It was now the first couple weeks in May, and I enjoyed my date rides on my new bike. In case your wondering, a date ride is when we get a babysitter to watch the kids and Carly (my hubby), and I go out for a bike ride and grab dinner. Our favorite dates over the years have been date golf, date tennis, and old date rides on the Klein and his LeMond. I get butterflies in my belly when I recall one specific afternoon date ride from our old house in Mars, PA. We had stopped for subway and jumped on our bikes outside the restaurant. As we started down the road, a car came by so fast and unexpected that I almost fell over on my bike. The speeding driver was followed by police cars, probably going 50+ through a small town called Evans City. We continued down 68 towards the overpass to I79 when that same car followed by police cars came straight for us. He must have turned around and now was headed straight for us as he weaved in and out of traffic. We both unclipped and jumped behind a barrier under the bridge. My heart was beating incredibly fast, and I was pretty scared to resume our ride back to Mars. A scary event and one I will never forget.
During our 2012 date rides I realized that some additional equipment would help me learn to be more effective on the bike. Honestly, I am scared of going fast and of course the possibility of falling. The petals Glenn armed me with are such a tremendous improvement compared to my old petals that I am not as concerned about not being able to get my feet out of the clips like I used to be. I think to overcome my fear of speed I just need some rode time and a little ambition to push myself little by little out of my comfort zone.
My husband got a Garmin Edge 800 with his new bike, and it shows his cadence as well as many other details. For me, I don’t need GPS maps I just want lots of data that can help me see where I can improve/change/continue. I had been using a Suunto M5 watch for over a year now, and we had a Cateye put on my handlebars, but either can show cadence. My first few rides I thought I would be fine without it as I have my speed, time, heartrate, distance, etc.. Cadence is so important especially for a novice rider because it is the number of revolutions you crank each minute as the pedals are turning. By keeping my cadence up, I can be more effective on the bike in most situations. Cadence is hard to measure by just trying to determine if you are spinning your legs fast enough. In addition to my M5’s lack of cadence measurement, I found it to be completely ineffective in the pool. Now about a week and a half into swimming and lots of gasping for breath on the wall I find it hard to keep track of my laps. Yes, I did say laps, but they are pretty painful to watch. On May 21st I completed my first 700 meters in 40:20…but I did it.
The best device I could find to fulfill all of the multisport functions was the Garmin Forerunner 910xt. I was amazed at the watches functionality, and it made the most sense to have one device to use for all of my sports. I have tracked my athletics/exercise for years online using Suunto’s Movescount and other programs alike. It gives me great joy to look at the month and know exactly where I am, how my heart rate measures in different sports if my speed is increasing etc. My watch reminds me of my mom, someone holding you accountable for your actions. There it is, I just named it Nona (my mom’s name). I just love the watch, its amazing features and my ability to have one tool that does it all. I don’t leave home without it.