Thought it might be kind of cool to start a thread around fitness efforts and goals. As I’ve noted a number of times I used to be a very very avid endurance cyclist. Having kids, starting a business, chronic back problems and general laziness found me in horrible horrible shape. I’m embarrassed to think how much I used to weigh. I’m also a stress eater and a compulsive eater - in other words, if there is a cookie, I’ll eat the cookie. If there is a box of cookies, I’ll eat the box of cookies. Despite my religious leanings, I’ll never drink. I come from a long line of alcoholics and my compulsive habits around food have me convinced I’d be another family alcoholic.
I’m still a husky boy, at least compared to my mid 30s and earlier - but finally working on it. Two years ago as I sat on my couch and realized my resting heart rate was around 80 and fearful I was showing some signs of pre-diabetes I decided to do something about it. I cut all sugar out of my diet and most carbs which caused me to lose a lot of weight, but also made it hard to exercise.
Previous to my seriously decline I had finally gotten my wife into biking. She is a tiny human being, so we’ll suiting for climbing the hills of our neighborhood.
So, long story short, I had lost a bunch of weight but started putting it back on when I got less strict about no sugar and only certain carbs.
So, this year when Covid19 started up my wife and I got back on our bikes and started riding - a rare moment where in early March you could ride mid day when it had warmed up a bit, and there was basically no traffic. We’ve ridden at least 5, but usually 6 days a week since and I started getting a hankering for long distances again. My wife wasn’t interested and so I eased her into it, with the goal being a 100 miler by mid July. Today we went 85 miles and pushed it pretty hard and I’m still typing about it, so that is good - it means we can complete the 100 miler, we just need to do it now. Resting heart rate is in the low 50s now and while I still want to lose a bunch of weight I’m on a good path.
RockerUte of 10-15 years ago would scoff at this, but RockerUte of that time wasn’t carrying an extra few sacks of potatoes on each ride nor did he have back problems. I’m pretty happy about it. I’m also really proud of my wife - she has always been very fit - runs every day - but never has had any interest in running or biking long distances. 5 miles running and 20 miles biking was always plenty good for her. She is really liking it too.