Our lovely friend Bruce (who is a triathlete) has lent us two bikes to have a try on with the view to one day trying a tri.
We’ve had them for a couple of weeks and finally yesterday afternoon we took them for a spin. A wise woman and experienced cyclist suggested to us that bike shorts are the one piece of cycling gear not to scrimp on. I have this thing about spending money on things. If I buy something I have to use it no matter what. Hence my reluctance to spend money on bike gear until I know that we are actually going to be regular cyclists. Certain people in the household get into big trouble for spending money on things that don’t get used. One guess as to who that is and it isn’t me! No bike shorts were purchased for our first ride. We went cold turkey without them. More on bike shorts in a minute.
We weren’t feeling like an audience for our first ride so we waited until everyone had left the farm for the day. Out I go to get the bikes; then follows Pauly. Aren’t you going to get changed? I ask looking at his flannelette shirt and jeans. No, he said, I’ll be fine like this. I giggled. I giggled more when he put on the white cycling shoes and helmet Bruce lent him. I outright laughed when he tucked his jeans in his black socks.
Cycling fashionista and trend setter? I don’t think so.
Gingerly I crawled onto the bike. I felt high-up and wobbly. After a few swerves and shakes I was off. The bike is so much lighter than a mountain bike and I haven’t cycled on one of those regularly for many many moons. I cautiously navigated up the driveway, then down Brocks Road. I was a little reluctant to zoom down the slight incline of Brocks Road so kept my hands ready to grab the brakes. Of course that whiskery old dude in jeans and flannelette shirt was off like a racing car on steroids – he zoomed down that incline. It wasn’t until we got to the sealed stretch of Cheshunt Road that I started to feel confident. My average speed was 15km/h but at one point I got up to 26km/h. Such a speedster! All up we cycled 20kms.
Back to those bike pants. Sue you were right. I have ouchy bits in places that I didn’t know existed. And as for my Cycling Fashionista husband, if I don’t get some proper cycling gear for him the cycling police might come and arrest him! I’m not sure but I think there is a law against cycling in flannelette.
At least he took his gum boots off!
One ride down I hope of many happy cycling trips. Even after one ride I feel heaps more confident. I’m not sure how I’ll go in traffic (our farm roads are so quiet, we only saw two vehicles in 20kms yesterday). My idea to try a tri is taking more form. In fact yesterday with a 5km parkrun, a 500m swim and then a 20km ride I sort of did a tri (albeit rather spaced out in time over the day).
A while ago I nearly gave up blogging due to the negative comments of someone. I was completely taken aback at the time and hurt. Special friends convinced me to keep writing.
Debbie summed up so well, so beautifully and so humbly about why she blogs and I sat there nodding and agreeing with her. Debbie takes lovely photos and writes a happy, positive blog that’s also very real and down to earth.
Blogging is something I enjoy. If others find encouragement from my words then I am happy. For those who don’t like it, simple: don’t read it. Mostly I blog to make sense of this wonderful thing called running that has completely changed who I am and my concept of myself. It has also introduced me to some lovely people who I believe are some of life’s angels. People here who I see and talk to face to face and people out there in blogging land who I may never meet in person but who still have a very special place in my heart and who I consider to be my friends.
Please have a read of Debbie’s blog, she is one of those angels.
Happy cycling! Next stop buying bike pants with a great big squishy thingy in the crutch! Now, where’s my ice pack?
Happy running 🙂
Ps if you would like to read along on Sue’s adventures hop over to Travel Tales of Life.
Pps I’ve pulled up not too badly today. I went for a lovely 15km run at happy pace.