My worst fear. Well, one of them...

I finally took Connie’s fancy LightSpeed triathlon training bike out for a spin today. I was scared. She must have known, because she called me right as I was taking it out of the garage.

“I was just thinking about the bike,” she said.

“Me too!” I said.

“Do you know how to use the gears?” she asked nicely.

“Oh. Where are they again?” I asked sheepishly.

And so she talked me through how to tuck my thumb under the handle bars and move the gear lever, which is hiding inside the handlebars, near the brake lever. And the lever moves the chain up and down the gear thingy on the back wheel. And she said one side makes it harder to ride, and one side makes it easier.

Connie knows I’m not very technical, so she kept the directions simple, thank goodness.

So I talked to her the whole time I was walking all the way down the hill because I always love talking to her, and I didn’t want to ride down the hill on my first try, on this fancy, spindly, skinny racing bike which cost more than my first car (to be fair, my mom gave me my first car, which was her old VW Bug, but you know what I mean.)

This bike seems like it could get away from me in an instant, while.I”,  if I’m not careful, and I wanted to start on flat land. Plus I was scared to get on it, which I think she knew. Which is why she called in the first place.

Finally she said I should hang up and try the bike. So I did. And it was a little scary. Plus I had to bend over way, way more than I do on my mountain bike to reach the brakes, which made me nervous. Also my back hurt after one block. And then I realized I forgot my water bottle. And my helmet!

But I did manage to go around the block a few times without falling over, and I did manage to change gears a few times, until the time I wanted to try the hill and I couldn’t figure out how to make it get easier. So, I stopped and walked up the hill. Which I say counts as cardio, because it was a big hill and I was pushing a bike. Even though it’s a light bike. Still, it counts.

So anyway, I’m not scared of the bike any more. And, I must say, it is a rather smooth ride once I actually get going.  I kinda like it!

Here’s a great little video I found with Queen’s “I want to ride my bicycle” lyrics as the background music. Because in the end, it’s all about cruising around the neighborhood, enjoying the ride. Right?