Back in the Bike Saddle Again

Everybody told me that I would not want to see my bike after Ironman Coeur d’Alene, much less get on it and ride. This has not been true for me at all.

My relationship to my bike changed for the better over the last month of training, and it went some place really different during Ironman. Finishing that course was such a moment of pride for me. All those twisty turns, hills, and the distance were things I could do. I did do them–I can’t argue with an Ironman finish.

So when Clementine came back from TriBike transport, I wanted to ride.

Cathy and I had a wonderful chat-and-spin on Thursday; that’s where we get on the veloway and just go ’round and ’round till the conversation runs out…which was six laps worth, and we didn’t really so much run out of chat or energy as mostly run out of time. I love those rides!

Then, as a fun holiday outing, the hubby and I hit the Austin Cycling Association ride today, the Creedmoore Cruise, and opted for the 40-something mid-distance ride. I have to say, it is so SWEET to simply throw the bike in the car without planning a bunch of food and bringing the gear for the run afterwards. The ride itself was flat to rolling and I was rested, so it was an easy jaunt. And it is nice to finish and  be driving away early before your skin starts to sizzle.

(I am getting new bike shoes ASAP…and I will be checking in with TriBike Transport on Monday on the details about getting Clementine refinished, so I may have to set her aside for a bit while that gets done.)

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Published by Leah Nyfeler

I'm a writer, editor, runner, and adventurer who is always looking for the next new story, exciting adventure, and good meal/book/movie. My focus is on helping people find their best, healthiest self through sharing what I know and how I've come to learn it. In addition to my blog "Enjoying the Journey: Observations on the Fit Life" at, my articles have appeared in a variety of print and online magazines. You can hear me as part of the 2015 Austin cast of Listen To Your Mother.

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