Will "the Mighty" Strohl

How a Bicycle Saved My Life

How a Bicycle Saved My Life

One of the things I do fairly well with my life is to separate personal from community (business).  Whether it’s on the social networks, my blogs, or at events, I don’t generally tell anyone about things that are happening in my personal life.  Let’s be honest, most of our personal lives are not that exciting to those that are not already part of your personal life.  Most humans suffer from the “what have you done for me lately” mentality.  Everyone is looking for something that means more to them.  Well, I decided at Day of DotNetNuke Charlotte to change that trend for a very special exception…

In February, I went in for a physical.  I hadn’t done this in more than 10 years.  The last physical I had was when I was leaving the Marine Corps.  As with most people leaving the Marines in their 20’s (without disabilities, that is), that physical was stellar.  A lot has happened since then though.  Many things about my life have since changed.  This was definitely reflected in my most recent physical.  I was told that I was literally days away from a heart attack.  This is what my presentation was about.  View it below.

I started my presentation by saying, “If this story inspires just one of you, this presentation is a success.”  Since the presentation, a few people have joined our Strava club, called aptly DotNetNuke.  I encourage you to do the same.  It’s free and easy to do.  You can participate in a large number of sports and activities, and there are apps for both iPhone and Android. 

Also, I want to thank everyone in the community that came up to me after the presentation and spoke about their own personal challenges.  It was amazing how many people have been through similar, or worse situations.  Out of respect for them, I definitely won’t name them.  But thank you all!  I was truly amazed at your own stories and strength.  It has given me even more strength myself.

Finally, I am very proud to report that I have finally returned to running as my primary fitness activity.  I of course mix in some weight training and still ride.  Honestly, I am surprised at how much I enjoy riding the bike.  My longest ride is 38 miles!  I couldn’t have done this without the good folks at Performance Bicycle, Strava, Chris Hammond, and many more.  You know who you are.  Thank you so much for your support!

Vote for Me!

Hey… You’re still here?  Why not take a moment to vote for my presentation at DNN World Survivor?  Voting ends in September, but my session might not make the cut to then without your help.  Even if you don’t want to vote for me, please make sure you attend DNN World.  Ask anyone that went last year… You will not regret attending!  :)

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