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Triumph! [Sep. 15th, 2009|02:27 pm]
Zoethe
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I did it. I got on the bike and rode 10 miles. Nothing legendary, but I actually managed to enjoy it.

And it was the right time of day for it - mid-day, where there was little traffic and I could take a chunk of lane instead of squeezing over to the side and trembling in fear of hitting my pedal on the curb or getting sideswiped by a mirror. I am self-conscious about making people wait 3 seconds instead of trying to squeeze around me, but it's not a big deal if there are only a few cars driving. And no one even honked at me. I did chicken out and ride on the sidewalk from Kamm's Corner across the bridge, but the road is in crap shape and the lanes are narrow.

The rest, though, I did properly: on the street, humming along at 15-16 miles an hour on the way out, about 12 on the way back - I kind of overdid it at the beginning. Now I just have to keep reminding myself that this is fun. Maybe I will get in a few miles this fall after all.
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[User Picture]From: canuckgirl
2009-09-15 06:41 pm (UTC)
Yay!! Hope you're doing your victory dance at home now! :)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-09-15 06:47 pm (UTC)
Indeed. And sucking down liquids!
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[User Picture]From: littlebuhnee
2009-09-15 06:43 pm (UTC)
Huzzah! I'm proud of you! :)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-09-15 06:48 pm (UTC)
Thanks, hon!
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[User Picture]From: gardenwaltz
2009-09-15 06:50 pm (UTC)
My husband used to bike everywhere. In fact, he did not get his driver's license until he was 25. He has always insisted that the sidewalk is the safest and best place for a bicyclist.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-09-15 06:52 pm (UTC)
If you're biking 10mph or less, maybe, but faster than that and it's easy to hit someone, or have people back out into you from behind a hedge. Bikes ridden by adults belong in the street; drivers need reeducation.
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[User Picture]From: jeffpalmatier
2009-09-15 07:17 pm (UTC)
On a related note, I was a lot more likely to hit people on campus who would suddenly stop in front of me in their ironic attempt not to get hit instead of just keeping walking in the same direction they were going.
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[User Picture]From: theferrett
2009-09-15 07:07 pm (UTC)
GO YOU!

I love you so much.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-09-15 07:29 pm (UTC)
Love you so much, too!!
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[User Picture]From: theferrett
2009-09-15 08:43 pm (UTC)
Also, no "This was a triumph"?
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-09-15 09:19 pm (UTC)
OMG, not sleeping last night has really messed me up!!!
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[User Picture]From: kisekinotenshi
2009-09-15 07:35 pm (UTC)
Hoooraaaayyy!!! Getting back on the horse cycle is usually the hardest part, I think you'll improve drastically from now on. X3

Fun fact: I never learned to ride a bicycle. When I was young I became terrified of them because my grandfather thought "teaching" meant "take six year old to tallest hill in neighborhood, then let go". 9.9 By the time I became remotely interested again, I was 19 and found that I was too old to learn (no, really, I just wasn't willing to let myself fall, so I couldn't learn to balance). It will likely remain one of the few skills I am unable to master. I still enjoy stationary bikes, though.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-09-15 07:51 pm (UTC)
I own two bikes: a road bike and a mountain bike. I love to bike, once I'm out there.
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[User Picture]From: enchanted_eve
2009-09-15 10:01 pm (UTC)
You are not to old to learn. I didn't learn as a kid (way to scared and we lived on a bad country road for it). I learned as an adult. You need a bike where you can actually put your feet down comfortably at first (or training wheels) till you get the 'forward motion is stability' feeling. It took awhile for me but I managed it. You just have to start slow and get comfortable with it far far away from any one or anything at first!
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[User Picture]From: laliatk
2009-09-15 07:54 pm (UTC)
Gratz! I can't imagine getting hit and ever getting back on the bike. You're an inspiration. <3
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-09-15 09:18 pm (UTC)
Thanks!!!
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From: dsgood
2009-09-15 09:25 pm (UTC)
Hurrah!
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[User Picture]From: ccr1138
2009-09-15 11:10 pm (UTC)
Awesome!
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[User Picture]From: puckathon
2009-09-16 05:24 am (UTC)
Way to go!
It can be scary to keep going back to something that reminds you of something painful-- but keep getting out there and things will get less and less scary.
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