Well, I just turned 40 and I haven't ridden a bike since college. I decided to take up bicycling for a couple of reasons. When I'm in the gym and the weather is nice I feel like I'd rather be outside than inside. I really started to feel a bit silly driving to the gym to work out. Also, I've noticed that a lot of my errands that I make during the week are withing 5 or 6 miles. I try to live a "green" life as much as I can and I feel like a bit of a hyprocrite doing this. I decided that a bike would provide the exercise I need and also make me feel better about myself (I guess this is my mid-life crisis). I decided to get a Trek 7300 FX since most of my riding will be around town and some of our street are a bit choppy. I've put a rack on it and am looking for some panniers now. I'm hoping that this will allow me to become less dependent on my car.
I picked up the bike last weekend and started riding on the bike paths we have in Forest Park. The first thing I noticed was that 10 miles on my bike feels a lot different than 10 miles on a stationary. This weekend some friend of mine invited me to go a a charity ride with them (the Tour de Stooges). I was going to attempt the 19 mile route, but when we got to the first rest stop at 12 miles I decided to continue with them on the 30 mile route. I did complete it in 2 hours and 30 minutes, not anything great but a personal victory for me considering how long it's been since I've ridden a bike. I think I'm really going to enjoy this.
Last edited by Frantic Ferret; 05-09-05 at 08:29 AM.
Welcome, FF. One way to continue to enjoy your rides is to not worry too much about the speed. It's okay to check out the view and smell the roses along the way.