Since recovering from my heart attack I've continued my cycling addiction. One year after my heart attack I became the first widow maker survivor to complete the world's most difficult paved cycling course; Mount Haleakala in Hawaii.  Between May 2018 and April 2019 I completed 20,000 miles of cycling.  Above: Conquering a Top-50 most difficult climb, Gibraltar Rd in California on my 2nd heart attack anniversary.
October 14th, 2016 I experienced a life-threatening widow maker heart attack. I had no idea that I had been living with an small, but deadly unstable plaque for years. I was the picture of health; fit, lean, with a very healthy diet, and I exercised daily. I had no warnings and no symptoms prior to my heart attack.

The widow maker (STEMI LAD) heart attack is fatal in 90% of the people who experience it. I not only survived but I did so with zero residual heart damage. This is so rare that there are no statistics on how often it happens.

Cycling saved my life. My daily cycling addiction conditioned my heart for survival and recovery of the widow maker.

In 2020 I became an American Heart Association Ambassador.
It's so easy to get lost in the daily grind of life that we forget to stop, clear our minds from distractions, and reflect upon the things in our lives that make living such a beautiful experience. I've learned to put my phone down, turn the TV off, step outside of a noisy room; and just breathe.

We are surrounded by beauty. You can find beauty in any environment. You can find beautiful moments in any situation. You can find peace in any storm; you simply have to choose to put your mind in that place.

Music is an emotional refuge for me.  It is creative and yet technical (a theme in my life), and it is so very soothing. When I need to reconnect with a stronger sense of inner balance I grab any one of a number of amazing guitars I own, put on headphones, plug in and get lost in whatever melody my fingers find.

As time passes whatever troubles I'm experiencing fall away and I'm left with gratitude.
Jon Patrick Hyde
I play both bass guitar and standard guitar.  I don't really prefer one over the other although I started as a guitarist and didn't start playing bass until my late 30's.  I tend to treat the bass as a melodic instrument and find bass-driven melodies particularly soothing and beautiful.  But sometimes you just need to plug in your old vintage Les Paul and rock.  It just completely depends on the day.
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