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    Junior Member omegapd's Avatar
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    The longest ride so far for this newbie...

    I was pretty happy today- got on the TREK Navigator and rode it to the town I work in which is 15 miles one way. The hardest part was getting up the nerve to get out on a major highway and actually having to trust the drivers not to run me down. Then, I had to brave all the dogs that gave chase in the residential neighborhoods- but even pointing pepper spray at them kept them at bay.

    I got there, met up with a couple of friends and took about a 35 minute break. I chose a different route on the way home that added a couple of more miles, but no dogs. I'll go that route from here on out. Total miles today was 32!

    A little background- 7 months ago I was 288 pounds and never rode a bike more than 2-3 miles. I'm now 198 and lost a lot of my weight by riding a stationary bike as my main form of exercise. Next weekend, I am signed up for a local fund raising ride for the YMCA. I chose the easiest ride when I signed up (12 miles) but may ask to change it to the 25 mile ride now. We'll see how sore I am tomorrow!

    I was pretty darn happy today, so I snapped this pic when I got there:


    Hope everyone here has a great weekend! Thanks for this site and letting us newbies talk shop with like minded folks.
    Eric W.

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    Life is good RonH's Avatar
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    Kudos to you.
    Good luck with the ride next weekend. Let us know how you do.
    My bikes --> 2001 Litespeed Tuscany---2013 Cannondale CAAD 10 2 (5) "Racing Edition"

    Life is like a 10-speed bicycle. Most of us have gears we never use. ~ Charles Schultz

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    Senior Member BigBlueToe's Avatar
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    Great post - very inspirational. After awhile 30 miles starts to seem like a fairly short ride. Keep riding. Make it a lifetime passion, rather than one that burns bright for awhile then fades away. One of these days you may be ready to try a century. They're not impossible (although I admit, I always suffer. The amount of suffering depends on how much riding I've been able to do beforehand.)

    Keep going! Good job!

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    Junior Member omegapd's Avatar
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    Thanks guys! Was a good way to end the weekend....now back to work with a bunch of new Monday problems. LOL.
    Eric W.

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