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The First 200 Miles...

Old 10-14-10, 09:15 AM
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The First 200 Miles...

I'm SO glad to be back in the saddle!

I work as a Merchant Marine officer- And LOVE to ride whenever I get a chance when We're in port... I used to be a far more active cyclist, Riding daily whenever I was at home, but when I moved & got married, that all changed!

Couple that with the fact that I work a job that entails many, MANY hours of boredom on a ship that has easy access to all the free junk food you can eat- and, Well... I kind of packed on a few pounds that I'd like to shed.

So- I decided to get another bike, to keep on board the ship. I shopped a bit at the local shops here, but they were all very small, and really had a poor selection. I'm sure that being at the end of the season didn't help, either. I wanted a road bike- But the few they had looked as if they'd snap in two under me... I was pushing 275!

I decided to do something that I'd never done- Something I told myself I'd never DO. I bought a bike online. It seemed like a great deal, and I am fairly competent when it comes to most bike repairs, so I wasn't afraid of a little assembly and tuning work. I got a Motobecane Century Comp from BikesDirect, Put it together, tuned it, and started riding.

This is my ride-



The first couple rides kicked my ass. I did a 5 mile quickie, just to check things out on the bike, and that was all I could handle. The next day, I added a little more... Then a little more. By the end of the first week, I was getting close to feeling comfortable riding again, and not feeling dead the next day... Of course, Being rewarded by the great local scenery-









And, Though I HATE climbing- If I ride up on to the bluffs, I am rewarded with views like these- Both of Lower Green Bay-






I've only been back at it about 3 weeks- But have put 200 miles on the bike, and taken 9 lbs off of me. I'm finding that each ride is getting a LOT easier, too. I climbed a hill yesterday that I had to walk the last half of a week ago- That felt GREAT.

So far, I LOVE the bike. One of the things that influenced my decision to buy it was that the frame geometry was VERY similar to the Litespeed I used to ride- and this one is as comfortable, if not MORE comfortable, than that one was. I love the 'feel' of a carbon bike, too- It's a smooth ride.

Now- If I can just get the wife to ride, too

-Andrew
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Congratulations on the new bike, and the newly re-gained interest in getting fit. Sounds like you're having a great time!

BTW - great pictures! I wish I had that kind of scenery around me to ride in.
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