Thursday, May 3, 2012

Uh Oh!

Yesterday, I took off on my bike for my first ride.

O.  M.  G.  

What the heck was I thinking!

First of all, I don't like hats.  My ears stick out of them and I look like Dumbo!  AND my head gets too hot.
Second of all, I don't like it when my ponytail is low and it hits my neck. 
And I would never wear anything that has a choker or a chin strap because I hate the way it gives me extra chins.

A helmet covers all of the above.

But I was excited to ride.  I didn't have much time, so I thought a quick couple of miles would be fine.  I took off to the back of the neighborhood enjoying how much of a breeze you get while riding.  But it didn't take long before my arms started to get tired. In fact, it was less than a mile.  I remember this arm issue from Spin class; but when your bike is stationary, it is easy to stretch your arms once in a while.  This is not the case when you have to steer the bike on micro-thin tires!  So I just tried to re-position my hands on the steering wheel to compensate.  I was also very aware of my speed, which was probably slower than most; but I kind of got freaked out when I sped up and thought that I could fall at any moment.  

When I reached the front of the circle, I knew it would be easy to turn left and go back home.  I could have used the lack of time and the fact that it was a first ride as an excuse; but I decided to push it, and I made the right turn instead.  I just kept peddling and tried to get a good feel of the road and the wind gently pushing against me.  

I knew the whole ride would end up being around three miles, and I was ready to be home.  

As I'm pulling into my driveway, the realization hits me.  The sprint triathlon is an eleven mile bike ride.  Eleven minus three is EIGHT!!!!  I have eight more miles to aspire to. Eight more miles AND a 5K!  All preceded by a SWIM!  IN OPEN WATER!!! 

Uh oh!

I am freaking out a little. 

Ok, a lot!

I have a lot of work to do.

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