And a helmet.
And a bathing suit.
And learn how to swim. (I can swim, but I could use a lot of improvement)
So, to make a long story short, I was blessed by a girl named Marcy who is a friend of Kelly's. She is loaning me a very nice bike. Kelly brought it over tonight and after the itty bitty tires were inflated, I was able to ride it for about 15 minutes up and down the street. Seriously, I kept hearing people say how skinny road bike tires are. But until I saw them, I was all "whatever" because how small can they be? Well...now I know.
|My new bike with it's itty-bitty, skinny wheels|
So I took a deep breath, and sucked it up. I jumped up on the bike, and praise God, I didn't fall. I rode down the street. Then I rode some more. My youngest was beside me telling me maybe I should have started with training wheels to make it a little easier. Then she encouraged me and let me know that I was getting the hang of it.
"You think so?" I asked.
"Yes, "she said confidently. "You are doing so great!" she said in the same voice that I use to tell her she is doing something awesome. It was a great moment.
So I rode up and down the street, not feeling quite so ridiculous now. I just rode up and down not worrying about my neighbors watching me, and I started to really enjoy it and have fun. It was a great night. The temperature was just about perfect and the breeze was blowing in my non-helmeted hair. And I thought to myself, "I can do this." At least after I get a helmet.
So...we shall see. TriGirl Sprint Triathlon is in August.
And the countdown begins.