Wednesday, June 25, 2008
My friend Bri is an inspiration to me. She ran her first marathon two years ago with Team in Training, which benefits the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. She's since run three half-marathons and other road races, and last week she did her first duathlon, in Nashville. She rides her bike to work most days, and she's going to hike the Inca Trail in October.
Bri is one of the two friends who volunteered to help me learn to ride a bike. She loaned me her mountain bike that first day, and she's supported my bike riding ever since.
Two nights ago, she suggested we grab dinner... after a bike ride. I agreed, but I was nervous. I could barely turn without getting nervous, and I'd never crossed a street!
But these days, I'm not one to back down from a challenge. New helmet and bike basket in place, I set off with Bri leading the way. I was a bit nervous, I had to stop frequently and I made a fool of myself a couple of times, but I made it to the restaurant and back. I felt wonderful. My body is a bit sore after riding four miles up and down hills, but I feel happy and accomplished.
In two weeks, Bri, my boyrfriend and I are going to a bike trail for a 20-mile flat ride and canoe trip. I'm a real biker now! Wish me luck!