I went for my first official bike ride today. It wasn’t much of an adventure, it was more of getting used to the bike. I only rode around my neighborhood, I need to make sure I am comfortable on the bike. I practiced changing gears, went up some hills, down some hills and practiced getting my feet in and out of the pedal clips.
I have been looking for some good bike trails, but I’m having somewhat of a hard time. I know of two places that I can possibly go, but I’m really nervous. They are all on roads, mostly low traffic, which is good, but it’s intimidating to just go out there and ride a new bike that is completely different than any other bike I’ve rode. I know I just have to do it, once I get out there and do it, I will realize how easy it was in the first place. I just have to keep that quote in mind.
I am using an old road bike that my Uncle gave my Dad several years ago. I’m so happy to have it because mountain bikes make everything more difficult because they are so heavy. I also have to carry my bike up and down three flights of stairs every time I use it because there is no other place to store it. I am thankful that it is so light. I bought an awesome new helmet yesterday at Sports Authority, it makes me feel more professional, ha! I also bought some goggles to wear swimming and a water bottle for my bike. Slowly things are all coming together. I have a few more things that I will need to buy in the coming weeks, like a triathlon top and bottom and also a swim cap. I have exactly 6 weeks to get my butt into shape. Wish me luck!