First let me say that I found this site and have posted a few questions and it is a great resource that I plan to use to get all of my questions answered
I'm really a beginner to cycling, my first love is running. Background is high school cross country runner who took off about 16 years. Started running again to lose weight and ran a few marathons among other various distances. Got bored and decided to try a local xterra triathlon. Liked it and planned to do more but suffered a freak accident while trail running the following winter. Broke my Fib and Tib and had a plate and 16 screws installed to put it back together. I thought my running days were pretty much over. A year later I got the hardware out and I started a very long recovery. Last year I ran the Crim 10M and the Freep 1/2 marathon. This got me thinking that maybe my running career wasn't over just yet.
So I started the year with a goal to lose 20 lbs by June and start training for a local marathon. I'm 5'6" and my weight had gotten to 175 this winter. I figured if I was going to train for a marathon I better lose my weight first so my leg wouldn't take such a pounding. Then I took a health screen at work and they made me sign a wavier saying that I was aware that my cholesterol was off the charts and I would see my doctor. Had the results confirmed the next day at my doctor. He said my goal of 20 lbs was a great initial goal. Initial goal, good grief!! He thinks that I should lose another 10 lbs after that. Well after all that I was committed to really losing the weight and changing my diet. I have cut out the junk and have been running three days a week with two days of elliptical training as well. I have lost 19 pounds since Jan 5th and feel great. Especially my leg, it feels great! I ran 5K this morning in 20:13, one minute short of my PR set pre injury. And BTW, my doctor wasnít crazy, I can probably lose at least another 10 lbs.
So I figured I would try the Xterra again this year but it wasnít on the schedule. Looked at a few schedules and found and Olympic distance one on June 25th. I had a late 80ís Schwinn Traveler that I traded for and old POS Huffy a few years back when I was going to get more into Triathlons. I figured it would work, but I was going to get the clipless pedals and shoes based on a recommendation from and Ironman triathlete at my work. So I went to the LBS and started talking to a few guys at a couple of shops. Asked to look at a entry level bike and he showed me a Trek 1000. Told him about my bike and how it felt pretty light, he says here pick this up, wow! Then I told him that my bike was a 58cm frame. He said it would work while I determined if I was going to like doing this, but it really was too big for me. Went home and thought about it. I know that I wouldnít run a marathon in shoes that didnít fit me, the right equipment is important. So buying and entry level bike was my decision, I know I will like it and itís not like Iím buying a $2k bike.
Rode a bunch of different bikes and it came down to a Specialized Allez and the Trek 1000. I opted for the Trek based on the awesome paint scheme. I was comfortable on both so I just liked the Trekís looks better. Now Iíve had the bike a week and the weather just wonít cooperate. I really canít wait for the weather to change so I can start putting some miles in. It feels so awesome riding this bike, I can only imagine for now what the more expensive bikes feel like. Anyways, thatís my long boring story hope I entertained you just a little and look forward to picking everyone's brains this year.