You see, thanks to J's work schedule, the cold temperatures and my overwhelming fear of crashing, I haven't really gotten outside much to ride. If were telling the truth, since my crash last May, I've only rode outdoors two times - first, in January and then again, yesterday.
Oh, yesterday ...
Yesterday, was just a comedy of errors that resulted in revelation of quite a few biking truths.
- Truth #1 - It is unsafe to bike without a helmet. When you ride on a trainer, you do not wear a helmet. Thus, when packing your gear for an outdoor ride, you must triple check for your helmet or risk showing up ill-prepared. Like I did. (Thankfully, I have an enormous head and I was able to borrow one.)
- Truth #2 - When it is 40 degrees outside, wearing five layers on top, three layers on bottom, knee high socks, a ski cap and a pair of gloves with hand warmers is excessive. You only need FOUR layers on top, three layers on bottom, knee high socks, a ski cap and a pair of gloves with hand warmers. Be prepared to shed that extra shirt on the side of the road.
- Truth #3 - It only takes about seven minutes for your toes to freeze.
- Truth #4 - Hills are a b*tch. That is all.
- Truth #5 - I am totally afraid of going too fast on my bike, breaking too hard and crashing. Downhills are evil and make me feel like I am going to die.
- Truth #6 - A lot of motorists are poopshoots. Seriously, when there are two lanes, why can't you move over? Don't you know how freaked out I am of crashing? Oh, and while you're driving me off the road, why don't you honk? That would be fun!
- Truth #7 - I love my bike. Like really love it. Once I get past all that fear, it's a freaking amazing bike.
- Truth #8 - The longer I rode, the less scared I became. At this rate, I will be over my fears by 2015.
- Truth #9 - Laughing at yourself can be a heck of a lot of fun.
- Truth #10 - Even if I have to put training wheels on my bike, I am going to bring it on race day.