I rediscovered cycling as an adult in 1999, a friend called up and said "lets go for a ride!" I said that sounded nice but I didn't have a bike and he replied "I got it covered". He came over with a hybrid or Mountain bike, I don't recall which and we went for a ride on the Burke Gilman trail which was only a few blocks away from where I lived at the time. I do recall struggling up the "hill" back to my house which I discovered later was basically just a false flat.
|an STP Mob|
That led to deciding to ride the STP or Seattle to Portland bike ride as a new years resolution for 2000, the STP is a 200 mile, 2 day supported ride that happens every July. I had by then purchased a Motiv Mountain bike from Costco because I didn't know any better , I thought converting the knobbies to road tires would work just fine.... When I started riding in the spring of 2000 I noticed that when my buddy on his road bike and I were on rolling hills he could out coast me on the descent and then be halfway up the next hill before he had to pedal, whereas my momentum was spent as soon as the uphill started. I very quickly realized I was going to need all the help I could get and so I dropped a load of cash on a Cannondale R800 road bike.
|I had all the gear|
I am, however, prone to obsessing about things so I started to recount rides I had done and trained for (STP, Haleakala, Metric Centuries), bike commuting that I had done to various jobs, found an old account on MapMyRide that filled in some gaps for 2008-2011 and looked through some old emails and Facebook to capture a few other miles and kilometers. I very conservatively estimated that from late 1999 to date I have ridden at least 3500 miles, I know that is way under reported and I will never really know for sure if I have done double that or maybe just a few extra hundred miles. In the end I am where I am, even if I knew I had done 10,000 miles of riding previously that wouldn't change the fact that I am a guy trying to pedal more these days and regain some semblance of fitness.
How many miles? I'll never know but I do know that I will continue to Ride.Smile and Repeat.