Where to start? I rode a lot as a kid (probably up to age 15 or so), but then didn't ride hardly at all for almost 30 years. In March of 2002 I was diagnosed with arthritis in my left hip. Two cortisone shots later and I was at least able to move without a lot of pain. In October of 2003 I had a meniscus tear repaired as well as microfracture surgery on my left knee. After 6 weeks on crutches it was time to do something about my weight and my leg problems. I got on a stationary bike because it didn't hurt. I started cycling on a Trek 7200 hybrid bike in January 2004, and graduated to doing most of my miles on a Trek 1800C road bike in March. Now I'm looking forward to doing LOTS of miles because it makes me feel good (and I've lost 50 of the 90 pounds I needed to lose)!
Updated on 9/12/04 - I've lost almost 60 of the 90 pounds (which unfortunately is looking more like it's going to have to end up being nearly 100 pounds), and I've finished my first century ride!!!
This is the old me (eating as usual!):
and this is me after finishing my first century ride:
As commuterDude says in his profile, who is that guy???