katieRIDESthis? Yeah, sometimes!

26 Apr

When I am not running, I like doing lots of other physical activities…like, say, cycling. I really do love cycling. Granted, I do not love it *quite* as much as I love running, but I do enjoy the speed and the different range of motion that cycling offers.

When I lived in South Carolina, my husband and I went cycling ALL THE TIME. There is a huge cycling community there thanks to George Hincapie and the City of Greenville has been very progressive about passing laws and ordinances that protect and support cyclists in the community. While it is a massive project that is still in the works, one of my favorite places to run/ride is on the Swamp Rabbit Trail. If you are ever in Upstate South Carolina, check it out. It’s beautiful! And if you are a lady cyclist, be sure and check out Pedal Chic! It is my favorite bike shop and its for ladies only! I love their motto…”roadways are the new runways”! YES!

So, why do I get off on this cycling tangent?

Because…I have registered for a bike race! I am not sure whether I should be excited or nervous…probably a combination of the two…but The Red Stick Crit is going down tomorrow night whether I like it or not. The Red Stick Crit will be my first bike race since moving to Louisiana and will be my first bike race based on time. I have done a couple of charity bike rides in South Carolina, but that was many moons ago.

I should probably mention that I don’t have a road bike. Yeeeeeah…

BUT, they DO have a fat tire division! WIN! I will be riding this beauty tomorrow night…

A crit (short for criterium) is “a bike race held on a short course (usually less than 1km), often run on closed-off city center streets.” (Thanks, Wikipedia!) Tomorrow night’s race course will held on a 0.91mi loop. The race length will be based on time. In this case, the goal for each division is to complete as many laps as possible in 10:00 minutes. Basically, I just have to pedal as hard and as fast as I can for ten minutes. I can do that, right? Yeah, probably. I am hoping that by registering for the fat tire division that I will not end up making too much of a fool of myself…then again, if I do, it will just be par for the course. But, hey, at least I will have tried!

My goal last year was to upgrade to a “real” road bike, spend more time in the saddle, and take my cycling more seriously. Then I got pregnant…and the “road bike fund” became the “baby stuff fund.” It is not looking like I will be able to upgrade this year either, so I am just going to continue enjoying my Trek hybrid until I am able to get a better bike. I am certainly NOT complaining about my Trek hybrid. She has been so good to me and, overall, I think this is an excellent bike for the money spent on it.

When I am not cruising around my ‘hood on my Trek, I can also be spotted on my Electra Navy Cruiser. I love her. Her name is Blue Betty. She is what I call my “3-speed Cadillac of bikes”…obviously built for comfort and not for speed. She gets a lot of attention when we are out in public together. Basically, Electra took a little girl’s bike (leather handlebar streamers, ching-ching bell, and all!) and super-sized it for women. Blue Betty was my first bike and I will never get rid of her. And, yes, I often talk about her as if she is a person.

All in all, I am looking forward to tomorrow night. If nothing else, it will be a new experience and I am always down for that! Plus, a bike race breaks the monotony of road races!

Are you into cycling too? Have you ever ridden in a bike race (of any size) or participated in a charity bike ride?

16 Responses to “katieRIDESthis? Yeah, sometimes!”

  1. Carrie April 26, 2012 at 1:43 PM #

    Good luck on your race!

    I used to be into cycling, but then I moved to California and I live in downtown San Jose. I am TERRIFIED of riding in traffic so I never take my bike out. It’s sad. 😦

  2. Ryan April 26, 2012 at 2:14 PM #

    WOo! Pedal smash time! We went on a 12-13 mile mountain bike group ride Tuesday night and, well, let’s just say I’m not going riding again without my light! We misjudged the time and ended up riding the last 20 or so minutes in the dark… through the woods… with very thick foliage. It was very interesting. Always an adventure out on two wheels :).

  3. Corey April 26, 2012 at 3:43 PM #

    Um, I LOVE the little “Bikeville” logo! I haven’t seen that before! AND I just posted today about riding in Greenville. I think I am doing Meals on Wheels ride this weekend too. Good luck tomorrow!!!

  4. Ann @ Twelve In Twelve April 26, 2012 at 4:13 PM #

    LOVE this!!!! 🙂

  5. the MF Dre April 26, 2012 at 4:18 PM #

    So awesome you’re doing this! Can’t wait to hear about it all along the way. I’ve never done any road cycling – just spin bikes which does not compare at all! good for you for trying something new!

  6. Ashleysh22 April 27, 2012 at 9:10 AM #

    Forgive my naivity ❤

    I don't really know much about biking. What do you need two bikes for? Do you use one for some things and one for another? If I were to get a new bike for riding around Chicago, wis there like a genre or something I should be looking at?

    • katieRUNSthis April 27, 2012 at 9:32 AM #

      Not naive at all!

      If I could have my way, I would have a different bike for everyday of the week. There are all kinds of bikes out there for all different kinds of riding! Road bikes, time trial bikes, triathlon bikes, hybrid bikes, cruiser bikes, mountain bikes, commuter bikes, electric bikes, etc. All different speeds! For now, I love riding my Trek for fitness. It is 21 speeds and I can really push on it. Blue Betty is only 3 speeds and is really geared more toward leisurely weekend rides. I usually put panniers on Blue Betty so that I can ride her to the grocery store! She’s great!

      Different bikes are definitely geared to different types of riding. I have seen so many people get suckered into the wrong bike for them. What kind of riding will you be doing around Chicago? Will you be riding for exercise or leisure? Will you be using it to commute? Will you be hauling anything with it (panniers, child carrier, child trailer, etc.)? Will you use it to do bike races or triathlons? Also, bikes come in a WIDE variety of price ranges. How much do you realistically want to spend?

  7. Meg April 27, 2012 at 9:48 AM #

    I am trying to get into biking and cycling because I think it’ll be excellent cross training as I ramp up my mileage for the marathon. I need to just bite the bullet and get a bike!

    Good luck with the race – definitely can’t wait to read about it!

  8. @valofthevilla April 27, 2012 at 10:22 AM #

    Yay! Love this! It’s my first day back at work post baby (so I have no business being on here right now) 😉 …but your blog was in my RSS feed so…
    Anyway, I went on a +20 mile bike ride (road) this week and it was AWESOME! My bike’s name is BLU btw…so I totally get it. 😉

  9. triing2survive April 27, 2012 at 11:30 PM #

    LOVE Blue Betty. I want a bike like that now. 🙂 Your race sounds fun. I’m actually doing a bike race this year too. It’s called the Tour de Donut. SO fun.

  10. Ernise April 29, 2012 at 8:53 PM #

    How as the Red Stick Crit on Friday night?

  11. FindingMyHappyPace April 30, 2012 at 4:57 PM #

    Your cruiser bike is adorable! I’m ashamed to admit I want one myself.

  12. Kristin May 1, 2012 at 10:09 AM #

    I have a MTB which I ride occsasionally but have had for a long time. I just bought a road bike a few weeks ago (Specialized Dolce Sport). I really like it! It’s so much lighter. BUT, I feel like I’m a bit of a loose cannon on it. I am a little scared to ride on busier roads so I’ve been sticking to my local country routes. If I go on a busier road I need to be supervised!

  13. David H. May 1, 2012 at 4:11 PM #

    I’d love to do a bike race! There just aren’t enough around me to push that interest to reality.


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