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March 25, 2008

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Yeah, you rock.

Hmmm, Monday was 12, today was nice, then got cold. Snow in the forecast.

Anticipation, patience.

Thank you! Words cannot describe your insperation. Two years ago I weighed 415 lbs and was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. I have four children and couldn't get out of bed.

I had to walk for a few months to build up to riding my bike, a GT mountain bike. I started riding to and from work in Wichita, KS. It was 12 miles each way.

On weekends, I road for long rides, eventually building up to 80 miles in about 5 hours. (have not hit a century yet)

I also started eating right, mostly following the food pyramid. NO FAST FOOD.
The lbs melted off. Within a few months, I was off all medications. I got down to 240.

I got my life back. I was hiking with my kids one day when we came across a closed gate and fence. I had them start looking for an opening in the fence. After a few seconds, my youngest looked at me and said, "Dad, just climb over the gate, your skinny now." I hopped over it, and then back again, way too many times! I thought you would get a kick out of that one.

Anyway, I moved to Florida last year, got back in some of the old habits and now I've climbed back to 360 lbs.

My Sister in St. Paul sent me your story and I am getting back into it. Thanks again for doing what you do and sharing. I plan to stay in touch.

Thanks again,
John

I'm glad I'm not the only one fighting these winds. You, however, seem to be handling it much better than I. Yesterday as about 15 miles of frustration, 1 or 2 of completely pissed off, then another 10 blessing the newfound tailwind.

All in all not bad, but whaddyaget.

Scott, I can't say it's even the same thing, but when I was visiting southwestern Florida earlier this month, I rented a bike for the week I was there (couldn't bring my own). A couple of days I was THANKFUL every time I had to ride into the wind because riding WITH it meant dead air in 90+ heat at 80+ humidity (with the sun BEATING down on you). It was hot enough that I started riding in the early morning and late evening to keep the temps bearable. I've never ridden in temps colder than the mid 20's, so I have no clue what it's like to pedal into the wind @ -30... but it sounds like it takes bigger cahones than I have currently. It seems you've adapted rather well to the twin cities winters!

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