Maybe if I blog about bikes…

Maybe if I blog about bikes, I’ll talk about them less. This would probably be a welcomed relief for some (most) of my friends and family members. Also, maybe then I’ll actually sit down and come up with a training plan!

Okay, so, Pretend Audience. I had a rough summer this year. Family stuff, job stuff, life stuff, boyfriend moved to a different state, boyfriend broke up with me, boyfriend was like “let’s get back together”, I was like “wait a sec”, my new job was absolutely awful, what was I doing with my life, etc.

Basically, what I’m trying to say is, I was about to absolutely lose my mind. Luckily, ex-bf had gifted me a bicycle before he split and that beautiful machine is what kept me from going completely insane during that time (and honestly probably still does).parks and rec bicycle

Sometime around August or September, I decided I wanted to actually try a cyclocross race. I had driven my boyfriend to approximately one million of his races last year and cross just looked really fun and way less intimidating than road races (seriously, roadies. What gives? Is there like, a rule against not being an asshole?).

So, I took my mountain bike that I got for my 12th birthday to the park and started riding around. I didn’t really know what I was doing, but I knew it was fun.

Also putting arty shots of your bike on Instagram distracts people from the fact you have no friends and just makes you look like I wanna-be hipster asshole!
Also putting arty shots of your bike on Instagram distracts people from the fact you have no friends and just makes you look like a wanna-be hipster asshole!

Long story short, I ended up doing a few races. I had a great time (except for the race where I crashed and messed up my brakes and had to drop out less than halfway through the first lap) and didn’t do that well but also didn’t totally suck which considering I was riding a $250, 13 year old children’s MTB and wearing goddamn Vans that I used to waitress in still seems like a miracle.

Seriously try doing a muddy run-up carrying a fucking mountain bike in these shoes.
Seriously try doing a muddy run-up carrying a fucking mountain bike in these shoes.

Anyways, obviously, now I want to become cyclocross world champion and whatever. Just kidding. But it’d be sweet if I could find a way to upgrade tcyclocross bike shoes cincinnatio a Cat 3 in the next year or two. Basically, I want to be able to kind of keep up with the lead pack in my races (I have no idea if this is gonna happen, but it sounds good, right?). I really need to spend time and set up a training plan (especially since I’ll be doing a few triathlons this summer too) besides just “Well, I guess I’ll sit on a trainer for 40 minutes”.  Also, I’m going to need to learn how to clip/unclip pretty proficiently since I’ll probably want to be able to use my *new shoes* on my *new bike* this upcoming season

Well, it is almost 10:00PM on a Friday and I’m sitting in my office blogging about bikes. I should probably at least go home. Maybe I’ll even find the motivation to sit on my trainer (self: seriously, get it together) for half an hour. Hopefully I’ll kind of attempt to actually create a blog and learn stuff and record my training and things like that. We’ll see.