Hi all! Get a beer or drink.
On 5/24 the wife an I completed our research and sprung for a couple new bikes. I bought a Trek 7.3FX and she bought a Giant Cyprus DX. She leaned more toward comfort and I toward sport performance. Keep in mind we bought these bikes on 30 year old memories of what biking used to be.
My how technology has changed. Our motivation is simple enough, we would like to get back in shape. I quit smoking about 4 years ago, was diagnosed with mild hypertension and have gained quite a bit of weight so we decided to do something about it. So here we are.
Sunday we brought the bikes home and gave our neighbors a good laugh. We looked like a couple six year olds learning to ride again, all wiggly and unstable, occasionally dropping foot to catch the fall, only to finally get pedal and ride. Somehow I don't remember stopping and starting being that awkward...ever. We ended up doing about a mile and a half. I went out later and did another 2 miles.
Each day since we've extended our ride so far. I'm pushing 5 miles now. Go ahead an laugh. It's ok.
I initially changed the saddle out because I really didn't like the default one. I'm still not sure I like the one I bought either. The soft tissue between my sit bones and seat is a bit sore. I attribute that to not doing this for 30+ years.
I don't seem to have the pain I did the first couple days, which was a pleasant surprise this morning. One question how long does it take for SBS (sore butt syndrome) to subside? I'm not using riding shorts either.
I'm finding I really like the Trek, it's a very responsive bike to me, much more so than I remember the old Schwinn was. The bike just seems to want to go fast. Honestly I don't remember a bike that felt like this one does. I can say, I'm having a blast and I've already started tweaking the saddle and bars a bit to fine tune for my comfort.
I'm curious about all of you whom have come back to relearn biking again. How long did it take for you to start getting into longer rides? I tend to get a bit winded around the 3 mile mark, but I'm holding what feels like a pretty good pace. I haven't put a cycloputer on yet, but knowing the measured distance and figuring my ride time puts me averaging 9 -10 mph on most of my rides so far without the wife.
Should I slow my pace and go for a longer ride to build endurance? Am I too concerned with speed at this stage of the game? Should I just shut up and relax?
I'll keep you all informed of our progress if you like.