15-06, 02:48 PM   #1
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My Anniversary

One year ago today I had an epiphany. After more than a decade of career-induced stress and physical inactivity, I had grown concerned about my health. I got a blood pressure monitor, checked my BP, and found it to be 160/110. Resting pulse was about 80. With concern turned to alarm, I got out my wife's old touring bike and began riding. Early rides were about half an hour at 13-14 mph.

It's now exactly one year, two bikes, and 4447 miles later. My resting pulse is 60, and my blood pressure, measured last night, is 112/78. 20-mph rides are now not just possible, they're fun. And my weight is down twenty pounds, to exactly what it was when I was 18 years old. Cycling is many things for me now... a competitive sport, a hobby, something I can do with my family, and a bit of an obsession. But above all, it's a life-saver. This stuff really works, folks. But then, you already knew that.

Ride on...
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Old 09-15-06, 02:50 PM   #2
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Old 09-15-06, 02:54 PM   #3
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Old 09-15-06, 02:55 PM   #4
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You've got to be feeling proud. Great post I like the way you encapsulated all that info into the brief essentials. You are the perfect example of achievement!
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Old 09-15-06, 07:33 PM   #5
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Happy Anniversary!! Following your progress has been very motivating for many of us!!
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Old 09-15-06, 07:52 PM   #6
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Old 09-15-06, 08:04 PM   #7
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Way to go. It is great to read of how you fought back to health.
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One year ago today I had an epiphany. After more than a decade of career-induced stress and physical inactivity, I had grown concerned about my health. I got a blood pressure monitor, checked my BP, and found it to be 160/110. Resting pulse was about 80. With concern turned to alarm, I got out my wife's old touring bike and began riding. Early rides were about half an hour at 13-14 mph.

It's now exactly one year, two bikes, and 4447 miles later. My resting pulse is 60, and my blood pressure, measured last night, is 112/78. 20-mph rides are now not just possible, they're fun. And my weight is down twenty pounds, to exactly what it was when I was 18 years old. Cycling is many things for me now... a competitive sport, a hobby, something I can do with my family, and a bit of an obsession. But above all, it's a life-saver. This stuff really works, folks. But then, you already knew that.

Ride on...

Happy Anniversary, and Congrats. September 10th made two years for me, with similar results. I ended up with 25 pounds lost, and the lower than normal blood pressure I had as a youth.

One of the nice things about this forum is the reminders of just how much good this fun hobby does for me, and others like me.
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Old 09-15-06, 09:04 PM   #9
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Congrats, Raket! That's great results, and an awful lot of miles for the first year! So impressive!
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Yea HAH!!!!!! Grand isn't it!!!!
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