It's a very slow process - two steps forward, one step back - but I'm inching in the right direction. - Rob Reiner

May 31, 2011

Clipless Pedals Are NOT My Friend & Weekly Training

I had a wonderful 5 day weekend!!  I wanted to get a little more accomplished, but I did get started on my closet clean out, got the rest of my house cleaned, got my flowers planted, got a pedicure, got in some relaxation and quality time with family and friends, and got some serious training time in.  So all in all it was a busy and productive weekend, with a little bit of relaxation thrown in.

I went for another ride with my clipless pedals.....this was ride #3.  On the agenda was about 24 miles - my longest ride ever (at least since I was a kid).  I know that's not really that long, but it was alot for me.  Before we even left the parking lot, I promptly fell over and skinned up my left ankle, right knee and front of my right calf, and right elbow.   I still can't believe I fell.  I had one foot clipped in and was leaning on the other, talking to my friend Michelle, and just waiting to get started.  All of a sudden I lost my balance and started falling.  I knew I was going to fall, and even said "Oh Crap, I'm Falling", but there was absolutely nothing I could do about it.  It literally all happened in slow motion.   I was bleeding and shaken from the fall, but I picked myself up and went on the ride anyway. I of course had Jim snap a few pics of me when I got home to document my glorious fall.

My elbow

My Knee

My ankle.  It's hard to tell, but this is actually the worst "injury".  I took out about 4 separate chunks from my ankle.

A little road rash on my calf.

It was a beautiful day, although it was a little hot.  It was sunny and upper 80s with about 95% humidity.  There were also about 20 mph winds, which make the road bike a little scary.  We completed two 12 mile loops, but somehow only logged 23 miles.  But I was so happy to say that I had ridden 23 miles!!  

This Saturday Jim and I will run the Hospital Hill 10K.  It is a very, very hilly race....notice the word "Hill" in the race title.  I have been trying to run a few more hills, but man they really wipe me out.  I am guessing my time will be something awesome like 1:20.  Jim will be done with the race, and just be chilling out waiting for me by the time I get done.  He will probably seriously run it in half of my time.  Why am I so stinking slow!!!

I had another solid week of training and I couldn't be happier with my training this month.  It has been great.  I have felt good and have actually been looking forward to my swim training, so that's a huge step for me.  Below is my training recap for the week.

Monday: 4 mile easy run
Tuesday: 14 Miles on Bike in am; Master Swim (1600 Meters) in pm
Wednesday: 4 mile Tempo run
Thursday: BRICK Group Workout - 12 Mile Bike & 2 Mile Run
Friday: Swim - 1500 Meters
Saturday: 7 mile long run
Sunday: 23 Miles on Bike

Swim: 3100 Meters
Bike:  49 Miles
Run:  17 miles
Total Training Time:  9 hours and 35 minutes

I hope everyone had a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend!!!  


  1. What a great training week.. Minus the fall..

    Good Luck with the Hills!

  2. OUCH! I watched an accomplished Ironman fall over in the parking lot before our ride last weekend. It happens to EVERYONE!

  3. when i first started riding clipless, i fell every..single...time i rode. i came to expect the fall. knock on wood, i havent fallen in a while, but know it will happen again. good job this month training, wish i could say the same about mine :/

  4. Nice job on the training! Sadly, I don't think we ever become immune to falling. If anything, we'll probably fall again when we start getting over confident...

  5. You are NOT slow Michael. Jim is just really fast! Good luck!

  6. I promise it gets easier but it will still happen from time to time, it still happens to me and I been riding with them for 4 years now.

  7. The idea of clipless pedals scares me to death. You are at least trying. Everyone has a different run speed. Just try to improve your own and don't compare. Man do I sound like a teacher or what.

  8. I'm scared to get clipless pedals cause I'm such a clutz! You and I would be rash twins!

    You're doing great though! Looks like you're swimming in the humidity too!

    I took a pic on my last blog for you! It's of the Alcatraz Tri!

  9. Sorry about the fall, those gashes look rough!

    I definitely fell over when I used to wear clipless pedals. When I would clip out and was standing there, I would really concentrate on leaning to one side so that I wouldn't fall over, it would still happen sometimes though.

    I would say stick with the clipless pedals, you really can go faster and pedal harder with them once you are used to them.

    Solid week of workouts!

  10. what a training week! i wish i couldwork out every day...but alas it is not in the cards. Don't sweat the 10 K time...all the cool kids are at the back of the pack with us ;). we work HARD to finish those races! Oh, & i am too scared to try those pedals...kudos to you for sticking with it! You Rock!

  11. Great week! Sorry about the fall but it does happen. I know on one of my last rides I almost fell over. I've learned never to stand with one foot clipped in unless I will taking off quickly.

  12. For someone who does not know a thing about tris could you post a picture of clipless pedals? Just curious at what the difference is and what they look like. Also what is the purpose of them?

    If I could get over the embarrassment of learning how to swim (properly) I think I just might attempt a tri....

    And I agree that you are not slow...Jim is just crazy fast!

    Good luck this weekend.

  13. Bummer about your fall:(
    Great week in training!!

  14. Everyone falls. There is no shame.

  15. oh my gosh, that looks painful. Hopefully it gets easier using them!

  16. Welcome to the I'm not moving but I am falling down club. It is a great club to be a part of.

    Hope the injuries heal up quickly.

  17. Ouch! Everyone falls at least once or twice with the clipless, you are not alone :) I have done that 2 or 3 times now. ugh.

  18. Most common times to fall? When distracted or casually talking to someone else. It's been awhile since I took a tumble but the closest I came was while giving my son instructions on how to stop properly. I was so focused on him that I about bit the dust!

    Is it just me or do your bike miles add up to 49 and not 40 for the week?

  19. Your training week looks awesome. I'm jealous of how much you got in! Sorry about the 'fall'. I've heard that learning to use clipless pedals is a pain...good luck mastering those!! [and go eat a steak;)]

  20. Ouch...those injuries look like they hurt! I'm sorry about your fall! But, it sounds like you got in some great training anyways!

  21. Ouch. But you're in good company. We've all done it!

  22. That looked like it hurt!!! Keep up the training though! I have already been feeling more comfortable on the bike with clipless pedals! I LOVE THEM!

  23. So sorry about the fall. What a great training week you had though. That is fabulous!

    Good luck at the 10k!! You can do it.

  24. You are a trooper! I still need to get clipless pedals, but I continually see images of scrapes, bruises, bumps, and scratches from falls. haha

    I can't wait to join the ranks of the clipless pedal fight the pavement club.

  25. That's why I'm just a runner. Biking: too dangerous.