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7/12/12 6:17 A

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Hi new teammates,

I recently moved to a relatively bike friendly town and bought a new bike. I've been going for rides about twice a week and enjoying it a lot.

I joined this team mostly so I could have a place to ask questions of more experienced folk. Particularly around maintenance and repair issues. I would like to learn how to do some of that on my own.

I'm not sure what direction my cycling will take. For now, I just like going for round-trip rides for the exercise and fun exploring. It would be nice if someday I feel confident to do some commuting and run errands on the bike as well. But, for now, I don't want the stress that would entail. I don't think I will ever want to push for speed in an organized way (although I am getting faster naturally) however, I will not rule anything out as I get more used to biking.

Thanks for reading!

A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and gets to bed at night, and in between he does what he wants to do.

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7/8/12 9:20 P

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Hi Cyclists!

Just starting to get out of the gate - again! This time, I would like to learn from those ahead of me, in terms of fitness goals and achievement, especially how they react to injury and setbacks, so that I can be as mentally prepared as possible to overcome mine, since these befall each of us from time to time.

Looking forward to reading your blogs!!

Edited by: WOLF-SPIRIT at: 7/8/2012 (21:22)
"From a certain point onward there is no longer any turning back. That is the point that must be reached." Franz Kafka
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7/2/12 3:07 A

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I'm not exactly new to SP. I'm also a member of the Jillian Michael's 30 DShred team, and the Kettlebell team. Unfortunately, I somehow pulled my upper thigh muscle a few weeks ago, and have been in an exercise slump. I unpacked my bike from ~15 years of storage a year ago, but have only ridden it a few times; even with a new seat, my butt still hurt a ton. Plus, honestly, I'm kinda scared of the crazy drivers in my area of Los Angeles.

But anyways. My bike is a 1990 Bianchi Volpe. The guys at one local bike shop treated it like it was a museum piece or something, so I ended up having to take it elsewhere, where the woman who owned the shop managed to repair the tires so they didn't go flat on me all the time.

I'm also looking for other *casual* but determined cyclists in the Valley; local bike clubs are just too rah-rah advanced for me to keep up.

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6/24/12 2:00 A

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Growing up I was always a heavy guy until my junior year in High School when I took up running, good nutrition, and weight training. This was great for the three years it lasted (up to the day I got married), and now I'm basically where I started. I do have more muscle mass but I can still lose 40+ pounds. I recently took up mountain biking with my wife and I fell in love with it. Now I have one more tool in my fight against that fat :)

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6/23/12 3:08 P

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Hello All, my name is George. I'm 48 years old and just got back into bike riding, really enjoy it. I feel It's a great way to get the cardio workout in while enjoying the wonderful weather.

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6/17/12 9:05 P

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A lot of bike shops sometimes have basic maintenance classes. Have you thought of looking into anything like this?

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6/17/12 8:53 P

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Greetings all. I'm 40 yrs old from Maryland, and started biking (enthusiastically) back in 2009. Started out with a mountain bike, but soon wanted to start logging more miles than was efficient on a heavy MTB. Finally got a Trek road bike this past March, and have been hooked on riding it as much as I can. It has made such a difference in my life, as both a hobby and a way to a healthy lifestyle.

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6/14/12 10:24 A

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I'm Dee. I'm 43 years old, almost 44 now and have been a lifetime bicycle commuter. Right now I use a Surly Troll which is a lot like a steel mountain bike with a bit longer frame. I'm wanting to try road biking so I'm in new territory here. I think at this point in my life I want something I can grab onto and feel excited and motivated about. I like this SP forum, lots of great people with positive outlooks. Hope I can stay motivated. Cheers!

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6/9/12 8:46 P

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Live in Killeen, home to Fort Hood. Although I'm retired military I stilll work on the base as project manager for a large contract.

Used to love riding BLORA but they mised up the end of the mtb course with an archery range.

So I ride the trails at Dana Peak quite often.

Ride Specialized for both road and mountain. But if I lose the weight--NOT IF--when :) then I will buy a new Wilier Gran Turismo :)

Occasionally ride with Team Army Ft Hood when not on the trail.

Just 8 weeks out from an ankle fracture and besides the joint not flexing as far as it should go I'm 100%. Riding the stationary often and next weekend I'll be back to the trails.

Used to weigh 175 in Iraq (2004); want to get to that weight again ! Problem has been just riding the mtb 3 or 4 hours a week at best and eating everything in sight. Maybe this attempt I can be successful. The last 3 times I've stagnated at about 208 and started heading north again.

Oh I also like spy novels and the occasional good sci fi movie, and finally I get a kick out of building computers too. No HP or Dell for me !

