Today I got to go on a bike ride with friends. I had not been on my road bike since last August. It had been far too long.
After volunteering at an aid station for a local 5k race this morning, 8 of us got on our bikes and rode 20 miles on the path. There was one almost-going-to-eat-dust moment, which was saved by handlebars on a bike instead. And then I decided to go on the grass and ended up gracefully dismounting on my feet. Other than that, all was well. The bike ride ended with a trip to our normal coffee/bagel place.
I forgot how much I like to ride. I am a complete novice and know next to nothing about biking, but it is completely different from running. When I ride, I can go fast and feel the breeze. Many times while running i feel slow...like I'm barely moving along. But on the bike it is different.
For me, biking takes lots of concentration because I'm new at it. I'm sure if I rode more and had more experience, I would feel much more comfortable on the bike. But, that is not where I am right now. However, even though it takes a lot of concentration, doesn't mean my mind didn't wander. Two key thoughts from today's ride:
1. I am going to do a triathlon for sure. Most likely not this year, but next year. I am not going to make the switch over to only doing triathlons or doing mainly triathlons, but I want to try one.
2. Last year I completed two duathlons (run/bike/run). One was the weekend of the Illinois Marathon this year, and the other one is in June and I'll be out of town for it. Therefore, I can either find a few others to compete in. Do they have longer distance duathlons? The two I've ever done have been short (2/14/2 and 2/11/2). I'd love a longer one...like 10k/30miles/half marathon one distance. Please let me know if you know of any.
I hope you enjoyed your three day weekend!