I haven’t written lately, as I have been dealing with a really painful case of plantar fasciitis- even a cortisone shot hasn’t healed me enough to resume running.
I have missed having a goal. I miss the structure of a training plan and having something to work for. I have never thought about cycling, not really. I have cycled in the sense of adding it to my cross training. I would take out my husbands second hand mountain bike and ride 9-10 miles. It felt heavy and after about 9-10 miles I was done. In reality it probably wasn’t the best for road riding, in which that was what I was doing! But, it served it’s purpose.
About a week ago I got the idea.. why don’t I sign up for a bike event? A beginner event with low mileage- I found an event that has a 35 mile, 62 mile or 100 mile choice. I could start with the 35 mile ride as something to work towards. But, first I need a bike.
Ok, here again, I have never researched bikes or what I need. I asked around and was told by a few people who have much more experience (and actually know what they’re talking about) that I should get an entry level hybrid bike. OK, sounds good! Now, where do I go…?
I began looking on Craigslist for used bikes. I know that I want decent bike. I want something respectable, but I also don’t want to break the bank and buy something completely out of my league for a hobby I just decided to undertake. If I could get something in between?
I was lucky! I got a little better than just in between.. better than I ever expected to be available to me. I ended up getting a Marin Fairfax SC5 hybrid bike, she’s a 2014 model, but brand new. I love her! She rides so smooth, and fast! Wow, what a difference a nice bike makes! She retails for about $1200.00 at the Marin Bikes Factory Outlet store in San Francisco. But, they were offering 20% off, also- and that was for a 2015 model. A 2014 can probably be found for even less than that. Marin Bikes has a solid history and is owned and run by bike enthusiast’s . They know what they’re doing! I also live in the area and want to always keep it local-which is not hard with a bike that has such a solid reputation world wide.
I am so excited to get started on this new adventure. I have a lot to learn about my bike and how to take care of her. It’s really the first nice thing I’ve ever invested in outside of my cars for myself. I can honestly say I don’t think I have bought myself anything at this level before. It’s not like it’s terribly expensive, but I have always had bikes purchased from K-mart, or Costco, etc. I was fine riding anything we had laying around. This is different.
I am excited to have a new goal, and something new to learn about. I am excited because I actually think I will be better at this than running. It’s less torture on my body. Running just beat the shit out of me, and I was always fighting some sort of injury. I feel like its too violent on my body. I still love it. And, I actually would like to come back to it. But, I have to heal, and that is going to take a lot of time. I joke with my husband and say, “I wanted to get fit, and do something that was healthy and good for me. Since I started running I have never had so many problems with my health as I do NOW.. how ironic is that?”
I have that enthusiasm back for something, and am excited to take on my new challenge. I will post a picture of my new beloved. I haven’t named her, yet. I joke she is my 3rd daughter!