Thursday, January 26, 2012

I can do this...

Okay, it appears I'm not as big a wuss as I thought.

I dragged the bike down the two flights of stairs this morning with a huge sense of trepidation.

Jonella came over for a bit of moral support - and brought her new fandangled pump so that the tyres could be inflated to something more than the flat balloons that they were.

Being somebody with a bit of pride, I decided to try a few laps of the driveway first. Which went fine. Then I did a lap of the block and got home just as Jonella was pulling up.

"Didn't need to come and give you moral support, did I?"
"Nope, but I needed you to come and pump up the tyres for me."

Dag points for this photo being taken in the driveway - I sort of feel like you did when you were a little kid and your dad had finally taken off your training wheels.

Double dag points for my lilac bike hat (but it goes with my lilac swim cap - bought because nobody will steal it.) 

After Jonella left I took the bike out of the Yarra bike path for about half an hour and covered seven or eight kilometers and it appears that riding a bike is just like riding a bike. Still scares the hell out of me. The Yarra trails are filled with people with little dogs that are just begging to be run over (not that I would ever run  over a little dog, but with my bike handling skills...)

You don't forget how to ride a bike.

Now I just need a bit more confidence and all will be well.


Elisabeth said...

And maybe somewhere along the line you might enjoy it.

River said...

There! I knew you could do it! Was it all flat level ground? Nothing in my suburb is flat although it looks that way form a bus seat. So riding even a little way has my legs aching for days after, although the downslope parts are okay.

The Elephant's Child said...

Knew you could do it.

Kath Lockett said...

Tomorrow you will discover - and gingerly feel - your 'bum bones' and spend the next day planning how and when to sit down very, very carefully....

Jackie K said...

Cool! 'Course you can do it. Never doubted you. Did you buy or borrow the bike?
Might be the start of a new pasttime for you.

Pandora Behr said...

@ River, yes, I'm on nice, fairly flat ground - so all is well - but I go to spin classes regularly so I'm hoping that will put me in good sted.

@Kath - same as I said to River - a spin class once or twice a week over the last few months will hopefully keep the saddle soreness at bay.

@ Jackie - the bike is borrowed and it will be returned promptly after the tri. If I was to get my own bike I think I'd like a girlie bike with a basket on the front - none of this mountain bike nonsense.

The Plastic Mancunian said...

Hi Pand,

I can do this too. I can - I can - I know I can!