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So that old adage about remembering how to do things "like riding a bike" is both true and so very not true. I figure it's been about 15 years or so since I've really ridden a bike, and while yes, I did remember how to do it and manage to tool around town just fine, my muscle memory turned out to be muscle amnesia, especially when trying to power up a couple of small hills. I used to be able to fly up a much steeper hill (...though one at a lower elevation); yesterday I had to dismount and walk the bike a couple of times. However, I managed to make it a little over 8 miles, round trip, and in a little bit of sprinkling rain, so I'm proud of myself for that. I'm going to go for another ride this afternoon, just around the neighborhood I think, so my leg muscles can get another work out.

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myras_girls
Apr. 18th, 2010 09:17 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it's funny how difficult it can be to go up what seems to be a not very steep hill when you are hauling yourself up the hill on a bike! And, of course, there's the altitude here.

I've seen bicyclists riding up to Estes Park and I'm always like O_O. They must be in crazy good shape.

When are you going to post photos of your bike, huh? Me wanna see!!!!
grass_stained
Apr. 19th, 2010 01:25 am (UTC)
I updated the post with a photo of the bike!

Yeah, the altitude isn't doing me any favors at the moment, but I had a lovely bike ride down a bit of Spring Creek Trail and it was pretty and awesome. And I will not eve be riding my bike in Estes or anywhere higher than FoCo, most likely. :D
gnomenapper
Apr. 18th, 2010 10:51 pm (UTC)
You should be proud. 8 miles is nothing to shake a stick at. Gosh I've been looking forward to getting a bike for my birthday but you're starting to remind me how out of shape I am. Eek.
grass_stained
Apr. 19th, 2010 01:26 am (UTC)
Oh I am! I also think it was a little stupid and overreaching for my first time on a bike, but whatever, I did it! I only have to walk up and down three flights of stairs to get to my apartment and to get to my office... ;)
bradycardia
Apr. 18th, 2010 10:56 pm (UTC)
I'm planning to do just that - buy a new bike, not having ridden one in years!
I have somehow agreed to do the cycle part of a triathlon... and step one is obviously to buy a bike... Any day now!
grass_stained
Apr. 19th, 2010 01:30 am (UTC)
Oh my, good luck with that triathlon bit! I'm sure you'll do fine. I love riding the bike around, but I recommend taking it easy at first (though if you're getting a road bike for the triathlon, you'll probably have gears that will make peddling uphill a bit easier than my one-speed cruiser).
roadrunner1896
Apr. 18th, 2010 11:06 pm (UTC)
But doesn't it feel awesome?

I went to another trip today, got lost and ended up going five instead of the planned 2 and a half hours and my butt hurts, but I love it. :D

Bikes!!!!! Wheeeeeeeee!! :D

Also, at this hour five years ago I was hauling my luggage and myself to the airport to see you and Em. :D

Yeah, it is that long ago.

*hugs you*
grass_stained
Apr. 19th, 2010 01:31 am (UTC)
It might feel awesome in a couple of days when I can walk properly again. ;)

Wow, has it really been that long? That's insane! You should come to Colorado. Much more pedestrian friendly and no humidity or hurricanes (just elevation). :D
jacintillating
Apr. 19th, 2010 02:42 am (UTC)
Ooh you should name her Peppermint Patty !

Anyway, get down with your bad self, woohoo at 8 miles! (I never learned how to ride a bike)
grass_stained
Apr. 24th, 2010 07:35 pm (UTC)
Hehehe I like that name! :D
mousewings
Apr. 19th, 2010 03:59 am (UTC)
That's a very pretty bike.

Woohoo! 8 miles is a lot.

I never did learn to ride a bike and probably never will.
grass_stained
Apr. 24th, 2010 07:36 pm (UTC)
Yes, 8 miles is a lot. I was in a lot of pain afterwards. :D
ewanspotter
Apr. 24th, 2010 06:48 am (UTC)
I really can't get over how epic your bike is.
grass_stained
Apr. 24th, 2010 07:36 pm (UTC)
aww. :D
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