FINALLY pulled the trigger guys. I am officially a “clipped-in” cyclist! This might not mean much to the avid biker but it literally took me seven years to rack up the courage to DO IT. I know. Crazy, right?
I was always scared of the thought of being attached to my bike if something suddenly happened. I can also be quite klutzy sometimes so I attempt to avoid making toooo much of an ass outta myself (where I can help it ha). But this summer I had an epiphany.
Something changed in me this year. I have never been so involved and committed to athletic events and pushing my body to places I truly did not think it could go. Because of this I have begun noticing what I need to improve upon in order to up my game.
One major aspect that holds me back is my bike ride. I have never really been a strong cyclist. This became truly apparent during the Life Time Espirt de She Duathlon. In both transitions I placed 1/101 in my age group, 2nd in both the runs, and was the very first person out of T1 (Transition 1: in between the first run and the bike for a Duathlon). Yes – the very first person to hit the bike! Yet I placed 5/101. Not unhappy with 5th but what the heck happened?
My bike happened. SO many people whizzzzzed by me on the bike that I lost count. I attribute my less than par bike to a few factors:
– Not training enough
– Out of date bike
– No clip-ins
So I made steps to tackle these barriers:
– Trained a lot more. The MS150 mile bike ride sure helped out
– Invested in a new bike (my 1st carbon baby!)
– Talked to my bike guy in detail about clip-ins. Unfortunately they didn’t have shoes that worked but I still bought the clip-ins for when I found shoes!
I’d say that’s progress!
First time out I was super nervous. I practiced holding on to a tree for awhile until I was more comfortable with what the heck I was doing! It helped I was with my friend, Art, who is an avid biker. He made me feel a lot more comfortable! And off we went…
I only fell once folks!! To some that might sound crazy that I was excited I fell…but all these years I thought I’d be falling every other block ha. Odds on my side BOOYAHH. I’d like to think I also fell because we were close to my childhood home so I was pointing out the park I used to dominate and was completely distracted. I would blame the park. Whatever. Once is less than twice and like my girl Erin from Sweet Sweat Life says about falling – “It’s every biker’s right to passage”. And man I feel welcomed
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