Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Encinitas, CA
Bikes: '11 Specialized Allez Comp
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Greetings from sunny Encinitas, CA!
I've posted a bit over the last few weeks in the road forum, but thought I'd take a minute and introduce myself on here.
I live in Encinitas, CA, which is a suburb of San Diego. Very close to the ocean (7-10 minutes by bike, 5 by car) and a total cycling paradise. I'm 29, male, teach social studies to 7th graders at an awesome private school, and am working on my master's in education.
I've been commuting on a cheap and cheerful hybrid/utility bicycle for a good while, and I just picked up my first road bike this past Friday afternoon. I'm excited about having a new hobby that's really positive, healthy, and fun. Some friends and I are heading to Palm Springs in a few weeks to do to the Tour de Palm Springs (56-mile course) and I am assembling a calendar of event rides to take me through August. So far, it's looking like the Colnago Gran Fondo (San Diego) in April, Ensenada-Rosarito in May, and Bike the Bay in August. I'd love recommendations on other great southern-California rides. I'd like to attempt a century sooner rather than later. I've tried and loved many sports and think cycling will offer a great combination of challenge, room to grow, social opportunities, and health benefits. I've been lifting weights seriously for years so I have a base of fitness, but it's been a few years since I've seriously worked at an endurance sport. In high school I was on the crew team and also swam master's after college, so I'm no stranger to competition and hard training.
I'm very much interested in riding with a good, fun group. I'm totally open to riding with formal or informal groups and really just want to get some miles in with experienced cyclists. I know enough about what it takes to get good at something that I know I need to learn from people better than me, so if anyone here is interested in taking an athletic newbie under their wing I'd be stoked about that. I don't have plans to race right now but know I want to get strong and fast!