Read my journey from an idle slob to a full on cycling addict!
Welcome to my blog!
My name is Stephen “SleepyC” Cinch and I’ll be logging my journey as a Vegan Cyclist.
I started out on this journey in February of 2008 as a 267 lb. fat slob in a horrible marriage. I decided to do something about my physical shape. I was 37 years old, getting a divorce, and wondering what was next. To clear my mind, I started working out. By April of that year I was looking for something to keep me motivated and moving forward with my training as the elliptical at the gym was getting boring. I fitted road tires to an old Gary Fisher mountain bike and started riding around the block. Ahhh, this was better.
After a few weeks of doing this, I realized that the gearing of the mountain bike was running out on hills, and I was working way to hard to go nowhere. I went out and purchased my first “real” road bike. It was a 2008 Giant Defy 3. Simply stated, it was awesome. The speed, the gearing, the light frame, it all clicked. Soon I was skipping lunches to go for 20 mile rides.
That whole summer I rode everyday. As I rode more and more I became more conscious of what I was eating. I rode hard and started to eat many more vegetables. My lifestyle started to change. I stopped eating sugar, gave up sodas of any kind, and really focused on my job and my cycling. Over that summer I put over 1500 miles on my Giant and in the process lost over 80 lbs. I was weighing in at around 182 lbs by November of that year.
At this point I had refined my diet to basically being a vegetarian diet simply due to the fat content of most animal related foods. I had given up red meat, dairy products and was focusing on mainly vegetables and fruit and nuts. I felt great and started to gain some muscle definition.
The winter hit Ohio in early November and I had to put my bicycle away for the season, so back to the gym I went. But this time I was focused on staying in shape, because I knew that the next years cycling season was going to be coming in spring!
In the beginning of 2010 I met a wonderful girl that happened to be a vegan. Instantly we meshed and even our diets were very close, making going to dinner a very pleasant experience. At the time of meeting my Amy, I was still eating Salmon and the occasional Chicken Breast for my “protein.” Amy informed me of many things about how those choices really did not make sense. I watched many movies and read several books. But after watching the movie “Eating” I was convinced that a plant based diet was for me. My family has a history of heart disease and that movie made it clear that I did not need to put any animal products into my body. The mission was clear. VEGAN!
With my diet change came more energy and a better physique, perfect to become a better cyclist! Whoo Hoo ! Now I was EXCITED!
I put over 2000 miles on my Fuji in 2010. I love it. I now ride as much as I can. I train everyday. If I’m not on my bike, I’m in the gym.
Since my conversion to a 100% plant based diet for health reasons, I have become aware of how inhumane the farming and unnecessary killing of animals is. So over all I have become a much more compassionate person. My ex-wife to this day calls me a poseur, because of my transformation. She says “Just a few years ago you ate steak, now you are a Vegan, you are SUCH A POSEUR!”
The reality is, I am intelligent. I realized I was making a horrible mistake, and I corrected it. I embrace my new lifestyle (It’s not simply a diet) and I embrace the energy and physique I now have for cycling.
Anyways, this will be my little thought locker to log my training, and share cool information about cycling and the vegan lifestyle.
If you found this, please enjoy it. If you have information to share please share it!
To follow along with my training please click here: Vegan Cycling Training Log