Welcome to the group. Getting the equipment ready and actually starting really are the two key ingredients getting started. Don't expect to be able to keep up with guys you see out on the road weekend mornings. It takes a few months to get up to that point.
Stinky diapers mentioned bike shorts - a life saver!!! Don't just take a look and say no way I'll be in spandex. Unfortunately in many cases it will be as she's also pointed out not a cheap venture. Splurge and get a good set, it may cost a bit more, but it's money well spent, and very much worth it. Anything sliding around will enventually start to chaff and literally rub you raw, not a happy venture. Again while the cream may seem like overkill, it's a good investment. Your backside will be very greatful.
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current weight: 214.0
Fitness Minutes: (1,264) Posts: 5 2/7/10 4:27 P
Thanks for the tip and encouraging words. Right now I've been rocking some tights + chamois from pricepoint.com, but... maybe they'll look less ridiculous after a little more training. :)
I'm definitely looking forward to shorts weather though. I can only imagine what all the drivers must be thinking about the crazy cyclist out in 38 degrees, but it's certainly better than a morning cup of coffee!
It sounds like you're well on your way. Getting the equipment and the desire are the two key ingredients to becoming an avid cyclist. 6.25 miles is a pretty good first go of it. I think my first time was something like 12 miles and my arse was KILLING me for about 3 days afterward! It took several weeks of cycling every about every other day to build up to something I was happy with, and several more months to reach that (at the time, seemingly) lofty goal of my first Metric (100km or 62.1 miles). I have yet to ride a full Century but I am hoping to do my first one this year.
If you stick to it, and keep on riding, you'll find yourself with a love that'll last a lifetime. Care to take a little advice that no one shared with me? Bibshorts. Get a couple of really nice pairs of bib shorts and your butt will thank you. I like the Sugoi RS, with the FX chamois. They're affordable (at about $160 retail, but you can find them for about $100 on eBay every now and then). They don't slide around on you while you ride, like biking shorts do, and when you add some chamois cream (like the Assos cream) to the formula, ''Voila!'' What a combo!
And that's such a FANTABULOUS picture of you and your son.
Ride safe, DC!
current weight: 199.8
Fitness Minutes: (1,264) Posts: 5 2/7/10 3:43 P
I'm a new face to the sport of cycling, having just purchased my road bike with some money from my birthday not long ago. After some assembly and a few classes of bike maintenance later, I've been braving the winter chill to try and get back into a decent riding shape. This morning was the first ride of any length (I've taken it out a few times but mostly to make sure everything is properly tuned) - a nice 6 1/4 mile introductory ride to start my Sunday... the same distance as my morning commute.
I'm eagerly looking forward to the day I can leave the car in the garage.
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