Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Let there be bikes!

Hooray! I have a bike!

Sort of.

My good friend Marlina is letting me borrow her bike to start training for the Tour de Pink! Actually, she has two - a road bike and a mountain bike. They're both in storage and the one that's easier to get to is her mountain bike. So, I'll get my riding legs back with that one until she can get to the road bike. She rarely uses them, plus she is preggo right now and has no desire to use either of them at the moment. Woohooo! Marlina is the nut who got me started training for marathons...it's all her fault! :-)

There's a group of folks at work who have formed a team for the Tour de Pink and are about to begin training. I'll guess I'll see how I like riding. I am trying to decide which distance to ride - there's the option of 12, 23, 47, 63, 80 & 100 miles. I'm not going to go crazy and sign up for 100 miles...I don't have that much time to train between now and then (then being September 9th). Plus, it's been, well...it's been a long time (like a decade) since I've been on a bike. Originally, I was being quite optimistic and cocky thinking I could go for the 63 or 80 mile ride. My friend thought I was nuts! So, I'm thinking that 47 miles might be easy enough to train for, but still a challenge for someone like me. Any opinions are appreciated.

Anywho, I am excited! I need get the bike checked out, since it's been awhile since she's been on it. I also need a helmet and bike-friendly clothing. Any opinions here are appreciated as well. I am a complete and total novice when it comes to this type of riding. The last time I rode a bike, it was around College Station (WHOOP!), to and from school and leisurely rides around the campus and surrounding country roads. I wore no helmet and was biking in shorts and A&M t-shirts. Like I said, I'm a novice!!!

I am looking forward to the cross-training and brick workouts!

3 comments:

Sarah said...

Cool about the bike! With the ride on September 9, that gives you 3 months to train. Since you haven't been on a bike in a long time, I'd recommend aiming for the 47-miler. If training goes well, I'm sure you can switch later!

Mom is on Decaf Now said...

That is so cool about the bike!! Before you know it you will shopping around for your own. :>)

I did get one really nice pair of bike shorts from Danskin.com that I love but other then that I am still shopping for clothes myself.

I think in terms of distance the 47 should be about perfect. The last time I rode I was just under 20 miles and that took me about a month and a half of serious biking to work up to. From there though I think it would easy to work up to 47. So I think 23 would be too easy and 63 maybe on the upper end.

Can't wait to hear more about it!

Marcy said...

That sounds SOOOO cool!! Especially since you have a ready made group to bike with! Girl, I couldn't even tell you the first thing about bikes. Like you it's probably been at least 10 years since I got on one :-X Good luck!! I'm sure you'll do great, and maybe this is just the break you need from running :-)