I bought a bike… I bought a bike… I BOUGHT A BIKE! For those who know me, you probably saw this coming a mile away. For those who don’t, well, I’m sure you can relate to my desire to purchase a road bike and throw myself into tri training 100%, weighted against my hesitancy to invest money into something I’m not sure I’ll be doing over and over again. However, I must say that Saturday’s elements aside, I truly enjoyed biking in a way that I haven’t enjoyed a new exercise in quite some time (zumba anyone)? I am feeling pretty certain that I have a future as a duathlete if not a triathlete.
So, off to Action Wheels I went!
During the Cycling 101 seminar two weeks ago, Patty demonstrated with a bike that I fell in love with. Call me materialistic, but she was beautiful. All gleaming green and white, sleek and lightweight- a supermodel of sorts! All the specifics and technological aspects? Well that’s still a bit above me, but she sure was pretty. It must be fate, because the 1st bike they pulled when I went in this weekend was that bike. It practically had my name on it already! After several spins around the shop, I was officially in love (or lust, as even I admit, this was a bit quick). (Note to newbies: while test riding bikes at Action Wheels beware of the dumpster around back. It sneaks up on you). Patty assured me my new ride would allow me to keep up with the pack better (and by assuring me, she offered to buy the bike back if I felt otherwise, she was that confident). So, all smiles and giddy with excitement, I left Saturday with the promise to return the following week to pick up my new purchase.
And so I did. A bike, bottle rack, cadence computer, gloves and flat tire kit later, I left Action Wheels late yesterday with my bike tucked safely in the back of my car. She needs a name. Any suggestions?
I rode with my neighbor Laura this morning and it was great! According to my snazzy new computer, we clocked 12 miles in just under 50 minutes. Not too shabby. It was a bit colder than Saturday, but not nearly as windy and as promised, the bike was a lot easier to ride than the hybrid. Now I must reiterate, I do not feel it necessary, nor am I suggesting all newbies run out immediately and purchase a bike for a triathlon. However, if you, like me, think that riding could become an ongoing habit (obsession?) than I do highly recommend heading on down to Action Wheels for a few test rides around the dumpster. It will be well worth it.