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Old 09-24-13, 09:08 PM   #1
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My First Three Days of Cycling

Hey All,

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.

Andrew
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Old 09-24-13, 09:19 PM   #2
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Just keep going man! I'm sure after being in the Army cycling shouldn't be that hard on you. I know atlanta can get hilly and that makes it really good to ride. I used to ride in buckhead when I lived there and now I live up in Roswell and it's a lot of fun with many group rides as well.

3 Days is literally ONE step in the right direction. Not sure on your cycling background but it takes time to get used to it. I've been going hard at it for a year + and I still suck. Good luck.
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Old 09-24-13, 09:34 PM   #3
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Keep at it. You move forward tremendously in the first few months. Your distance and comfort level will increase quickly. (After that, I found improvement came much more slowly. But it's a lot of fun.)
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Hey All,

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.

Andrew
So...? What happened to you? Did you keep at it? Are you still riding?
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That 3 mile ride must be straight very steep hills if you struggled throughout. OR, you must be really out of shape Regardless, keep at it. You'll eventually get used to it. I used to struggle doing 10 miles when I decided to take up cycling as a hobby 5 months ago. I started on a hybrid from a big box store, eventually transitioned to a road bike (Allez) and began riding a little every other day. After two months or so, I was able to do 40-50 miles with ease. A little more riding allowed me to go 70 miles (my longest so far).
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My first thought when I saw the thread title was "I bet he's sore!" Wasn't you sore the first couple days of boot camp? I bet the injured back complicates things, as does "sitting on the couch drinking beer" for the past two years. I have remained active (though never in the military, one job I am not well suited for), though I would call a 3 mile trip, especially with an Appalacian Mountain, may be a little ambitious. Nevertheless, if you stay at it, it will become second nature just like military service did.

...speaking of which, I need to jump back on my bike.
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Hey All,

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.

Andrew
I laughed a few times during this write-up. Thanks for sharing your pain with a bit of humor.

Keep riding!
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r u okay right now?
me, chain smoker, hope I wont have heart attack from that

better quit it i know ))
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