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Bikes! [Apr. 9th, 2006|04:04 pm]
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Thank you all for your input. The decision was made - partly by the fact that it is gorgeous out - and I went for my first bike ride of the season.

Now, there were a couple reasons why I was a bit hesitant to take this first ride. After riding so much last year, and being so in shape for it, I knew that the first ride out was likely to be an unpleasant awakening. Sure enough, I was slow, my butt hurt, and I felt winded. But as soon as I was on the street, a big grin lit up my face. It was a great ride, marred only by the kid who thought it would be funny to pretend he was going to "door" me as I came up on the outside of a line of traffic waiting for the light. He startled me, which was clearly the point. And then there were the teens riding through the park honking loudly as they came up on joggers and bikers. What is it with people?

The other reason I hesitated was, I got no sense. After being off a bike for almost 7 months, I know that the best thing to do is start slow, with a couple short rides. But once I was out there, it seemed like such a waste. So, knowing full well that it was a silly thing to do, I rode an hour and 20 minutes, 16 miles.

Which would have been fine. But for the fact that I had a serious mishap involving my dear Aunt Flo deciding that this would be the time to put Niagara Falls to shame. I will spare you the details; let's just say I was fortunate to be wearing black leggings.

But it did mean that I had to face My Nemesis, the hill that I could not get up without walking part way at the beginning of last season. By the end of the year, I had triumphed over it, but barely. I decided, despite my out-of-shape condition, to ride as far up as I could, partially because of my awkward fluid issues.

I made it all the way to the top. I didn't think I was going to, and even as I was reaching the last little bit I almost gave up, but I made it!

(Alas, there could be no victory dance because, dude....)

Anyway, I can already feel that I will be stiff tomorrow, but it's the good kind of pain. I biked, and now I can get a little more work done! Yay!

[User Picture]From: dreagoddess
2006-04-09 08:36 pm (UTC)
Awesome! I'm so proud of you. :D
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[User Picture]From: dhimahi
2006-04-09 08:38 pm (UTC)

go gini!

excellent... I am going to buy my daughter a new bike (she has a 15 speed but misses her old 18 speed and is also interested in 21 speed) on Friday.

She has found a really great starting place not TOO far from you. If you go up Story to Lorain Ave, then turn left (not on the street, but on the sidewalk) you will see a green bike path sign leading DOWN a hill to the metroparks... Cait says it is awesome.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-04-09 09:00 pm (UTC)

Re: go gini!

I know that trail. It's definitely better for going down than up - STEEP!
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[User Picture]From: smldada9801
2006-04-09 09:34 pm (UTC)
That's a great start to the season!!!!!!!!!!
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[User Picture]From: ladyhawke_wings
2006-04-09 10:37 pm (UTC)
Talk about your ups and downs! *grin*

Good for you, Gini!
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[User Picture]From: ivorygrace7
2006-04-10 12:16 am (UTC)
Despite difficulties, I am glad that you had your bike ride! It is great that you made it up the hill...even if just barely.
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[User Picture]From: trianakvetch
2006-04-10 01:13 am (UTC)
some people honk at joggers and bikers because they are pricks...but I admit that my boyfriend and I don't hesitate to honk (especially at bikers) when they do illegal things. In Chicago bikers are to be treated just like any other motorist so it pisses me off to no end when I see bikes blowing stop sigs, lights, or just breezing through an intersection as if they should get special treatment.

/ends rant

Anyway! congrats on the first ride of the seasons! :)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-04-10 02:17 am (UTC)
I obey the traffic signals. If bikes want to be treated like vehicles, they need to have the responsibilities as well as the rights.
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[User Picture]From: butterandjelly
2006-04-10 01:19 am (UTC)
Go you! That's an impressive ride!
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From: wildcelticrose
2006-04-10 01:41 am (UTC)
Oh my...

remind me to dig up my race report about Aunt Flo hitting me in the middle of a half marathon... (as I recall a lot of people got a great giggle out of it)

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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-04-10 02:18 am (UTC)
I look forward to it!
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[User Picture]From: ba1126
2006-04-10 02:01 am (UTC)
Remember, Ibuprofen is your friend.

