I went with my friend Amy to her Triathlon Training group tonight. They meet a couple times a week to swim, bike, or run in preparation for upcoming races. A lot of the women that are a part of this group started off not being able to swim a lap or run a mile, and they are now completing marathons! Amy has been asking me to go for some time now, but I always declined because I didn’t think I was up to the challenge. I can barely swim the length of a pool without getting winded! So, tonight I finally gave in and went. I didn’t know what to expect, but I grabbed my running shoes and packed up my bike and went.
When we got there and unloaded, I felt like I stuck out like a sore thumb! All the girls that were a part of the group were decked out in their biker gear. They had their fancy speed bikes, padded biker shorts, special shoes that attach to the bike pedals, fancy water bottles, and helmets! I, on the other hand, had Josh’s mountain bike (my bike’s tires were completely flat), regular running shoes, a bottle of water but no bottle holder on my bike, no helmet; nothing fancy! I just looked like a regular girl about to go on a cruise on her bicycle.
As we hopped on our bikes, one of the leaders said very nonchalantly, “We’re just gonna bike 5 miles up, 5 miles back, and then we’ll do a quick run; 1 mile up, 1 mile back. Okay! Let’s go!” Wait. What?!? I’m no math wiz, but 5 miles there and 5 miles back equals 10 miles, plus 2 more miles running equals a lot of exercise! Without much hesitation, I began pedaling and away we all went!
Half way back on the bike portion, one of the leaders who was riding next to me realized that I didn’t have a helmet on. She kind of freaked out about it and then called back to the other leader to point it out. I felt like a freak show; the only one stupid enough to ride a bike without a helmet! Oh, I am such a rule breaker! :) Apparently, it’s the law to wear a helmet when riding a bike? I wasn’t aware of that. So anyway, we agreed that I wouldn’t ride anymore until I invest in a helmet.
All in all, I felt really good about my workout and was able to keep up with everyone! It was 100 degrees today with the heat index, so I was glad I was able to hang!