A big part of the better me is improved all around fitness (and hopefully more weight loss). I had a good year last year by changing my diet and getting out on my bike more often. I lost about 20 pounds, and more importantly rediscovered my love of cycling. I also realized that I much prefer cycling to going to the gym.
As the end of the cycling season was upon me, I decided to upgrade my bike, rather than plunk down a lot of money to maintain my current bike. Additionally, I wanted to get back to a proper road bike that would let me go a little faster. Maybe I was just spoiling myself.
I did some research and visited most of the shops in my area. I learned that there are several cycling clubs in the area and that they have a lot of evening and weekend rides. Also, as you might have learned from my earlier post, there are quite a few bike trails in the area. (I kept my mountain bike, but will need to get a new wheel…..and if I like it, a mountain bike also….someday)
I went shopping and found an end of season sale. I put some money down, planning to pick up the bike in the spring. I got a call a little earlier than I expected because the shop needed some space for the new merchandise, so…..
Voila. My new bike.
My cycling plans are pretty simple for the year:
- Get kitted out (helmet, shorts, gloves,…..)
- Re-pledge myself to what had been a successful diet.
- Join a cycling club and go on rides.
- Build a sleeker cycling physique.
- Annoy some of you with pictures of me cycling down the road or scenery from that ride.
- Find people to go on a longish bike trip in the late summer or fall.
Unfortunately, it is a little early (and a little cold) for me to go out cycling yet. However, I have seen some people in my area out on bikes. I do not think they are crazy (more dedicated and ambitious probably) but I am not prepared for that……yet. I also don’t really think the bike is suitable for that. Check out some of my fellow bloggers and you’ll understand what I mean about dedicated.
Thanks to the bike, I am feeling somewhat ambitious. I think it is going to be a good year.