Sunday, November 29, 2009

Peter becomes a roadie at last...

My blog has been a bit stale for a while. I’ve written nothing other than stats really without any significant opinion. I’m not sure what that’s about other than I know it’s been a real struggle over the past few months and I just wanted to get on without thinking about it too much.

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Back in September I was gutted to realise that over the summer I had put over a stone on and to add insult to injury I’m still trying to reclaim the ground I lost. It’s too de-motivating to think that since September all I’ve been doing is playing catch up. Although to be fair whilst my weight loss has been in recovery my fitness has grown substantially.

Last week, a new day dawned. I’ve been continuing to enjoy cycling these past few months and I’ve wanted to take it to the next level for a while now. The next level is to get a road bike and seriously up my mileage. I’ve been scared of this as to be honest people who ride road bikes tend to be wafer thin and ultra serious about their sport. I decided to stuff the fear of what I would look like and what people would think and go for it, we are only through this way once in life and I’m already 36.

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I came across an offer on Trek Madone that I couldn’t refuse. Lets be honest here, it’s the best looking bike on the market by miles and to get a 30% discount on it was not to be ignored. 2010 will bring price hikes beyond belief and if I was going to make the change the time was now. So I took the plunge and went for it lock, stock and two smoking barrels. I bought the fancy pedals and the shoes that make you walk like a penguin and I even bought some leggings. I’m so far out of my comfort zone its not even funny but it sure is exciting.

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Enjoy the pics of the new bike and look out for updates on how I’m doing with the Madone.

4 comments:

Mr Dallas said...

i like this pete - cycling is perhaps the worst way to get fit though. i only say this because i find cycling so hard! keep it at pal - as i see it keeping the body in good-ish is as good as praying everyday.

on the bike front....in south america everyone has these strange bikes with handbars that bend up so that the rider back is straight - when i am home i am going to look into one of those - not that will be rare indeed!

The Wee Brown-Eyed Girl said...

You like a real pro to me!

Anonymous said...

Thats my boy! You show em.Your Mum is proud of you.
Seriouly we hope you have great times on the road and achieve your goals.

Lost Sheep said...

The Trek Madones are seriously sexy bikes aren't they?! It is only in my dreams that I ride one, in real life I ride an Eddie McGrath steel roadie (classic bike) or a Surosa Piste trackie (sexy bike).

The shoes will really help you as they enable you to pull up on the pedals instead of just mashing them down on the pedal stroke, ergo meaning a more fluid, energy efficient riding style. The tights will keep you nice and toasty too in this current climate.

Enjoy!