Posted on December 11th, 2009 *Post last modified on December 20th, 2012
“Just keep pedaling.” Sean McGaughey has been giving himself those simple (but not easy!) words of advice for just over a year. Since then he’s become a regular at the Apex Center, lost more than 90 pounds, and finished the Bolder Boulder and the Denver Marathon.
Sean’s journey is inspiring, not only because of his achievements, but also because of the way he brought major, positive and sustainable change to his life. The components of his program aren’t expensive or tricky, but he puts them all together and they work. Sean has a holistic approach to setting and reaching goals: “I try to connect physically, spiritually, socially and emotionally,” he explains.
Cycle Burn at the Apex Center turned out to be a central part of Sean’s fitness plan. He tried it for the first time on November 9, 2008, shortly after his doctor advised that he was pre-diabetic and recommended more activity. “I heard it was a great calorie-burner and a challenging workout,” Sean said. His instructor Amanda said the toughest days were the first five – and he made it through.
Since then, he’s formed a bond with his classmates and instructors, which he says helps keep him accountable and gives him strength through their support. “They check up on me if I miss a day, and encourage me when I’m here.”
Instructors Amanda, Erin and Julie help Sean continuously, through their enthusiasm, praise and practical tips. He refers to his fellow cyclists as his “peloton,” a term for the main group of riders in a bicycle race. Like birds flying in formation, the tight group supports each other and conserves energy.
Sean also finds support from others at the Apex Center, including Guest Services and Admissions staff Lisa Nesladek, Randi Hamilton and Rosalie Hall. “They’re always welcoming, and that helps keep me focused too.”
As Sean got stronger and fitter, he continued with his original mission to “just keep pedaling” and added more activities and goals. He started a running program and worked up to the Bolder Boulder in May and continued with the Denver Marathon in October. He now runs several days a week with friends.
Next on the horizon is the New Orleans Marathon in February 2010. No looking back for Sean!
What inspires him these days? Maybe the same things that could inspire anyone:
• Find strength from within.
• Give yourself a break and don’t resent reality.
• Put one foot in front of the other.
• Have fun!