Going down, I’m yelling timber!

Over the weekend MacGyver and I went for a bike ride in the rain.  I was a little jealous because MacGyver had taken me shopping and I got a new water bottle and holder and new gloves but he got new pedals with shoes that clip into them and he wouldn’t get them for me.  He said I wasn’t ready.

Oh Really

He said he ordered toe clips for me but that I wasn’t even ready for those and we would work into them.  For the record, he’s wrong.  I’m totally ready.  Just because he’s been riding a bike for a bazillion years and I’ve only been riding one for a few days doesn’t mean I can’t use clips because I can.

I am an idiot

After he stopped at a light and almost ate it, I decided the toe clips would be just fine.  I don’t really need those fancy shoe things right now.  They seem a little complicated anyway.

Anywho, the clips haven’t come yet so it’s a mute point and it rained all day Sunday and Monday so we didn’t ride.  We have gotten so much rain that MacGyver thought it was a really bad idea to try to ride.  It’s really wet everywhere.  Even our backyard is flooded.

flooding

That’s actually a pond but there’s some flooding in there too I swear!

 

This morning we woke up to more rain and then finally around 8am there was a break in the weather and it stopped raining.  Since I tried running yesterday and it hurt my hip and even walking seemed to aggravate it, I really wanted to ride my bike so MacGyver and I decided to chance it and go for a quick ride.

We headed out around 8:10 this morning and luckily for us the skies turned clear and the sun even started to peek out.  We headed down to Kapok Park and down to the Ream Wilson Trail and followed that all the way down to the Safety Harbor Marina.

I was feeling pretty good about the ride and making really good time too.  That is until MacGyver decided to turn around on the sidewalk at the marina and head back.  Apparently I’m not skilled enough to turn around on a sidewalk yet because that’s when I crashed.

And I ripped my seat.

ripped seat

And scraped my brake.

scraped brake

And I scraped my shoulder.

 

And I cut my knee.

cut knee

And I’m so pissed that I messed up my new bike.  Pissed.  MacGyver said I crashed because it was wet out and he’s said we should have waited til it dried up to go out.  But I know it was really because I was being over-confident and totally hit the corner of the sidewalk but don’t tell him that because he’ll never put those new toe clips on my bike.

When is the last time you crashed on a bike?

On a scale of 1-10 how confident are you on your bike?

Is there even a bike out there for me?

The good news is that the depression that was found less than a mile and a half from my house is stable and not a sinkhole.

runny sinkhole

But it’s okay to drive on it….sure!

I still don’t trust the area and I’ll be avoiding it for the meantime. I don’t care what the scientist say.

I’m still walking every morning because I don’t want to risk injuring myself and I want to be completely better before I start seriously training for a marathon in late fall.  I’m not walking far however, MacGyver and I have ridden our bikes for two nights in a row.  That’s almost a record.  I mean, I’m trying to love my bike because I know MacGyver loves his, but yeah, no.  I just don’t.

Perhaps if I had this bike, I’d be more apt to get out there.

Seriously

I do like the color, it’s pretty sweet right?  Obviously color is very important when choosing a bike.  No really it is.  I always fret when I’m picking out a new bike or even accessories because the wrong color can be catastrophic.

If you don’t believe me maybe you should take a look at this.

bike fail

See!

I think I’m just destined to be a runner but I’ll still try because I like doing things with MacGyver.  And there’s also the added bonus of someone paying attention to what I do because obviously, I am easily distracted.

a penny

Yep, been there.  If it weren’t for MacGyver I would have gotten run over at least twice in the past two days.

MacGyver has been looking for some new bikes for us and he keeps mentioning names to me, but I seriously have no clue about any models or makes and what’s good and what isn’t.

I already have a three wheeled bike, 2 beach cruisers, and a cheap Wal-mart mountain bike and I like them all the same.  Notice I didn’t say love. And if you’re wondering why I have so many, garage sales.  What I need is a bike for runners.

Runner's bike

That’s not exactly what I had in mind but if we could replace those shoes with some Brooks Launch 4’s, well, I’d be on board.

Do you like to bike?  How often do you do it?  Do you bike and run and if so how often do you do each?