Rudy's inspiring self-transformation
We frequently hear wonderful stories about how Cruzbike has brought joy back into cycling for new owners. But Rudy's experience is particularly inspiring. Read on for his journey of self-transformation and renewed commitment to living a full, healthy life.
I'm a disabled Veteran, having sustained injuries during a rescue mission. Last year, I was told that my health was declining fast, because of the weight I had gained after my accident. I was diagnosed type 2 diabetic, was over 300lbs, had fatty liver, high cholesterol, blood pressure, etc. I was told that if I didn't lose the weight quickly and change my diet, I would likely only live another 3 to 5 years. I made the decision to change my life for my family. I've never been a big cyclist, but enjoyed cycling some. I can't ride a regular diamond frame bike, because the shock leaves my back hurting and legs numb, so I'm limited to riding recumbent bikes/trikes.
I started riding a used Bacchetta Corsa last year in May. I was lucky to ride 10 miles at about 10 mph average speed. I started eating a low carbohydrate diet, trying to stay at about 20 grams of carbohydrates per day. I pushed myself and gradually became stronger and faster. As motivation, I signed up to do an MS 150 ride, with the Century ride on the 1st day and the metric century on the second.
One day, I was huffing and puffing to get to the top of a hill in the Texas Hill Country (I'm in the San Antonio area). I look over and there's a young lady riding a Cruzbike S40 coming up the hill. She looked like she wasn't even trying and I felt like I was dying... She chatted as I was trying to breathe and then zoom, she was off like a dart! Passing not only me, but a bunch of DF riders! At the end of the ride, I sought her out and asked what kind of bike she was riding. She told me it was a Cruzbike and offered to let me ride it... I politely declined (I didn't want to fall over and mess her beautiful bike up), but secretly wanted to try it...
I looked on the recumbent boards and learned that there are people who love Cruzbike and others who say they're a gimmick. I had to find out for myself. I looked for a pre-owned one that I could try to determine if it was indeed the best thing since sliced bread or if it was a gimmick. I finally found a Silvio 2.0 in Oregon and had it shipped to me. I followed the instructions for new riders on the Cruzbike forum and took to the parking lot. I entertained my wife to no end, doing the Fred Flintstone, Spread Eagle, etc... Then I went out on the road...
It was kind of difficult at first, but after a couple weeks, I was faster, more comfortable and knew I wanted a Vendetta eventually.
I did a bunch of Metric Centuries last year and a full century! I achieved the goal I had set out at the beginning of the year and lost 80lbs by the end of the year!
My health improved drastically, No more diabetes, high blood pressure, cholesterol, etc. I'm leaner and feel so much healthier!
So fast forward to a few months ago and I found a pre-owned V2 frameset (yup, the yellow one) that had never been built! I made the purchase and swapped over all my components from the Silvio 2.0...
My speed has increased to about 22 mph average. I ride with mostly roadies and am among the fastest riders in the groups. I've lost a total of 105lbs since I started riding and love my new to me Vendetta!
Why am I telling you this (especially the personal stuff)? Because your company has changed my life for the better. I used to struggle with my limitations, but now, I don't feel like I'm limited. I love getting to go riding with my friends and don't see this ending anytime soon.
My wife is a Breast Cancer survivor (6 years). She had a double Mastectomy, Chemo and Radiation so she could stick around and enjoy her golden years with me, our kids and grandkids. Cruzbike is helping me stay healthy for her and our family too.
Warm regard and God Bless,
Rudy (Rodolfo) Sanchez