I have been spinning for years and decided that I wanted to try actually riding on the road. I went on my first ride on Saturday with a veteran group that rides every Saturday about 26 miles. I thought I had all of my bases covered; road bike, helmet, ugly bike shorts, etc. Well, I had a flat tire on my first ride. Yup!! We stopped and members of the group proceeded to ask if I had a spare tire. First thought that ran through my head, "Yeah, I have it slung on my back! What?" Anyway, what I did not know was that you should carry a small pack with an extra tube, tools, patch kit and small air pump. Needless to say, I have been to the bike shop and now have all the things I need, or do I? I will probably never get another flat tire now that I am prepared.
Once the flat was fixed, the rest of the ride was a dream. Now, don't get me wrong, I loved it, but it was a good work-out! The weather in Florida is perfect for being outside and I love the challenge of pushing myself beyond my usual work-out!
I am riding in a Bike-a-Thon on Saturday to raise money for the camp at which I volunteer in the summer. It will be a good opportunity for me to ride with a larger group! Maybe one day I will even enter a race!
Have a blessed day!