This weekend I got a small reminder of what it feels like when you are a “fish out of water.” While visiting my brother in Albany, we decided to go for a bike ride. Sounds simple enough, right? Wrong! Its been about 20 years since I have been on a bike. Not only did I need to regain my comfort on a bike, but I needed to be brought up to date on the new gear system for his bike. This was no Huffy on Mongoose (Do they even make that bike anymore?), it was lightweight Schimano road bike. Almost immediately, I noticed a difference, the turning seemed to be very sensitive; not like a heavier mountain bike. The gears were quite different. On the left side; there was a thumb toggle on the left to go into low gear. To go into high gear, you pushed the brake to the right. On the right side things were different the thumb toggle put you into a higher gear, while the brake would put you back into a lower gear. It took a while to get the hang of it.
If that wasn’t enough, it took very little effort to keep up with traffic. In a car, 30 mph is a snails pace. Try it with nothing to break your fall but the the gritty pavement beneath you.
Given my experience, I find it slightly insane that I am , in fact, researching a quality entry level road bike to continue this activity. Who knows, perhaps the Iron Man is in my future (Probably not, but a triathlon may be)
The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a (wo)man’s determination. ~Tommy Lasorda