Okay, so I posted a few entries ago about shopping for a bicycle. Well I bit the bullet and bought one. I shopped for awhile and just admitted that I needed to do it and it was a good investment. I had my eyes on the 4000 series but figured I might as well at least try something a little less expensive and sophisticated and if I like it and it shows the results I am hoping for then I can upgrade and feel better about putting down that kind of cash. So I ended up with the Trek 3700 other than a lock nothing added.
Eddy’s Bike shop was pretty good, although they really didn’t need to work for the sale. I walked in and they had a few on sale at the entrance. I saw one, I liked the price (relatively speaking) and was checking it out. I looked back in the Trek section since I had done all my research on that brand but went back up to the one on sale. A sales person came over and asked of he could help. I told him that I liked the price on that one so he said there were a few other in that price range. Without prompting he took me back to the Trek section. All that research and I was unaware that like cars, the new year’s models are out mid-year. They did the initial sale tuning and off I went. Came home, changed and hit the trail. First few strides were less than graceful but man was it fun to get back on a bike.
I started North on the trail, wow goes much further than I thought. Pedaled into the next county. Okay saying that makes me think I achieved something monumental but in reality about 8 miles, with a stop at the Stow dog park. A definite rush. I was able to get used to the bike (bear in mind the last time I was on a bike was in Youngstown on an 18 speed racing style bike I had bought in Okinawa and that was back in 1986) and the trail offers a nice mix of flat stretches and hills. I popped the chain twice going from a stop to climb a hill, completely my fault. It was a warm one here, for Ohio anyway. It was the maiden voyage but it really seemed to hit something I have not been able to with strength training and walking. I kept a steady pace of pedaling (a little more coasting on the return trip ) and could really feel the left leg working. It felt great but I will reserve comment until tomorrow.
Now I will have to start looking around for trails to hit but for now I will use the trails here for conditioning and fun. This should really help supplement the strength training and break me out of the boredom I have been feeling with my workouts.