As you may or may not know, I've recently gotten into cycling and am preparing to do my first organized ride this weekend in the Dolphins Cycling Challenge - a two-day tri-county charity cycling event coordinated by the Miami Dolphins Foundation. The purpose of the DCC is to increase cancer awareness, encourage healthy hobbies, and raise funds for the University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center.
I picked up a Ridley Damocles road bike from the AWESOME people at The Racer's Edge bike shop in Boca Raton, FL. I was custom fitted to ensure I won't be straining or harming my body from riding long distances, and absolutely LOVE the bike thus far.
I've only ridden it twice since. First ride was 12 miles last week, then it rained for 40 days and 40 nights - or so it felt... then squeezed in a 14-mile ride last night, but we're having high winds in S. Florida that were over 20MPH with even larger gusts. Needless to say the ride was tough, but I know once the wind dies down I'll be able to see gains in my performance.
The ride this weekend will be 40 miles. I'm really excited for it, and will spend the rest of the week getting myself closer to the 40-mile mark. Nothing like giving myself 5 days to get ready for a big ride, huh? I know to you cycling pro's out there 40 miles is child's play, but I'm just getting started, ok? Hehe...
In the mean time, if you'd like to support my fundraising efforts for the charity, please make a small donation here: http://www.ridedcc.com/dcc/page/Guy-Cosmo.htm
Here's a picture from my first ride, and a picture of the bike. I know, not flattering, but hey - it's all I got!