Took the Enterprise (my nickname for my bike, I am a lover of Star Trek) out today for her shakedown cruise- due to my physical shape and the fact that it was closer to late afternoon and have to get ready for work tomorrow etc. I rode about 1.5 miles- this was a HUGE first step- I made it!!! The Enterprise is all systems functional and my legs are sore (in a good way ). I even rode with my back pack on- some light weight items my cell phone, wallet, a pocket knife and other little knick knacks.. Learned a few things my first time out- like a dummy I had zero water not really anticipating needing any for such a short trip- WRONG- you get thirstier than you think especially when the sun is out so Ill break out my camelback and fill up about halfway for the next trip out.
I need to work on my gear selection when hitting hills- I loose momentum about halfway up and usually have to walk most of the grades. Down hill braking is an art form (do you just pump the rear brakes or ride em? My bike has mechanical disc)- on that note it was pretty cool seeing people's reactions to a 400 pound dude zipping down hill on a mt bike one guy looked at me like I was nuts- I just laughed- to much fun to be had worrying about what ppl think!
My plan is to do this 1.5 mile (3 miles total actual counting the return trip home) a several times a week to build up my endurance and legs. My goal is to be able to ride to farmers market this summer about 8 miles away! Wish me luck any suggestions you have on geari selection for hill climbing and if I should pump my brakes down hill would be appreciated