So as we already established, Myrtle Beach half marathon was a total bust, thanks to mother nature. If nothing else, the lack of racing gave me a head start on the second mega event of my weekend: shopping for my first “big girl” bike.
The bike fitting was awesome. I started out feeling pretty uncomfortable on my bike, to feeling like I could ride all day. (well, other than the sore butt, but at as you can see from my butt imprinting on the left here, I was fit on the proper sized seat. Really didn’t expect that one, ha!)
But I do know that he or she still without a name is BE-A-U-TIFUL!
That night after the kids went to bed (these little hands are still WAY too fascinated by the shiny new toy mom brought home) Holly and Jim gave me another basic run down on clipping in and out, and shifting. Because the next morning, less than 24 hours after purchasing my bike, I was headed on my very first open road organized bike ride. The Michelob Ultra Bike Rides, a part of the Myrtle Beach Marathon weekend that wasn’t canceled.
dun dun dunnnnn!
I was so excited about my new bike that I didn’t have time to be nervous. It wasn’t until we were suited up and getting ready to ride, when I had my full blown panic attack. Holly brought me over to an empty parking lot near the starting line to practice riding/clipping in before the official ride. It was then I realized that clipping in and out while secured on a bike in a bike trainer is WAY easier than real life, hahaha. After a few deep breaths and reassuring words from Holly, I learned the art of the back peddle to get myself going and took off around the parking lot.
Finally feeling ready, we lined up at the back of the pack. And when I mean back, I mean I was the LAST person to go. I didn’t want any pressure. Oh, and did I mention the race started on a HILL?? Ok ok, to most of you that’s barely a blip in the radar, but it scared the crap out of me. Much to my surprise, just as Mary from GSB told me, riding this bike felt like riding a rocket ship compared to my clunky old Schwinn. I didn’t even feel the hill 🙂
Seriously, I was almost as excited to finish this ride as I was when I finished my first marathon. I did it! And I am in LOVE with my new bike. I never imagine riding a bike could seem so effortless. Which of course means I need to go faster, but I’ll deal with those details as I gain some more experience, haha.
I also didn’t fall. I do realize that this means I’m bound to eat pavement any day now, and I’m not a “true cyclist” until I fall once or twice (or so I’ve been told). If it’s any consolation, on the way back, I clipped out with my right foot at the railroad tracks and tried to put my left foot down, haha. I almost ate it, but quickly recovered. I’m thankful for all that time I spent pretending to be an Olympic Figure Skater wearing socks on the kitchen floor growing up. Triple axles I have not, but it sure gave me some decent balance.
So yeah, watch out Lance. Momma’s got a brand new bike, and I’m coming for you and that crazy VO2 max. Ok maybe not, but we couldn’t pass up the photo op!
I registered for the CCU triathlon April 18th. It’s getting more official by the day.
Swim, bike, and RUN STRONG my friends!