Trek Women
April 30, 2008

My First Blogs

20070806121527867_0007_2  I have had some really nice conversations with Coach Mary Daubert in the past few weeks.  Because of a few issues in my life that have taken a strange turn, I began to question if I could stay on track; and, I continue to be a skeptic about completing the challenges I set out to do.  I am here to admit that it's a scary thing for me to go riding with another person.  I am terrified to make a mistake and look stupid.  Do they have bicycle psychologists for this kind of disorder?    I do it because I know that is the only way I will improve my self confidence.  This is one of my major hurdles. 

Sometimes is takes someone standing in a different corner to see what I cannot see in a mirror.   Mary suggested that I read my first blogs and see just what I have accomplished.

Within the last two weeks I have been presented with challenges I didn't ask for,  (What's new to all of us, right!).  There was a great tool that was on my very own little laptop; I went back and read my first blogs.  A year ago I didn't know anything about bicycles and thanks to all my friends, I have learned quite a bit in a year.  Sometimes it pays to look back from time to time to see that winding road behind us.   I'm learning to love this sport although it's a slow process.  I know it will take me forward for years to come.  I'm ready to start again.

Come Ride With Me. 


I am a new bike rider having never ridden as a kid and only for a few months in my late thirties. My first experience on a bike was not enjoyable. I was talked into purchasing a man's bike (much sturdier than a woman's bike you know!) took the advice and ended up with a mans bike which was too big for me. Had a bad fall and never got on again.

This time I bought a bike to fit me. I am lacking in confidence right now and know that it takes time. Little steps, much practice. Cars, people, kids and dogs spook me right now, but I press ahead slowly. Kudos to all those older women who are taking up riding for the first time in their early 60's - press on.

Posted by: Michelle | Apr 30, 2008 3:36:12 PM

Thank you Michelle, I think we have helped each other by validation. I would love to hear from you as you conquer some of your fears and accomplish some milestones.

Please keep in touch
Very sincerely,

Posted by: Trek Sister Marie | Apr 30, 2008 5:47:55 PM

It's true -- it's really scary to put yourself out there and ride with someone else. But, when we do it, all of the sudden we realize just how "normal" we are. I got that "AHA" moment when I was riding with Jen last weekend on a ride describe as "some hills". As we climbed the first one and everyone was going about 1/2 mile per hour, a light bulb went off in my head ... "Everyone slows down on hills!" And, here I was thinking it was only me!

I love to read your blog and hope you keep riding for a long time! :)

Posted by: Ginger | May 1, 2008 11:49:46 AM

I really appreciate your comments because it encourages me to get back on and ride again this weekend. What a great sisterhood we are creating with the "Women Who Ride"
Yoo Hoo!

Posted by: Trek Sister Marie | May 1, 2008 11:58:55 AM

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