Just Like Riding a Bike

by - Monday, December 19, 2011

You know that phrase, "It's just like riding a bike" that's supposed to describe how easy it is to remember how to bike ride (or really do any activity) even if you haven't done it in years and years?

Wellll I'm pretty sure that phrase doesn't apply to me.

The last time I rode a bike was probably more than 10 years ago.

And we'll just say when I took my new bike for my first outdoor ride this weekend, it didn't all come back to me.

I am terrified every time I get on the bike. I'm scared of going too fast and losing control. I'm scared I'll get hit by a car. I'm scared I'll pitch over the front of the handle bars and break something.

It kind of reminds me of when I started to learn to drive. I was definitely that girl who was afraid to go faster than five miles per hour.

Turns out the same thing is true on the bike.

At one point, I was riding down a hill at a blistering 6 mph.

But I could climb the hill at closer to 10 mph because I felt more in control and much comfortable going marginally faster.

(You know something's not quite right when you go faster up the hills than down the hills!)

I'm sure it will just be a matter of time before I gain some confidence on the bike, but right now I'm seriously wondering if this whole triathlon thing was the best idea ever.

Swimming and running aren't going to be an issue, but this whole bike thing. I just don't know.

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