||[Sep. 15th, 2009|02:27 pm]
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.