Just about this time two years ago, I started running. I was sick of working out like a hamster on a wheel inside and wanted to take things outside. After just a few months, I ran what I consider my first “real” 5K.
Two years later, I’ve run quite a few races and it’s pretty safe to say I’m obsessed with running.
But I’m pretty sure a new hobby is about to enter my life. A few weeks ago, I rode about 20 miles on a bike–up to the George Washington Bridge and back. The company helped, but I also had a really good time on the bike. Bikes aren’t cheap, so I’ve held out on buying one for quite a while. I wanted to make sure I really wanted one, and that I wasn’t going to plunk down a few hundred dollars on one and it sit in my apartment collecting dust.
But I haven’t been able to stop thinking about biking since then, and I found out this week that I’ll be getting a nice tax refund. You can guess what it’s going towards! I’ve been asking people about what they ride/recommend, and last night I stopped at a bike store on my way home. Unfortunately, I was wearing a dress, so I couldn’t do a test ride.
The Giant Dash 3 is the second bike I looked at. It’s prettier, but I’m trying not to be a huge girl and make a decision based on looks. (But isn’t it pretty?) I had asked last week about going for hybrid or a road bike. Heather and Kate both advocated for road bikes, saying that if I wanted to do anything longer than a sprint tri, I’d want a road bike and therefore would only have to buy a bike once.
While I’m pretty sure that I’ll at least do a sprint tri, when I started running, I signed up for a 5K with little to no thought of ever doing a marathon. While maybe I’ll do a longer tri some day, I’m willing to cross that bridge when I come to it and start out with a hybrid that I can have fun on and also race on. If, at some point, I have to sell the hybrid and get a road bike, I’m cool with that, too.
Now to go ride one of these babies! And sit and wait for my tax refund to come.
And then I’m pretty sure I’ll be looking for a sprint tri in the tri-state area. Any good ones you know of? (I guess I really am addicted to races. I’m okay with that!)