So that's a long hello to all my fellow cycling enthusiasts :))



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6/4/12 10:23 A

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Hi!

I'm exploring the world of cycling, and currently in the market for a new road/touring bike. I have a hybrid Terry that I love, but now that I'm riding about 40-60 miles per week, I'm ready for something a bit faster. Looking forward to chatting here and sharing stories, info, and fun!

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5/25/12 11:41 P

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Hi, my name is Sal and I'm 49. I'm a longtime runner who's begun to have knee problems so I decided to begin cross-training by alternating my runs with cycling. I purchased a fitness bike (Specialized Sirrus) last week. It's the first bike I've owned since the no-speed kiddie cruiser I had as a grade schooler in the 70s. Given my weight, the seat that came with the bike was very tough on me, so I went back to the bike shot to get a softer and more anatomically friendly seat/saddle. As of now, I have three rides and 43 miles behind me. Hopefully the new seat will allow me to improve my performance and enjoy biking more.

Cheers!

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1. Run 1500 training miles

2. Score 270+ on Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT)

3. Train and run in Fall road race

4. Lose average of 8 lbs. per month until target weight is achieved


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5/21/12 1:49 A

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Bonjour!

My name is Shali, and I am a 21 y.o. cyclist. I started cycling about a month ago and immediately fell in love. After getting used to the saddle and the posture, I realized what fun cycling can be. I hope that by joining this group, I will have a little more inspiration to wake up early enough to beat the Texas heat while riding. The town I live in is NOT bicycle friendly, but I have made a few cyclist friends that have shown me some smooth backroads. I am very excited about my newly found love. :)

-Shali

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5/13/12 9:01 A

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Hi all! My name is Neal and I am a 25 year old lurking in a 60 year old body...LOL. I actually took up biking about a year ago as part of a plan to get healthy. Two years ago I was 285, not overweight, just under tall at 5' 9 1/2". Last September I decided to kick it into a higher gear and at this point I am down to 208 with a goal weight of 170. I am not biking as much as I'd like, but it is part of my triathlon training so I am getting in some time. Oh...and next Saturday I am getting married.

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5/13/12 8:31 A

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My name is Jamie and I am not new to this team but I am just a lurker. I have a decent bike I bought about 2 years ago. I also have a pretty nice paved trail in my area that goes on forever. My husband bought a rack for the car so I can transport my bike easily and I even have bike shorts with tons of padding. My problem is I am afraid to get in the middle of nowhere a long way from home and have the bike break down and I can't fix it. This keeps me from doing anything. I keep telling myself that I rode a bike everywhere as a kid and it was ok but I can;'t overcome this fear. Any suggestions/

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5/5/12 1:15 P

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Hi everyone! My name is Miranda and I am not exactly new to SParkpeople or to this particular group but I am back at it and refocused after a long break. I just started getting on the bike a week or so ago and I am definitely feeling it right now but I am loving it. I am hoping to get strong enough to start commuting to work this summer (at least occasionally) but mostly I am just looking to get in shape and have fun. Looking forward to doing this with all of the wonderful support that I see around here!

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5/1/12 9:49 A

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Just wanted to introduce myself to the team. I am 35 and both my husband and I just both bought new bikes with touring in mind. We have previously found that cycling is an awesome way to burn calories and drop weight while getting in shape and having fun together.

Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.
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5/1/12 9:19 A

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Hi!

I'm currently training for the 75km Ride for Heart in Toronto. I live in the Whitby area and frequently enjoy the Waterfront Trail for my training. I would love to meet other cyclists to train with... ?? :)

Hope everyone gets out there today and enjoys the great weather.

Cheers,
Dine

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4/12/12 10:27 P

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Hi I'm new here. I got inspired to join sparkpeople by an article I read in a magazine and it made the decision to join and stay motivated and drop my weight down to where it should be. I love to bike ride and plan on doing it 3x week. Just looking for people to chat with about it and motivation to stay on top of it.

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4/4/12 5:18 A

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Greetings from Vegas! Thought I would look for some fellow cyclist since I spend a decent amount of time on this site.

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3/29/12 8:52 A

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Welcome! Just think how happy you'll be after your next event! emoticon



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3/29/12 7:50 A

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Hi there! Just introducing myself. I'm a 32 year old age-group triathlete. I've realized that to improve my race results, I need to drop some weight. I just joined spark last week and am loving it so far!

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3/25/12 9:04 P

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Panniers are beautiful things, for grocery runs!

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3/12/12 6:25 A

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3/10/12 2:50 P

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Hello-hello folks. My husband hates sitting in traffic waiting to get to work. So, he recently bought a bike and is getting there at about the same time, despite not being terribly in shape. He'll probably be making it to work and home sooner on his bike. So, I figure I may as well get on the ball and do the same. After all, the grocery store's only a mile away. If I was thinking of walking there now that I am getting on the ball, biking should be even easier and faster, right?