Man, Aunt Flo is the pits! That happened to me in white shorts. That's when I was really glad that tying a sweater around your waist was in style.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-04-10 02:20 am (UTC)

I remember that fashion, and how it saved me one day when I was wearing light blue pants.
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[User Picture]From: mishamish
2006-04-10 03:09 am (UTC)
There are days that I envy women. This is NOT one of them. :-(

However, congrats on the bike ride! I was actually looking at Bikes at Walmart yesterday. I have my eye on one. Still, there are MANY things that have to be budgetted for first, but STILL. I've got my eye on it.

Also, tomorrow will be my first day in WAY TOO UNGODLY FREAKIN' LONG when I DON'T have a rehearsal!!! WOOTAGE! Can you say "trip to the gym?!" Because, by god, I CAN!
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[User Picture]From: mishamish
2006-04-10 03:10 am (UTC)
P.S. Tell your hubby that I e-mailled him re: martial arts classes and am waiting on hearing a reply. And I sent it to both G-mail AND his personal domain, and neither of them bounced back, so I'm fairly certain atleast ONE of them went through!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-04-10 09:05 am (UTC)
He did get it. I reminded him to get back to you.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-04-10 09:04 am (UTC)
Yay, gym! Have a fabulous time!
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[User Picture]From: cyan_blue
2006-04-10 03:58 am (UTC)
Go you!
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[User Picture]From: fieryfae469
2006-04-10 07:13 am (UTC)
hurrah for bikes!
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From: (Anonymous)
2006-04-10 10:08 am (UTC)


like they say; "it's like riding a bike!" Bravo Gini!
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[User Picture]From: maidden
2006-04-10 12:11 pm (UTC)
Yay, congrats on reaching the top! And on the first ride of the year too!
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[User Picture]From: dorked_out89
2006-04-10 11:35 pm (UTC)
This makes me want to go out and buy a bike (3-speeder... I can't figure out what to do with any more than that). Even though my entire neighborhood is steep hills-- I hate even having to jog them, let alone bike them.

Is it bad when you have to drive somewhere to get a good bike ride?
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-04-11 01:14 am (UTC)
If you have hills, you need more gears. Once you learn to use them, it's like fine-tuning an instrument. I shift like a fiend, every slight terrain change adapted to with gear switches.

And yeah, it's crazy to have to drive somewhere to bike. But that's why they made car racks!
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[User Picture]From: dorked_out89
2006-04-11 01:21 am (UTC)
Oh, believe me, I've ridden six-speed and twelve-speed bikes... but the instant someone tried to explain how to switch the gears on the things I was lost. Three-speeders? "See that little doohickey there? Flick it up once or twice if you're having trouble on a hill. Flick it back down once you want more speed." Easy as pie. Is it possible I just missed something?

Car racks are good, but I'll have to hitch a ride until I get my license. Which, at my current experience rate, will be approximately thirty years after the sun burns itself out. Hooray.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-04-11 01:37 am (UTC)
You have to play with them for a while, but if you spent the time and got the hang of them, I promise you you'd never go back.

Ride thing is an issue!
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[User Picture]From: dorked_out89
2006-04-11 01:44 am (UTC)
You might be right, but I doubt I'll ever get up the courage to get near those things. High-speed bikes intimidate, even frighten me. I really think I may have even Calvin beat in terms of fear.

Then again, I have a phobia of falling (not of heights or of getting hurt-- just the sensation of falling, not knowing whether or not I'll be safe), so perhaps I really should just try to swallow my fears and go for it. Oh well, that's one of those dillemas best thought about when I'm outside, wondering how it would feel to rush down one of those hills after riding up it, and not while I'm sitting at my computer in my basement.
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