Wednesday, April 23, 2008

When baby steps make you feel 10 feet tall

It's like learning to ride a bike....

Weeks of apprehension. Will I be able to bike again?
A morning of anxiety. I sincerely doubt my clients walked upright and pain free Tuesday as I put them through the workout I generally would do at this point, if not for them.
I shook as I prepped. If my knee fails, just how bad will it hurt.
I stood on the driveway for 5 minutes, maybe longer. Our driveway turns out onto a subtle, but climbable hill, and I'm not keen on zero mph crashes.
I rolled my bike to the top of the hill, knowing eventually I was going to have to suck it up and just do this. Maybe I should go back and switch out my cleats and pedals, I'm not so sure it's a good idea to do this maiden voyage on the new ones. Excuses. Just go.

And I went. Slowly at first, clipping out numerous times and stopping just to be sure I could do so in the oft time necessary instant.

And a funny thing happened on the way to mile 2. I remembered. All the miles, all the rides, all the times clipping in and out. And once you remember you know what happens, you soar. Rolling along I watched the final remains of winter breaking up in tiny chunks along the shore of Cedar Lake and I marveled at all of the stored potential of spring. So caught up in the moment was I that I missed the fact that I was standing in my pedals, until I sat back down. 6 weeks ago I couldn't stand.

18 miles of rolling pavement. In the grand scheme of things, baby steps, I know. But sometimes it's the baby steps that make you feel 10 feet tall.

Trimama is back!

In other news, I scoped a new client today-in the event all of Monday's folks quit on me. Nice gal, we got to talking tri's. Turns out she has a co worker who lives in Oregon who does tri s and as it happens also blogs. He had suggested she go to My Local Bike shop to check out a new road bike. Of course, I heard blog and my ears perked up. Who was this blogging Oregonian? and how did he know about My Local Bike shop? I questioned this potential client and tri training buddy.

Well he knows this guy named Taconite Boy who is all about Triathlon.

I busted out laughing.

Do I tell the big guy he is almost famous?

The pillow is calling, cheers to you all

18 comments:

J-Wim said...

YEAH TRIMAMA!

IronTriTim said...

Not 'The Taconite Boy'? Glad your knee is feeling better (know the feeling of waiting to see if an injury will hurt again, not a fun feeling).

LBTEPA said...

BRAVO CYCLING TRIMAMA!!

stronger said...

Welcome Back TriMAMA! Ha! about the new client...small world we live in.

21stCenturyMom said...

Yay! TriMama is back!

A guy in my race club just ran Boston and while he was there he met a woman I met through blogging. She is local but I met her on the internet. It's a very small world we live in.

Lana said...

Freaking. Hilarious. I would love to have seen her face when you told her Tac was your husband. It's a small world...or maybe Tac's just that famous!

SO glad to hear that Trimama is back...although I never considered you being "away." ;)

TJ said...

Hurray for baby steps!
Glad to hear you're back in action.

Wendy said...

Great that you're back in the saddle!! (So to speak.)

TriSaraTops said...

Isn't that first ride out just the BEST? :)

greyhound said...

Whatever you do, don't tell THE Taconite Boy. His head is already freakin' huge, and if he knew, he'd take over your pillow too.

He doesn't read your blog, does he?

Jumper 2.0 said...

I am pretty sure that I've heard of Taconite Boy too!
;-)


We are going to get a couple of rides in together this year, right!

Take care and glad you're back in the saddle.

Brent Buckner said...

Back on the train - yahoo!

momo said...

yay! so glad you're back in the saddle, trimama!!

watchout imaz, she's baaaaaccccckkkk!!

Bigun said...

I love pillow talk....

faithrunner said...

Hey, great job getting "back on the horse!" You're a tough woman, a warrior, I knew you could do it! I think you'll have to take me on a ride with you this Sunday, pretty sure I'll be available before 4pm. :) You can teach me a thing or two, or three, or four!

triguyjt said...

glad the knee responded....great first ride.....

can you get tac boys autogrpah for me??? ;)

TriSherpa Di aka "Mrs Bigun" said...

what a nice report!! I am so glad you are back on the bike again.

IronJenny said...

YEa!!! Will you be doing the Wed Night ride the THe Local Bike Shop?