Lessons from the Tri Challenge:  Falling down, getting back up
April 1st, 2011
12:52 PM ET

Lessons from the Tri Challenge: Falling down, getting back up

After a brutal Chicago winter, last weekend it was warm enough for me to actually bike outside. Until now, I have been doing all of my bike workouts inside on a trainer. While it's nice that you can watch television, it gets old very fast, especially since I don't have cable.

I was so excited to get outside and try my new bike. So on relatively warm day, I went out  on a trail near Lake Michigan. At first it was difficult for me to control the handlebars. On a bike trainer, the handlebars were more or less just there and I didn't have to think about steering. After a few minutes of wobbling, I began to gain more confidence and I found a steady cadence.

Then I approached a pile of sand and, for some reason, I was so confident that I thought I could pedal through the sand without any issues. However, as soon as I reached the sand I kept pedaling but was no longer moving forward and before I knew it, I had been thrown off my bike.

Luckily, there were no major cuts or injuries besides my hurt pride, and I got back up and continued. I think this bike ride summarizes my experience thus far for becoming a triathlete. I fall down sometimes, but I always get back up! I can't wait for New York!

soundoff (2 Responses)
  1. Marsha

    Keep on going...you are great!

    April 2, 2011 at 20:27 | Report abuse | Reply
  2. TriHardNina

    Keep at it, Kendrick-you are doing great! That's our job for now: to keep getting back up. I have two skinned-up knees from biking, myself... 🙂 See you soon!!!

    April 4, 2011 at 13:45 | Report abuse | Reply

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