I am excited to share with you my big NEWS!!
I have a new bike!!!
Meet Mildred, which means gentle strength:
After a lot of thought and comparison-shopping, I finally purchased my first road bike (!!). It is a 2011 Trek SLX. Truth be told, it is a little more bike than I think I need right now, but, I am an aspiring cyclist and wanted to invest in something that I would not outgrow too soon. She is a dandy!! Incredibly light compared to the bike I had been riding. She weighs in at about 8 kilos or less than 18 pounds.
This bike is designed for a women’s body from the ground up. The Trek website describes some of the features of this bike like this: It boasts Trek's light, nimble and efficient Alpha Black Series aluminum frame so you sail over climbs and carve the corners with confidence. Complementing the dreamy ride is a vibration-damping Bontrager carbon fork for pinpoint steering precision and a fine set of Bontrager SSR aero wheels. And, this thoroughbred sports choice components including a Shimano 30-speed drivetrain for easy climbing and Shimano dual-pivot brakes for total control on the way back down. (http://trekdg.com/product/11-trek-lexa-slx-triple-73113-1.htm). She was not cheap, but then again, neither is my health or better health. I see her as an investment in me and my healthy future.
I am taking my time getting to know her and feel her gentle strength. Here I am on my first solo ride (notice, Karen, my biking shorts!). See how small she is-a great fit for a shorter person like me!
I have never been on a bike like this before. Thus for the first couple of weeks I plan to just get acquainted with how she runs. The position of my body on this bike of course is way different than my other bike. My arms are sore, but not bad. My back is fine. She responds so quickly that I have to be careful not to over correct. I have so far been out on her three times for a total of 41 miles. I am impressed by how fast she goes. I am averaging about 14 miles an hour, without much effort, vs my hybrid where I did 10 MPH. I have not taken her up or down any hills yet because I want to have complete confidence in my ability to control her. Here is a picture of my other bike (Myrtle).
I will keep Myrtle. She is a great bike for hooking up the Burley trailer to transport some grand babies. Besides she paved the way for me to become enamored with cycling. I think I mentioned in another post that I joined the Twin Cities Bike Club (TCBC). Once I get more confident on riding her I will go out with this group on a few rides. I also am going to take their basic bicycle mechanics course. I admit, I am not sure I could even change a bike tire-and I know a flat is in my future!
What about you? Have you been eyeing a pie of fitness equipment or gear now that you are on your own way to being healthier and fit?
Before I leave you, I wanted to share some oriental poppies that are blooming in Southern Minnesota. Have a great day. Stay strong in your journey and TTFN, Michele