I begin saving my life tomorrow

With tomorrow being 21-Apr that means I’m on the eve of the day I will begin to save my life through riding my bike. I’m excited but cautious. I’m ready to change but know it will be a long, hard road both on and off the bike. I made final preparations today ensuring my bicycle checked out ok and that I had all my gear (helmet, gloves, water bottle, shoes) prepped and ready to go. I put my bike up on a makeshift work stand I had created using a bicycle trunk carrier and an old Black and Decker Workmate Bench I had. While on the stand I lubed the chain and pedals. Eventually I’m going to have to purchase a quality workstand in order to maintain my chariot of life. My wife has readied for tomorrow by preparing a special detox drink that will help clean me out. After that I’ll be going on a strict diet to help shed these 100 extra pounds I’ve accumulated. Strict may be too harsh a word. Anything I do with regards to my diet is better than what I was doing. Everything seems to be in order so I guess it’s time to turn in and get some sleep. This is another area of my life that will need dramatic improvement. My last few years in the military I became accustomed to surviving on anywhere from 2-4 hours of sleep a night. Sometimes more and sometimes less. You can only imagine what that does to your energy levels. Since leaving the service I’m probably averaging about 5.5 hours of sleep a...

Biking To Live now has its theme

After some tedious searching Biking To Live now has its theme.  I always have a hard time deciding on a theme for a blog because I want it to be just right.  That’s hard to do when you’re using a free theme though.  For Biking To Live I wanted something that wasn’t too dark and not too bright.  I also wanted it to be easy to navigate, soothing to the eyes, and easy for me to add functionality to.  After some careful consideration, I settled on the Notebook theme I found at Skinpress.  I wanted a biking related them but there just weren’t any.  If Biking To Live becomes popular I may have a custom theme commissioned.  I think the Notebook theme is appropriate though since this blog will serve as my journal (journey?) to a new me. Here’s a picture showing some of the functionality of the theme.  Click on it to get a bigger...

I’ve found a route to do my biking

This evening I went for a short drive and found my route for the morning ride.  It’s an eleven mile loop that starts and ends at my garage.  There are bike lanes for 95% of the route which will be nice but one section of the route is on a very busy road.  With the time I’ll be riding, though, I don’t plan on running into much traffic.  Another good thing is that there are sidewalks and streetlights for most of the route as well.  Another handy feature is that there are a couple of opportunities to extend the route for longer rides on the weekend.  It’s like this was made just for me.  Thank you city engineer for taking my future riding into consideration when you constructed this pristine loop. Today is 16-Apr.  I plan on embarking on my journey to the new me on the morning of...

Why ride a bike?

I’m sure you’re asking by now why I’ve decided to ride a bike to help me lose these 100 pounds. For me the reason was simple. Riding a bicycle is the only endurance sport that I’ve ever been any good at. Running is out of the question. Ever since I can remember I’ve always had a difficult time running long distances. It always hurt my calves to run much further than a mile and it still does to this day. In high school the max distance I ran was the 200 meter sprint. My bread-and-butter was the opening leg of the 4×100 meter relay. I was fast out of the blocks and a very good sprinter over short distances. In the off-season we would run long distance just to build endurance and I hated it. Even after joining the military I never became accustomed to it. I attended Officer’s Candidate School (OCS) in the mid-90s and was forced to run long distance. I had to in order to graduate. Not to mention that those Marine Corps drill instructors were very motivating! Man I’ve got some stories! Anyway, I left OCS in the best shape of my life but that quickly deteriorated because of my lack of desire to run. About five years later I had to have surgery on my ankle to remove bone spurs and some floating bone fragments. Needless to say my dreams of becoming a long-distance ultra-marathoner were over. Seriously, that was never a dream of mine! I like swimming but finding the time and resources is difficult. You can’t get much more low-impact that swimming...

Biking To Live – a mission to save a life

By now I’m sure you’ve had a chance to think about the title of the blog.  Biking To Live.  It means what it says.  Biking To Live.  I’ve undertaken a personal challenge to ride my bike in order to live again.  Why?  Because I need to.  Here’s why. If you read my About Me page you’ll think that I’m your average guy with a job and family.  We have a good life and have been very fortunate.  What you can’t tell from my profile is that I have 100 things wrong with me.  Most people have traits others may not like but they are generally hidden and can only be experienced when you spend a great deal of time with them.  Call them idiosyncrasies.  I, on the other hand, wear my problem in public for everyone to see.  Many people have the same problem I do.  Too many.  What’s my problem?  I’m overweight to the tune of 100 pounds. I was always on the “hefty” side growing up and this was kept in check in high school through football.  Since those glory days I’ve gradually built myself up over the last 18 years to my current weight of 280 pounds.  The optimum weight for my height is 180 pounds.  I’ve tried to convince myself for years that it’s just genetics and I’m a stocky guy destined to always be big.  I convinced myself that I had lots of muscle underneath the blubber that was causing me to weigh so much.  It’s true that I did lift a lot of weights when I was younger but I haven’t done so in...

Welcome to BikingToLive.com!

As the title says, “Welcome!” The BikingToLive blog has just started so please bear with me as I begin making changes to the format and tell you what it’s all about. From the title, you can probably gather that it’s about biking and living. I’ll leave it at that right...
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