My first triathlon of the season is only four short weeks away, and until Sunday, I had not ridden outdoors since September of last year. The weather has been pretty nice recently and I could have/should have been riding outdoors already, but I had clipless pedals put on my bike last fall, and I hadn’t tried them out yet. The thought of getting on the road just petrified me, so I just kept riding my bike on my trainer. Knowing the triathlon was coming quickly, I decided I was going out for a 24-25 mile ride on Sunday no matter what. My friend Michelle had agreed to join me.
On Saturday night, I decided I better at least try them out before I just went out on the road in traffic. I had luckily been in out and out of them on the trainer all winter, so that helped somewhat, but it’s still NOT THE SAME! We have a small trail close to my house so I headed over there. I got clipped in with no problem – wahoo! I decided that I really just needed to clip out with one foot and once I had that foot planted on the ground, I could clip out with the other (ROOKIE mistake). This actually worked the first two times I stopped, but the third time, I lost my balance and started falling toward the side that was still clipped in. In my head all I thought was oh crap – I’m going to fall……and I did. I fell with my shoe still in the clip and landed solidly on my left side with my bike still attached. Nice job! I was a bit shaken up, but decided I couldn’t stop here. I got back on the bike and started and stopped about 4 or 5 more times….clipping BOTH feet out. I went home to check out my injuries. Luckily there was nothing injured. I have bruises on the inside of both of my knees and down my calf, and I have a large dark purple/black bruise about the size of a silver dollar on my left hip (I must have landed on a rock), but other than that and my bruised ego, I was fine.
|Remember this shirt...it says Tri not to Crash!! I bought that shirt. Great motto!|
I headed out Sunday morning for the ride – nervously optimistic. We got to the lake, and oops – there was a triathlon going on. It was basically over, but we had to fight all the traffic trying to leave. There were people and bikes everywhere, so we decided to walk our bikes about a ¼ of a mile to the road instead of trying to weave through the people. You have to cross 4 lanes of traffic to get on the bike route we were planning….my heart was beating fast – I didn’t want to have to start and stop in the median, but we made it all the way across. Once we were going I felt great. It was good to be on the road again. The weather was hot (about 86 degrees with about 85% humidity) and there were about 20 mph winds. The route is very hilly, with some very steep inclines and the wind was blowing directly against us…..I almost felt like I was moving backwards at times. We finished the first 12 mile loop and it started to rain. After fighting the heat, and wind, and now rain, we decided to just call it a day. 12 miles still wasn’t bad for our fist time out. I managed to start and stop about 3 times during the ride, and stayed upright the whole time. Everyone told me falling is a rite of passage when learning to use clipless pedals so I really hope that was my one and only time…but who knows….I lost my balance a couple of times last year and fell without clipless pedals. I’m pretty clumsy – not a good thing when it comes to biking. But I am so glad to have this first ride behind me. I feel more confident on the bike already. I have a group BRICK workout on Thursday night so I am now looking forward to that.
|I did get to ride in my new cute bike jersey!! Love it - sorry didn't get an actual pic of me in it. That dog is wearing a helmet :) Too bad they didn't have a chocolate lab, but he'll do.|
Overall I had another solid week of training and was very happy with what I accomplished. My recap is below.
Monday: 3 mile easy run
Tuesday: BRICK – 45 min bike and 15 min run in am; Master Swim (1500 Meters) in pm
Wednesday: 4 mile Tempo run
Thursday: 1 hour bike
Saturday: 6 mile long run
Sunday: Reverse BRICK - 12 mile bike and 1200 Meter Swim
Swim: 2700 Meters
Bike: Approx 40 miles (most on trainer)
Run: 14.28 miles
Total Training Time: 8 hours
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