Some years ago, an acquaintance’s sudden demise made me reconsider my lifestyle.
Unfortunately, this involved someone of similar age, weight and occupation to myself, suffering a fatal heart attack whilst playing football with friends.
It dawned on me that I needed to address my situation (overweight and inactive), however the combination of running my own business and having two young children meant time was precious.
With that in mind, I chose to start commuting by bike. The results were not short of astounding. Within weeks I had lost weight and colleagues were asking why I was so positive and energetic as soon as I arrived at work. ‘Man flu’ became a distant memory and ‘losing pounds whilst saving pounds’ only encouraged me to continue.
Commuting extended to weekend riding, which in turn moved on to endurance events. The result has been a 20% reduction in weight (and new wardrobe). I have no stress issues (unless I don’t ride) and enjoy a happy, healthy and fulfilled lifestyle. Try it – you'll love it...
At the age of 34 I was asked to raise money for a family member who had just been diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma. I agreed to take on the challenge, which was a duathlon (run/bike) around Loch Ness in Scotland.
I hadn’t ridden a bike properly since I was a kid so decided my normal commute was a way of getting prepared for the challenge. My car commute was a massive 6 miles each way so decided to start with riding in 3 times each week.
I bought a cheap bike and I started riding
….well I say “I started riding” after day one I was knackered!
In the first week I managed to cycle in twice and then slowly began building up speed and fitness. Within 4 weeks I was doing 4 days each week at 14mph!
I have never looked back, after saving a ton of money each month in the build up to the ride I decided to carry on with cycling to work. Now 8 years later I still ride into work and have my own Guinness world record in cycling!