I have actually already written a post about our first time biking, luckily it was in March, which you can read about, here. Since that was just "practice" which is pretty evident in our triathlon training program, I am fine with calling yesterday my first time biking on a real bike in over 13 years.
Sorry this is the only photo I have of our bikes!
After a great run on Tuesday, don't worry you'll hear all about it on Saturday when I recap triathlon training week 1, Mike and I headed to the exact same spot yesterday to go for a 5 mile ride.
Side-note: we no longer have to take two separate cars nor take the front wheels off of our bikes to fit them in our trunks because we have a trunk bike rack! It does have to come off each time we use it since I wouldn't be able to open my trunk, but it is nice to have. I was driving like an old lady though since I was afraid our bikes would fall off.
When we arrived at Durand Eastman Park I was happy to notice that there weren't too many people at the park. I am definitely NOT confident on the bike yet and I wouldn't want to hit anyone nor fall off!
We used our Garmins' bike sport mode and set off on our first real ride! I was behind Mike and doing fairly well but I was really confused as to why my watch beeped for the first lap at what looked like .6 miles. At one point while going up a hill in the wooded part of the trail I yelled to Mike that my watch wasn't working. Since we had just been there the day before, I knew approximately where the mile markers were and my watch wasn't accurately reflecting that. Mike told me that my watch was on virtual partner and all I had to do was touch the bezel and it would go to the normal screen!
We got going again and after reaching the top of the hill, we had to stop and decide what we were going to do. I really didn't want to go down the hill since I haven't mastered my gears and I didn't want to feel like I was flying and out of control! At the same time I didn't want to ride on the main road next to the park's trail and we just decided to head back the same way we came.
I coasted down almost the entire length of the hill and I even had to use my breaks occasionally! I was really afraid of falling and I didn't want to hit anyone. Some people walking were NOT paying attention and I came pretty close to colliding with them.
After getting down the hill, everything was smooth sailing from then on, almost. When I got to the end of the park's trail I didn't see Mike. Since I was pretty sure we weren't allowed to bike on the sidewalk (Mike later told me you could) I decided to try my luck at riding on the road. When I got to 4.6 miles, I stopped my watch and got off my bike and waited for all of the cars to pass. After riding back on the other side of the road, my watch beeped at 5 miles right across from where we were parked. There was no sign of Mike!
As I was waiting to cross the road I finally saw him! He had ended up riding on the sidewalk and didn't turn around until he hit 5 miles.
Thanks for the comment Jenny!
In the end I rode 5.03 miles in 29:19 at 10.3 mph. Overall it was pretty slow, I think anyway, but that is to be expected the first couple of weeks. I really need to figure out which gear to have my bike in when I am going downhill/uphill!
Even though we are racing in a triathlon, I am still going to consider biking "cross-training" since we are technically just runners who are competing in a triathlon at this point. I am not ready to call myself a triathlete just yet. I think after we finish our first one I might be ready for the "title" change!
Do you know anything about bike gear settings? Are you afraid of falling off your biking and going downhill?