As many of you may know, I’m doing a 20-mile bike ride for the American Diabetes Association in June. I’m riding in honor of my dad who passed from complications of the disease in December 2010. What you may not know is that I haven’t ridden a bike since I was at least 15 (I’m 25 now). I was a little bit nervous when I signed up for the ride because it’s been so long since I’ve been on one. In fact, as of two weeks ago, I didn’t even own a bike. But this is something extremely important to me. I probably never would have done something like this if my dad didn’t pass away so I really want to complete the 20 miles for him.
So, two weeks ago, I headed to Sports Authority to get a brand new bicycle. Not to go off on a tangent here, but can someone please tell me when bikes became so expensive and why there are so many different kinds? There were hybrid bikes, mountain bikes, comfort bikes, and lots of others that I can’t even remember. Because I’m not an avid rider, I just wanted something simple. So I found a pretty blue women’s bike (with coordinating helmet) and took my first step to riding 20 miles.
Here’s something else I learned…you can take the front wheel off of bikes now. And if you pinch the brake line unknowingly when putting the front wheel back on the bike, it makes for an EXTREMELY difficult ride. This is exactly what I did the first day I rode and I thought I was going to pass out from exhaustion. At first I thought maybe it was just me since I haven’t been on a bike in ten years – but then I realized that riding a bike really shouldn’t be that hard. So I figured out how the wheel is supposed to go on and it was much easier the next ride. On Friday, I made it halfway to my goal and was able to ride 10 miles around my city. I’m super excited about my accomplishment and can’t wait for June to get here.
Do you guys participate in any events like these? If so, I’d love to hear about them. What tips and tricks do you have for preparing? Please share them in the comments.