So you may be asking yourself, “Self, what is this site all about and why would I want to read these ramblings?”

That is indeed a fair question. You probably phrased it differently and used some more colorful language, but we’re still on the same page. The answer is, I created this site to document my new found interest in cycling and the fact that I shed 50+ pounds off my posterior end by engaging in said new found activity. And if that alone wasn’t worth the cost of admission, it’s also about my wife and how she’s lost 80+ pounds by participating in 5K events as well as triathlons.

Like so many people, while caught up in the spirit of celebrating a new year, washing the slate clean, giving myself a new start and of course running around with a glass of alcohol in my hand I decided I was going to change my wicked ways of fast food, fried chicken, Taco Bell and Chinese buffets. I was going to eat better, exercise more and not sit in front of a computer all day.

Well, I still have to sit in front of a computer all day, that’s what pays the bills and buys new biking gear. But I did accomplish the other three. I started off the new year at a happy and jolly 220 pounds and had a 36 inch waist. But after a few spins around the block on my bike  I now weigh 160 and have a 31 inch waist. I also have muscles which is an extra cool bonus. I am one year shy of being “over the hill” and feel that I am in the best shape I have been in in years. (Round is a shape, just not a good one for the body)

I decided on biking simply because I don’t run. The impact on my knees is simply too much. Plus, Runners are painful looking people. They do not wear an expression of joy and contentment on their faces as they exercise. Rather they seem strained, distressed, perhaps even constipated. (except for Donna, she never looks like that :)) And, in the TV shows, it’s the runner that finds the body…

For me, biking is much simpler. Easier on the body and I don’t actually have to go anywhere to do it. I can put my bike on the trainer and pedal in place, or I can hit the open road and go somewhere. I’m not knocking running, I just can’t do it.

So, follow along on this exciting chronicle of losing weight, getting exercise and participating in events we didn’t think we’d do when the year started.

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