Update: Week 1

So, it’s been a week since my bike purchase and I’d thought I’d give y’all an update. My neighborhood is actually a great place to ride/train. It’s got a lot of good back road, residential, light on traffic, with a nice mix of long, sustained climbs and short, spiky climbs. AND a fabulous, fabulous trail system that winds all over Maryland and DC (and probably Virginia, but I don’t go there).

I downloaded an app to help me keep track of where I went, how far, and for how long, as I’m crap at estimating time and distance. So far I’ve ridden 27mi in 3 rides! Most excellent.

Notable rides:

  • Nighttime ride with Shannon around Lake Artemesia: first time I’d rode with another person and I was surprised at how challenging it was. Hopefully we can make this a regular feature of my riding! It was a little sketch, though, as I didn’t have a front light yet and she had forgotten hers! But luckily there was enough light to ride by, the paved trail was in good condition and we basically had the trail to ourselves.
  • A 15mi, hour and a half ride on the NW Branch trail: I broke an hour, and only on my 3rd real ride! I had only meant to go for an hour, but halfway home I realized I had dropped a glove. They were my favorite pair of gloves for riding, so I had to go back and look for them! I had to go all the way back to where I had turned around, with no luck. This made me very sad. And very sore. This was the first time I’d really suffered any consequences from my riding and it made my 10 minute walk to the metro seem like 20.

I love this bike. I love riding this bike. I love how it makes me feel, I love how it makes me sweat. It doesn’t feel like exercise or training- it feels like freedom! I haven’t done any sort of regular exercise since I moved out to DC 3 years ago and only not having a car has saved me from becoming a blimp. Feeling my muscles burn and my lungs ache is not a punishment, but a sign of a healthier me! In this honeymoon period, when I’m not on the bike, I’m thinking about when my next ride is, and I turn down last minute offers to play if I have a ride planned. It’s an obsession I’m happy to have take over my life.


One thought on “Update: Week 1

  1. As for monitoring time and distance, you can pick up and basic cycling computer (cyclometer) for around $20. I think my Schwinn and Bell units were both in the $10 – $15 range.

    I really loved the Schwinn and never had a problem with it. The Bell was also a good product, but I didn’t like the way it counted time.

    Both units are super easy to install. Even someone with no mechanical talent can do it in a relatively short time (maybe 30 minutes). If you’re good with that kid of stuff you can do it in less than ten.

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