Saturday, June 03, 2006

I Finished!

For the first time in more years than I would care to admit, and certainly the first time in my “adult” life, I participated in a public sports event as an athlete. Though calling me an athlete is probably a bit of an exaggeration. Two months ago I said that I wanted to ride the Salt Lake City Bike Tour, which is an event associated with the Salt Lake City Marathon. I didn’t have a bike, nor had I ridden one in 6 years, but a Saturday morning trip to the bike shop fixed that in short order.

The event was a blast! The temperature was great, the crowd was excited, and the route showed off a few of Salt Lake’s most interesting neighborhoods. The parts of the course that I was most worried about turned out not to be so bad, I’ll chalk that up to the adrenaline of the event. In a place where I would normally travel at an average speed of 15-18 mph, I was riding 20-23. It was totally cool!

I blew out a tire on the course, and of course I was stubborn and hadn’t learned how to use my CO2 cartridge, and didn’t have a bicycle pump. It’s a good thing that my father and one of his work associates were on the course with me. They helped me get things fixed up, and I really couldn’t have finished had it not been for Dave’s bicycle pump!

It was a great event for a great day. Today’s distance/time was the farthest/longest that I have gone in this new re-birth of biking. I am pretty tired, but have a good idea of where I would like to go next. It would be really cool to keep working hard so that I could be in shape to do a century ride (100 miles). I guess that it just has to do with time invested in training.

Cycling is good for me. Not only is it something that doesn’t involve the rigors of writing code, or sitting in front of a computer screen but it’s also a great stress reliever. It is a good feeling to know that I can push my body to do things that it didn’t think that it could do. After the race, I was pretty tired, and felt like I wanted to vomit, my dad told me to take it easy and drink some water, Dave remarked, “Isn’t it a great feeling to know that you worked so hard you want to throw up?” I think that though it sounds weird, I think that the answer to the question is yes. Anyhow, biking is fun, and I hope that this is just the first of many future events! Maybe someday I’ll run the marathon, but for now, I’ll just be happy that I could bike it.

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