By Chris Brewer, Digital Media Editor
1:36 PM CST, January 17, 2013
Welcome to Brewer's Bike Blog, an idea that came about this year to help out with our KY3 Fitness page.
I'm a web editor here, so I'm mostly behind the scenes, but I'd like to use this space to detail how I'm keeping fit through cycling in and around Springfield. (Find out more about me here.)
Bicycle fever hit me last year when I decided to buy a two-wheeled contraption of my own. I settled on a Giant Escape II -- a glorified commuter bike -- in February 2012 and thought it would be nice to commute to work every once in awhile, go riding around the neighborhood and explore the streets of Springfield in a new way.
I just didn't know how much I would enjoy it.
Friends told me of safe places to ride in and around Springfield, and within two months I had branched out from staying exclusively on the Greenway trails to riding up and down city streets, knowing how to command the lane at a stop and much more.
In July, I rode up and down the Frisco Highline Trail from the Springfield trailhead to a point beyond Willard until I hit 100 miles. Technically, I had completed my first century just five months into cycling.
When the calendar hit Dec. 31, I had logged 1,753 miles on the year. My rides had gone from 5 miles and sucking wind afterward to 30 miles and still feeling energetic.
This year, I have pledged to ride 3,000 miles. It's doable, considering all I would need to do is 30 miles per day for 100 days. Considering the amount of good weather we get in the Ozarks as opposed to my native land of Rainier, Oregon, it's an achievable goal.
I'll be posting a blog regularly here on KY3.com's Fitness section in which I not only update my progress, but show videos of where I ride and sections of the city I ride in as well. Hopefully it can become a resource that encourages and motivates more people to get out and active in the Ozarks.
If you're on Facebook, I'd like to invite you to my CB3K: 3,000 Miles In 2013 page, where I am keeping a log of all the exercises I do as I perform them. Just "Like" that page and we can interact on Facebook.
I'm also on DailyMile if you'd like to keep track of me there.
And by all means, if you are an experienced cyclist and are reading this -- and you'd like to give me tips and hints for a more effective ride, I'd definitely welcome them! My email address is above, and as I stated, you can Like my Facebook page to interact with me there.
Thanks for reading! On my next Bike Blog, I'll show how I map my rides using my Android phone and how I use it to help me set goals -- as well as plan for future rides.
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