Well I am from Kansas City and from the subject line you can see that I am 27 and a new rider. 27...Man, I am getting up there!!
I will give you a little bio of my life so you can give me the appropriate help if you are so inclined. Basically, I love to race and see who can get to an agreed finishing spot the fastest. I ran Division 2 track as an 800m runner. I was fairly successful earning 2 All-American awards. I say this not to brag but to emphasize my knowlegde that hard work pays off.
Well after college I was sick of training. Now I find myself missing the competition. Running is out because of bad ankles due to Rec League Volleyball and Slowpitch) Anyways I am always intrigued by great athletes. Enter Lance Armstrong. I read the Sports Illustrated article about his Athlete of the Year Award. I was blown away by this guy. I teach middle school PE and I had my students read the article and write a paper. He is such a great role model for all ages.
Well I started getting up early to watch the TDF (It took me 15 minutes to figure out that acronym . I thought I should try cycling. So I got pumped up one day after watching the TDF that I jumped on my wife's little Cross/Comfort Bike and went for 10 miles. I had a blast but obviously not the most comfortable bike for me. I have a GPS Ironman that I use to map out courses for my track athletes. Well it was cool to see how fast I was going and to set goals for myself throughout the ride. I borrowed a friend's old 1978 Puch and broke down and bought some biking shorts(ooh my butt). I still wear regular shorts over my biking shorts being I am shy.lol... That sums it up !!
So if you have made it this far and are still awake I could use some help with:
1. Bike Selection....remember I am a teacher and make squat!!
2. Training Tips for Beginners
3. Just general biking knowledge...
Thanks for sticking with me for this long process and advanced thanks to all who help!!!