I guess the title of this post pretty much gives away the surprise, huh? Well, in either case, I got a new bike! I got a new bike! I’m pretty darn excited if you couldn’t tell already.
If you read my recap on the Baldcypress Challenge, you may remember my issues with the hybrid bike I had during that race. Apparently, hybrid bikes aren’t made for speed (go figure) so I was SIGNIFICANTLY slower than a lot of the other participants. This was, of course, a huge blow to my self-esteem at the time and I spent a lot of the race getting down on myself. After talking to Ed, my sister, and Luis, I realized a lot of the issue lied in my bike and that if I wanted to continue to cycle as part of my workouts/training, then I needed to get a new one.
While I do want to continue to bike as part of my workouts since I’ve been really enjoying it, I didn’t want to spend a lot of money on a bike since I’m not sure if this is just a fleeting infatuation or something I will be interested in long term. Enter Craigslist. Ed spent some time scouring Craigslist to see if there were any viable options or “fixer-uppers” we could rehab and, luckily, we found a good entry level road bike the first day! The woman selling it said she had only used it a few times because it was too big for her and she didn’t feel comfortable riding on it. Since she was a few inches shorter than me, it fit my height pretty well and we scored it for only $90 (it was listed as $100, but Ed negotiated the price down)! Major score!
After some minor adjustments like tweaking the handles/brakes and getting new pink hand wraps (yes, the pink hand wraps were NECESSARY), she was up and ready to go! It is truly amazing how much faster this bike is than the hybrid. While this is by no means a top of the line bike, it still blows the hybrid out of the water. I couldn’t believe the difference in speed the first time I rode it.
With increased speed and riding frequency comes increased risk for falling though and I have learned this the hard way! On Saturday, Ed and I went out for a quick 15-20 minute bike ride before he left for work. On the way back to my house, I looked down for 2-3 seconds at my watch and by the time I looked up, I was heading right into the back of a parked truck! My life flashed before my eyes and I had just enough time to turn my bike so I wouldn’t slam into the back of the truck. While I did manage to avert the truck, I turned too abruptly and fell (very roughly) to the ground. I may or may not have sobbed like a baby for a good 20-30 minutes while Ed cleaned out my wounds. I’m tough, I swear. As painful as the wounds were, I’m very lucky that I didn’t hurt myself more and I learned a valuable lesson early on in my riding adventures – keep your eyes on the road!
Like the tough cookie that I am, I was up and riding the very same day though. No parked cars or bleeding wounds can stop me! Yesterday, Ed and I did a 15 mile bike ride in the morning before work and I’m really enjoying using biking as a cross-training tool for running. It gives my knees a nice break and perfectly accents my weekly interval training and long runs. Woot!
Now the only question is, what do I name my bike? Suggestions? I want to name it something fun/clever!