Thursday, April 16, 2009

A Bike Ride

So I rode my bike to work (the bus) this morning.
I must confess, if my friend Ev had not been so disappointed that I hadn't done it yesterday I probably wouldn't have done it today either!
Since I assured her that today was the day, I took courage in hand, dressed in flannel pants, turtle neck, winter coat and gloves and strode confidently into the garage.
That confidence faltered a bit as I attempted to place the helmet on my head.
It didn't fit over my toque!
As I have badgered Crystal for years over the foolishness of riding without a helmet, that was not an option for me!
Toqueless I buckled up my helmet and rolled out to the front sidewalk.
After a wobbly start I began to peddle.
A quarter of the way there my hips started complaining.
I switched to a lower gear.
Half way there my thighs chimed in as well.
I switched to a lower gear.
Three quarters of the way there I questioned my sanity as I biked up a mild slope, lungs burning.
There were no lower gears left.
I couldn't stop for a rest or I would be late.
You can't be late when you drive a school bus!
Thankfully the last quarter was mostly downhill. (okay down slope)
I arrived at my bus with legs quivering, lungs burning, but, I had arrived!
Whoo Hoo!
That was a very long 15 minutes.
But I am going to do it again tomorrow.
Right now though, I think I'm going to take a little nap. . .

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Good for you! When i lived in B.C. I was always on my bike, but when we moved here I had sold my bike and i have missed it. I have decided that when i move back to Guelph, i will get another bike, and get back into shape. Can't wait.
Adalia

Nancy-Mom said...

Good job Rosa!! sounded like it was at least 10 miles or more :o) keep it up and do a mile or so for me.

Evelyn in Canada said...

I didn't think I was challenging you to ride! Aren't you glad you did the ride, though? It'll get easier for sure.

I was going to ride today as well, but my bruised tailbone couldn't handle the seat. It's probably just an excuse. I went so far as to look at bikes at Cosco today to find something more comfortable.

I'm very proud of you, Rosa!

Anonymous said...

wow!!! my hat is off to you, you adventurous thing you!!!I remember the time I decided to ride a bike with a trailer(3 kids in it) all the way to Tims pre school...I distinctly remember it, 15 years later...I didn't do that ever again! I hope you are more dedicated than I.

Brenda said...

You are going to have muscles, girl!
Brenda

Tamara Jansen said...

If you work in a greenhouse, your hips and thighs ache without riding the bike :)

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