Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Now I know why bikers have specific shorts.  Regular ones ride up and feel funny.

I thought I'd be cool and go further than I usually do despite the 90 degree weather.  It's a 1/2 mile from my house to the street light.  I rode up and made a left.  Feeling great, I went further down the road where it goes more rural.  I follow it all the way to the stop sign and my body gives out.  I've gone two miles and now I have to figure out how to get back home another two miles.  I also made the mistake of going 15mph over the bridge to see if I could do it.

I start pedalling back home and make it about 1/2 mile before I have to stop and take a break.  I'm inhaling water as fast as I can and start up again.  I'm going about 5mph and less.  I suck it up and get to a hill.  There's no way I'm going to make it up so I walk the bike up at 2mph and most of the way home.

Lessons learned:

* Don't push yourself.  You do have to get back home.

* Don't go so far in hot weather.  I'm grateful I didn't fall over from heat exhaustion.

* As much as I hate to admit it,  looks take a back seat in biking.  I'm getting a pair of spandex shorts and if I look like a muffin top, hopefully it won't be for long.

* I may need a mirror.  You can hear the cars coming, but you don't know exactly how far away they are.  If you look back, you run the risk of going down the embankment.

This is fun.  Really.  I also thought I'd be limping around the house by now, but I'm not.

Don't the basketball shorts rock?  Well, maybe not, but they are really comfortable.


Lynn said...

Don't over do it and it will be easier to keep up they say. I need to start doing some exercising too when I get the OK from the Dr. that the ankle bone has grown in the screw holes enough to make the bone strong enough for exercise. I need to loose weight but more importantly I need to exercise and maybe the two will go hand in hand. Good wishes for your exercise plan.

Kathie said...

Try and find some mountain biking shorts. They're actual shorts with a padded butt and the spandex all built in. No muffin top.

And you can always buy guy's shorts if the women's aren't the right size. It's what I do to fit my 18/20 size behind into them. :)