I'm bored and thought I would randomly chronicle my cycling progress (or lack of) on here. Any feedback, tips, or suggestions are greatly appreciated.
FIRST RIDE AND THE FOLLOWING DAY
So, I purchased my first road bike (Fuji Sportif 1.3) this past Sunday after months of putting it off. Let me say that as I have begun my journey, I am ridiculously out of shape. I was in the Army until 2012 when I injured my back during a hard parachute landing fall. Since being out, I have lived a relatively sedentary lifestyle (and trust me, it shows). I knew that running was not a good option for me. As I drove to school in downtown Atlanta, I would see large numbers of cyclists and they seemed to enjoy what they were doing so that is how the idea of getting into cycling got into my head.
My first ride this past Sunday likely shared a lot of similarities with what I would experience as a detainee in Guantanamo Bay. I live in a pretty hilly region and right outside my house, there's a short, but very steep hill. Trying to go up this hill, i ran out of breath about 10% of the way up and proceeded to get assaulted from behind by my seat...good times. The rest of the ride did not go any better. Had I had an EKG attached to me, it would have likely shown 5-6 heart attacks over a 3 mile ride (I know...beastmode).
The following morning...I realized that I was sore in a part of my rear-end that I didn't even know had any muscle on it. I imagine the only other way to experience that soreness is to be hung upside down while doing a split and having someone take a bat to your groin a few times. As much as I was dreading it, I got on the bike that morning for a three mile ride and that evening for a three mile ride. Each time, sitting down on that seat felt sort of like a famous scene from the movie American History X. The rides weren't any easier, however, I believe the number of heart attacks was reduced to 4-5.
Thanks in advance to anyone who reads this/makes suggestions. I'll probably update weekly.