Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Wind in my hair

It's a beautiful day.  The weather is a cool 80 degrees and the humidity is actually bearable, which is uncommon in Texas.  The birds are chirping and you can hear kids playing.  I get the bright idea to get on a bicylce; something I haven't done since I was 13 years old.  I want to feel the wind in my hair and the carefree feeling of just riding. 

I throw my leg over the bar and sit on the seat.  One foot on the peddle and I tried like a mad woman to try and put my other leg up on the other peddle.  I'm rolling down the driveway trying not to panic.  The saying "you never forget how to ride a bike" is baloney!  For 5 minutes I tried to get the bike moving.  I was so tempted to just give up. 

Finally I was able to get my chunky leg up and start to peddle.  I peddled around the track and braked every second for the fear of falling.  I was moving at a snail's pace.  I didn't enjoy the wind whipping through my hair nor was I smiling.  Honestly, I was petrified!  This 300+ pound body would NOT look or feel good if I fell on the hard concrete!  I didn't enjoy my ass feeling as though someone had kicked me repeatedly.  In only 15 minutes I was gasping for breathe, covered in sweat, and legs felt like jello.  It felt like 3 hours, not 15 minutes! 

My next plan of action?  1.  Getting a new seat so my nether region doesn't scream at me anymore.  2.  Keep it up, even if it's only 15 minutes at a time.  Eventually, maybe I will enjoy the wind in my hair.


Anonymous said...

Good for you. I want to ride a bike outside so badly but I need to lose some more weight first. Keep it up and soon, 3 hours will feel like 15 minutes.

Thrice Blessed said...

Riding a bike is hard work when you haven't done it for a while! I know because I had a similar experience when I first got back on one! Now I love it, when the weather is nice enough to do it.

The Ninja said...

I -love- my bike, I ride around my neighborhood at least once a week. I live in the midwest equivalent to San Fransisco so i understand the fear of falling. You keep it up, the wind feels great!

Heather said...

OMGosh! I can so relate to you! lol One of my goals is to get back on a bike. I'm way too nervous and self conscious to do so right now. I think it's wonderful that you're just jumping right into it! Way too go!

Shane G. said...

All this talk of bike riding is making me consider the idea of riding mine around some now. I could use a little break in walking and jogging all the time. I may give it a shot this weekend.

Michelle said...

I haven't ridden a bike since I was a kid and I'm to nervous to now. So kudos to you for trying! :)

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