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    Went on my first ride in almost 5 years today

    It was a beautiful day (69°) when I woke up at 10am, so I thought I'd get the Eddy down from the wall, wipe it down, run through the gears, air the tires, and head on out. I finally headed out about noon.

    I rode down Elm Street to the Texas School Book Depository, turned left, went south a block, then headed back east up Main Street. At Griffin a cop made me turn north because of a helicopter doing construction work. I ended up criss-crossing downtown both east-west and north-south before I finally headed east up Commerce Street and into Deep Ellum. I rode through Deep Ellum, almost to Fair Park, then came back down Elm Street. In all it came to 7.03 miles, not bad for being extremely out of shape.

    Ride stats:

    • 7.03 miles
    • 44.46 minutes
    • 17.4 mph max
    • 9.4 mph average (including red lights)
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    I think you left out another stat on that list, Time in hot tub with sore butt:_____

    Good for you, keep on Truck'n
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    Eddie?

    You don't have a Fat Chance -Yo Eddie do you? If you do..I'm very jealous.

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    Way to go! Hopefully, you also enjoyed yourself and you'll get back to riding regularly. It won't take long for you to get back into riding shape if you keep at it.
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    It's always nice to hear of someone getting back into bicycling. Keep it up and you will find a lot more enjoyment and health benefits.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeff williams
    Eddie?

    You don't have a Fat Chance -Yo Eddie do you? If you do..I'm very jealous.
    Not Eddie, Eddy, as in Merckx:

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    Ahhh,...Eddy Merckx. Yes I've read about him, still jealous.
    Classy bike, I'm an offroad rider that likes old bikes. I ride an old Tom Ritchey welded frame.
    Glad you are getting the bike down and spinning.
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    That's great. welcom back!

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    You did better than my first ride 2 and a half years ago after a 30 year hiatus from riding. Keep it up and welcome back.
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    good deal. keep em spinning.

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    That Eddy is a nice ride she's been calling you back for years.

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    What prompted you to go out for a spin?

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    Quote Originally Posted by operator
    What prompted you to go out for a spin?
    I've been trying to find motivation to get out and ride for a while now. I woke up, it was beautiful out, and I had no plans for the day at all.

    The thing that sucks is that it's 77° out right now, and I'm at work. I had to go home for a minute this afternoon (forgot to put out Valentine's card for wife), and had a hard time going back to work. I wanted to change into riding clothes and hop on the bike.

    Oh, and the only parts of me that are sore are my arms (stiff steel fork with stiff Bontrager steel stem).
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    Five years? Good for you! Especially since you have been on the forum since Sept.! Can you ride to work? I know Dallas is a car town. I once walked from the Stoneliegh Hotel to Dealy Plaza, no one could believe it, couldn't imagine walking that far! Commuting you get to begin and end your day with you new addiction. Welcome back!

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    nycm'er:

    Yes, I could ride to work, but it wouldn't be worth it. Right now my commute is 5 minutes on foot. I live right across the street from where I work. 5.5 years ago I was commuting by bike, 12 miles each way, because I had no car. Then I got a car, rode the Hotter 'n Hell Hundred, and didn't ride again (except for 3 or 4 times commuting to work when my car was out of commission) until Sunday.
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    Good for you that you live across the street from work, that is fantastic. You problably cut that commute in half on your bike. I just wanted to point out that you can use the bike for daily needs, but you have already done that. Congrats for taking the first step... again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by monogodo
    ... Then I got a car, rode the Hotter 'n Hell Hundred, and didn't ride again ...
    A few years ago I rode a metric century by myself. I wasn't prepared for it; not really in good enough shape, not knowledgeable about hydration/nutrition. The ride kicked my a$$ and scared me away from the bike for a long time. Everytime I looked at it I associated it with pain.

    Glad you're out again. It may take a while before you're back 100%, but just know that each ride will be better than the previous one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by monogodo
    It was a beautiful day (69°) when I woke up at 10am, so I thought I'd get the Eddy down from the wall, wipe it down, run through the gears, air the tires, and head on out. I finally headed out about noon.

    I rode down Elm Street to the Texas School Book Depository, turned left, went south a block, then headed back east up Main Street. At Griffin a cop made me turn north because of a helicopter doing construction work. I ended up criss-crossing downtown both east-west and north-south before I finally headed east up Commerce Street and into Deep Ellum. I rode through Deep Ellum, almost to Fair Park, then came back down Elm Street. In all it came to 7.03 miles, not bad for being extremely out of shape.

    Ride stats:

    • 7.03 miles
    • 44.46 minutes
    • 17.4 mph max
    • 9.4 mph average (including red lights)
    Great job! Welcome back to the land of the two wheeled!

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    Great! Now, send some of that warm air up here!

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    Another beautiful day, another ride.

    70°+, sunny, but windy.

    Got in almost 11 miles in just under an hour (not counting stoplights).

    I just hope to keep this up.
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