Hey guys! Happy Valentine’s Day. I hope you are having a great day and enjoying the day of love. I have the day to myself! My kids are with my parents for the weekend and my husband works long hours on Saturday, so I am enjoying some quiet time. I did hit the track today for an easy 10 miles. I wanted to share with you what’s been on my mind lately and what I was thinking about during my run.
Lately, I have been dropping little hints that I am starting to get into cycling. And the reason I haven’t been sharing a lot of that with you yet is because of the reaction I get when I tell people. I usually get one of two reactions.
A. Supportive. This response usually comes from close friends and family.
B. Silent and scared. I wish I could describe the look on peoples faces when I tell them. It’s almost this wide eyed, freaked out, panicked expression.
I get that reaction a lot from runner’s. I have no idea why. I am not going to stop running, I just want to learn to ride my bike and meet some great people along the way. I have been blessed, that from running I have been able to meet amazing people, join and start my own running groups, coach others and even put on a successful 5k run each December.
Now, I want to do that with cycling. I want to find people who will teach me, train me and guide me to be good at biking. And when I finally become good enough, I want to teach others. I want to compete, like I do in running and finally I want to belong to a group that goes out and rides together and has fun.
I’m telling you all this because I hope you will stick with me as I start this new journey. I notice when I post a running picture on Facebook, it get lots of likes, but if I post a cycling picture, not many people click on it. And I get it, most people signed up to read about running. However, I wouldn’t have half of what I have in running if it wasn’t for all of you and I would love your support.
One of the things I learned at the Running USA Conference last weekend was that there are now more women runners than men. Which is AWESOME! But the same isn’t true for cycling. In fact, there are not many women cyclists at all. Which makes this even scarier for me. But I am determined to make this happen and hopefully find some other women to join me and get more women riding.
If you follow me on Instagram, you have already seen that I am posting a lot of pictures of me on the trainer or attempting to ride outside.
And I am going to start doing the same on Facebook and here on my blog.
I’m not sure why I haven’t said all of this sooner. I think in part I was scared that I would get more confused looks and negative responses. The truth is, this is going to be GREAT. I am scared but really excited. But than again….
Have a great weekend everyone! <3