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Hello & welcome Angela Hope we're helpful to you

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3/7/12 12:24 P

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Hi everybody, I love cycling so I joined the team! emoticon

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To All New Members, Welcome from all of us on the Team. Please feel at home and share and/or ask questions. We're here for you.

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3/6/12 9:35 P

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I have tired the running but it is just getting to hard on my joints. Not as young as I used to be :) My husband has been mountain biking for years and he recently got into the road biking. I figured the road biking would be something I could do. I know I definitely cannot do the mountain biking. A couple weeks ago, my DH bought me a road bike and I have started riding. I am up to 9.4 miles a ride and have been trying to decrease my time. I found this team and hope it will help me cycle off the pounds and tone up what is left from all that I have already lost. I started at 215 I had gotten down to 145. In the last 6 months life has happened and I got lazy and got back up to 170 and am now back down to 155. I want to maintain at 140 but I know to do that I have to stay active and I am hoping the cycling will help me to do this. My DH and I have already planned to ride in a charity ride the end of April. I know by then I will be able to do the 23 miles but I am hoping to be able to get up to the 40 mile ride. Not holding my breath on the 40 mile but sure am going to try.


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Hi Everyone, This 72y.o. is an advid cyclist starting 1985. Had to give up running due to hip and knee stress....due to obesity.... Started right off doing long distance cross country tours.

Weight issues....got fat at 13 and have been trying to find the answer to the siren call of food ever since. Just waiting for the science to catch up. Lived with constant craving all my life....either white knuckling it or binging. A component of this metabolic disorder (for me) is depression. Essentially SADS. Always went on a diet in spring and did well til aug/sept. Never understood why so blamed myself. Bad for the self esteem. So....all these years I've worked hard to understand and find my answer. THIS year....different antidepressant, light therapy via tanning booth, and plant based diet. So far, so good. No cravings, no hunger, alert, focused. Very unusual for March for me.
I have a 7 day trip planned this June, might do the Apple Cider Century in Michigan and ride with two bicycle clubs.
This Tuesday it's supposed to get to 50degrees so plan to do 25/30 miles. Woo-Hoo!

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3/3/12 10:10 P

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TAHOEKARIN- Sounds like you have some awesome riding skills. I look forward to hearing ore about your rides as the weather warms up. Remember, just get out and ride. It's to much fun not to.

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Hi,

I am not sure when I joined spark (I guess I should look that up on my page?!) but I have had 'pauses' where I haven't been on here. I lost 70 lbs using spark and counting calories in 2006 and now I'm back to lose the rest. I realized that I can't get faster on a bike when I'm toting ohhhhh 60 some extra pounds. That came to reality this winter when I gained some weight back. So I'm back. I race mtn bike and cyclocross. I learned how to mtn bike in the Sierra mountains but am working on the east coast right now. I have actually improved alot out here technically as we don't have the roots, rocks, trees and quick uphills out west. I cut my teeth on long climbs, altitudes between 6,000-9,000 ft and fast downhill and sand. So it's a challenge and I can't wait to move back. I work as a mechanical engineering consultant and I own a gluten free gourmet bakery (yes, you read that right. It's a challenge.) I realized that you can't avoid things in your life because you have a fear of getting fat. So deal with it :)

I have had the opportunity to train with people that are well above my experience level and have rubbed elbows with national champions (almost ran one over too), so I'm riding with some really fast people at times, but most of the time I ride alone so I can work on my times and skills.

I commute on my bike when the weather is warmer. Last summer was rainy and didn't ride as much but mtn biked over 150 miles a week. I look forward to starting to commute again, and hopefully get a swift kick in the back tire by my cycling friends here on spark. It is the getting going that is the hardest!

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3/1/12 2:35 P

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Hello,

I joined SparkPeople in 2009 and just floundered due largely to a lack of motivation. I never participated in any of the forums, callenges, or anything.

I'm back now but with a different attitude. This time I am planning to actually participate, loose weight and get active. Not only am I going to work at this online with SparkPeople I have decided to participate in the American Diabetes Association's annual Tour de Cure event this year. I have opted to attempt the 62 mile ride on June 23 in Mustang Oklahoma.

Hope I can do it. It's been years since I have ridden. If you want to follow my progress just visit my home page. I am going to keep a running blog of my progress, training, and other activities.

