In the spirit of getting triathlon ready and conquering some additional items on my fitness bucket list, I decided to hop on a bike today and head out for a leisurely ride.
I bring you: “Kara’s Thoughts While Bike Riding”. Are you intrigued yet?
Welcome to my brain:
“Hmm…which side is the front of the helmet? This is so not cute.”
“OMG my Garmin has a bike mode!” (BEST THING EVER.)
“Why am I always so nervous about biking? This is fun! Weee!”
“Hey, runner!! I run too! But I’m biking today. Look at this cross training action. Are you jealous? You look really hot, its noon and 362 degrees, how are you running right now? Do you want some Nuun?”
“Am I supposed to say ‘on your right’? Use hand signals? Smoke signals? I should have studied the rules.”
“First mile..that was only a mile?”
“Wow I’ve never seen that split on my watch before.”
“Hey, biker! You look really official with your spandex-y outfit. Don’t judge me for wearing tennis shoes while riding, please.”
“Hey, look! A negative split! Another number I’ve never seen on my Garmin. I wonder if cyclists care about negative splitting.”
“Weeee!! I love biking!! I can’t stop smiling!”
“End of bike trail. Hmm. Should I go on the road? I’ll try going on the road. AHHH CARS! Focus. Focus.”
“Don’t hit me. Don’t hit me. Don’t hit me.”
“This hill sucks.”
“Ugh. My butt hurts already. Weak glutes.”
“Do I stop at the stoplight? Eh. No cars around. Too much effort.”
“Why do I always think biking is easy? NOT EASY.”
“What did our TNT cycle coach say? Change the gears while pedaling, or never change the gears while pedaling? Or neither?”
“What is that noise? Crap I shifted wrong.”
“I hear a train coming…I’m going to race it! Weee! Ugh. Train won.”
“I wonder if I’m going to be sore tomorrow. Maybe I shouldn’t have done this the day before a 10K race. Shoot.”
“Can’t wait to blog about this. (NERD ALERT!) People will probably be happy I’m finally writing about something other than my crappy runs lately. Or maybe no one cares. Whatever”.
“I need sunscreen. I need sunscreen. I have to put some on immediately.” (Yes I did put sunscreen on while riding my bike. How’s that for talent??)
“10 miles…I thought 10 miles would take like 10 minutes. So wrong.”
“ANOTHER HUGE HILL?! Sigh. I want a lighter bike.”
“I could get used to this. Maybe I should bike to the train station. I wish I could bike to work. Stupid Holland Tunnel in my way.”
“So sweaty. Taking off my helmet feels glorious. When can I bike again? Or do I call it cycling? Need to study terminology.”
“Need to call Dad, he’ll be so proud!”
I have no idea if these splits show I’m super slow or super amazing (I’m guessing not the amazing one); I have no frame of reference. All that matters is I LOVED cycling. I couldn’t stop smiling. Except on the hills. I also loved that I could go in the middle of a hot day and still be okay; the breeze and easy access to my water bottle and sunscreen made it simple.
Biking as an actual sport seems so complicated. But overall, it’s all about just getting out there and doing it. I’ve been riding bikes since I was little; my Dad taught me by having me stand on the curb to get up onto my bike because I was so short. I still remember my pink bike with the neon colors and the kick stand that didn’t always work quite right. I’ve ridden with my Dad, my Mom, my friends…ridden to school, to work, to practices and just for fun…but today was different…I went out on a mission. Mission: TRIATHLON.
Now, I’m off to hydrate all day for the Queens 10K tomorrow. If you’re running, let me know!
Do you cycle? Do you have any secret tips? What are cycle workouts even supposed to look like?!