Another SPer asked me about my bike and my bicycling. I wrote a pretty long response and thought I'd create a blog post based on it.
I am now 41 and hadn't rode a bike since I was a child. That changed in June of this year shortly after I started running Couch to 5K (C25K). I was going on vacation with my sister-in-law (and other family members) to New Mexico. We had a house that included 2 bikes. My sil had started riding as part of her weight loss/getting in shape plan. So, we decided to both run & ride while in NM.
We went on 2 rides through the foothills of NM. The first ride was 4 miles and the second was 7.5 miles. The views were spectacular!!! From the mountains to the sunsets to the birds, the lizards, and the groundhogs. It was amazing!
I had to learn basic biking communication AND I tried to learn how to grab my water bottle while riding... it wasn't easy!
I debated a lot about what bike to buy and didn't end up buying a bike for several months. In early October, I bought a Scott Speedster. (And, I love it.)
Just a few days after buyiing my, I got in a wreck with my daughter. I had a banged up hip and scraped up arm which hurt for months and scared. A few weeks later, I went out with my trainer (a biker) twice and he had a bad fall. It took months (through the winter) before I was ready to get back on again.
I think I started back in January with a bike at the gym. Then, maybe in Feb started riding. Now, I'm still only riding on my 'real' bike once a week and then at the gym another time.
I am trying to increase my 'long rides' and have went from struggling with 7 miles (I found out that just because I could run for a long time didn't mean I could ride for a long time!). I increased to 10 miles... then 15... and 2 weeks ago (right before my tri) I did a 20 mile ride!
So far, all of my riding has been by myself except for those 2 rides with my personal trainer AND my 2 rides last weekend - the triathlon and the beginners clininc the day before. I am planning on doing my longest ride ever next weekend - 30 miles in hilly Oklahoma while we are there for vacation. It is an organized ride and that weird skeleton on my background is their logo. Pretty creepy! (And, I hope my foot does NOT have a stress fracture like I fear it does... or I might not be able to ride next weekend.)
My goal is to do a long, 2 day ride this fall. It is 75 miles on Saturday & 75 miles on Sunday. (It's called Bicycle Around the Bay in Galveston, TX) I'd LOVE to do it! I'd also like to do the local MS 150 next year. It takes place this weekend! So, I have a year to train. It is 2 days and covers 180 miles from Houston to Austin.