Trek Women
April 14, 2008

I always remember the 1st time

Pilot52wsd_pearlpink1_2 Sunday, Guru Bruce and I went to the Bike Trail so I could try out my road bike, for the first time OFF the trainer.  According to "Guru" I am at a tremendous learning curve right now.  I am glad he went along because when I get stressed either physically or mentally, he can calm me down by talking me through the process. 

First of all, we were riding on an asphalt bike trail about 5 miles from Anaheim, Ca, the hottest (100 degrees) place in the nation yesterday. 

  • The hydration process is very important and I learned you must start this prior to the ride.  "Guru" even had me turn off the air conditioner, open the windows and acclimate to the heat on our way to the trail.      
  • I managed to get a pretty bad sunburn on my back; yes I was wearing a jersey and I burned right through the fabric.  I will use sunblock in the future.
  • Practiced using the new type gears that are on the brakes.  By eliminating the number system, I am learning to go by feel which is much easier for me.
  • The thing that had the biggest impact on me was starting out too fast.  I didn't want him to think I was a weakling.  Next time I will start out slow and pace myself so I can get comfortable and enjoy the ride for a longer period. 
  • Bruce is a tough teacher because he let's me make my mistakes.  He knows I listen but I wouldn't always think it through the same way as actually putting suggestions into practice. 

I look forward to next weekend so I can apply my lessons learned the best way.

Come Ride With Me.

Comments

Hey I was behind you . and made you slow down and get into a easier gear just so you woulden't feel like you had to keep up Brucde

Posted by: bruce bell | Apr 14, 2008 2:46:03 PM

OH, yea, the starting out too fast thing :) :) GOod thing you know it does **not** mean you can't do it!!! Learn and grow, and go go go!!!

Posted by: Sue | Apr 14, 2008 4:12:25 PM

Sorry I got some of the details wrong Bruce. You WERE staying in back of me, and I do remember now that I have recovered from the heat stroke.
M

Posted by: Trek Sister Marie | Apr 14, 2008 9:49:34 PM

Marie,

Thanks for the encouragement. Just happened to read your blog. I have been riding my bike for some 27 Years. Just got on the Trek Web Site and saw your picture. I'm 63 Years Old,(Young), and I'm thinking about buying a new bike, but not sure what kind I want. So, just thought I would drop you a note.

Thanks,

Pat Gabriel

Posted by: Pat Gabriel | Apr 15, 2008 9:52:38 AM

Pat,
There is certainly lots to look at on the web including finding your local dealer by checking out our list of dealers. Trek dealers are always glad to let you test drive. That is the best way to find your comfort zone.
Keep me posted.
M

Posted by: Trek Sister Marie | Apr 16, 2008 6:57:30 PM

Su,
Can't wait for next weekend to get out and try, try, try.
M

Posted by: Trek Sister Marie | Apr 16, 2008 6:58:44 PM

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