This  all started as a result of a heart attack at at 42. I started out walking then cycling. Now 11 years and 16,000-ish miles later, I'd hoped I'd be in better shape than this. Such is life. What I have learned is that I cannot exercise off what I eat. Unless of course I eat substantially less.

Most importantly I've had fun. Going/seeing places meeting people and riding my bike.

As so often happens, life gets in the way while you're making other plans. For reasons only known to other smokers, I started smoking again after quitting for more than 10 years. Smoking was a contributing factor to my not riding the Houston to Austin MS150 as was my being critically out of shape. Through the generosity of a friend at work, I have a replacement road bike (for the Guru Flite that was stolen) the front derailleur failed and must be replaced. I suspect the frame is at the outer limits of what I can make ridable through reasonable adjustments. I know the seat post is too long which doesn't bode well. With a "normal" torso ans short legs (30" inseam) bicycle fitting is something of a challenge for me. That is on of the many things lost when a bike is stolen from you, a the countless hours of tweaking and and adjusting to get the  bike to fit your body and riding purposes. So I really am back at the beginning. Still fat even more bald and trying yo put together a road bike for the Houston to Austin MS150.


This, sir, is just a test thrown to your dedication to what you do. All of us are being put to the test just to eventually find out that we are capable of succeeding. I, myself, am a smoker too and I know how hard it is to stop but this is a part of the process of getting ourselves in tip-top shape. The most important thing is that you're having fun and achieving your goal at the same time. And as the old saying goes, this is just a minor setback for a major comeback.

10/14/2017 2:07am

Surrounding yourself with so many positive people is actually one of the best ways to forget all of your stress and problems in life. Being with your family and friends who really mean to you can instantly change your mood. Plus the fact that you'll get to bond with them is one of the reasons to spend more time with them. You don't have to keep all of your problems to yourself. You need someone to share all of your feelings. Trust me, it's going to be worth it.

10/24/2016 2:14am

I hope there will be no such problems with your health more( Take care! It's cool than now you're living such active life!


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