December 5, 2012. That's the last time I posted something on this blog. Over three years! Seems crazy to me that I could drift so far away from something that I loved so much.
In my defense, a lot has happened in my life over those three years. For starters I moved to an area that had the absolute worst streets to ride on. That's no excuse not to ride...but it was mine for at least a year. Secondly, I became a father. Any fathers out there know that raising a baby does not provide for a lot of free time. Lastly, on April 15, 2013, I was standing in the wrong place at the wrong time at the Boston Marathon finish line. Without going into any details, it took quite some time before I was physically ready to even consider getting back on the bike.
Time has passed now and my daughter is big enough to ride on the back of a bicycle and my wounds . Which leads me to the Specialized AWOL COMP. This bike was purchased with the sole goal of being a capable bike that I could put my little girl on the back of. Little did I know that this would also be the bike that would help me fall in love with cycling once again.
From the moment I rode her in the bike shop I was in love. The geometry just felt so spot on. In the pursuit for speed and less weight we often forget that comfort is still the most important element in a bicycle. If you are comfortable on the bike you'll ride longer, ride harder...and that often means you'll ride faster. I'm not saying that I'll win any time trials in this 27lb piece of rolling thunder. But, it's pretty darn fast.
As I slowly but surely begin my journey back into cycling I'm unsure as to what format this blog will take. I suspect I'll go back to the beginning and use this space as a way of documenting my progress as a rider.
Until then. Ride on.