Hello everyone! I've been reading here for months, and over that time I've come to enjoy more and more the camaraderie you share with one another. My reason for this thread is to share with you a piece of my story and to let you know that your posts to each other have been a tremendous source of inspiration and encouragement to me.
My recent return to bike riding after 24 years has been bittersweet. At 51, on migraine meds & losing weight, out of shape, and suddenly alone, I needed something. I turned to what I knew could be good exercise and a good way to socialize: what else, but my old Miyata three-ten! I had so many good times and adventures on it! So, in June I spent $250 getting it back on the roadÖ only to find that it didn't fit, was scary to shift on the downtubes, and I could only brake in the drops. I didnít ride it much.
I made a mistake there, and I basically lost the summer, but there is a bright side: I found Bike Forums 50+ and started feeling a good vibe. Like a sponge, I spent the summer reading and searching and taking notes. Carbon v aluminum, triple v double, brands, fit, teeth, tips.
On Oct. 1st I bought a 2011 Cannondale Synapse Carbon 5 105 WSD. I had the compact double rear cassette swapped for a 12-30T to get a lower gear. The first 5 days, I rode a 15 mile loop mostly flat. Then I upped it to 20 miles 4 days a week.
Last week I had a simple computer put on so I could track mph. I was consistently doing 13.4mph AVG for that 20 mile loop, and believe me I am pushing myself, breathing heavy most of the time. Working on keeping cadence up.
THEN . . . this past Friday, I had clipless pedals put on, and my first day of that same ride my speed increased by exactly 1.0 mph! It may not sound like much but it is for me! Iíve busted my hump other times, and was only able to increase by 0.2 mph.
I donít know how much longer I'll ride before its too cold for me, but my next goal is to add hills.
How does it sound like I'm doing so far?
Oh yes, and about Club Tombay . . it does exist . . the entrance is before you even get out of my garage, as you ďleanĒ (towards the clipped in side) to push the button to close the garage door. Nice colorful bruise, which Iím quite proud of!
Well, thatís pretty much a (too) long story. sorry.
Mostly, I just wanted to say thank you! Thank you very much