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    Senior Member rsyb's Avatar
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    Hello from Central Illinois

    Have enjoyed riding a bike since my childhood. Got a little more "serious" in my college days with a Schwinn Le Tour, helmet, Diadora's, and some toe clips! Since then I have gone through a couple of bikes and now ride a Vision 40 in LWB mode. Somewhere between college and having young children I completed a handful of 100K's.

    Raising children and some painful, but not debilitating, arthritis reduced my riding time for many years. In fact, last year I rode 0 miles. The kids are older now (1 in college and 1 in Jr. High). I was cleaning the garage in November and came to the corner where my Vision sat. It was then I decided to either ride it or sell it.

    From what I've read in the forums I think I qualify as a Clydesdale. I am 6 ft., 230 lbs. My goal for 2009 is shed 40 pounds and to complete my first century ride in September.

    Thus far I have brought the Vision indoors and put it on the trainer and began getting used to it again. Read Heft on Wheels. Purchased Chris Carmichael's Ultimate Ride. Drastically modified my diet. Found some "Gut Buster" intervals in Bicycling magazine; this routine has been great for helping me begin reducing my weight and returning my body to riding shape.

    I look forward to getting involved here and hope I can be a help to someone. Keep me motivated September is a long ways off.

    Rich Sybert
    Athens, IL

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    Hello, and welcome to the forums.

    I did my first century this summer. One thing I've noticed is that different Century rides around here can vary a lot in flatness, so if you think you're in questionable shape to make it, for sure look for a flat one to do. Second thing I've noticed is that it's not so much a question of if you can do it, but of how long it will take you!
    "be careful this rando stuff is addictive and dan's the 'pusher'."

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    Senior Member rsyb's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by StephenH View Post
    Hello, and welcome to the forums.

    I did my first century this summer. One thing I've noticed is that different Century rides around here can vary a lot in flatness, so if you think you're in questionable shape to make it, for sure look for a flat one to do. Second thing I've noticed is that it's not so much a question of if you can do it, but of how long it will take you!

    Thanks for the welcome. Read your thread with all of the pictures from your ride. What a great idea. Never thought of putting the camera in my pack!

    Those two issues have crossed my mind. If I'm faithful in my training I'll be in shape to finish. The matter of how long concerns me more. Calculated the average speeds needed to finish in "reasonable" times. Gives me some targets for the spring and I get on the road. (Not a fan of cold weather riding. in Illinois) Riding indoors on the trainer until then.

    Thanks to all of you who sent messages too!

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