Large Guys On Planes

For as long as I can remember I’ve always noticed that I’m usually one of the last people to have someone sit next to me on a bus, airplane, train, or at some kind of event. I have good hygiene so I know it’s not that. It could be my looks because I’m no Tom Cruise. I’m convinced it’s because of my weight. I’ve gotten used to it over time but yesterday, on my flight from Jacksonville to Dallas, I was brutally reminded of it. When I boarded my flight in Jacksonville I was literally the last person to get on the plane. I was flying Southwest and in boarding group C. Not cool but there’s not much I could do about it. I patiently waited my turn knowing that seating would be limited once I got on. I’m not someone who has to sit near the front so I moved towards the rear of the plane. I found a row where only one guy was sitting (on the aisle) and asked to slide in to the window seat (my favorite). I got settled in and we had the seat between us empty. He was a big guy too but bigger than me. I didn’t think much about it and settled into reading a book. We stopped in Houston and most of the folks got off. There were maybe five of us left on the plane because it was continuing onto Dallas. I was hoping there wouldn’t be many people get on since I don’t like crowded planes. We were 20 minutes early to Houston so I had a...

I am Heft On Wheels (at least right now)

I did a book review of Heft On Wheels by Mike Magnuson soon after I started Biking To Live. If you haven’t read it you should. It’s a great read. You can find it on Amazon here. Over the last couple of weeks I had the desire to go back and read Heft On Wheels by Mike Magnuson again. I had let someone borrow mine and never got it back so I went and bought another copy. In fact, I finished it last week and have started it again. Why am I so interested in his story? For one thing it’s inspirational reading about a 255 pound overweight, chain-smoking, borderline alcoholic who turns his life around with a bicycle. Second, I can relate. The more I payed attention to it I started to notice a lot of parallels between Mike and myself. They are: 1. I’ve always ridden a bike. I can always remember having a bicycle of one type or another and riding it everywhere. One of the first ones I remember was silver and had a banana seat. I have no idea what brand it was but that’s not important. We lived sort-of in the country when I was this age and couldn’t ride our bikes really anywhere other than the two acres we lived on. My brother and I tore up those two acres though! Jumping our bikes was one of our favorite activities. I remember setting up a huge ramp one time using an old basketball backboard that was actually half a sheet of plywood. This jump in particular stands out because I vividly remember...

It’s time to get serious about cycling (my weight loss)

In ten days Biking To Live will be one year old. I feel like over the last year that I’ve I’ve failed to accomplish what I set out to do. I gave it a good shot the first six months or so but ever since last October I’ve been hit and miss. More miss than hit. That said, I figured with the one-year anniversary of Biking To Live coming up I need to actually step up to the plate and take cycling (my weight loss) serious. I say cycling (my weight loss) because if I can step up my cycling to the levels I want to then my weight will take care of itself. Now, the big question is how do I get serious about my cycling. I’ve been thinking about this for a little while now and have come up with a few things. 1. Join a cycling group. Cycling alone makes it too easy for me to blow off riding. I’ll have some accountability if I have a couple of group rides a week that I’m committed to. I did my first group ride (I know it was only three people) this past weekend and I was consciously watching what I was eating and drinking the day before so I didn’t spoil it. I need that type of motivation. 2. Up the mileage. Because of my current living situation there’s no reason I shouldn’t be riding at least a 100 miles a week within a month. It won’t take me much longer to get back into a rhythm on the bike which means I should be riding...
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