I made a vow that I would officially start cycling training again by March 1st. And that’s today, so here I am! I got my bike set up last weekend. No small feat, as I had to change out the rear tire and wipe the entire bike off, yes it was covered in dust!! Plus I needed to lube the chain and pump up the tires. And find my cycling shoes.
Then I needed to find my cycling clothes. And I needed to mentally psych myself to ride. Step one in motivating myself is to start with reminding myself I am a cyclist. I love cycling. I love my road bike. I love riding outside the best, but so far I am not a winter cyclist. I don’t mind riding indoors, and since there is a TON of snow on the ground here in Minnesota, digging out my Cyclops indoor cycling trainer is second best.
It feels good. I like cycling training and it feels good to be back in the saddle with a plan to get cycling fit again! It’s been a while since I’ve been riding regularly. Here’s a video of my first ride in FIVE months!!!
I have a lot of riding planned for June. Saturday, June 1st, I plan to ride the 62 mile route at the Tour de Cure Twin Cities, a fundraising event for the American Diabetes Association. I’ve joined the team Paul’s Peddlers which is captained by Paul who also has type 1 diabetes. He’s a year round outdoor cyclist. Yes, he amazes me!
Two weeks later, on June 15th, I plan to ride the Minnesota Ironman Bike Ride with my dear friend Tammy. I’m not sure the distance we’ll do, and that’s okay, I will be ready! The great thing about this ride is that it’s put on by Free Bikes for Kids, and that is most excellent.
The next Saturday, June 22nd, Janeece Oatman is hosting a bike ride with her new organization The Angel Foundation of Minnesota. They provide financial and emotional assistance for people in Minnesota going through cancer treatments. I used support from an organization like this when I was going through cancer treatments in Colorado, so I’m super excited to support this organization, and raise a bit of money for them. If you’d like to contribute, I’d be grateful. I am not sure the distance I will ride at this event, and again, that’s okay. I will be ready!
What about you? Have you started training for your upcoming events?? Let me know!