Hey everyone. I got tired of lurking and signed up. Nice forum! I just got back into cycling after being told by the doctor to get back in shape. I was diagnosed with heart disease about 2 yrs ago. I have had high blood pressure since my early teens and pretty much ignored it until I was told to control it or kick the bucket in 5 - 10 years. I eat my pills daily and have gotten everything together except for the getting in shape thing. It's time for that now. I'm 36, married, 4 kids, relocated to Oregon 2 yrs ago from Texas. I hit craigslist and found a bike that was only ridden a handful of times in the guy's driveway. He had an accident on his motorcycle and wasted his knee shortly after getting the mountain bike. I traded a handgun for the bike and a buttload of tools and what not. Even got a mechanic's stand and helmet. I have ridden around town to build a little stamina and hit a few trails in the Tillamook State Forest. I found out real quick that I need a lot more stamina before I go back there. Just a little jab at the riders out in the forest: You dudes need to have a little patience for newer riders. You were new once too. If you think I am going too slow on the "easy trails", then get your impatient a$$es to the more difficult trails. You will not discourage me from riding there. Why don't you offer some hints and tricks so I can advance faster reather than *****ing and threatening. I prefer to have fun and enjoy the outdoors, but I have no problem throwing down with a punk on the trails (As I told the punk I had a run in with at the trails). OK, rant over. To the normal riders, I'm glad to be part of the forum and look forward to possibly seeing a few of you on the trails in Oregon.
Ride hard, Lionel
Ride hard, Lionel