Hometown: Akron, Ohio
Start Weight: 225 pounds
End Weight: 168 pounds
Time Cycling: 3 years
Reason for Cycling: I want to go fast.
I initially got into cycling in early 2004 after graduating college, because I needed to lose the beer and pizza weight. I started mountain biking, but then I moved to Japan in the fall of 2004. It’s hard to ride mountain bikes without having a car to get to mountain bike trails, so in spring 2005, I bought my first road bike and rode it all over Shizuoka and Osaka prefectures, even competing in the 2007 Mount Fuji Hill Climb (which was truly epic).
After returning to the United States in 2008, I continued cycling in and around the Cuyahoga Valley National Park in Ohio. Eventually, life happened, and cycling fell by the wayside. From 2010 until 2018, I barely touched a bike
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