When I started on July 2, 2012, I was at 262 pounds, had a pretty bad blood pressure problem. 3 months prior I had a meniscus surgery. Things were looking not so hot.
I've always loved cycling, so I decided to take my old hybrid bike out of storage and start riding. 3 mile rides were tiring me out. Once I settle on a routine, I started discovering cool trails and venturing out further and further. Before I knew I was close to 1,000 miles on the hybrid bike.
That is when I got my first road/cyclocross bike, a Specialized Tricross #Specialized. This opened a whole different world of longer rides. Even though it weighed 29 pounds, it was fun to ride. So I did my first metric century on it.
5,500 miles last year. 3 centuries and one double metric. Yes, cycling is awesome!