Saturday, April 28, 2012

Triathlon, Here I Come

My big joke has been that I would totally do a triathlon, but first I would have to get a bike.

And  a helmet.
And a bathing suit.
And goggles.
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? I know.

My new bike with it's itty-bitty, skinny wheels
I haven't been on a bike for at least nine years.  And as I was mounting it for the first time, I had an audience.  And I felt ridiculous.  I just couldn't get it right, and suddenly I didn't know how to start!  I was trying to move the pedals.  I was trying to get started, and I was the most awkward and uncoordinated that I have been in a very long time.  I felt like an idiot.

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.

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