Give These Feet a Set of Wheels, I’m Ready to Ride!

Me and my lady.
Sometimes she gets lazy and I carry her.

I decided it’s finally time for me to be a biker.

If you know me, you might be confused by that statement. I own enough bikes and related equipment to have an entire sun porch dedicated to them.

But, in addition to the fact that I took a hiatus from even commuting by bike after my traumatic car-meets-me on bike accident, I have never raced nor even clocked my speed on a bike. It’s only been a hobby, a way to exercise and a form of commuting. I have been contemplating a bike race or duathlon for some time, but it wasn’t until my recent running frustration that I decided my racing life needed something completely new.

I am working on coming back from my injuries – finally – but I am fighting against myself. I am so stubborn and self-competitive that it’s not working. I am getting frustrated because my times are not competitive. My times are not what they used to be. I know it will take time. I know I need to just let it happen. But I can’t. I can’t stop comparing today’s race times to yesterday’s. I tried running a distance that I have never done before. That was a little better. I got a personal record in that distance, but my average mile time was still posted and was still a full minute 15 seconds slower than my average pace this time last year.

Everyone had advice. Lots of advice.

Finally, I have figured out, for myself, what I think might work: a whole new race modality. I am going to get on my bike and start clocking my speed. And guess what? No matter what time it is, I have zero knowledge of my pre-injury average pace!

So … Hi. My name is Sally and I’m a biker!

Now about getting a road bike … anyone looking to help a broke, new biker out … one that only has hybrid and mountain bikes? 🙂

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3 responses to “Give These Feet a Set of Wheels, I’m Ready to Ride!

  1. Doris Andersen

    Your mom’s advice, “Invest in a bubble wrap suit!”. xxoo

  2. sunshine

    Hey lady.

    So excited that you’re jumping into the life of ‘serious’ cycling. You don’t need a brand new, carbon fiber, two thousand dollar (we’re talking mid-range here) road bike. I would suggest going with an older frame and spending the majority of your money on a good drivetrain (emphasis on derailleurs) and find shifters that work for you. Older style is where the shifters are on the down tube, newer style is when the shifters are incorporated with the brake lever components. I’ve got Shimano thumb shifters on my road bike, which aren’t that expensive and I find them very comfortable to use. If you’re comfortable on your current bike seat, keep that and switch it from bike to bike (so long as the seat tubes are compatible). I found that finding a comfortable saddle was the hardest part, honestly. Craigslist is a good source for second hand components.

    Also (if you haven’t already), you should take a bike mechanic course or go to a nonprofit like Neighborhood Bike Works and learn everything there is to know about your bike. Everything from how to take out and clean the bottom bracket, true your wheels, to replacing your chain and switching pedals (helpful for switching between clipless and non-clipless for casual versus race rides). It’s a lot of fun, and cheaper in the long run to know how to fix your own bike.

    Hope that helps! Love you, miss you!
    -S

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