My name is Josh, I live in the south Puget Sound area and I've recently renewed my want for riding. I use to ride all the time when I was in high school and have noticed I've started to gain weight. I can't bring myself to run constantly because I hate running but figured since I use to love riding, why not do that.
I have absolutely no idea where to start. I've started reading the forums but this set of forums is so massive it's going to take me a while so I figured in the mean time I'd make a post just introducing myself and if anyone wanted to give me some feedback or point me in the right direction, then it couldn't hurt.
Just a little info on me as far as biking. Like I said before I use to ride 3-5 hours a day on my mountain bike, doing trails, through schools, neighborhoods etc with a friend of mine. The bike got stored away when I went to college and has pretty much stayed there since. Multi-years later I still have that same bike and have just recently brought it out to repair it and give it a tune-up. The bike is a Trek 6000 with a solid frame.
My long-term goal is to ride a marathon, I want to do it within a year. I want to get back into shape and drop some weight. I figure I can ride every day for an hour or so to start and work my way up to more and more. If I can get myself to keep riding and end up loving it again I'll be searching for a road bike but I can't see myself dropping $1000+ on a bike that I'm not 100% sure I'll be using right now, so the current ride will have to do for the time being.
Thanks for reading for those that did. Any suggestions or thoughts please feel free to lay out any nuggets of information. I know that's a long post and it rambles but it's everything I was thinking at the time.
AND - for the TLR - I'm getting back into biking, completely lost as to where to go and what to do. Thoughts, ideas and random information is good. Hi.