Sunday, June 10, 2007

Today started my adventure in cycling.
I bought a roadbike. Now shoosh.. don't laugh!

Today I had my first experience with clipless pedals. They aren't as fun as they sound. Trust me.

For those of you not familiar with road bikes let me explain. Basically there is an attachment to the bottom of your shoe and the pedal is tiny. You have to put your shoe onto the pedal and once positioned correctly and with enough pressure applied you shoe locks into your pedal. You must turn your foot to the side for it to release otherwise the pedal just goes with your foot.

Luckily, a dear friend of mine is showing me the ropes. We went to a parking lot and practiced. First time on the bike and BAM!!! down on the ground. Turns out you have to release your foot from the pedal BEFORE you brake. If you brake and don't remove your feet, you stop and there is no balance. Hence the pavement and my butt becoming close friends.

After practicing about fifty times we went on a road out by the airport that is fairly desolate and rode. My friend claims it was about an eight mile ride. I am thinking it was probably about two. Hopefully next time I will be less worried about my sore butt and burning legs to actually pay attention to my mileage!

I have a feeling I am going to be able to fear every muscle of my body tomorrow. Who is bringing me advil!?!?