I slipped on my green Schwinn Women's Starlet Wave Helmet, pulled on my fingerless leather weight gloves, and headed out to the beach path just as the sun was starting to rise.
When I reached level ground, I gingerly stepped over my bike, put my right foot on the pedal, and pushed off.
It was a beautiful morning. The water was silent and still and it reflected the city lights like a mirror.
The wind blew through my hair and soothed my soul.
I was surprised to feel so little tension on my arms - I had expected a lot more pressure and strain on my wrists.
Even my biggest concern, the seat, was a non-issue - at least on this short and flat 9 mile ride.
When I stopped for a bathroom break, I rolled Lexa into the stall with me.
I wasn't going to risk leaving her outside unattended.
The search for a road bike small enough for my short legs was an ordeal of epic proportions but Lexa was truly worth the wait.