Joe to Pro Cycling

In 2009 I'd been inactive for 8 years, had just turned 30, weighed 240 lbs and had enough. This blog is the journey of starting brand new in the sport of cycling, regaining fitness and aiming to compete in the Elite ranks of Amateur racing.

Current Weight: 180 lbs

Road Cat: 2

Cyclocross Cat: 2


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    It’s winter, or as you’d call it in Oklahoma, sleet/rain instead of pretty snow season. Having ridden a couple times already in the rain I debate whether it’s the bike cleaning or frigid ride that’s worse. In a super rainy, long ride often you need to at least take off your crank and bottom bracket and clean it out otherwise a lot of grit will seriously corrode everything. It’s more the maintenance that puts me off then the experience out on the bike. How about you? Do you ride a lot in winter - cold/rainy days? Or is it more trainer/rollers time for you?


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    Last Ride of 2012

    Rainy and 38 degrees (2 C) seems like the perfect environment for 2012’s last bike ride. Our bike shop is off for New Year’s holiday so it’s been great family, fire, coffee and books time. Honestly when it comes to my times off books and bikes fight for attention!

    My parents moved to Oklahoma City a few months ago and just bought a house out by some of the best riding in the city. So, I suited up and went to see what the best, safest route is to ride to their home and how long it’d take. Edmond, OK isn’t known for being bicycle friendly (yet - they are working on it) on their roads. Traffic is your typical angst suburban paradise, and New Year’s Eve (or any holiday) always elevates the amount of people out driving.

    Even though traffic was heavy the ride was smooth and uneventful. The overcast, almost foggy ride through rolling hills was beautiful. These kind of days, once I peel myself from the fire to ride, are my favorite to get a ride in - especially with a small group of 5-6 friends. It only took 20 minutes to travel the 6.5 miles to my parents home. I rode by admiring the 100+ year old Walnut tree that is in their new yard (Instagram eat your heart out) and then continued on.

    I completed a short loop and then headed back home, only looking to get in a good hour riding. Now back home, ready for more fireplace, coffee, playing with my children and loving on my wife as we ready to ring in the new year.

    2012 leaves me excited with anticipation for what 2013 will bring. Not only on the bike and my competitive fitness, but in the great experiences it will all lead to - and the healthy lifestyle it makes whole. Happy New Year Friends.

    Who else is going out for a ride?

    My body needs the meditation of cycling.
    My mind needs the meditation of reading.

    Profound good chap!

    help save the planet.

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