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    My first ride in 10 years

    I dug out my 1998 Gary Fisher Big Sur, found my old biking shoes, inflated my old tires, checked out the bike and then did something I hadn't done in about 10 years:

    I rode my bike! Only did 6 miles, and that was on a rail trail, so flat and paved. I drove to the trailhead with my biking shoes on, and I know this might sound a little silly, but I actually just felt good wearing the shoes and looking in my rear view mirror at my bike sitting in it's rack.

    I'm pretty far from where I was 10 years ago. I was a real weekend worrier back then. There were weekends where I did 100 miles between mountain biking and skating. Now I'm out of shape and 40 pounds heavier than I used to be.

    As for the ride itself, well the first 2 miles were a real killer, but then things started to click a little better. I had planned on 5 miles, but was comfortable enough to do 6. I'm hoping for a 100 mile trip someday. It is doable. I also need to get back into the woods, which is my true love, but I want to get a little better on my bike first.

    Now it's time to post in the 25,000 mile thread so I can do my little part.

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    Omaha Clyde
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    exercise always makes a person feel better.....even better on a bike

    Goodluck

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    ilmfat
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    dude, in feb. my friend said, " we should ride everyday", then wussed out two days later. but i've stuck w it. i've never been a rider, always loving just the bikes. i have ridden more in the last 3 months than i have in the last 15 yrs combined. still avoid hills tho. meh. i'll get there. welcome back to biking. careful, it'll suck you in.

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    Keep going....I was 40 pounds overweight on March 1st. I am now only 19 pounds overweight.....
    The best advice I can give is pedal, pedal, pedal and the pounds will drop off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mjcongleton
    ...I know this might sound a little silly, but I actually just felt good ... looking in my rear view mirror at my bike sitting in it's rack. ...
    I totally get this. I get a good feeling seeing the bike in my rearview too. I sorta check it out from time to time as I head to the trail. I took some photos in my rearview with idea of using it as my avatar.

    Keep riding!

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