Today I’d like to re-introduce you to Peter, a man some of you will know from a blog post I wrote in July. I took Peter out for an 80-km ride over a hilly course north of where I live one (fateful, it turns out) day in the summer. He did well, but struggled on some of the many ascents I threw at him and appeared a bit shocked when we compared heart rates on one of them. Neither of us could have imagined this, but that ride was a game changer for Peter.
When he returned to Canada he started getting more serious about his riding, as well as his weight. When he was in Le Sud he weighed a substantial 104 kg (229 lbs). At last check he is now down to 88 kg (194 lbs) and still dropping. This was Peter in July.
And Peter a couple days ago.
But the good news doesn’t stop there. Peter, being a man of great ambition, has registered for Act Two of next year’s Etape du Tour, nearly 200 km over the toughest climbs in the Pyrenees, and the harder of the two Etapes. He is guaranteed to get over all those cols because he has also enlisted the services of Coach Rob, the mastermind behind my great Etape triumph this year (i.e. I arrived alive). He is in good hands.
Congratulations, Peter, on your success so far and good luck in the training season ahead of you!
18 thoughts on “Peter, A Cycling Success Story”
Good luck to you and Peter in the étapes next year.
Thanks Steph, Its a monster that Gerry and I are looking forward to. Cyclists love pain
What a great transformation story, and based on Peter’s commitment to his training and diet program, I have no doubt he will not only meet his goals at this year’s Etape de Tour, but he will blow them away. His grit and determination was evident in yesterday’s workout, where he rode at his Anaerobic Threshold for a solid 30 minutes! And this is the “off-season”. Good luck Peter, you ‘d man!
Thanks Rob, with your guidance I have every confidence that i will attain and surpass my aspirations. Here’s to shaven legs….. Cheers
Great story…way to go Peter! Stick with Rob lots of knowledge there. Have fun on the Etape.
Ride like you stole it!
I guess with all these nice comments on this story, there is no room for failure. Thanks Roger
Yeah, one of the ‘nice’ things about advertising your ambitions on the internet. Sorry ’bout that!
Outstanding! It reminds me of how much work I have to do, and also what is possible. Good luck, Peter!
Thanks Steve. Only 25 more lbs to go to get to that competitive edge.
Way to lose it, Pete! Your story gives me motivation to keep at it. -ron
Ron, thanks. Do keep at it. I have never worked so hard but been so satisfied. I’m 52 and feel like 32. Good luck, I wish you the best on your journey.
Looking good Bro! Way to go and the best of luck from all of us here in Glen Norman!
Cracking effort, motivation for me to get back seriously looking after my weight and riding again
I noticed a little ‘pause’ in your blog articles! Hope you get back on the saddle soon.
thanks Gerry: unfortunately, much like my waistline, there was nothing “little” about the pause! Nothing like getting on the scales to put things in perspective!
But will definitely be on the bike a lot more in the coming months, missing the bike too much.
Hello All About The Triple, Here’s some more motivation to get you back on track. Six more lbs since that article was written by Gerry and only 18 more to go so I’m told. I wish you the best of luck.