So Jonathan took us all to Super Target this morning and bought me a bicycle!
It is a pink Schwinn, and it is still out in the car because I have had an upset stomach today. I think it is because I have been wearing my glasses all day to see if that will drive my headache away, and (as anyone who has ever worn glasses in the history of the world can testify) glasses make you feel like total crap when you first start wearing them. Walking in them is weird; I feel like the ground beneath my feet is a billion miles away. So I have been lying around all day feeling crummy (what else is new?) and let's just say that trying out the various bikes in Target was ... interesting.
First is the fact that I seriously have not been on a bike (I'm not counting stationary bikes) in about 20 years. Seriously.
Second. Everyone in Colorado (except me, so far) rides bikes. Again, seriously. Every other car out here has a bike rack on the back. And the ones that don't have a bike rack have some sort of water device like a canoe or kayak strapped to their roof instead. No foolin.' And all of these bike-riders were in the bike aisle of Super Target this morning.
Third. I have a feeling my ass looks huge while sitting on a bike.
So I felt like a total jackass, "riding" each bike with one foot firmly on the ground (sort of like a big skateboard with a seat on it) up and down the bike aisle in SuperTarget. Especially since my glasses were making me feel dizzy and there were all of these uberhelpful fellow customers making suggestions. Like that, yes, I was supposed to be so high up off the ground. And that my legs should be fully extended while pedaling (impossible, by the way, with one foot on the ground). And finally, that maybe I did need a smaller bike.
I chose a pink bike. Because "pink is my signature color." But I wasn't even sure if that was a wise decision because I don't necessarily want to be such a focal point while I am out riding. But, then I figured, it's a pink bike. Not exactly the kind of bike a serious biker would be riding, and let's face it, I am not going to be some speed racer or anything.
And I chose a black helmet, so there.
Anyway, isn't it pretty?