That's a stupid saying. It should die. Well, it probably has. From laughter. At me.
|Me and the sinister, yet innocent looking, new bike before it tried to put my face to concrete!|
|Oh and I'm down!|
|Trying to get up on the bike...|
|But with a push from my 3 yr old (how embarrassing!)...|
|I was finally able to ride. And if I could have gotten my feet in those dang straps I would have looked like a pro, too! Guess I really do need my own bike so my feet can reach the pedals.|
Track Coach- On the Clock- So yes, here's my bike... shiney and used. I've been wanting, nay, dreaming of a bike since last year's Chelanman when I had to rent a bike to compete. That was the first time I had ever ridden a bike that didn't have large knobby tires and I fell madly in love. It was like a breath of fresh air, like beating young children at board games, like your first kiss with your true love... ok so maybe not all those things, but I did like it and reeeaally wanted to get one. However, I'm not rich so it had to be put on the back burner. But we recently came into a windfall (thanks to my wealthly uncle Sam and his first time homebuyers credit) so I had just enough to get a nice bike off craigslist.
I was able to take it out for my first real ride today and it was better than I had expected. I rode up around my house and was able to make it up some fairly gruesome looking hills without dying. Almost dying mind you, but not dying. But the nice thing about gruesome hills is you usually get to go down and the hill I happened to pick had a nice 8% grade on the back end so I got to see how fast I could really go. That bike can really move... So after my test of the sound barrier, I finished up my ride going to the neighboring town and turning around and riding back along the highway. I suppose this will show how new I am to biking, but my brother had told me that you should pull up on the back end of the stroke in addition to just pushing down on the pedals. I tried this on the second half of my ride and I couldn't believe how much faster I was able to go. Well I think this biking thing is here to stay, I think I might need to find some buddies in the area to ride with; mostly because I don't know what I'm doing and secondly because I can imagine it can get lonely out there on the open road.
BTW: We also scored a sweet trailer for the boys to ride in so when adorable wife is able to find her bike we can go on family rides. (feel free to "ahh")
|Track Coach, next to his new love in life. I am now second. See that child wandering in the background, he couldn't care less about him! (that's not true)|
|Of course, he doesn't fall off or look like a fool riding it! Nope, coach is a bum numbing pro! (also not true)|