Well it has been two months already, the personal journey I am on has been amazing to date so far and keeps getting better everyday. The past few weeks has seen the start of a strength and cardio routine that is helping with gaining some strength back as well as help with the weight loss. Jenny Brown from Reactivated training has been a huge help in getting the process started once again. Since 2010 I have been working with Jenny off and on, well more off than on really, so this year we have made a bot more of a commitment to my journey. In years past I have started but always given up, this year is different, since my entire lifestyle has changed one of the major goals is to get back on my bike and hitting the trails, well Last week marked the first time in over 5 years I hit the trails, man what a great feeling for sure. Nothing more freeing than time in the woods quiet and shutting off your day-to-day thinking to focus on something I have missed a great deal.
One of the goals I set for this year was to ride the Lake to Lake race, a 29km ride from Brock to Port here in the Niagara Region, this race takes place on June 16th and makes it way through the beautiful Niagara escarpment. Starting at the bottom of hydro hill this 600 meter long road is the thorn in a lot of riders side when it comes to riding in Niagara. having not rode it in so many years I thought I would give it a spin last week, well I did it on the first go around, from the bottom to the top I made it, such an amazing feeling the last few cranks of the peddles to finish off that hill. Focus your mind at the task at hand and it becomes easier to do.
Riding the trails is so much fun and last week Jenny and I hit the trails for the first time together. Nervous as this was my first trail ride of the year let alone with a Pro rider behind me and to top it off I asked her to bring along her go pro. Be sure to check out the video of my ride at the 2:47 min mark is one feet that I will never forget, the feeling of trying again is just amazing when you can do something you set you mind to.
We wanted a starting point and both agreed that this is a good way, I have been very open in the journey I am on and it just feels good to share this journey with who ever will listen.
Here is the starting point as of April 30, 2013. This is the first full length photo I have allowed to be taken for years.