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Lost 50lbs, gained new hobby!

Old 07-25-18, 10:43 PM
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Lost 50lbs, gained new hobby!

I cracked the frame on my beloved D860 last night, so I thought it might be good to review the year's progress to cheer myself up.

Been a while since I perused the boards here, but I've been busy! Just about a year ago, I got serious about biking (mountain/trail biking, specifically) and began hitting the trail 2-4 times a week (except for a ~2 month layoff during winter). This spring, my wife got me my sweet D860 to replace my old Talus, and I started having even more fun. Between the biking, and a total overhaul of my eating habits, I've dropped from 230lbs to 177lbs.

Old (fat) Matt:



New and improved Matt, with my wife and some fit friends!



It's been exciting to watch my meager newbie skills grow as I spend more time on the trail. Now I can tear through spots I used to cautiously pick my way through. An interesting thing I noticed: falling off the bike doesn't hurt NEARLY as much without that extra 50lbs.

I've even started having fun with the sand at Draper, which came as a surprise (used to HATE the stuff).

I've been getting some of my friends (and my wife!) to try trail biking, which has been a pleasure.

This is all particularly exciting for me because, for my entire adult life, I've been totally non-athletic and sedentary.....very little exercise, lots of sitting (I work in IT). A year ago I never would have guessed I'd be doing all this.

Well, maybe this will inspire somebody, or maybe I just like seeing my own posts.

Matt
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Old 07-25-18, 11:11 PM
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Great success! Congrats on your new adventure. Keep on pedalin’!
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Old 07-25-18, 11:12 PM
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It's not just exercise. It's not just recreation. It's not just a hobby. It's a way of life.

Two wheels are better than four.
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Congrats! Keep up the great hobby and lifestyle!
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Old 07-26-18, 05:23 AM
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What an incredible transition! Great job. Keep having fun with it.
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go, Go, GO!
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Congrats! No matter what form, I think biking's advantage over almost all other fitness activities is that it's actually fun.

Sorry about the frame. Is there a good story? If not, make one up, preferably with cliffs, wolves, and angry villagers.
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