I guess I'm feeling sassy, because I've made two posts in as many days.
I've been lurking here for just over a month or so, so I thought I would introduce myself to the gang.
Hi! I'm Steve, and 345 pound Clyde (or at least trying to be one!).
After about 15 years of being in game development and doing ridiculous work hours, I've "grown" to be the man I am today, but I have lately been feeling the need to become a little smaller in stature, so I have taken up cycling as both a hobby and means to lose weight.
Over the course of the last 6 or 7 years, I've been a semi regular gym guy, who tends to gravitate towards lifting really heavy things, and when laziness or crazy work schedules throw me off track, the pounds start to go up, and never really go back down when I take up the lifting mantle again.
So now I'm in a new town, and decided that living just around 4 miles to work is plenty of reason to leave the car keys behind and use a little "man" power to pedal my carcass to work, so here I am, reading these fine forums trying to learn a thing or two about bikes, fitting, equipment, ect...
Moving from San Diego to Seattle is quite a change for me in not only weather but terrain. My electra cruiser was perfectly acceptable out there, but near useless on the hills between my apartment and my work, so I decided to get the most upright bike that I could in order for me to be comfortable and bought a Specialized Globe hybrid. So far, I've been very happy with the bike, and have made quite a few adjustments in my multiple trips to and fro.
You might gather that I feel like sharing, so this whole post is kindof a mental dump of sorts. I've gone from not being able to get up the first hill from my work on my cruiser to riding the entire distance home without stopping after two weeks on the Globe.
So here is my list of mini milestones since i've started riding again.
- I officially started wearing a bike helmet, I didn't have to in San Diego and thought it was stupid. I've gotten over my temporary insanity though.
- I've bought bike shorts, and actually wear them. Lord knows I never thought that was going to happen.
- I shaved off 15 minutes from my commute time in the past 2 weeks.
- I've lost 7 pounds so far.