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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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    Congrats!

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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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    Happy Anniversary!! Following your progress has been very motivating for many of us!!

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    Whoo-hoo!!!
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    Way to go. It is great to read of how you fought back to health.
    Enjoy the ride.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Raketmensch
    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.
    Bud
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    My Blog - uneasy-rider.com

    They told me it's ok to post mileage over in the commuting forum, so you'll probably find me there these days.

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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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