Yes, I bike. I still moonlight as a mechanic at the local bike shop, where incidentally I met my wife, pina la nina. I used to race, at the height of my road racing mania I did about forty races, from March to October. This does not include the 4 or five indoor "roller" races we did in February. I always wished I had gotten into racing earlier, I didn'y start until I was out of college. I've been in a few pretty cool pelotons, a few of which included Mike McCarthy, George Hincapie (born and raised on LI!) and a few others. I will never forget the race we did in Central Park, I was pulling the field along at a somewhat respectable 27mph, just trying to keep things under control for my team mate who was in a break of seven about thirty seconds up the road. With about a 1/2 mile to go McCarthy goes wailing past me like I'm standing still, catches the break and cruises past them for the win. Those pros are scarrry!
I'd trade all the crap I own for endless hours on the bike like I had when we lived in Mexico for 8 months. I was in such great shape I won a 65 mile state championship on my old debarnardi with bar end shifters and heavy clincher wheels!
Now I try to get up before my wife does so I can go out for a jog in the morning and when my little girl is napping during the day I squeeze in an indoor trainer workout. The only time I can get out for a ride is on the weekend or if we go away on vacation.
I'm adapting though, I can be somewhat happy with an hour out on the road or trail, by myself puttering along in a pedestrian manner. I'm a lot like other cycling dads I know, as we get more into our careers we ride better bike slower and slower. I still hope to do a few weekend club races here and there, I love the comraderie and fitness I get from it. I'm in the process of setting up the old Ironhorse to be the kid toting bike for next year once dd is old enough for a kid seat. I've already got the baby jogger but its too cold right now.
Cycling is a sport that I woundn't/would wish on anybody. It is so friggin' hard and time consuming but I know of no other sport as intense, satisfying and diverse. I wonder what I will say to my dd if she ever expresses an interest in it.
By the way, you seem computer saavy enough, I want to upgrade the RAM of this old (1999) 333mhz G3 imac, got any ideas about where I could get upgrade for it and how much it might cost? This site bogs down everything no matter how much I manipulate the memory I have.
Hey, If you've got an indoor trainer and need some exciting workouts that will burn maybe 1200 cal in an hour, let me know I've got some excellent ones.