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A Transformation – Noob to Cyclist

This page is dedicated to one of my favorite posts.  I’m used to noticing change over decades, at best five year increments… so when I started cycling on May 23rd of 2011 and this blog on December 16th of that same year and documenting my journey I had no idea how it would go.  I had goals, sure, but never in my wildest dreams would I start out so dorky.  Equally funny, at least to me, is that I had absolutely no clue how goofy I looked.  Unbeknownst to me at the time, I broke about every “rule” they have when it comes to cycling “fashion”.  Now here I am three years later and I can look back at those days and celebrate just how funny lookin’ I was.  It’s a beautiful thing.

Why celebrate you may wonder?

Folks, life (and cycling) is about the journey, not the destination.  I started out in a sport that I knew absolutely nothing about, at 41 years old I was completely green…  No instruction manuals, no road map, no nothing – and I went from 4 miles at 15 mph on a mountain bike as my best efforts to one of the better non-racing riders in the local advanced group – and with little more than some cash and a whole lot of “want to”.  I’ll take those dorky first years and laugh.  The journey has been, and continues to be, an utter blast.

Cycling has taken a great life and made it fun – and for that I am grateful.

July 2011:

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No shirt…  Nice.  Notice the tennis shoes?  Yeah.  I know.  Just hang on a minute.  It gets better.

2012.  Better, but good God am I skinny!:

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Incidentally, there’s a reason for my being so skinny.  This was the first time I’d really started putting in some big miles on the bike…
I dropped down to pro cyclist weight (2.0 pounds per vertical inch) and I hadn’t figured out how to eat to sustain a more reasonable weight yet.
The change came shortly after these photos were taken.

2013  Getting better…

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2014 – Now that’s more like it!

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2015

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2016

It’s amazing to me that I A) survived my initial geeky entry into cycling and B) never knew I was geeky.

Funny how that works, ain’t it?

The point of this post, fellow noobs, is don’t take yourself or “society” too seriously. We all look dorky at first.  Even the cool kids.  It’s a rite of passage.

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15 Comments

  1. hi says:

    It’s nice to look through your blog and see where you started from and what you have achieved, as a cyclist and as a person. It gives me hope that i could (with dedication and determination) get to the place in life that you are now.

    Thank you.

  2. Harv says:

    This is a great read. Running and cycing have between them saved me from obesity (I’ve also been bulimic since I was 16) and some awful experiences with depression. Great to read it has had a similar effect on other. Inspirational stuff!

  3. your transformation is wonderful. also, i notice… you’re smiling in every picture. i can’t help but think you’ve found a bliss, and understand it completely.

  4. This is one of my favorite posts of yours. Great story here. I’m def in my “first year phase” but looking forward to the journey ahead. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Pandoheas says:

    Hello There!

    Though I still look goofy on a bike after 11 years after my first real bicycle adventure, I know where you are coming from. Cycling does change lives for the better. Changed mine as well, and still enhances my life! Your passion and love for the bike is inspirational, I hope you continue to ride till you are almost ready to die πŸ™‚

    P.S. I’d recommend trade your road bike with a heavy tourer and explore your beautiful country πŸ™‚

    • bgddyjim says:

      I’ve got two road bikes and, alas, I love them. I do, however, have a steel, fully lugged Co-Motion road bike tandem that I could fit with any tire I want and I can explore with my wife. I’ve got it covered! 😎

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