That Feeling You Get When You Ride a Bike
It was July 3, 2004. I bought my first road bike and brazenly signed up for my first event ride…which was the very next day. I had no idea what I had gotten myself into. I didn’t know how to use my gears, the chain popped off every time I would try to shift, and going downhill absolutely terrified me. After multiple mishaps, I ended up riding the whole thing in the same gear to avoid having to stop – yet again – to put the chain back on. By the end of the ride, I was worn out, embarrassed and starting to feel a little buyer’s remorse.
After my bruised ego (and sore derriere) recovered, I realized there was still something about it – even with all of my mechanical troubles and fear of the speed – that I liked. A lot. I felt so young and free, and strong! I had ridden my bike 24 miles! In running shorts and tennis shoes, no less!
From that day forward, I was hooked. I will tolerate group exercise classes, running and boring ol’ walks to stay healthy. But riding? That’s my joy. It’s exhilarating.
I love riding with a group. I love the sound of everyone clipping into their pedals. I even love spandex shorts.
One of my favorite quotes goes something like, “live the healthiest life you can enjoy, not the one you can tolerate.” I don’t know about you guys, but I want to spend my life doing things I love, even if those things bruise my ego now and then (such as the 2012 Saint Francis Tulsa Tough – stay tuned!)
See ya on the road.
Stephanie is a Wellness Analyst for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma. After teaching spin class for a year and noticing how passionate (obsessed?) the spandex-cladded people in her class were about road riding she decided to try it out for herself. She bought her first road bike in 2004 and entered a cycling event the very next day! She’s been hooked ever since.