As I told him, not so much. My impressions are that they're a) pretty bored of hearing about it, b) completely uninterested, and c) heartily unimpressed (my--to me--very exciting 7:55 mile was met with "You know what I ran in 6th grade? A 6 minute mile.") Basically, my impression is that they don't think much about it unless they're being inconvenienced by it.
Later, though, I wondered if my take on their reaction was accurate. After all, teenage boys aren't typically known for their effusiveness, and mine are certainly no exception. Since D (my 18 year old) was home, I told him about the conversation and asked him what he thought.
"I don't know, I guess it's kind of cool that you're doing the different races and all. I still think the bike thing's ridiculous..."
The bike thing?
"The way you think you need each different bike."
Ohhhh, the bike thing.
My child has no understanding of why I might need more than one bike, especially when I have a perfectly good hybrid.
|2010 Katy Trail ride|
Not so much. I love my bike, but while it's nice to ride around town or on trails like the Katy, it's hardly built for speed. Nor is it built to take off road.
No amount of station wagon--jeep--sports car comparisons can sway his disdain for my multi-bike quest. I confess, he comes by this honestly. I've been known to say things like, "Why do you need special dance shoes? Why can't you just wear your black dress shoes?" and "You want another t-shirt?" (In my defense, I swear you could spend a month's pay on different t-shirts at that school.). I am reaping what I've sown.
Joining D in his anti-multi position is my husband. Jeff has a four-pronged opposition:
- Not just cost of the bikes and gear, but also of medical care (see #4)
- Seriously, don't get me started on the space taken up by baseball cards, old magazines, tools that aren't used, and assorted stuff that we might need again someday
- "If you really wanted a good workout you'd get a cruddy bike and work that much harder."
- Refer to exhibit A above
On the other end of the spectrum is the most recent issue of Bicycling magazine and its 2011 Buyer's Guide.
Don't get me wrong; I have nothing against spending a lot of money on a bike. If I had it to spend, I certainly would. But to suggest that you need a $1,500 road bike if you want to ride a century, to me that's kind of silly. I've done two centuries on my station wagon bike, and while a) they were painfully slow; and b) every other person told me "You need a road bike", I did them rather than waiting at home waiting until I could afford a better suited bike. I tell people I can be slow on a slow bike, or I can be slow on a fast bike. :)
That said, I've kind of mentally coasted on some nice things that other people have said about my riding. It's fed this little fantasy that I could be a decent rider...if I had a bike that was right for it (and, OK, if I could lose about 90% of my fear). I'd like to do a triathlon, if I had a road bike. (OK, well, I'd pretty much decided that I'd do that without a road bike, too. I'd be last place on the swim and the run, too, so why not complete the trifecta of mediocrity?) I'd think about riding in the crit, if I had a road bike. It's both the thorn in my side and my security blanket.
Enter a couple of friends who've offered to let me borrow road bikes for the events. Way to strip away my excuses. So now it's decision time: pony up and see what I'm made of...or rest in "I could, if..." That's really not much of a choice.