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Old 05-07-10, 01:56 PM   #1
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New to cycling.

I'm new to road cycling. I've owned bikes in the past and they were for short rides and fun in the parks. Other than one in Germany that I used for transportation back and forth to work, bikes have always just been for fun.

As my wife was training for a couple of triathlons she asked if I would do one with her. I declined gracfully as I had been in the Army for 20 years and after running 3 to 5 miles a day 5 days a week I hate running. I'm a lousy swimmer so triathlons aren't for me. I wanted to ride with her and figured that I wouldn't be able to keep up with her for long on my old mountain bike so I bought myself a Mercier Galaxy steel framed road bike. I went with a steel frame because of my size (6'4" and 240 then down to 225 1 month later).

My first week I logged about 30 miles on the bike paths and was hooked. The 2nd week I logged about 75 miles and on a day off I decided to ride to work and return. For the last 2 weeks I have been riding to work 2 out of my 4 days and logged about 150 miles per week with work being a 27.6 mile round trip daily and all of that except about 2 miles is by bike path.

Part of the deal with me getting a new bike was that I had to enter some sort of biking event. Since I don't care about racing I've decided to enter 3 events this year. If I'm gonna do it I'm gonna do it big. One is a 32 miler, the next is a 62 miler and I hope to be able to do the Moab Century by the end of the summer. I'm riding the 32 mile course this weekend.

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Old 05-07-10, 09:40 PM   #2
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Welcome to Bike Forums, Jay!

You sound like you've got some nice rides lined up. Check out the Long Distance forum for tips on training for the century ride.
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Now get on your cheap bike and give me a double century. You walking can of Crisco!!

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