If you missed my post a week or two back… I got a new bike. A cool red and black Cannondale that weighs almost nothing. My first venture into professional bikes.
I feel like one of the big kids out on the road
In the few weeks since I got it, the two of us have been on some adventures together. In the first week it was really about getting to know one another… somewhat like a new relationship.
I kept my rides shorter… 7-9 miles… as I got used to shifting (ugh this is still something I’m learning) and letting my body get used to the new positioning on this bike ( you seem to use muscles in a different way, and something TOTALLY new for me, being clipped in to my pedals.
I now understand, and know why cyclists walk they way they walk haha… those shoes with the clips…
There is, I believe, a skillful art to getting on your bike, clipping a foot, beginning to pedal, and clipping in the other.
I wanna ace that move seamlessly… I’m so… close.
So… I do know this.. when you fall over… you come unclipped haha
It really was silly on my part… I was getting on my bike in our side yard which is horribly uneven…my new bike is also taller than my cheapy old one so I have to stretch a bit more… I had one side clipped.. somehow over corrected.. and BOOM… I was down… and unclipped.
Yes I was fine and so was my bike… but I was annoyed with myself. You have to understand I have a high expectation level for myself. I want to nail things pretty close in the first couple attempts, especially when I’m doing something new.
Let’s just say now I’m hitting the road, and clipping while I’m pedaling.. I’m getting there 😛
The second week in I was itching to just do some long miles and see how it all felt. I made my first 23 mile ride on it, which was kind of amazing.
Those miles are always involve hills and lots on constant inclines… not a bad thing.. but definitely work for the body.
I’m still learning the fine art of shifting and hills and getting the right gear for when I hit it .. you know .. just the right amount to pedal.. but not be so hard it shuts me down.
I feel like Dory from Finding Nemo…
Just keep swimming,
Just keep swimming,
Just keep swimming swimming swimming,
What do we do we swim swim swim
Only for me… just put pedaling in there haha
I did my second long ride this past week. I guess it’s a good thing to be finished and still wanting to do more?
Ok as mentioned, the bike is super light, and I’m really learning to move my legs faster to get that speed going.
That speed, is a head rush, a cheap adrenaline thrill.
And then, when you’re flying off big hills, yeah I pretty much lay low and enjoy the blurry ride down.
Admit it. If you’re a cyclist you do too. It’s the reward for torturing yourself going up hills 😉
I’ve learned to skillfully pull my water bottle out of the cage, drink, drop it in all the while pedaling and not crashing.
I call that a win.
I think as I start getting out farther and need to eat, it will be way easier than doing it while running.
Of course being on a bike also means having eyes all over my head to dodge cars and wild life.
Today a deer and I had a close encounter when I went flying onto a side road. I had moments to ponder… ” are you gonna move deer?”
That keeps things interesting.
Clothing. Other than wanting to get set up with the right shoes for the job, I’ve kinda been winging it in my running attire. And since it’s like… crazy warm and summer time… it’s a sports bra and boy shorts for the adventures.
I can’t help it. I just love feeling the sun and wind on my skin…. and the sweat. Let’s not forget all the sweat haha
I did actually purchase my first pair of cycling shorts, I’m thinking if I’m gonna be on that bike for a lot longer mileage, they will come in handy 😛
So for now, in the upcoming weeks, my goal is to keep moving my miles up, pushing myself on speed, heading into more hills to get super skillful on shifting with them, and looking for my first race to actually ride in.
Oh… other goals? To be so good I can be flying down the road, snap a super cool road selfie, and not crash in the process. I’m kinda jealous of some amazing road picks I’ve seen…skill level… high.
Cycling has been a good fix for me to get miles in while I’m curbed with running. I’m excited to see where I can go with it, how I can improve and ways I can challenge myself.
Tell me… have you began any new adventures in your life?