Monday, July 13, 2009

Just Call Me Lance

For quite some time I have been debating about getting a bike. For 3 years my mind and body have been so focus on running as the best type of exercise for my body. Well, my body is beginning to say otherwise. The boredom and complacency is beginning to creep up on me. Please, do not get me wrong I love running and always will. If you ask many seasoned runners, they to go through times of peaks and troughs with there running schedule. My body is craving for a "shock" to recharge itself.
In my suburb area of Atlanta I have seen many biking groups that have greatly peaked my interest in buying a bike and joining a cycling group. I love individual activities that you can participate in groups with others. After deciding on my goals for cycling and completing some research I headed to my local bike shop for the big purchase.
When I first walked in, the many racks filled with bikes was a bit overwhelming but I was not going to be deterred. After browsing and discussing with the store about my cycling needs they found the perfect bike for me. Guess what, it was on SALE! I will say that cycling can be a very expensive sport but after I patched the whole I just burned into my wallet I walked out of the store with a huge smile on my face.
I immediately took my new "baby" home, put my supplies away, and hopped on the bike for our first ride together. I needed to make a Target run so I decided to hit two birds with one stone. It always amazes me that no matter how long it has been since your last bike ride, you never forget how to do it. The bike felt a little awkward at first, mainly because it was so lightweight. I have always rode mountain bikes which are much heavier as to better handle the harder terrain. After my Target run I was still in riding mode, so I hopped back on and headed to my fiance's house for a surprise visit. After he took the bike for a test spin he said that, "I am going to start calling you Lance."
For anyone who is needing a change in exercise scenery, cycling is a great way to do it. I love the feeling of getting some exercise in but not feeling like I am exercising. I am so excited to take it for early morning rides to discover the many different areas of Atlanta.

P. S. I bought a Schwinn Le Tour GSW '08

1 comment:

Elizabeth said...

Nice bike. Cycling is a great way to get a mental break from running. That's what I used to try to give myself a break last year!