Project 52: Bike Ride!

Hiya,

Nathan and I DID do a date last week, and it was the kind of which I’m oh-so-very fond.  Something athletic/physical.  This date was quite a feat for me.

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Now there’s something you should know about me.  I have not ridden a bike in at least 12 years.  That’s a long time in the land of biking!  You know the saying “it’s just like riding a bike” ?  Well, getting back on and having it go smoothly is not so easily done after TWELVE YEARS!  We had to take baby steps.

We started on the quiet streets near our condo.  I practiced balancing, changing gears, and signalling.  At first, I couldn’t even take a hand off the handle bars. 

Next, I graduated to the amazing bike path that goes across the city.  We really only went about 5km, but this was a big step for me.  I conquered a hill, passing other cyclists and pedestrians, all the while keeping my balance!

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It was definitely a fun date.  Nathan was very encouraging and gave me some tips.  I felt pretty accomplished!  I still don’t think I’m ready for riding on the streets and dealing with traffic.. how do you build up to that?

Oooh, and that wonky, old, and overly big helmet is no more.  I got myself a very brightly coloured new one!

To check out others’ dates, head on over to Project:52 at Simply Modern Mom.

Shauna

About Shauna

I fell in love with the art of rubber stamping when I was 12 years old. I blame my grandparents. I already had every crafty hobby imaginable when they bought me a few stamps, an ink pad, and some embossing powder. I was hooked. From that point on, no special occasion has gone unmarked by one of my hand-crafted creations. Scrapbooking came next, and though it isn't my first love, it's a close second.
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4 Responses to Project 52: Bike Ride!

  1. Maryann says:

    how did your bum feel? My problem with getting back on the bike is the very sore butt that comes the next day.
    As for the riding on roads, I can’t do it. I did the less busy roads in Vic but only with Brett with me, and I still won’t do it alone here… although I did ride to the farm once. Just once.

  2. Shauna says:

    It was a bit tender! But not too bad. Keep in mind that we didn’t go far.
    I just wish I had the skills and confidence to be able to ride to a friend’s place, or downtown for whatever reason.. ha. One day? Only if I make it a priority.

  3. Bren says:

    I was in the same boat about 2 years ago. I was a little nervous at first but once I got the hang of it, I loved it! I was so scared to ride on the roads but my boyfriend showed me the ropes. It’s really not as bad as you’d think. I ride to work about 3 days a week. Granted it only takes me 8 min to get there but I’m still on the road for most of that time. Like you said, Baby Steps. If I can do it, anyone can do it!

    • Shauna says:

      That’s impressive, Bren!
      I really should be making a greater effort to actually take those baby steps. I’m at home a LOT right now, but I really could be making my own biking opportunities. I have to conquer downtown at some point, especially since I have to go through there to get to any of my friends’ places!

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