Diary of a Beginner Cyclist
As an ex-runner, I was never too sure about cycling. Meh, no, that's not true. In Holland, I tried cycling in the post-running days and some sides of it felt nice: the camaraderie, tiring yourself while outside, exploring. But then again, I had that with running as well. And then some. No matter how I looked at it, it always felt that running was my true love. Running dumped me. Cycling was its ugly cousin looking for a date.
Needless to say, Holland and cycling didn't work out. However, now I live in Tuscany. In Tuscany, that cousin is looking a lot better.
I am in the full-early stages. All I want to do right now is write a little list of things that occur to me now.
- I need a decent bike. Right now, I am on my too small, twelve years old, nine years unused crappy mountain bike
- I need those clicky-clicky-foot-paddles. When it's wet in the woods, my feet slide everywhere
- I need to work on my cyclist-lingo
- I am not sure if I want a race bike or a mountain bike. Leaning towards mountain bike
- CARS BE CRAY HERE
- Tuscany is stunning. Doublestunning by bike
- Do not look up when you're suffering uphill. Focus on the meter you're working through in that moment
- Many life lessons can be learned on bike
- I can't bike too often. I think twice a week will be my max. This is because of the gap between a cyclists' physique and a models' one (can't get too skinny again)
- It is one hell of a way of exploring my new land
- I need tire-fixing stuff with me and a pump
- Two and a half years I haven't felt that runner's high. That euphoria feeling. The other day after suffering up a hill, and then going down a hill, I found myself making whooping noises. Literally, me going 'WHOOOHOOOO!!' while cycling. How I've fucking missed that feeling
- I need a proper sports bottle. An hour ago, my normal bottle of water flew out of the holder, going 50k an hour. I'm sure that can be dangerous
- I go 50k an hour. Hence, I am bad-ass. (Even went 64km/h the other day but don't tell my wife and/or mother)
- I need a better helmet