Back on the Bike

As embarrassing as it is to say, the girl who once biked several hundered miles has not been on the bike in over a year.  After riding 87 miles on the first day of the MS150 in 2011, I haven't gotten on my bike for a nice ride since.  My poor ride, Trek Alpha 1.1, once prized possession and addiction, went from old McD house garage to new McD house garage to newly Nabors house garage and has been collecting dust along the way.

I had been lamenting to Ryan about how I'd like to get back on my bike but it was in dier need of a tune up and Richardson Bike Mart, and cue awesome husband, he listened and got me a RBM giftcard for Christmas.  What a stud!  Embarrased, I took my shabby-looking bike into RBM which was filled with hardcore riders and shiny, well loved and cared for bikes.  I told them not to judge me, though I'm certain they did, and just to give it the love it needed. 

While at RBM, I saw tons of flyers for the MS 150 bike race again.  It's the first week in May, somewhat attainable of a goal at this point, but still a long road of training would be required.  If anything, having a goal makes me work harder as opposed to the occasional joy ride.  it's much more motivating to me to know I have to get a certain amount of miles in and limits the amount of slacking off I am likely to participate in. :)  Anyway, being there renewed my excitement to ride and to want to ride for a cause again.  Riding for a cause = increased desire to ride and put in the miles.

I picked up my shiny, like new, bike on Friday with the intention of riding Saturday morning on the Tour de Donut (duh... yum -- do they really stop at a donut shop after the ride?  I wanted to find out.), but a few too many episodes of burn notice with Ry, a newly rain-glistened road (= Taylor likely to fall on her face because she has likely forgotten how to clip in and out and/or would slip in the rain), and a bright and early 8 am call worked against my desire to ride in the Tour de Donut.  TdD, we'll meet next week.  Just you wait.

Since slacker TNabs showed up yesterday morning, I was very determined to ride today before community group.  After church, and taking Jetta Belle to Petsmart to get her some presents for her bday tomorrow (I'm sure I'll have something to post about that too), I got in my cycling gear, dusted off (literally) my clip shoes, took a picture (proof!) and headed off for my ride around our new hood (Ryan's encouragement there).

I rode 10 miles and was feeling pretty good despite the wind.  I had forgotten how much I loathe riding in the wind.  Luckily there were some pleasant surprises like ducks that thought I were going to feed them and followed me for a while, and a creek trail with a beautiful sunset.  Needless to say, I am looking forward to my next ride and have some awesome encouragement to keep me excited!  For a good read check out the Fat Cyclist's blog:

For some Dallas Trails:

Things I forgot:
1) Padded shorts are really only so padded - aka I think I bruised my tailbone.  Score!
2) Trying to speed through a stoplight is not wise when it's already yellow, you're climbing a hill, are out of breath, and you're just geting to the light.  People only have so much patience when they're waiting for you to turtle pedal your way through an intersection.
3) The joy of finding a new trail

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