Saturday, April 30, 2011

You Don't Have To Be Lance Armstrong - Road Biking

My first day back from my long trip back East and I was highly unmotivated but determined to get outside and try something… anything.  So, I grabbed my road bike and headed down to my favorite riding spot.  This spot is a road that travels around a small island within a bay.  The reason I like this spot is because it has very little car traffic and has no traffic lights or stops.   For me this is key to getting on the bike because it is very intimidating to hop on a road bike and then hit the road with a bunch of cars and traffic lights when you have little to no experience.

The reason for my title choice on this post is because that is what I kept saying in my head every time somebody passed me like I was standing still on their tricked out bike with all the super expensive gear and sponsor outfits.  I did a modest 10 miles today which felt like 30!  The most important thing for me is to take baby steps with these activities and basically just try and keep going outside until it becomes a habit.  I think that is the most important part in the beginning.  It doesn’t matter how much you spend on your equipment if you never go out and use it!

I did not spend much on my road bike.  I bought a bottom of the line bike to start out on and I recommend doing the same.  You could probably even get away with tracking down a used one on or for even cheaper.  The point is to try it out first without committing too much of your hard earned money only to find out it’s not for you.


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