Today was the first official team training with “Team in Training” Everyday I am learning something new when it comes to bicycling.
Today I learned how to ride with a group and how to let the riders in your group know about hazards on he rode and the safest way to pass someone.
I learned how bicyclist track their progress. I first learned about Pedometers from runners and walkers. I was not sure how they would work on bikes. But, I discovered they come with sensors that count the time the tire and your pedals spin.
So now the geek in me now wants this.
Sadly I don’t think I will be able to get something like that since that cost over 600 dollars. But, they make some really basic cheap ones for like 20 dollars. 🙂
I am looking forward to see what I learn next week.
Some of you know that I started a new journey called “Bike Riding” although when I mention the word bike. People tend to picture a motor cycle.
I am training for my first stage of the 1,000 mile bike ride next year. I am training to ride 100 miles in August via the “Team and Training” and I am helping to raise money to help fight blood cancer.
The last few weeks I have been learning new terminology and a new culture. The “Bike Culture” at first glance looks like a group of competitive people. But, what I am slowly learning is that the “Bike Culture” is full of good hearted people.
The first terminology I learned was the word “Saddle”. The word saddle is the word use to describe your bike seat.
The first thing people told me was to upgrade my Saddle. But, honestly I think regardless of your Saddle the hardest thing is getting use to sitting on a bike for 6 yo 8 hours of a time.
I have been riding for a few weeks and I finally got around getting bike shorts.
Thanks to the good people of REI. I was able to find a perfect pair of “Gel Padded Biker Shorts” within my budget.
Getting an upgraded Saddle made my ride softer but the bike shorts have made my ride enjoyable.
Now, I just need to save some money for the helmet and the tire tools I need to have in the next few weeks.
As many of you know I have joined the “Team in Training“. But, like everything in my life. I do things out of order. I joined this awesome program and committed to pedal in a 100 mile race.
When I made the commitment I had no bike, no bike gear, or even a Helmet.
Just to give the few of you an update.
The wife surprised me by getting me a Trek Bike. It is a nice starter bike. A hybrid bike between a road bike but with the mountain bike feel. It took me many store visits from all over city to finally find the style that I like.
People always ask what bike I recommend. I don’t think you can go by a single brand. You must really go out and see what bike you feel the most comfortable in. If you are going to race you must keep in mind that you will be pedaling for hours at a time.
So, now I must go look for bike shorts and a helmet.