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My First Bike Trip!

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

My friend Bri is an inspiration to me. She ran her first marathon two years ago with Team in Training, which benefits the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. She's since run three half-marathons and other road races, and last week she did her first duathlon, in Nashville. She rides her bike to work most days, and she's going to hike the Inca Trail in October.
Bri is one of the two friends who volunteered to help me learn to ride a bike. She loaned me her mountain bike that first day, and she's supported my bike riding ever since.

Two nights ago, she suggested we grab dinner... after a bike ride. I agreed, but I was nervous. I could barely turn without getting nervous, and I'd never crossed a street!

But these days, I'm not one to back down from a challenge. New helmet and bike basket in place, I set off with Bri leading the way. I was a bit nervous, I had to stop frequently and I made a fool of myself a couple of times, but I made it to the restaurant and back. I felt wonderful. My body is a bit sore after riding four miles up and down hills, but I feel happy and accomplished.

In two weeks, Bri, my boyrfriend and I are going to a bike trail for a 20-mile flat ride and canoe trip. I'm a real biker now! Wish me luck!
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  • DINY123
    You should do the chicago bike tour!- they have different ones and it really makes you feel good and safe in the big city- YOU ARE IN CHICAGO- yes?
    3910 days ago
    What a lovely way to integrate your workout with a great weekend away, that's a true healthy lifestyle. Congrats on making it to the restaurant. Enjoy your first biking trip! TS
    4393 days ago
    Biking is awesome. It´s one of my favorite ways to get some exercise. I love it because it just doesn´t FEEL like working out..it feels like FUN. Except I live in a really hilly city and the hills sometimes kick my butt...I don´t like that too much..yet :)

    So congrats...your bike/canoe trip sounds like a blast!
    4396 days ago
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