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Old 03-25-06, 06:15 PM   #1
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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.

Bill

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Old 03-25-06, 08:06 PM   #2
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Way to go! You're on the right track!
Am about your height (5'7") and weigh 135. However am probably old enough to be your grandfather (73)! Have covered over a quarter million miles on bicycles and still riding about 100 miles a week (used to live in MI, but been in AZ for 28 years now).
Used to run back in the 50s; switched to cycling 20-some years later; you found out that getting back into decent shape takes a bit of determination/perseverance.
And, it was *not* a boring story . . . but a success story!
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hey welcome!

What part of Michigan are you from?
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Southeastern Mich, Macomb. About 25 miles north of Detroit.

I plan to ride mainly at Stony Creek Metro Park.

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Sweet, Im down here in Sterling Heights. I can't wait for the weather to clear up so I can ride some more.

Do you plan to ride only road mostly? I noticed you said something about a Trek 1000.

If so you might want to find some more places besides Stony Creek, I used to ride there all the time on the road course, what is it 7-8 miles, I cant remember. Anywho, I'm just saying at Stony trying to do 50+ miles gets boring real quick.
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Bill - A great story. Welcome and keep us informed of your progress!
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Stoney Creek?!

Yipes! Lived in Macomb County *before* there was a Stony Creek Park!
But yes, back in the 70s when Stony opened it was real nice riding there. Just a couple small hills, and wind, to keep it interesting.
Lived in New Baltimore and then Shelby Twp/Utica. Packed our bags, and bikes, and left for AZ in spring of 1978. Check out and see of the Slow Spokes of Macomb and the Clinton River Bike Club are still around.
Hope it warms up for you soon. Only 82 degrees here today in Tucson (and sunny, as usual)!
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Stoney creek bores me to tears. Anyway, a rather nice place to ride in our area is a rail trail called the Clinton River trail. It goes for at least 15 or 20 miles, and goes through some nice area's. Plus, just like at metro parks, cars are only a minor concern. Being that it was once a railroad, it is rather flat, but when you go fast and don't stop much, it makes for a pretty good workout.
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Old 03-26-06, 02:42 PM   #9
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I know what you all mean about Stony. Did a lot of my training runs for marathons there. I really want to get my confidence up before I hit the main roads. Traffic is generally light and I don't plan to go much over 30 miles in my training leading up to the triathlon.

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I finally got out for a half hour today! Yipee!

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