Thanks

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Hello from Virginia. I have been a cyclist for about seven years now and generally have increased my distance each year. I started out with a Trek mountain bike and eventually put street slicks on it since my trail time was almost nil. I was on track for a 3000 mile year in 2008 when I tangled with a car and lost in October. I finished the year with about 2700 miles. A friend put together a road bike for me from a 70ís era vintage Schwinn. We lovingly referred to it as frankenbike. I used it for my first MS 150 in June 2009. In 2010, I ordered and received my Surly Long Haul Trucker. My first ride was a 50 mile break in on the 27th of March. It has been an ongoing love affair ever since. I managed 3788 miles in 2010, 4802 in 2011, and this year I am shooting for 6000 or 500 monthly. I took a new job in the summer of 2011 which has allowed me to commute by bike. My previous job had me commuting through a tunnel on the interstate. The Virginia Department of Transportation kind of frowns on riding a bike through their tunnels, Iím not sure why!  Commuting by bike really rocks. Sometimes the weather doesnít cooperate, but most of the time is does. Cold mornings are warmed up by doing intervals and when it rains, you can only get so wet. I rode 512 miles in January and I have 430 so far this month, so the 500 per month should be met. I have been on SP for a little over a year, but just started taking it seriously this January. With 4802 miles in 2011, I went from 308 to 305. You do the math. This year I have been using SP every day, have gone from 305 to 292. I am finally heading in the right direction. As for the Surly LHT, I chose a heavy duty touring bike to replace the Schwinn for one reason. It is designed to carry heavy loads long distances, and I am a heavy load who likes to go long distances.

Tregg

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Welcome to our team. Hope you enjoy the variety of interests and talents. Hang tough and keep on pedaling.

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Hi, everyone... I'm going to try this again with SP. I want to hang out with like-minded folks of all types and from all over. When I first joined SP, I decided to try biking to work and I couldn't not make it up the big hill; I had to stop and walk my bike. Well, it was a great decision and I enjoy it so much that I was able to make it a year-round effort. I'm faster than Metro getting to work now. I'm smiling when I get to the office (but sweating too). My office has a full gym, showers and a bike cage (wow!). I decided to try a few group events like Bike DC (35 miles), Bike New York (42 miles), Tour dem Parks, Tour du Port (Baltimore) and then I aimed for some long distance rides. I'm typically always the last of the bunch coming in but I did up to 70 miles last fall in two rides. I was so psyched at finishing and I want to try a century this year. So far, I'm afraid of clip-ins/outs and I still have a hybrid-- I know that means more work, but I don't mind. I bought clip-ins and took them back to the store after a few weeks and after hearing some scary stories of bad falls people took. Maybe one day! My rides so far involve city streets, park trails and county roads. It's very nice to chat with like-minded folks today who understand the joy. Have a great day.

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STICKS01, welcome to the Team. See you at RAGBRAI.

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Hello everyone! I've only been on SparkPeople for a few weeks now, but so far it's been great! I'm currently trying to shed some winter pounds and get ready for my second year of RAGBRAI (which I recommend to anyone and everyone! It's a great time!). Thanks for making such a great team and hopefully I can do you all proud! See you all out there!

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I noticed that too fixed, most do seem to be around my age. I cant wait for spring to get back t it everyday.

Thank you bill.

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Don't worry about the age thing, my mom didn't take up cycling until her 50s and most of the hard core mountain bikers around here are in their 40s and 50s and they dominate the local mtb race. As long as you are having fun, right?

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Welcome Dianna. Great to have you. Hang tough.

"Excellence is but for the few."


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Welcome, Dianna. I bought my recumbent trike when I was 57. Today I registered for a 17 mile ride in the Tour De Stooges near me. Anything you pick that gets you moving is a good thing. Have fun on your bike.
Marian

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Hi everyone. My name is Dianna. I just started mountain biking last year. Not really the best sport to pick up at 40. I love it though. Bumps, bruises, and all.

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Amber:
Welcome to the Team. Get out there and hit those pedals. The best to you.

Bill

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A late thank you for the welcome Bill!

Hi Amber!

Candy W.

Sometimes I may dread exercising, but I NEVER regret exercising.

Your discipline is your freedom...


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KSZSPIN....Here I am hoping to finally ride 1000 miles in a year and you're over 7000. INCREDIBLE

Thanks for the inspiration!

Edited by: AMBERSDIVINITY at: 1/24/2012 (12:45)
Amber - EST New Jersey

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Hi Everyone...my name is Amber. I've been riding for the past 6 years. I love it but can never seem to make my yearly goal of 1000 miles. I also like to run, hike and go to the gym so my time isn't always spent on the bike. I'm going to be totally dedicated this year & make my goal...maybe even go farther.

I've only been on SP for the past 3 weeks. I love the program and the support of the members!!

I live in Central Jersey if there's anyone out there looking to ride!

Amber - EST New Jersey

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