Written by: Tino Hernandez

It doesn’t get easier, you just go faster.

-Gerg LeMond- Champion Cyclist-

It was early 2011 when I stepped on the scale and noticed that I was pushing max limit. It was the first time in my life I was so close to 200 pounds! I have to be frank and admit that I was frightened.

That weekend I went out and purchased and inexpensive bicycle to help me shed some pounds. I downloaded a calorie-tracking app and proceeded to get to work on losing the weight.

I’ll never forget my first few months of riding my bike. I would head downtown and return home. I thought that should be easy enough and should help me burn some calories.

My first ride was eight miles and I averaged about ten miles per hour. When I returned home I thought for sure I had exercised myself to death. I was sure that I was having a near death experience. I was convinced that my heart was going to explode and I would fall onto the floor in a heaping pile of overweight humanity.

It never happened though. I just got better and better and thinner and thinner. Don’t get me wrong I’m not the perfect male specimen…I still eat pizza!

The point is that I never gave up. I never stopped even though it was difficult. Counting calories, eating better, riding my bike up hills both ways. But it worked. It had its pay off. I’m so glad that I did it.

These days riding 50 or 100 miles is very doable and I average about 16 to 17 miles per hour. I can burn 3000 or more calories in a single ride. Tomorrow I will be training for a 175 mile ride I am doing next month and my goal is to finish in 12 hours. It’s a great feeling to know that you’ve conquered something you thought impossible. Something most people will never do.

What is it in your life that needs conquering? It may seem difficult. It may seem that you don’t posses the strength to get it done. But you will never know until you try. One mile at a time, one pedal stroke per second, one more hill to conquer and you’ll be there and you will not regret one hardship or long fought battle it took to get you there.

Tino Hernandez

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