Hi All, first let me say this forum is great. Between the inspirational stories and the great info, lurking here for the past few weeks has been a huge help in getting started. I'm 29 years old, 5'9", and 275 lbs. Like alot of other people here, I was always active and not really overweight until after college, settled in to a white collar job, and unfortunately let "cubical body" set in. I've had several brief stints of trying to work-out regularly, but find it tough to muster enough motivation to stick with hitting the gym. My fiancee and I were brainstorming other activities, and she suggested cycling knowing I enjoy watching the Tour de France every summer, and that my late Dad was an avid rider.
It was a daunting thought at first, not really knowing anything about bikes other than the fact that I hadn't ridden one since my mid-teens, but as I started to look into it, it gew on me pretty quickly. I talked to some co-workers who ride, and they suggested watching craigslist. I did this for a few weeks, but being a novice and not really having the confidence to plunk down more than $100 or so on a used bike I knew nothing about, the ones in my price range that popped up were always either sold before my message got there, or turned out to be the wrong size (I've got stumpy legs, most I can stand over is 30"). I looked into the used market at the LBS's in the area (we are blessed with many close by here in Western Mass.), but only 1 had a large selection of used bikes, they generally seemed overpriced, and didn't look like they were in great shape (almost nothing under $250, and these were not "nice" bikes). This past weekend, we decided to bite the bullet and check out new stuff. We went out and settled on an 09 Trek Allant WSD for her (at a nice discount as they were trying to unload their 09 models), and a Hardrock Sport for me. The place right down the street was gonna have to order one in my size, and their price was a bit high, so I searched around and was able to find a great place that would do $400 on a 2010 (still had to be ordered).
So, it arrived on Saturday, brought it home, got it rigged up with a basic computer, pump etc, squeezed into some bike shorts, and took it out for the first time in a drizzling rain (couldn't resist!). Was thinking "Oh, I'll do maybe 5 miles around the neighborhood", boy was I wrong lol. Having not worked out for a while, or ridden a bike in 15 years, I realized pretty quickly I was aiming a bit too high. My first thought was "Wow, my ass hurts!", second thought was "Man, my thighs are burning", the third thought? "I can't wait to do this again tomorrow!". I only did a mile and a half yesterday, and was sweaty, sore and happy. Adjusted the saddle laterally towards the back some today, took it out again this morning, and it's feeling better already. Managed 2.5 miles, sweaty and sore again, but not as bad as yesterday, and will probably go for another quick ride this evening. So far, so good, the only downside is living in New England, it'll be iced over here in a few months, guess I'll have to save for a trainer next!
I feel like I've been bitten by the bug, in no small part from all the great stuff I've read here, thanks!
The new ride: