In my quest to finally lose weight and get physically fit, I purchased a mountain bike. But not just any bike, a Cannondale Trail 29r (in Mariner Blue). I chose a mountain bike for its versatility and to take advantage of the many trails around Gastonia. For a week, the bike sat in my Gastonia living room. I promised to ride it after work, but with my schedule, the ride never came. Until yesterday. On 4/26/2014, I loaded the bike for a trip to George Poston Park [http://www.gastongov.com/departments/parks-recreation/parks/george-poston-park]. As a new rider, I choose the “Lake Loop”, one of five in the park. I won’t bore you with the details but it took nearly an hour to go a little over a mile. I fell off twice. But I rode out, undamaged, while gaining a healthy respect for the sport.