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It all started with a bike

Monday, June 11, 2012

I wanted to add cycling to my cardio this summer. Craigslist had 2 offerings: a beach cruiser and a mountain bike. Beach cruiser was 50 bucks. I couldn't pass it up. Rode it twice before the MTB person contacted us. I struggled on the very modest inclines in our neighborhood on the beach cruiser, so I checked out the MTB. Well, it was 75 bucks. I bought it, too. Loved the gears, loved the stability, riding over any bump, puddle, gravel patch. Found out about a nearby sprint distance triathlon. I swim, I've done a few virtual 5K's, first walking then walk/jog. The bike completed the 3rd piece. So, I signed up and started training. The bike pretty much every other day, with walk jog following most bike rides, swim alternating days. One day a week, I'd do all 3: swim, bike, run. Then, I started accumulating gear. First step: Triathlon shorts, and a running high-tech fabric tank (sale at Athleta). My knees started hurting after riding, so I got clip pedals and shoes next. A tri shirt to go with the shorts, and a racer back bra for the racer back shirt. 2 miles of walk / jog OK, any distance past that, like I need for the 5K tri and my foot got really sore. So, running shoes came next. A week after their acquisition, I jogged 3 miles without stopping, probably the longest continuous jog since 1979 when I first injured my knees. My husband, worried about my sore knees while riding has been trolling craigslist for a women's road bike to help with that part of the race. So, Sunday, we hit REI and I tried a hybrid bike. It was EFFORTLESS! light, fast, easy to maneuver. OMG, what a difference, though I love the mountain bike for bringing me the confidence to zoom around. Compared several women's extra small frame hybrids at bike stores, overwhelmed with frame composition, components; I was sold on these sweet little hybrids. Did I mention effortless? This evening, my Giant dash hybrid bike had her maiden voyage. On the MTB, working pretty strongly, my speed was 8 minutes a mile. On the hybrid, without struggling at all, my speed was 5 min / mile! Woo Hoo! Just under 6 weeks to go to the tri, and I'm feeling pretty positive about my ability to finish. As it's my first, no matter what I do I'll set a personal best.

So, I feel like I've spent a fortune (thank you summer teaching salary), increased my confidence a zillion fold, improved my muscle tone. Amazing!
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    I have a Giant too! Isn't it wonderful!
    2469 days ago

    Comment edited on: 6/16/2012 5:16:16 AM
    How thrilling! You are going to have a blast! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2474 days ago
  • OPTIMIST1948
    What is is with the Tri gear? I have accumulated a ton also. An upcoming blog will be what I spent on everything. Still, it sounds like you made the right purchases at the right times to support your new healthy habit!

    Good luck with your tri. Remember, its about finishing.
    2474 days ago
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