8 years ago, I rode mountain bikes almost obsessively. I was in good condition and was at a decent fitness level. For 7 years straight, all I wanted to do in my free time was get on the bike and go as fast as possible. Being a musician, I was soon drawn away from that. Going pro can change a lot.
I moved to Los Angeles in July 2006 and started school in August that year. Studying and playing music 16 hours out of the day didn't leave much time for exercising. Also, sitting down most of the day, eating sparsely but fatty meals, due to time and a severely reduced budget, I was gaining weight while losing motivation for anything overly active. I had a bike, but in Los Angeles everyone drives. The following years I was getting busier with music every month. Good for my pocket, not for my health.
One day I had enough of it and joined a Gold's Gym on Laurel Cyn Blvd in North Hollywood. I was immediately signed up and introduced to a trainer. They were nice people and still are, but their prices and the business ethic is not so nice. However, in roughly 6 months I had learned how to box and had lost a good amount of weight. I felt good, but not great. I didn't have motivation! I liked boxing and the feeling of gaining energy, but I didn't like, what I later found out is the Paleo diet. Supposedly it worked for my trainer - a semi professional bodybuilder, but it certainly did not work for me. Cutting out the carbs 6 days a week was like getting punched in solar plexus. I lost energy moments after warming up. I could feel how it help my weightloss, but I didn't feel any better in terms of energy or motivation. Secretly I sneaked out of the Paleo diet and started eating carbs - ssshhh! It felt awesome! My energy came back and I could feel how my stamina was rising too. I confessed to my trainer and he let it be my choice, but continued training with me.
Gold's Gym's business policy changed a bit, making it even pricier and less attractive for my trainer to work there, so I ended up moving to a private gym, just paying by the hour. Cheaper and more effective, so it seemed. Unfortunately, the economy had gone sour and there was no brightness ahead. I was forced to stop the training, but luckily kept the friendship to my trainer, who remains a friend today, although we disagree on diets hahaha.
Because of the economy, I decided to move back to Denmark. This was after a couple of short contracts on cruise ships. On the ships I had access to a gym and fairly decent food. Not ideal, but decent.
Being back in Denmark, I decided not to quit music, but to add a healthcare profession, so I'm about to study yet again.
A year has passed and I have renewed passion for biking! In just a week I have regained big part of my fitness level and I'm more motivated than ever! Especially because being allowed to eat all the fruit and vegetables I want is the best news I've had in a long time!