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  1. #1
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    Apr 2014
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    Reversing the damage of nursing school

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    Hello all. I have been lurking here for a couple weeks since my husband surprised me with the purchase of a bike for my birthday. All winter I was whining about how I miss riding my bike and how nursing school is slowly making me fat. I have gained about 20 pounds since starting in September.
    A couple weeks ago, I began my two week spring break between terms and my husband thought it would be a good idea to buy my gift early. He had spent months researching different bikes that he felt would fit my needs. I went to the local Trek store and told the gentleman what I would be using my bike for and he was pushing for me to buy a hybrid. my husband suggested that I try the Cali S as he thought that would work best for me. Having not done any research myself, I trusted his word and test rode the bike. I really enjoyed it as I have always had mountain bikes growing up. So, I took it home that day and rode 2 miles in the 22 degree spring weather we were having.
    It's been about three weeks now since I've started riding the bike. I love it, but deep down inside I wonder if I should have chosen a road bike. I only ride on the road, but my husband has mentioned that he wants to try trails some day. I wish I wasn't a poor college kid and could afford to have both. The bike isn't bad to ride, and I bought some bontrager race shorts to help me endure the longer distances. Today, I did my longest ride in my entire life of just under 25 miles. It has been amazing to see how much stronger I have become in the past few weeks and I hope to become even stronger as the year progresses. Click image for larger version. 

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  2. #2
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
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    Quote Originally Posted by thenomad13 View Post
    Hello all. I have been lurking here for a couple weeks since my husband surprised me with the purchase of a bike for my birthday. All winter I was whining about how I miss riding my bike and how nursing school is slowly making me fat. I have gained about 20 pounds since starting in September.
    A couple weeks ago, I began my two week spring break between terms and my husband thought it would be a good idea to buy my gift early. He had spent months researching different bikes that he felt would fit my needs. I went to the local Trek store and told the gentleman what I would be using my bike for and he was pushing for me to buy a hybrid. my husband suggested that I try the Cali S as he thought that would work best for me. Having not done any research myself, I trusted his word and test rode the bike. I really enjoyed it as I have always had mountain bikes growing up. So, I took it home that day and rode 2 miles in the 22 degree spring weather we were having.
    It's been about three weeks now since I've started riding the bike. I love it, but deep down inside I wonder if I should have chosen a road bike. I only ride on the road, but my husband has mentioned that he wants to try trails some day. I wish I wasn't a poor college kid and could afford to have both. The bike isn't bad to ride, and I bought some bontrager race shorts to help me endure the longer distances. Today, I did my longest ride in my entire life of just under 25 miles. It has been amazing to see how much stronger I have become in the past few weeks and I hope to become even stronger as the year progresses. Click image for larger version. 

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    Ooooh! Congrats on a new bike from a sweet husband! I would say that you should fall in love with biking again and enjoy both the road and the trails. Mountain bikes can be used on both trail and roads, plus I think that your Cali S is a 29er. So, if you already bought this bike, I would get stronger on it, ride on some trails, and figure out if you love the feel on a road bike or not before your road bike purchase. There is always Craigslist too.

    I'm also excited that you went from 2 miles to riding 25 miles in only a few weeks!!! I think that it took me a few months to improve as much as you did in a few weeks.
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  3. #3
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    northern Virginia
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    Welcome aboard. My sister and cousin are nurses so I'm familiar with the demands of nursing school.

    My first bike (as an adult) was a hardtail mountain bike. For the first few years I had it, I rode it mostly on roads and paved trails, with some riding on a canal towpath. I had lots of fun with it. Eventually I started riding single track. I bought a road bike four years later, and I mostly ride that now, but I still like like to ride the mountain bike on dirt paths from time to time.

    Enjoy your new bike, and good luck with school!!

    - Gray Trek Madone 4.7 road bike, mystery crack in top tube repaired by Calfee, Bontrager Affinity RXL saddle
    - Red Trek 6000 mountain bike, Bontrager Evoke WSD saddle

    Gone but not forgotten:
    - Silver Trek 2000 road bike
    - Two awesome and worn out Juliana saddles

 

 

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