Me pre-ride. Feeling scared…..
HAHAHAHA!!!! Virgin. Seriously.
I went for a bike ride. I hadn’t been on a bike in ten years. I also hadn’t been without carting kids and I had never ridden on the road – always a bike path. I was scared. My teammate Pete (being his usual hilarious self) told me it was “just like riding a bike”. Hilarious. Then Olivia said the same thing. OK. They were killing me.
I was worried about clipping – or unclipping – my shoes out of the pedals, I was concerned I’d be the weakest link, I wasn’t sure I could make it…… Fortunately I was with 5 amazing athletes who have all been beginners before. It was a flat, slow course and relatively low mileage for them. So a great day to jump in!! I was up at 5 am, left the house at 5:30 and hopped on the bike at 6. Lovely!!
My bike shorts and shoes
We were supposed to ride 16 miles. At mile 7 Sam updated me and I started to relax. I realized I had already made it that far without too much of an issue so I should chill out. My body was hurting in places I hadn’t been aware of in a very long time. My hands were cramped, my elbows ached and my neck was angry. Relaxing helped and now it’s a matter of being consistent and letting those muscles get used to riding. We ended up riding 17.4 miles but I felt really good. I told my butt that the next day when I realized I was saddle sore. “It felt good, you’ll be fine, toughen up”.
We jumped off the bikes, changed shoes, peed and took off running. I’ve experienced this before – “sea legs” where you’re going through the motions of running but your legs are still on the bike. Weird. I had heard we were doing 3 miles, but Olivia informed me we were doing 4….. I see how this is working… Tell me one thing, loop me in and then pad the numbers…. The run felt good except for the end. We stopped so one of the runners could stretch. Starting back up my muscles rebelled. Everything was tight. I only had half a mile left though and I had to get back to my car so I pushed through and felt better.
DONE!!!! No matter what exercise I do, the end is euphoric!!
Partners in crime!! Me with Pete and Olivia – not to mention Sam, Andrea and Abby – helped me get through my first time
When we finished, Olivia – the eternal upbeat optimist – told me the Iron Girl Las Vegas was only 13 miles of bike and 3 miles of running and since I had just done MORE than that, I should just do it. So I hesitantly committed. I recall thinking it would be fun to go watch and have a girls weekend, not actually DO the race, etc…. She said if I go and I’m not racing I’ll kick myself…. It’s hazy how this conversation went. On my way home Olivia texted me to tell me she signed me up. So I’m racing Iron Girl in October. Cherry popped!