So, uh, I'm new around here. Well, at least publicly. I've been stalking you all for quite some time. Not just on the forums either. I feel like I'm always grabbing the wheel of a Reel rider at one of the charity rides I do annually (here's a belated 'thanks!'). I sat alone at Les Bois Junior High in the drizzle eating a cardboard burger after The Ride for the Blind, watching the Reel Theatre folks carry on merrily just feet from my lonely patch of flower bed. I tried to keep up with some of you on that windy Bob Lebow 100 miler...not happening.
Okay, so first things first: Let me take a step back and introduce myself. My name is James Cooper, I'm a 36 year old Boise native. I'm married (tomorrow is my 12 year anniversary!) and have two kids: Emmerson (daughter, 7 years old) and Myles (son, 2 years old).
I started my cycling addiction about 10 years ago on a steel-framed rhino of a mountain bike that was completely rigid and too small for me. I still loved it though. Bought a decent Gary Fisher hard tail the following year. I totally fell in love with mountain biking and did nothing but that until about 3 years ago when I finally bought a roadie. Now, it's fair to say, that I'm absolutely addicted to both!
In fact, I love cycling so much that I will actually RUN (not my favorite thing to do...not even close) in the winter just to stay in shape for cycling in the summer. If I wasn't such a panzy in wintry weather, I would definitely be riding year round. I'm working on that.
Anyway, I decided it was time to join a community of like minded individuals. I've never belonged to a cycling club and I figured it was about time. I was also inspired by some of your videos and blogs about racing...something I've been wanting to get into for a long time. I loved the twilight criterium video posted by Chris, especially the annotations. It made racing actually seem possible for me! I think I'm finally ready to get a license and go for it. I'm looking forward to learning from and riding with you all...this seems like a great place to do that.
So, hello! I'm very excited to be here. Does anyone want to go for a ride?