Heavy(273)...but used to be fit(college wrestling, running), 2 weeks away from 40. Six years ago I got serious and did the 12 week Bill Phillips plan and dropped to 198...today...I'm a long way from that.
OK..now the bikes. MY love for BMX and Vintage BMX led me to LBS, that got me looking at the new "greatest thing"...hybrid bikes. I was told of their versatility and efficiency and scoffed when people on BF suggested that a person is better advised to skip over a hybrid and get a road bike.....in the end it's what you'll want/need anyway. So I bought a Trek 7.3 FX and figured I'd bought plenty of bike for myself. Alright, now we know my listening skills are weak, and my rationalizing skills are proving to be very strong.
Basically, I've become consumed with all aspects of road biking. I read all the monthly and bi-monthlies I can get. I tune in Sundays to VS. and seek out any programming I can find. Therein lies the problem, I've convinced myself that I NEED to get a high dollar road bike now. They make them so alluring. I know at some point we all want new, shiny things, it's just that I can't believe how quickly I came to this point. I know, it's overlooked, but I am riding the Trek and enjoying myself doing it...but motivate myself by thinking that a new road bike would fulfill my needs SO much more.
So...here's the situation. Given a 1500 dollar budget an a rational mind, the smart bet is
1) keep the Trek, ride it into the ground until the snow flies. Keep the idea of a new new bike as incentive by using a portion(500) of the money to buy good clipless pedals and shoes that can move over to a carbon beauty in the spring. Use a portion(500) on a gym membership to allow me to train(run, spin) on off weather days and in the Indiana winter. And save the remainder for the first pile of dough I'll need for my new "investment" in the spring.
2) unload the Trek for next to nothing and throw common sense out the window to buy an unnecessary "carbonesque" bike now knowing it's an impulse purchase and isn't built for my "physique". Of course I'd be outta luck this winter(there's always rollers) but the urge would be suppressed.
I know the answer, but sometimes you physically have to see it and say it to recognize the truth.
Thank you all you Clydes for your time to read my nonsense and even more for your stories of motivation. I look forward to seeing your progress and one day sharing mine. Hope to see the Indiana Clydes out for the RAIN ride in a couple weeks, I'll be rooting you on.