Din Thomas wants to crack the stigma that surrounds the matter of men’s despair in the combined martial arts globe.
The highly regarded veteran received 26 fights in an MMA occupation which spanned from 1998-2013, and along the way, he observed that when fighters come upon life’s struggles, they are not always dealt with in the healthiest of ways.
“People occur into the combat business with issues, and they do not always offer with them,” Thomas explained to MMA Junkie. “When you are battling, it is like your manhood is on the line every single time. So men and women never want to say when they need to have assist, they feel it’s smooth. And which is received adjust.”
So when the 44-12 months-old Thomas, who took up cycling in excess of the past 12 months, desired to set a intention for himself, he decided to believe huge and find a induce.
“As an athlete, you’re normally searching for the up coming thing and the following challenge,” Thomas mentioned. “So when I commenced using, I started off contemplating, like, ‘I want to bike throughout Florida.’ You get started contemplating about matters like that and then you perform towards it and test to make it transpire.”
Just after carrying out his to start with century (100-mile) experience, Thomas decided it was time to give his cross-Florida ride a shot, and he located his cause: Heads Up Fellas, a basis operate by the University of British Columbia which is effective toward the administration and prevention of melancholy in adult men.
Thomas set out Friday, New Year’s Working day — which was picked simply because it was the anniversary of his mother’s passing — and pedaled approximately 210 miles from Titusville, on Florida’s Atlantic Coast, west to Clearwater, on the Gulf Coast.
Aside from the occasional wrong flip and some killer wind gusts on Day 2, Thomas reviews the biking went smooth.
“It was great, guy,” Thomas stated. “It was a wonderful experience. It was mostly on trails, we obtained dropped a couple situations but that’s alright. The next working day arrive up to the coastline the wind was legit, there was times I desired to get off my bike and walk but it was like, ‘I already arrived this considerably.’”
Thomas established up a GoFundMe page to assistance increase funds for Heads Up Guys. You can go here to make a donation.
He’s also hoping recognition will appear from his efforts.
“A good deal of guys, when their fighting days are over, their difficulties have not absent away and for some guys it gets even worse when they don’t have that outlet any much more,” Thomas mentioned. “I’ve been there myself. What I want individuals to know is, if you are struggling, you can get assist. Do not give up.”
I want to thank everybody who supported me in this journey. This is just the initially of several. Under no circumstances be happy. Remain powerful and constantly try for greatness.
To all the men heading by means of one thing, never be afraid to get assistance. @headsupguys
Thank you again!!! pic.twitter.com/2YwFz8tlD6
— Din Thomas (@DinThomas) January 3, 2021