Two years ago I bought a Giant defy bike. I had grand plans my first year and I only rode a half dozen times. I decided to sell the bike but luckily, no one bought it at the price I wanted. Maybe that was my subconscus saying not to sell it.
Last year I decided to get serious. I had the bike fitted for me, got a brooks seat, and rode about a dozen times. I have lots of excuses but I think the real reason is I feel fat and lonely when I'm riding.
These great looking guys go past me like I'm standing still. I can go for 15 miles at a time, but I need breaks and the hills kill me. I'm a fairly social person but joining a bike club when your just starting... I don't know, I don't want to embarrass myself or be 'that guy' holding up the group.
I live in Woodstock, il.... I guess I'm asking where I should go to find people like myself. I know I'd ride more if it wasn't so solitary.
I have to say, I've seen some challenges here, that would be great but I'm not sure where to find one right at the start.
While my friends and family are very encouraging about my riding, none are interested in joining me.
I really want to go on an organized ride, but 65 miles when I'm struggling to do 20 is daunting. I think the place to start is on some kind of weekend club ride. I don't know, I guess that's why I'm asking.