It's been a while since I posted and I figured you all might want to see how I've done this past month.
My first real week I thought I was going to die. My calves/Achilles tendons screamed at me, my thighs burnt, after a ride I'd come home eat anything that got in my way and take a nap. I wasn't sure I was going to be able to do this at all.
After 30 days I've lost about 6 pounds, and according to my Cateye, I've put 75 miles on the new bike. I can hear some of you chuckle because I know you do that in a day, but for a beginner I feel pretty good about it. We are doing about 3-5 miles a day together, on days that it don't rain. I'm not that hard core....yet.
I find myself occasionally going out after the wife gets tired and riding some more.
I'm really close to breaking 10 miles on a single ride. I figured out my hand numbness but now my toes seem to get numb after about an hour. Wrong shoes? I'm wearing walking sport shoes (New Balance sneakers)
When the wife and I ride, we tool along around 7-9 mph, but when i solo, I'm pushing 12-14 and feeling pretty decent about it. We've found out the hard way going into a head wind is like going up hill. It definitely makes you work for it and still wears us out pretty quickly.
Overall we are having a really good time.