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    What a ride!

    Yesterday morning I met 2 of my friends out at a local trail to do some riding. At the beginning of the season, both of them could out ride me. Just before we hit the trail, one of them said, I don't have a lot of time so we will have to ride fast today. I have gotten used to being "the fat guy" that they have to stop and wait for, while I catch my breath. Well... Not yesterday! I'm about 55lbs lighter and my legs are stronger. As we started, they had me lead. In my mind I was thinking about being a little crunched for time, so I would keep a decent pace. I noticed that after a while, I was putting some distance between us. We got to a spot in the trail where we usually stop and chat for a min or 2 before movin on. I noticed they were pretty winded. One of them commented that he liked the pace we were keeping. We all agreed that we were having fun. So off we went again. A few more miles in I stopped to wait for them. When they caught up, they were huffin & puffin! The one that liked the pace a few miles back, asked me if I had been riding a lot. I answered, "not as much as I'd like!" At that point, when we took off I let them lead the way because I knew I would not have any issue keeping up. What a fun ride! It was the 1st time my skinny friends didn't have to wait for me. I'm FAR from skinny(still 278lbs). I still have at least 60lbs to lose, but yesterday was the 1st time I really noticed a major improvement.

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    Nice! I was 267 last year and 245 at the beginning of this year and now down to 228. I have seen my stamina, speed and recovery time all improve and it feels good. Congrats and keep up the good work.

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    Mar 2012
    Inspirational post! I bet it feels great!
    The torture ends now.

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    Howdy fellow Michigander!!!

    My story is not a good as yours, but I have been mentioning how much better I am riding since I first started earlier this year. I noticed riding past most of my stop and chat spots.

    My biggest personal improvement is going down some pretty rocky and rooted trails. In the past I was using the hell out of my breaks and feared flipping over the bars. Right now, I am thinking of a few spots my friends have slowed down and walked.

    I actually couldn’t believe how well I had done.

    This was my first year doing trails and I am at 280lbs down from 313 from earlier this year.

    If you’re wondering… Southeast, the burbs far out past Detroit.

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    That is great. Now you can look forward to motivating your buddies to keep up at your pace.

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