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Eric R testing Optibike in Reno

Eric R testing Optibike in Reno

On December 20th this year if God so bless me I’ll get to be 50 years old. It is my intention to seriously embark on a journey with Optibike to regain the love that biking was during my teenage years and through an activity I love, to get back in shape.

What is my motivation? Regain my health while doing something that at this time is painful. Yes, I confess – I hate to exercise – and I enjoy to eat rich foods. This one-two combination is one of our nations top killers for people my age. Funny thing – both issues are under my total control to change.

So what is my plan? Take out all the excuses. Not enough money, not enough time, feeling tired, not interested in joining yet another fad dieting plan to regain twice the pounds shed…. combine the necessity of commuting to work with a fun activity and get a workout at the same time.

What I’ve done so far? I started with a physical exam. Confirmed my weight has been stable for the past 16 months at 306 lbs and that I could safely embark on this journey. I have the full support of my doctor, my family and friends and I fully believe that this will be done. I’m definitely counting on the assistance of the motor in my Optibike.

I live in a suburb of Atlanta – Duluth – a place with a lot of hills and a very well deserved reputation of killer streets due to traffic congestion and ongoing driver frustration with never ending commute times. I know the electric motor prowess of the Optibike will make my 44 mile commute doable and I bet faster that I can do it while driving my car. So far I’ve scouted the route I will take and the milestones I’ll need to achieve before going to work on a bike for the first time sometime before October 2nd.

I’ll be posting regularly so follow me on my quest to health on this journey.

Chapter 1 The Wait

Chapter 2 Learning Optispeak

Chapter 3 Adventure Rides

Chapter 4 The Results

7 Responses leave one →
  1. Eric McMichael permalink
    September 6, 2009

    Hi Eric,

    I just wanted you to know that I’m cheering for you to succeed on getting fit. I also live in Atlanta and I’ve recently turned 52. Also, like you I’m a little overweight and I’ve been trying to lose some weight by walking and occationally riding a conventional bike.

    Please keep all of us update on your success and failures.


  2. amy permalink
    September 15, 2009

    Go Eric! i look forward to following your progress!

  3. September 17, 2009

    Looking forward to seeing the results. Just take each day one at a time.

  4. Wendy S permalink
    September 17, 2009

    Never say die!!

  5. Allicia permalink
    September 18, 2009

    My blessings and encouragement are with you! Probably to late to re-direct shipment, but I would have suggested having it sent to the office 🙂

  6. October 2, 2009

    Hey Eric,
    You know that as relatives, I am cheering for you! I hope you the best of luck and god bless you and your family!

  7. Gina permalink
    May 3, 2010

    Great blog! What’s next?

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