This will be my first time riding in the STP, and I am very excited! My husband use to road bike (years ago, when he was in his teens) but then he got his license, and realized he could get places faster in his car than on his bike…. He got back on the saddle in his early twenties, but this time it was a mountain bike. (Allot of really great single track in Bellingham, WA.)
I just started to ride my mountain bike to work last February, and now I am the marketing manager for my companies start up Bike2Work group. Shortly after I started commuting, it was obvious to me that I bought the wrong kind of bike…. I have never even taken my mountain bike on a trail… I would much rather be on the road!
I started playing with the idea of the STP, and after mentioning to my husband and the biking group that I wanted to do it, for Christmas this year my husband got me a Lemond Tourlamet! Much better suited for long road rides. :)
Through my work for the Biking group here at my job, I have been in contact with Cascade Bicycle Club, and we plan on following the STP Training Guide. And I have read that I should join in some of the group rides they offer, to get some experience riding in a large group.
I plan on starting my training next week. (Road bike is in the shop getting new, smaller handlebars). Any suggestions for a newcomer that has never done anything like this before? I know I need to train and get in shape. I am not a very physically active person since I stopped fencing last summer. Any suggestions for good bike riding nutrition sites? Any pointers that you wish someone had told you the first time you rode the STP?