Wednesday, August 12, 2009

I Didn't Fall On My Face

This summer I decided to embark on road biking. Having absolutely zero experience in this area, I enlisted the aid of my darling sister-in-law, Mauricette. I'm so glad she agreed. She was a huge help.
The whole experince was addicting - I definitely want to keep going. And while I'd like to look that I know what I'm doing, here's how you can tell I still haven't a clue -

1. That's not my bike.
2. I'm wearing my running shoes. Yep - too scared to go clipless.
3. The biking shorts and helmet (not pictured) are both Greg's.
4. I'm not wearing a jersey. It's just a top that works.
5. The seat is shorter than it should be. Again - scared to fall.

There's a famous womens-only bike race in the spring called Little Red Riding Hood up Logan canyon. My goal is the 60 mile race. I have about 8 months to get ready...

14 comments:

Alison said...

You go girl! I still can't ride a bike, so I'm impressed even if those aren't your shorts.

Kelly said...

Je suis impressionné.

Is there a Tour de France in Rachael's future?

Heather said...

Good for you! I think I could get into cycling. I have a brother who is totally into it and races all the time. I'd have to get all the gear though...and I really like those street cruiser bikes, the really cute ones...that's more my speed right now!

Jessica Brown said...

Way to go Rae. You look so sporty and cute in your biker outfit even if those are men's biker shorts. :)

Anonymous said...

Wow - I need to loan you my shorts more often!!!

- Greg :)

Rob Anderson said...

YOU GO GIRL!!!

Hillary said...

It's kind of funny that you are doing this, I was just telling Steve the other day that I want to take up biking as soon as this baby's born...I even told him that I want a bike for my birthday! You encourage me, I hope I can do it as well as you when I get started (although I'm not sure I'll be sportin' bike shorts any time soon, I might scare everyone I pass:)

Britt said...

Good luck! I've thought about biking for a long time but never done it. I am clearly not as ambitious as you.

BTW-love the little one with her lovey. :)

Kellogg said...

Clipless is the only way to go! So so so much better. I prefer Mountain biking, but I adore biking. The clipless system will take some getting use to and a few tip overs are unavoidable, just start out with them very loose so you can clip out super easy. I assure you, will never return. Oh, and you must get your own shamie's for sure (female vs male just feel much better - I promise!) Have fun!

reno hardy fam said...

You go!!! You are a step ahead of me. I have some friends who are trying to get me to do a mini triathlon with them. I am finally feeling comfortable running, but the biking and swimming, yikes! I can't wait to see how it goes! BTW, I would love to "run" into you sometime when we are in Utah. We usually make it out there a couple of times a year.

Carleton & Robyn said...

Good for you! I couldn't tell the difference until you pointed it out. You look great!

The Checketts Glue said...

Good for you, sounds like an amazing experience.

Erin said...

What are you talking about? You look great in that outfit. I totally agree with you on the clipless pedals. I don't dare do it either. I hate the idea of being "tied" to something. Way to be motivated and I hope you meet your goal.

KMDuff said...

Awesome! I hope it's awesome for you! I've always disliked biking and wished that I could enjoy it more!