Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Results 1 to 4 of 4
  1. #1
    Senior Member shovelhd's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    Western MA
    My Bikes
    Yes
    Posts
    10,471
    Mentioned
    20 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Back on the bike in Western MA

    Time for an introduction.

    I was one of those kids that had a derailleur bike back when the rage was StingRays. I rode all over the place even after I got my driver's license. In college, I took a part time job at an LBS and built up a nice Team Miyata. I found some friends who raced and rode fast and spent a lot of time with them. One day one of them encouraged me to try racing. I got my USCF license and fell in love with it. I spent six years racing, reaching Catagory 2 with several wins and podium finishes. I had a nasty wreck at a training race near Boston and suffered a major concussion. I wound up racing for the rest of the year and the next, but I didn't feel like myself. I had a full time engineering job by then and juggling it and racing at that level was overwhelming. I decided to take a year off and contemplate a downgrade, but I never went through with it. So I sold off all of my sponsor bikes, the fixed gear, and kept my custom, which I never rode again.

    Fast forward 23 years to two years ago. During a physical, my doctor found an irregular heartbeat that my doctor thought was an MI. I was rushed to the hospital. The cardiologist put me through a stress test and declared that my heartbeat was normal, but my diet, conditioning, and cholesterol level were unacceptable. I spent time with a nutritionist and joined a local health club. The weights went well, and for a while, I was content with running on a treadmill. I got my cholesterol down into the low normal range, lost ten pounds, but started having hip and knee pain, even just sitting in a chair. I knew what the next step had to be. I had to get back on the bike.

    Last month, I took the old custom down and dusted it off. I also hit some LBS's and looked at modern equipment. Although I appreciate classic bikes, and will probably own another one in the future, I decided to sell off the custom and get into new equipment. I did this mainly for two reasons. One, it is a motivator. Two, if I ever wanted to race again, I would need it. I cannot afford both right now.

    I'm about 8 rides into the season and it feels like February used to feel back when I was racing. Everything hurts, but that's a good thing. I wish I had done this sooner, a lot sooner. I'm going on my first ride with another person tomorrow, which I am really looking forward to.

    Thanks for listening.

    Chris

  2. #2
    Galveston County Texas 10 Wheels's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    In The Wind
    Posts
    24,300
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Welcome Chris to Bike Forums.
    Rest when you need to take a day off.
    Thanks for joining.
    [SIZE=1][B]What I like about Texas[/B]
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PGukLuXzH1E

    Set F1re To The Ra1n ( NY Night Rain Ride)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W7jfcWEkSrI

  3. #3
    Senior Member Chalupa102's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Monson, MA
    My Bikes
    Catrike Trail Recumbent trike
    Posts
    485
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Welcome to the forums Chris. Where in Western MA do you live?
    - Dan

    Distance cycled for 2012: 2079.8 miles

  4. #4
    Senior Member shovelhd's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    Western MA
    My Bikes
    Yes
    Posts
    10,471
    Mentioned
    20 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Belchertown, close enough for you and I to take a ride together. I live on the race course about a mile from the main entrance to the Quabbin.

    The ride yesterday went great. I pushed it a bit for about 30 miles. My butt is still getting aclimated to the saddle again. I have more pain there than anywhere else. I went out for about 30 miles again today and found myself using one higher gear than yesterday. I still have lots of trouble on the hills.

    Day off tomorrow.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •