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!