Last year I joined this forum and thought it was going to be the year for me to slim down again. At 5'11" and 258lbs, its time to do something. Well, that never happened so I am back again with more motivation and focus. Sorry in advance for the long winded story but I am very proud of myself as this is the longest ride I have done with a group of dedicated cyclists without wanting to pass out.
My best friend sent me an email about a bike ride down the southern part of the Henry Hudson Trail from Freehold to Marlboro NJ. It was for the West Windsor Bike Club and he and a few people from town were going to be the Freehold Ambassadors to them. I found out the ride was about 5 miles each way on the trail plus a little more since we were taking some back roads to avoid the main streets ending up at the Metz Bicycle Museum located in Freehold. Around 13 miles total.
I have been doing about 5-6 miles a ride last year, but this year I haven't gone on more then one trip around the block yet. I decided to do the ride and I will prepare ahead of time. That never happened. With everything this past week, I never even touched the bike. So Sunday morning I check my tire pressure, throw the bike into the back of my pickup and drive to his house. I wasn't quite sure how I would do but mentally I was prepared. Its the physical part that worried me.
We ride over to the starting point of the trail (1 mile away) and wait for the rest of the group. By 10am we are heading down the trail to Marlboro to meet with the Cycling club. Within 30 minutes, we get to the other end of the trail, where we were to meet the rest of the people and I felt pretty good. 5 miles or so down like nothing. By the time the rest of the group arrived, I had 45 minutes of rest. My legs were still in good shape. I did a couple stretches before we headed back.
Now with the power of about 30+ riders we head back down the trail and into Freehold. We stopped for lunch before heading into the Bike Museum. I felt good, not exhausted. My legs were a bit warm and feeling tight but overall, I was in good shape. About 12 Miles down and we just had to go maybe another mile or so round trip to the museum. I did very well for being the first real ride I have done all year, or any ride for that matter.
After I got home, the hurt and stiffness started to kick in but I took a couple Advil and took it easy for the rest of the day. Today, I feel really good. My legs are about 90%, my butt isn't that sore, and my back feels great. I already plan on taking the bike out tomorrow or Weds (depending on how I recover) for another 8-10 mile ride. This is a perfect start to my new outlook.
Thanks for hearing my story.