Presently I am having the same problem with biking that I used to have with running. I don't feel like a biker. I don't have the cool clothes the "real" bikers have.
Okay, maybe my clothes are a little more modern than this but I do NOT have the RIGHT clothes!
My bike is old and needs a tune up. (That will be taken care of next week.) I am wearing a helmet my son wore when he was a young teen. (That has already been taken care of. I bought myself a more respectable helmet for my birthday for vanity and safety reasons.) I am slow and don't go 50 miles at once. I have found a renewed love for biking and am enjoying it immensely. Even when my heel is healed I want to keep biking at least once a week. Perhaps not varying my activity enough is what got me into this fix in the first place. But in the meantime I need to stop worrying about the bike police and how I look and just think of myself as an athlete. It is hard for me to even write that. BUT I have run marathons, raced far more than 100 races, work out a minimum of 5 days a week all year long and hiked Pikes Peak just this summer. I have been doing some core training with my son, the wonderful, demanding personal trainer. Before my injury I had passed 1000 miles for this year's total of miles run. So yes, I am going to call myself an athlete and enjoy what I am doing.
Hiking Pikes Peak
I have had several great bike rides but this morning I had my first brick. At least I think that is the correct term. We biked more than 12 miles and then I was just dying to try out a run. So we ran 2 miles. My heel feels okay, not perfect, not horrible. I may try a short distance again tomorrow. But man did my legs feel heavy after that bike ride. How do you triathletes do it? You are all amazing!
On today's ride