On April 2, 2009 I had a heart attack. After recovering form my heart attack I talked to my doctor about bike riding and he agreed it was a great idea.
About a year later a friend and I were talking about his bi/triathlon training. I mentioned STP as one thing I’ve always wanted to do. He suggested that we do it together. I didn’t have a road bike to train on and ride the STP in, so he loaned me his old Peugeot road bike. (Since he had bought a new bike for his training a year earlier.)
Riding through the countryside is a “relaxing” exercise that has helped me become physically fit and healthier. I’ve also found it to be a great stress reliever. Since I’ve started training for the STP I’ve ridden over 2,000 miles and I’ve lost 20 pounds, with a few more still to lose.
On July 10 I will achieve one of my “bucket lists events” by completing the STP and I plan on doing the one-day STP next year.
The best part of doing the STP is the amazing people that I’ve meet along the way. There is also a freedom that I can’t explain when riding a bike and only a bike rider knows what I mean. Bike riding will be a part of my future.
We had 90 incredible entries into the contest. To read more great stories of why people ride, check out Raleigh’s new webpage, MyCyclingEvent.com