The gyms this time of the year are full of people wanting to make a fresh start by getting into better shape.
I usually wait them out and look to see how many are still gym regulars in February and of those, who will still be a regular patron come the fall.
Making a change is not always easy.
I have always worked out regularly but it has only been recently that I have gotten myself into the shape that I have wanted. And it took me the better part of two years.
In 2014 I rode my bike 6,512 miles.
For perspective, I drove my car about 10,000 miles.
I ride for heart health, fitness, performance and stress release.
It has really taken me two full years to get to this point that I can do bike rides that I only dreamed of before.
The Tour of the California Alps Death Ride, 122 miles over five mountain passes. Double centuries, 200-mile rides. This year my goal is to do three 200-mile rides to get what is called a California Triple Crown.
A friend of mine since college saw a recent photo of me and commented on how fit I looked. He was surprised when I told him that I have not weighed this little since my college track days.
And he asked why I did the work of getting into shape.
As I have said before, it is because I wanted to get into better shape for riding my bike. I also wanted to get my health back.
I have high blood pressure, it’s hereditary. I have arthritis – had my right hip replaced in 2004 and need my left hip replaced. And I was carrying around some additional pounds.
I would have been happy to have lost 10 pounds. Instead, I lost 30.
More importantly, I got my health back.
You don’t have to be in the gym now, you can start a program at any time. My real weight loss work began in April 2013. You just have to have the right method and the desire to work at it.