Sunday, June 1, 2014

Milestones, goals and using my fitness journey for good!

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I've always loved cycling. It's one of my favorite things to do when I travel and it's my preferred way to get around on a nice afternoon. When I did my first long distance ride in college, I remember one of the first things I read was that the best way to have a better time cycling was to lose weight. The reasoning was that you didn't want to have to carry all that extra weight up hills. It made total sense. I've been thinking about that recently as I've been losing weight. Everything has gotten so much easier. I'm happier, healthier and so much more confident with myself. I'm also ready (and excited about) doing more physical challenges. To kick this off, I'm going to be riding 150 miles in the Waves to Wine Bike MS ride at the end of September. 

When I was in college in France,  I used to cycle every day to school. It was so much fun. My roommates and I would get up, pull out our bikes, and start pedaling. We had a big hill to overcome each day, but we did it any way. When I lived in Paris, I biked to work every day on a Velib (bike share) and got to ride past the moulin rouge. It was one of those awesome surreal moments in life.  I once rode from France to Italy with a group of my college mates. After getting my aha moment blood panel back in 2012, I went to Vietnam and rode bikes there. It's where my decision to start my fitness journey began as the whole time I was worried about where I had let my health get to. Flash forward two years and I've changed my life. I'm ready to do more!
(L) Vietnam, July 2012 (R) Salt Lake City, April 2014
(Difference of 45 lbs and 2 years)

My good friend Dasha wanted to do this ride last year. I didn't have a bike so I wasn't ready to do it. To be honest, I also wasn't in good enough shape to ride that long and probably wasn't even disciplined enough to do the training I needed to do. I had just started getting serious about my fitness journey and had started tackling crossfit and exercise in general. This year is different because I am different. 

I have my trusty hot pink Fuji to ride and I'm 20lbs lighter than I was a year ago. So many good things have happened over the last year and to celebrate all those good things, I want to pay it forward. I'm riding the Waves to Wine ride on September 20-21 (2-3 days before my 28th birthday) for Bike MS. This is a great organization and a huge milestone for me. I'm hoping to be at my goal weight at this time and think that checking off the 100 mile bike ride will be icing on the cake. The cherry is that this is for an amazing cause. 

If you want to support me, please take a moment to donate. If you don't have the cash, that's cool too! Please leave a supportive comment below. I'm just excited to be doing this! 
This amazing gif is a collection of pictures of me on bikes over the last 8 years

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