We find Rodney’s story truly inspiring. He had written this note for all of you who might need some encouragement and with zero editing on our part. Thank you, Rodney, you are a great human.
In 2012, I was not happy with my current weight, appearance or health issues. I was at my heaviest weight of 285 pounds. I had been diagnosed with high blood pressure and adult onset diabetes. I decided I wanted to start an exercise regimen that would help me become more healthy. I purchased my first bike which was a beach cruiser and began riding daily. I started just riding a few miles a day then worked my way up to 10 to 15 miles per day. I continued to ride the cruiser daily and decided I liked my progress and purchased a hybrid bike. With the hybrid being lighter I was able to extend my route to 15 to 30 miles per day. After riding my hybrid for a year I knew I was “hooked” and I had found a hobby I really enjoyed. I purchased my first road bike and joined a local cycling club. My weight continued to decline and my speed increased. My riding buddies were a great support system. They taught me a lot about cycling and the importance of interval training. As of today I have ridden 35 century rides and average about 6,000 miles per year.
I have learned that along with exercise, portion control and plenty of water intake is key in losing weight and being successful in cycling. I’m currently at 215 pounds and have gone from a 44 pants to a 36. With doctor supervision I am currently off of my blood pressure and diabetes medications and I feel great. The best advice I can give anyone is to make a realistic goal for yourself, stay focused and motivated. When I would lose site all I had to do was look at a picture of me at 285 pounds and that was all the motivation I needed. Finding a supportive cycling club will also help. Take one day at a time and keep pedaling!
Rodney G. Collier
White Oak, NC