Hi all, Alan from Knoxville, TN here. I have been considering a change in hobbies for quite some time now. I am close to hitting the wall on my current addiction... MMORPG's (massively multiplayer online role playing games). Not sure if any of you are familiar with these games, but let me tell you they are a HUGE time sink and are soooooo very addictive... for my personality type anyway. My current average play-time per week ranges anywhere from 30 to 50 hours. YES, per WEEK.
I've met some really cool people in the games I have played, and have tons and tons of fun. Honestly, I do not want to quit... heck I'd probably play 18 hours a day if I were completely insane. I even flew to Anaheim last month for the "Fan Fest" celebration that was held for my current game.
<deep sigh> It's definitely time for not only a hobby change, but a lifestyle change. I am in serious need of new scenery and fresh air (a little sun wouldn't hurt either). I'm 34 years old, and have gained about 50 pounds during my stint as a 'gamer'. I've thought to myself on many occasions, "The best hobby is one that revolves around fitness". After quite a bit of thought, I believe mountain biking is a good fit for me. I know 2 really hardcore bikers pretty well, so I have some good sources for advice and motivation.
Now it's a matter of giving up my "virtual" life and friends. Crazy as it may sound, it will be very hard for me to do. I can't "dabble" in anything, I'll have to go cold turkey. I look forward to spending some time here as I learn about this great hobby... hope to see you all around here a lot! Lots of new stuff to learn... what the heck is a "hardtail"???