This is a special guest article written by Jonathan Donnelly of Northern Ireland. Late last year, he hired a road bike with us for 6 days here in Tenerife, successfully scaled the 2300m climb to the base of Mt Teide and was then keen to try out a mountainbike for the first time in his life! This is an amazing story because in April of the same year, Jon was a self-confessed computer gaming addict tipping the scales at 103kg. Thanks for the inspirational article Jon!
-Dr. Leslie Brown
Inspiration Part 1.
In my area of the world the authorities that be are mad keen to get you active! A while back there was this campaign called Go walking, it’s the thing to do… to get fit, lose weight, de-stress.
With facts and figures about how much you can lower your risk of heart disease etc. it all looked very boring and did not appeal to a Gladiator like me killing mad mosters that drop purple gear with my super powers in my virtual world (google ‘world of warcraft’).
Go walking, it even had a theme tune, and a spin off called “highway to health”. The problem with walking is unless you change your scenery often it gets rather boring I know I did loads of it ’til i was SICK of it.
It seems to me like a form of exercise that i term, “just for the sake of it”. Or “I have no sport I’m good at so I’m gonna walk for exercise” and “I’m too fat to jog”.You see if you make it sound more interesting like for example, Orienteering, Navigational challenge!, Hiking adventure! I believe such campaigns might have more success. Sex it up FFS!
- You need to replace that attitude that “walking is all I can do, ’cause I’m old, fat, always tired and have no time” with a new attitude.
- I want to become more fit so i can enjoy new activities and tell stories of my adventures!
- I will reward my new fitness with Holidays where i can explore at a pace that’s just right for me.
- So sure start walking to begin with but try to jog or run intervals to increase the fitness to get you ready for the good stuff.
- Take things to next level so to speak! Aim high!
- Do not be afraid of failure!
- Surprise the hell out of everyone with the new you.
- The best advice i can give is, get a bike. Get a fooking bike and go and ride it everyday.
Cycling muscles are different from the ones you use everyday, when you’re feeling tired from work, your cycling muscles will not, when you’re tired from cycling you will get off the bike and be full of beans.
As you prowess improves you will always have a 50 mile cycle in reserve no matter now crap you feel. The muscles you use for cycling are so specific that after a few months of solid riding, the average Joe who sucks at sport can get on a bike and become an athlete with distance and speed that make non-cyclists shake there head in disbelief.
Anyone can become an athlete and your bike is the fastest way to achieve this. No gym, no membership fees. It’s ready any time you are to go to the shops, to work, it’s a great mode of transport. In fact the money you save on fuel on those short journeys means your saving money, which is the same as making money and if your making money at your sport, you are a PRO.
I did 200 miles on my bike this week and I have a resting heart rate of 46 beats per minute (bpm) and within the normal weight range for my height 11 st 11, and at 14% body fat. Last year I was seriously obese, 33% body fat, 16 st 3, and my resting heart rate was 86 bpm.
This is my bike. There are many like it, but this one is mine. My bike is my best friend. It is my life. I must master it, as I must master my life. Without me, my bike is useless. Without my bike, I am useless. (adapted from full metal jacket)
People ask how much my bike cost, I said It’s about 2000 Euro so its pretty cheap. How is that cheap are you a millionaire? Then i said, If you could get to your ideal weight, is that worth ‚¬2000? Seems cheap to me, with petrol prices so high! Why would want to line the pockets of the corrupt politicians and middle eastern Arabs!