Bhavik Patel, currently residing in Gujarat is a member of the Cyclone Cycling Club. From being a patient with High Blood Pressure to a cycling enthusiast, his life has been a real roller coaster. Let’s have a look at his journey in his own words.
I am sharing the happiest moments of my life. I am Bhavik Patel, 42 years old. This is the story of how I aspired to remain fit. When I was 26 years old, I used to walk a lot. For some reason, I stopped working out from the year 2000 which eventually led to obesity. For hereditary reasons and change in my sedentary lifestyle, doctors informed me of the High Blood pressure issues. I was on a heavy dose of medicines from the year 2007, but my diastolic pressure which ideally should be 80-90 was not up to the mark. In the year 2010, I went to Sydney for 40 days since my brother-in-law lives there. I saw enthusiastic people taking part in cycling activities which inspired me a lot. That’s when I decided to inculcate cycling in my routine once I reach India.
I was 39 years old at that time and didn’t have any bicycle with me. Initially, when I bought my cycle, I was not sure if I can ride even 10 km on my bicycle which is why I asked my security person to come with me. So he helped me reach home that day. I decided to start slow, so from 4-5km, I was able to reach 10km a day. I felt my stamina increasing by the day and the distances were growing. This boosted my confidence and I bought a hybrid fuji absolute 2.1 and Fuji Roubaix 1.3 road bike bicycle. After the new bike and toned body, I rode 35 km on the 1st day and that’s when I actually started riding. After a few days, I rode for about 60 km which was ecstatic.
One day I saw an event being conducted by Cyclone Cycling Club for cycling enthusiasts riding 200km to be completed in 13.50 hrs. I made up my mind and convinced myself that I can do this. I did some calculations and decided to go in December 2013. The route was Ahmedabad – Unja – Ahmedabad and with the surprise and grace of God, I was able to finish 200 km in 12 hrs.This was the biggest achievement for me in cycling and the very first one which made me extremely proud. It wouldn’t be an understatement to say that I was on cloud nine that day.
The second best happy moment was after a year had passed and I went to my cardiologist and found my blood pressure to be normal. He asked me to come after six months for a recheck up and he made the dosage half. After six months, he told to me not to take any medicines and that I was free from the problem. I felt like I was on top of the world and that I got everything I needed. That was the happiest moment of my life.
I owe all the happiness to cycling alone. By God’s grace and my determination, I am fit today and have lost some weight as well.
Ride cycle stay fit! God Bless.