Monday, March 23, 2009

The spandex is the least of my worries

When I first learned to ride a bike, I was terrified of turning right. I would circle round and around at the bottom of my street only making left turns. I've accepted that I might have been directly challenged and somewhat of a wuss - but at least I was finally able to teach myself to turn right and conquer my fear. However, to this day my family still makes fun of me.

So, I hadn't ridden a bike since I was probably 12. Oh wait, I take that back. When I was 18 Katelyn and I went on a 14 mile bike ride, in the middle of the summer, during a heat wave because we thought that the wind in our faces would make the heat seem less hot. We were wrong. So wrong. And my butt hurt for like 2 weeks after that. I swore I would never ride a bike again.

Well, I was 18 and stupid and didn't think that one day I would actually want to ride a bike again. You know, for fun. And for exercise. Who knew? And so, I purchased a bike. A road bike. I know those who know me are in shock at this seemingly uncharacteristic thing I just did. But yep, I am actually going to do something that requires me to work. I've turned over a new leaf.


I purchased the shoes and clips and the day I went on my first ride I woke up sick with anxiety. Having my feet fixed to my peddles was officially freaking me out. I text my dad and told him that I may or may not need him to hold the back of my bike like he did when I was 6. He declined. And this is what happened:

Yep. I totally fell. It wasn't like I was outside my house, either. I was turning on a busy road. I successfully unclipped one foot but apparently leaned to the other side and oops...Natalie's laying on the road ready to get run over. I only cried to myself when a guy pulled over and yelled, "Oh my gosh, are you ok?"

And in true Natalie fashion, I took a picture two days later to document the progress of my wound. Yes, I knew it was going to leave a mark.

Now, if it would just stop snowing so I could go out and embarrass myself again, I would appreciate it.

8 comments:

Teddy and Scotty said...

Natalie,
I have done the same thing, my first big biff with the clipless pedals was right on Sunnyside during 'rush hour'. Cars were honking and I was SO embarassed. I still continue to do it every once in awhile (fall over cause I can't get out of them), but it's always great for a good laugh. You're going to love your bike, it looks like a great one. Call if you ever wanna go for a ride!
P.S. When you were telling about your "left turns only" story on your street growing up, I totally pictured you right there on the little circle (right in front of Wunderli's) going round and around! Love it.

Let the Good Times Roll said...

OUCH!!! I am impressed with your new hobby nat, and I agree being clipped into pedals freaks me out.

Christian and Brooke Bowers said...

You are hilarious. I can't believe you've joined the bike riding club. CBs mom has been looking at houses for us and they are all close to you. Can you imagine?!

Daybreaking Dickersons said...

I totally fell on my bike in Orem on a VERY busy corner on the way to see my future (but unknown at the time) husband. So I got to his house all scraped up and totally embarrassed.

Kristine said...

Wow... that's looks like it was a great fall. I wish I would have been driving by at that moment! I would have been following the nice guy pointing my finger and yelling "HA HA!" Kidding! I can't wait for our tutorial at Sugarhouse Park. Warm up please!!!

LOOK WHO'S MARRIED!!!! said...

Hey.
I'm not sure how I ran across your blog, but I love it. Keep up the good work. Oh, and...we bought 8 boxes of girl scount cookies...it's for a good cause, right?!?!?!
Sara

CARLY said...

No way! We just recently invested in some bikes as well. No snow here though! I haven't fallen yet, but I have had to stop and lie down due to exhaustion after a 5 minute bike ride. pathetic, I know.Also, I yell at James when I see his shadow becasue I fear he is too close and I'll run into him and fall and "pull a natalie"

Beth said...

why are you just too funny. That is a serious bruise Nat. I commend you on your new found hobby!