So I have been kicking around buying a mountain bike as a good method to get in shape. Yesterday I bought a Kona Fire for a very good price.
Today I came home from work a bit early and figured I would take my inaugural ride on swamp rabbit trail in Greenville, SC since it's close to my house. I made some adjustments to the bike and aired up the tires then headed out. At almost 40 and 249lb's I figured it was going to be painful but I didn't count on this portion of the trail having such long uphill grades considering that I heard this trail was so easy (at one point I wondered if I was going to actually make it back lol). I ended up walking my bike up several areas but I put in some sweat equity as well. When I finally got back to the house I was completely trashed but my awesome wife was waiting with a towel and a change of clothes knowing that I would want to jump in the shower and rest asap. After taking a shower I talked to a relative and he got me back in a good mental place so I headed to amazon and loaded my shopping cart with all the stuff I was missing like a camelbak, proper shorts, gloves, multitool, etc. Being a financially driven guy spending money is going to be a big part of the motivation. I feel great now after resting for a bit and I think I am going to head back out tmr.
I know I am going to be doing a lot better after I get these bike muscles use to doing some actual work but I wanted to start a thread here to kind of chronicle my journey. I plan to update this as time goes by. Reading the threads in this sub forum was a big motivation for getting myself to commit to this and I want to thank everyone for it.