Saturday, February 02, 2008

Like Being A Kid Again

Just as soon as my new bike trainer arrived, the weather turned sunny and perfect. Go figure! So after a long day of home improvement projects, I headed out to ride. Guess what -- it was the most fun! I had zero to little apprehension about pedaling, cars, dogs, etc. I intended to not leave neighborhood, i.e. avoid "the real roads," but I got over that pretty quickly.

I flew down a huge hill and pedaled halfway up the huge uphill, then walked it to the top. That was my first step to exiting the neighborhood "the back way." The dreaded westside hill! I thought all of the downhill momentum would propel me up the other side... but not so much. But at least I was able to get up half of it.

That put me over by the elementary school, where the road is very wide due to a dropoff lane. Past that is a small housing area with about 6-8 streets. I zipped through them all! I got to the point where, during a straightforward run, I'd be at mile one and turn onto "the old highway." I contemplated riding there, since I am certain I'll be doing that one day, but opted out until I am a professional. Ha! So I just zipped through all of the previous streets some more. I looked down and was at 5.61 miles already. Holy cow!

Now I knew that I could make this into a longer ride. This was only day #2 on the bike (due to horribly bone chilling weather) and I didn't want to take on too much, but on the other time I was having the time of my life. I was riding through puddles with glee! And I was able to use my water bottle while pedaling. Chasen said it was like I got to be a kid all over again. I was really, really enjoying myself on this gorgeous day.

I rode 10.09 miles! I averaged about 11 miles per hour. On day #1, when I went five miles total, I averaged 10 miles per hour. Improvement! I actually got to thinking that I could indeed be a cyclist. What a great day!


MarathonChris said...

Way to go...sounds like you are going to be one cycling fool!

Just don't try recording podcasts while biking ;-)

Bev said...

Sounds fun! Makes me want to get a bike. Maybe someday.

ShirleyPerly said...

Your blog title is exactly what many have said when they got into cycling again as adults. I'm so glad you're having fun!

How about adding a little swim and a walk in addition to do the Simply Stu triathlon with us end of March? You choose the distances :-)

Maddy said...

Yipppeeee! That sounds like so much fun! Riding through puddles? Awesome! You will be on the Old Highway before you know it!

Petraruns said...

Wow! What happiness! I was looking at bikes while getting one for my daughter yesterday - but none were as nice as yours ;)!

Keep having fun and telling us about it!

kim said...

I love reading about your biking adventures! I stick to spinning and am waiting for my new spinning bike to arrive this week!!!

jeanne said...

fantastic! it just gets better and better!

peter said...

It sounds like you're going to get into biking in a big way. It'll be a great way to keep in shape while passing the three months. Then you'll go back to running, right? (Does your bike have a bell?)