So, it begins….again.

I decided to resume my miniature writing career. I have several projects underway and some great opportunities to hit target audiences with books and articles. Besides military historical research and writing, cycling has been a big part of my life.

For almost 15 years, I dedicated myself to Mixed Martial Arts and Muay Thai in particular. I even went to Thailand to train for a couple of months. As a fighter, it becomes a lifestyle that requires discipline. Your weight, your conditioning and your skills. Fighting in front of a crowd that wants to see your untimely demise and across from an individual who intends to fulfill their wish is exhilarating! After a serious back injury, I couldn’t leave the sport and became a coach.

Coaching was a great experience allowing to take my fighters all over the globe including 7 trips to the UK but it too came to an end. Due to my back injury, I could barely walk for a year, lost my job and a huge part of who I was.

To get fit again and lose weight, I started road biking. I enjoyed the suffering. I set a goal to ride a Century. 100 miles. I entered an event to ride 104 miles. I entered an area in those last 20 miles I will never forget. It was akin to an out of body experience. It was a place that you can’t describe until you’ve pushed your body past the point of exhaustion and the only thing that keeps you cranking is your MIND.

Goals drive me. They give my life a spark and direction. After that, I took too much time off and moved on, still riding but not with determination and focus. I gained so much weight in the last 10 years that seeing myself back to 170 seems impossible. So I have decided to turn it into a goal and the bike is the vehicle to get it done as well as nutrition.

I plan on entering my journey at least once a week and my thoughts and training. But for today and in a couple of hours, I will be the Fat Guy riding a Mountain Bike on the Road.


Author: D.R. Tharp

I am a military history buff and enjoy writing about soldiers from around the world whose stories are worth telling...and remembering.

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