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    First ride!

    OMG! I thought I was going to die!

    So, it was my first ride on my new bike (GT Peace-with a few parts swapped out) as well as my first ride out on a bike in like 3 months. I decided I would do the short loop at our trails which is only about 3.6 miles. Total ride from where the car was parked maybe 5 miles. OF FRICKN DEATH!

    In the beginning, things were going great. All my handling skills were there and I was booking! Then I lost site of the trail markers at an intersection so I got a little break while I tried to figure out which way I needed to go. Then I noticed that I was getting winded so I took another break. Then another, then another. Finally, I was getting winded and my legs felt like lead. I swear I probably gained about 4" in girth on my quads/calf muscles while riding yesterday. They felt huge!

    The bottom line is that the bike handled well, and had no mechanicals or flats! That alone was a plus. But my body is just out of shape. Even though I go to the gym 4-5 days a week and lift, I haven't been doing cardio and I certainly paid for it. When I got off the bike to walk, both calf muscles started cramping. I couldn't even frickn limp since both of them were cramping. Just sad.

    Well, now that the first ride is out of the way, I got no where to go but up! Can't wait to get back out there. Unfortunately, it won't be happening today but I will be out on it tomorrow and Friday. Super stoked. So glad I did a ss swap on my xc bike last year to try it out and then finally picked up the real deal this year. A new passion and desire to ride again has hit me! Loven' it. Now I just need more money so I can build a custom set of wheels and get rid of the cheap brakes that are on this thing.

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    You can always gear down for the first couple rides until you start getting your legs back.

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    I am riding an 18/32 right now. I actually did ok on the hills. I rode up every one of them following the short white loop out there. I rode the loop backwards though (at trail head I started off to the right and finished coming back from the left side if you were standing there with your back to the parking lot) so I was able to skip the steep switch back climb that is in there. I'm sure that my cardio will come back around soon enough though.

    I think I would have to go get another cog if I wanted to gear down and I would prefer to suffer and get stronger than spend the money and be a wuss!

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    Sorry I know I would have to get another cog. What I meant was I think the 18 is the largest that I have at the moment. Either that or I would need to swap out the chain ring which I know the only thing I have is a 34 or a 28. One is too big and the other would be way too small.

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    Personally, I think 32/18 is pretty good for Schaeffer, and I always ride the white loop "backwards" myself; I think it just flows better that direction.

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    I think yesterday was the first time I rode it backwards. Last year I spent more of my time out on the long loop. I would have died out there and not made it back to my daughters soccer practice to pick her up if I had gone that far out yesterday. But soon enough! That is my goal anyway! Ride all three loops in one day on the ss. Shouldn't be that difficult. Sure I might have to walk in some places but I will bang them all out in ride session.

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