How You Know You are Over Your Head.

I’ve been talking a lot about training for a mini-triathlon.  I’ve been nervous but I figured that if I trained, all would be well.  And although I don’t actually know how to swim, I’m learning.  I was feeling very proud of myself.  Because I can ride a bike and run.

And then I bought a used road bike.

I haven’t had a road bike since the Sears 10 speed I got when I was 16.  There were two brake handles and the gear shifters were levers.  I rode it everywhere.

My bike was blue. Racer blue. This is from

Then in college I got a mountain bike and didn’t look back.  Until Saturday.

I bought the bike, brought it home, took it out of the car and tried to stand it up with it’s kick stand.  Racing bikes don’t have kick stands.  No problem.  I put my feet on the peddles which were smaller than I remember and started to ride.  Then I noticed there were no gear shifters where they should be.  (FYI learn this BEFORE the hill.)  The gear shifters are now the breaks which you will find out if you are nervous and unsteady and press the brake levers to the side and shift up instead of break.

I got home after figuring out my bike and sat down, discouraged.  I thought I’d had bike riding down.

But I guess it’s good for your kids to reverse positions and have them on the sidelines cheering “You made it to the end of the block without falling Mom.  You’re doing so good.  You CAN ride a bike.  Try to the end of the street this time.”

9 responses to “How You Know You are Over Your Head.


  2. The best part about this journey is that you’re going to improve heaps every time you go out! I read Triathlons for Women by Sally Edwards for my first triathlon and found it so helpful. I also have a beginner plan that I can share with you if you want. Good luck! Elizabeth

    • I’m in a class, but I think I’ll pick up the book. Good reason to sit on my butt instead of run, bike or swim.

  3. livrancourt

    I’m so PROUD of you! I wouldn’t put my butt on a bike for all the money in the world.

  4. You can do it! I’m with Liv though, I don’t see myself getting on a bike anytime soon! 🙂

  5. I bought my bike only a couple of weeks before my triathlon. The last time I’d been on a bike was on my 10-speed in jr. high. Someone convinced me to get clipless pedals. So I had to figure all that out too. I still have the scar on my knee from my crash my first time around the neighborhood. So before doing my tri I had the couple of rides around the ‘hood getting used to the pedals and shoes and then one 15 mile ride around town with some of the other more experienced ladies I was doing the tri with. (They thoroughly intimidated me.) Which meant that my tri was realistically only my 2nd real bike ride. 🙂 Ironically enough, it was still the swim that kicked my trash…despite the fact that I had actually been training for the swim a heck of a lot longer. Go figure.

  6. I can’t even get myself to an exercise bike, never mind a road bike. A triathlon? You go girl!

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