some of you know I went on my first bike ride since I gave up my Huffy dirt bike 25 years ago. My boyfriend put me on his Mountain bike, lent me a helmet and we rode to breakfast yesterday morning. (after I went up and down the driveway and decided I could probably do it). I don't know how to change gears and I can't really look behind me without steering myself into a tree (he rode with me to spot me) but I made it without any close calls or crashes, stops, etc.
I'm trying to decide how I feel about riding. It's very physically uncomfortable, I believe I told him that I didn't think sexual assault was a normal part of the riding experience, and while my choice of words was distasteful, personally, I think it was accurate.
I woke up this morning and feel very tender on my butt, in the bike seat area. I almost feel like I've got bruised bones or something (though I'm sure that is not true). Today I found some discounted bike shorts online, so I'm going to get those and hope that improves the next ride, since there is much I liked about biking and would like to give it a try more since once is not enough to decide anything.
I'm just wondering if other ladies have had pain in their "lady parts" while cycling, and if the bike shorts cushion some of that, and I suspect some of it you just get used to? My boyfriend told that the shorts make some of it better, and some of it is just uncomfortable, but he doesn't have post WLS lady parts (of which I'm grateful).
He'd like to sign us up for a 25 mile ride in August, and frankly, I don't know if that's long enough for me to learn to tolerate this discomfort (especially since I don't have a bike at my house and we don't see eachother during the week).
Read my blog, BARIATHLETE I run because I can.
First 5K race October 4, 2009 (34.59) PR 5/22/11 (27:26)
First 5 Mile: January 1, 2011 (50:30)
First 10K: July 4, 2010 (1:03.26) New PR 4/10/11 (1:01.14)
First 10 Mile: April 11, 2010 (1:46.15)
First 1/2 marathon: June 13, 2010 (2:22.21) PR: 5/1/11 (2:17.30)
First Marathon: October 16, 2011: 5:47:20
Goofy Challenge: January 7-8, 2012
If you think you can, you can. If you think you can't, you're right. - Mary Kay Ash