Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Gettin' Ready to Ride

I decided recently to start riding my bike... Some of that decision came from the fact that I need to train for a ride next summer in Idaho. I'm pretty sure I could ride without a WHOLE lot of training -- it's 69 miles in 5 or 6 days -- but I also believe I could benefit from regular riding.

I'm trying to teach my girls that biking can be lots of fun. We've done a couple of trails around town. They enjoyed them -- but one more than the other. I bought them each a flashing light for the back of their bike and a pair of riding gloves to make the ride easier and safer. And, for me, I bought myself a rack, a pannier, riding shorts, gloves and lights so I can carry things and be comfortable and safe. I hope to save gas, build muscle and "save the earth."

It's easy to ride now when the sun is shining. It will probably be more challenging emotionally when the gray skies and rain come in October or November. My goal is to ride no matter what.

There's a lot to learn in the coming days. I'll keep you posted.

No comments: