Let me apologize in advance for being long winded here..
I'll write the brief one sentence version first in case you dont want to read the whole post. Here goes "I'm overweight, got a cheap bike broke it, got 2 more broke them, dad got sick, got good bike rode it a lot (still have it),lost weight, dad got more sick I rode less, started gaining weight, dad past, got new bike, rode it some lost some weight,didn't ride much gained more weight, came back to bike forums trying to get back into biking again"..... hehehe
I guess about 9 years ago is when it started for me, cant believe its that long ago now. To start let me say i have been overweight most of my adult life. At the time my dads health was starting to get worse and worse in part because he had been overweight most of his adult life. While shopping at one of the marts I saw that they had bikes on clearance. So for an hour I debated should I get one, would I ride it if i did. I bought it... Within in 4 months had ruined it from riding it so much (which really isn't that much i know now). But i'm sure my weight didn't help, most likely ruined it a bit faster. So I went and bought 2 more bikes at the "Mart" .. one for me and one for the nephew (he rode it a few times LOL). I thought these are MUCH better because they cost me over 100 bucks each LOL.. Funny that I even thought that now... but i did. I rode both of those bikes to the ground in about a year. And that was including trying to keep them going, new rim, new axle and pedals. But I got from where I could barely ride a mile the first ride to riding 15 to 20 miles at a time. Also found out that I really loved riding. Yep and the weight was coming off, I was feeling good. All the while my dads health was getting worse. Bypass surgery he did really well for a year or 2 after that until other health issues came up. Anyway I had helped a friend paint his truck and in return he lent me the money to get my first real bike (and would NOT let me pay it back later....). A 2003 Gary Fisher Tassajara ... I did some trail riding and found out that its kind of scary getting out in the middle of the woods by myself. Was always scared i would get hurt and be in the middle of the woods. Ended up putting the tires that are slick in the middle with the treads on the sides (whatever they are called lol). Then did mostly road riding with the mountain bike. I put a LOT of miles on it (well a lot for me anyway). At least 2500 on the first bike puter before it died and have a picture of 5k on the next bike puter. In all maybe 9k on the mountain bike on the road. In this time I went for 270lbs to 185 at my lowest... but stayed around 200 (which was great for me). I stayed at the weight for a long time.
But my dads health started getting worse and worse. He ended up going to dialysis 2 and 3 times a week. So more and more of my time was taken up trying to help my mom out and still earn a living. So I rode less and less. And started gaining the weight back... <sigh> Yep eating wrong, stressed out and not riding did not do me any good at all. My dad passed away in sept of 2007. At which point i was back up to 250lbs (where Im at now btw).
In feb of 2008 I got my first road bike (2007 Trek 1500). In 2008 I put maybe 2k miles on it.. but never really got back into riding again. Just could NOT get into the swing of things, I thought the new bike would get me going again. It did but not for very long... I loved it when I got out on the bike.... but gettin on the bike was hard.... I dunno just could not do it with any consistency. I month or so ago I found my way back here and started riding quite a bit again... well not as much as used to... trying to build back up to the rides again. But after all that rain we had the temps went up and well here I am not riding much again.... <sigh>
I guess.... this is my public commitment to start riding again. Kind of like saying it out loud that your going to do something. Makes it harder to NOT do it. I know in the "did you ride today thread" Somebody mentioned I should make some plans with other people to go riding, thus making it harder to break them. Maybe find some local group rides. At some point I plan to do that but I want to get back into it a bit first... get my legs back under me so to speak... After thursday i will have a bit more time for riding.... So the plan is to ride more!!!!
Thanks for reading... That is my story and i'm sticking to it