I couldn’t wait to get started on the Challenge. It has been on the forefront of my thoughts since I was accepted into the program on
March 25. I am like a kid at Christmas: When will it start? Come on – let’s get this party going!
Why am I so excited? Remember when we were kids and the feel of freedom that we got when we rode our bikes. Well, that same sense of freedom is what I feel when I ride my EVELO Aurora bike. I step on my bike and it is like flying. Headed down the road – not stressed out because my knee hurts or I am out of breath – but enjoying the scenery and the breeze on my bike is so FUN!
So, why compete in the EVELO challenge? I want to be committed to wellness and a 30-day public challenge is the best accountability I know of. Losing weight is a big benefit of exercise and I hope that I do lose 20 pounds. But more than weight loss – I want to be committed to a way of life that promotes healthy choices and promotes a positive mental attitude, while saving the environment by driving less; having fun. Now that the winter of 2013-14 is behind us, all I see is sunshine ahead and biking ahead.
Day One: It is a windy, cold Colorado morning and I have a 30-mile ride ahead of me. On any other bike – I would have blown off the opportunity to ride, but on the EVELO bike I knew the bike would support whatever I would face on the ride today. My bike did not let me down. I rode up hill in 20 mile per hour winds and with the power assist I made it to the top of every hill with energy to spare. When I got home – I was so darn proud of myself.
The worst part of this week is that my butt is tired – it was not prepared to ride everyday. But by day four – well, it is getting in shape. Two days a week I ride up to Fort Collins for pottery classes. The ride is 15 miles each way. What a great way to start a day.
I bought a pannier/backpack that is awesome. I can ride home with 6 pottery mugs and no concerns about their safety or mine. The other days I am discovering local bike paths and even rode half way up to Estes Park. The hills were steep, but with my pedal assist – they were no challenge for me. Seriously, I can’t stop smiling about my EVELO Aurora bike. It has been a great week and I look forward to the rest of the challenge – and years of happy riding.