(What I see, What I've been taught, what I've learned, what amazes me...)
August 5, 2010
Today, A Break
Today, instead of the interminable vacation slideshow (trust me, you are being spared the brunt of the the 850+ photos taken!) I have a question to pose.
Does this bike make my butt look big?
Yes indeedy. This one has a sweet new ride as of this past weekend. (I always ride with a helmet. Always. I just rode in a circle out of the drive and back for The Guy to shoot a couple of photos of me. But I am a helmet wearer, trust me.)
After hearing from a co-worker how 'she just coasted to work' after borrowing her boyfriend's road bike, I started thinking. Could it be? Could I be laboring on my commute more than necessary? Are those passing me passing me for reasons other than the fact that I am old? Am I slow for reasons other than being old?
Soooo in our runnings around, and getting re-grounded in general, this past weekend, we happened upon some bikes...that were on sale. And well, one thing led to another, and before I knew it...I am a proud new mama of a speedy new Trek city-style bike (technical term).
Really. Go to the Trek website. There are about dozen different 'styles' of bikes. Who knew. And Trekkie v.2 is considered a 'city-style'. As opposed to Trekkie v.1, which is a hybrid, which I am keeping for now. As opposed to the Hiawatha Jet that was my 8th birthday present (circa. 1963) that would be considered a 'cruiser', which I have kept for lo, these many years, so why stop now.
And you know really what else? I ride like the wind now! Where I use to go the slowest? Now my slowest is almost faster than my fastest use to be! That makes sense to me...you may have to think about it.
It is taking getting used to, I will admit. It is lighter, and I tend to overcompensate. My turns are a bit wide. And when I reached for my water bottle, well....let's just say, there is more getting used to there as well. I will make sure the path is free from oncoming traffic when I need a drink for a while.
Also. It rained on the way home today. So that's out of the way.
I am convinced, however, that where I was limited to my commuting before to three times weekly because of sapped energy resources, I think I can probably ride all five days now, barring errands and other necessities requiring a car commute.