I talked in my last post that I wasn't going to allow excuses in my life and that I had a plan to make sure that my snafu or not riding in the morning didn't mean that I forwent my planned ride. I put my plan into motion. I contacted my walking partner and asked her if we could delay our walk until 7:30. That gave me a half hour to close up work, get home, change, grab my bike, my shoes for walking and get to the battlefield. I would ride for an hour and then walk with Sherry after my ride. It worked like a charm!
I got an hour bike ride in and I walked and got my chit chat session in. It was all in all a good evening!
Soooooo I'm going to get the white elephant out in the open. I bought my new bike and was so excited. I knew it would be an adjustment but didn't expect too much difficulty. Seriously, I ride my trek quite a bit...I rode it on Monday for 20 miles....it shouldn't be too difficult to ride a road bike.....right? I however quickly figured out that my new bike threw me into a world of hurt. Yes. It's a painful experience. It HURTS!
Lets start at the bottom.
*My toes go numb when I ride. I can't really say that it's anything to do with my new bike. My toes go numb on my Trek too....so I'm not too concerned about that.
* My left foot HURTS. I don't know if we attached the clip into the shoe a bit off or something (I'm going to have my brother look at it). I know that I've had some pain in this foot for more than a year, so it could just be a combination of that issue and a different use of the foot. I ignore this pain.
* Hills. I typically ride the canal on my Trek (or a rail trail). It's relatively flat. Hills make the thighs SING and burn!!!! Not too concerned, this is just a problem that will happen and will ease up as I build up the different muscle set that is conducive to hilly bike ridng.
* Back. Yeah, I'm more hunched over when I ride my lite speed. My back feels it. It gets stiff and achy. Once again this will ease up as I get used to riding a road bike.
*My arms and upper body get SOOOO tired and achy as my hands and arms support my upper body on the bike. I ache. Once again.....just building up the body, muscles and getting adjusted. It's all good.
So yeah, I'm in a world of hurt with this. But I will NOT fail. I will NOT let the bike beat me! I know it's just a thing of DOING it on a regular basis. I just need to remember that it WILL get easier!
SOooo on the bike tonight I was riding along and hurting. I carried on a two sided conversation in my head.
MaryFran: I want to quit!!!!
MaryFran: It hurts!
Voice: Are you dying?
Voice: Then keep going. Suck it up buttercup.
And I did. I kept going and I didn't die.
I'm planning on going riding with Todd on Saturday (weather permitting and he doesnt back out). I've suggested the Washington and Old Dominion Rail Trail. I've told him that I plan on taking my lite speed and riding that. I've already informed Todd that I will probably be snivelling and cryng by the time we are done! (ok, maybe not quite that bad)
I will conquer this. Failure is NOT an option. I will get to the point that I can ride with my brother and not hold him back (too much at least). I will conquer this and knock these bucket list bike rides off my list. I will WIN!