Saturday, June 26, 2010

First time in eight years.........

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I've been saying for a while now, that one goal is to be able to ride my bike to work. Well the photo above, is my new bike. it is what they call a Hybrid bike, a cross between a road bike and a mountain bike. Bill has been "saving" up money behind my back for some time now, and yesterday he took me, or i should say i took him (he recently has shoulder surgery and does not drive) to the trails end bike shop in Indiana PA. i was so excited. funny i went in with plans to get a "mountain bike" green, and a Cannondale........ i was told by a few bike pros that you don't buy the bike the bike buys you!!! and so true. i tried several bikes, and answered a million questions. realistically i will be using mainly the "rails to trails" and some on the roads. The are making bikes better and better now, using doctors and such to build the aero dynamics to be the most comfortable for the body. me still being over weight, this is a good idea. So they make the
"comfort" bikes now. so i tried one with the wide tires..... ( which i was going to get without a doubt) first i tried several treks......... nice and then the guy said, just try one with the hybrid tires...... you won't have to work as hard to go as far........ LOVED LOVED LOVED it and boy it did make a difference. I finally tried the Cannondale both mountain and hybrid........ loved the hybrid...... so that is what i ended up with A Cannondale 5 Adventure. The guy at the shop told me that even though i am walking alot, usually a 5k a day......... minus last week. I will NOT be able to do the same thing on the bike, and i WILL feel muscles that i did not even know i had..... i was told to start slow........ maybe ten minutes, then twenty minutes and so on......... Today i went for my first bike ride......... i began going UP HILL....... a very minor grade that the naked eye can't see....... but peddling legs can feel...... not gonna lie to you........ it was miserable and i am thinking what the heck, this is so hard..........so i kept going for ten minutes........ turned around and headed back....... way too easy........ i didn't have to peddle if i didn't want to......... it took 5 minutes to get back. Bill of course did a short walk, while i biked, i was sweating, breathing so heavy and my leg muscles were burning....... even hours later at home........ still feel like i ran a marathon, but i love it :o).
my body can only do so much with walking... and i have heard from several people that said biking several days a week..... will certainly move me to the next level of fitness, and hopefully the next level of losing weight......
well i have been so busy, and i am just exhausted, i have to go to work this evening for a few hours and then i have to go back and clean tomorrow, then i get to enjoy my "bestest friend" and her family at her daughters baby shower....... and then i think other than exercise not gonna do a dang thing from Sunday afternoon until Tuesday morning........
Have a great day

1 comment:

Patti's Parlor said...

I'm so glad you got your bike. I know you've been wanting it for a long time.
Did you get a helmet too?
:xoxo: