Hi all! I'm Robert and I live in Poplar Bluff, MO; a small town in Southeast Missouri. I am new to the site (NEWBIE) and I suppose new to riding (for fitness). I have riden on the trails mostly and always loved it, although I've never gotten serious about it, it's always been a form of recreation and enjoyment for me. Now I find myself getting more serious about my fitness (getting older) and have increased my running and starting riding on the road. I eventually want to do triathlons (sprint size), a half marathon and full marathon. My goal is to do them this year and then maintain...indefinitely. Right now I ride an inexpensive Schwinn moutain bike, because that's all I have but I just ordered me an entry level road bike (also Schwinn). I want to start riding much more both for fitness, cross-training and to compete; if only with myself! I have a couple friends in town that are doing Tri's and ride more than I, so I'm playing catch-up with them when we ride!
I'm also a soldier, full-time in the MO National Guard; so it's important for me to stay fit! I've only learned to love running for myself in the last few years, before it was just a daunting task that I HAD to do for the Army! Now that I'm incorporating riding into my training, I hope to have improvements in my run performances as well. I know it will help me with my over-use running issues that I occasionally get (shin splints). I look forward to what this year holds for me and always look for new ways to improve myself, my life, and my fitness!