This weekend, I finally met up with the lovely Heidi who blogs over at The Sweet Life. We decided it was necessary for us to do a bike ride together since we are on the same MS 150 team. Heidi suggested we meet up near the start line of the MS 150 and ride out a little bit on the course. As always, I was a little nervous about meeting someone from the internet but it’s been good before so…
stolen borrowed from here)
I said okay.
The day of the ride, I got all my gear loaded up and my bike strapped to my car. I wish I had taken a picture of all my snacks, it was a bit ridiculous.
A black car zoomed past me on the ride out there with two bikes strapped on the roof.. (doesn’t help that I drive like a grandma with my bike strapped to the car)…
So we finally made it out to our destination, sunscreened up, loaded up our snacks and took off.
Umm… we are riding on real roads with cars and stuff. Cars… and big Texas trucks. On the road.
This was my first time using my clip in shoes on a real ride outside so I was a little nervous. It was also the first time riding my bike since I had it adjusted and I was nervous about my inability to full touch the ground while on the saddle. (And the first time riding on the road with cars…) The night before I kept having nightmares of myself crashing and burning while on the road… great way to start things right?
So we get going and I think since it was Sunday morning traffic was light. We turn off the big road (we had to make a left… scary) and onto a smaller road that had a pretty big shoulder for us to ride on.
Heidi and Scott didn’t realize I was back there taking pictures… hee hee
The scenery was very nice to look at and I managed to calm my fears of crashing long enough to take a few pictures.
I love that we got to see some bluebonnets.
Quick stop for photos. (Thanks Scott!!)
It wasn’t long after this picture was taken that it happened…. I fell. I’m not even sure how it all happened. We stopped at a red light (cause yes, you have to obey the traffic laws) and I unclipped my right foot to steady myself. I left the left foot clipped in because we were going to be pedaling again in a few seconds. Somewhere in those few seconds my body decided to shift to the left and crash. I’m sure it was graceful. Thankfully I took the brunt of the fall on my palm and didn’t hurt myself too badly.
We ended up riding 30 miles in 2 hours and 23 minutes. Putting us around a 12.6 mph pace. Not too shabby considering we were just chilling.
Overall it was a lovely day for a ride and I can’t wait to do it again!! (except for the falling thing) I never thought I’d get so jived up about riding but I really enjoyed it. I don’t think I will be interested in doing races or anything competitive but these nice leisurely rides are the best.
Do you have a bike? Do you like to ride? Would you ever sign up for a 150 mile bike ride without owning a bike?