My plan for this week was to jump on the bike, #rideeveryday, hit the gym once or twice. That plan failed, miserably. Instead of doing those things, I ended up having to spend the week mostly in bed due to a bout of something that gave me fever for a few days, tight chest for a few days and wicked cough and sneezing fits for a few days.
Today I will ride. I’m far from 100%, but I will ride.
And, for why I’m not switching to a fancy pedal/shoe system anytime soon.
How to Use Clipless Pedals
Using a clipless pedal system takes some practice. To disengage your shoe from the pedal, simply twist your foot, starting by pressing or turning your heel outward, away from the bike. At a certain point, the clip system disengages and your foot releases from the pedal. This motion is simple to learn, but it must be practiced to develop muscle memory and confidence in the process.
A note of caution: While learning how to use clipless pedals, find a level, grassy field for practice. You may fall a time or two while learning, and soft ground can help prevent injuries. Optionally, you can practice clipping in/out while on a bike trainer or by having a friend hold your handlebars.
Tip: Develop the proper muscle memory by getting in and out of each pedal 50 to 60 times. With this number of repetitions, your legs will begin to be trained to do the right thing without you having to think about it.
I went a few rounds with the boys on Instagram about pedals. They were insisting that I try them and that they are safe.
- If my foot is anchored to the pedal, and I don’t disengage quickly enough, I will have a crash.
- I do not want to have a crash.
- This combination costs $100 more. I’m a cheapskate.
- I’m only riding for exercise, not riding any races.
- I do not want to have a crash*.
- This is important, hence the reason it is listed twice.
Now that I have a bike that is new and reliable and fast, time to get back on track, time to Ride. Every. Day.
Bike came home on Wednesday. Rode 4 miles around the hood, 12 miles the next day, 7 miles (late) the next, 22 miles yesterday, 5 today.
Ride. Every. Day.
I can tell that I haven’t been riding regularly. I’m sore, my chest hurts from the extra O2 I’ve been taking in and my body is purging every sin that I have taken part in over the past 4-6 weeks. All that said, I would ride right now if I knew it wouldn’t affect me tomorrow.
Tomorrow is Monday and kicks off my getting back on track and refocusing on my goals. My goal of 20* by the end of March will be a tough get (at 214lbs this morning). Not impossible, but without some serious dieting, I don’t think it’s going to happen. Besides, I’m not a diet, remember?. This week will be ride and gym until Friday, ride on Saturday and Sunday. New goal, by the end of March, will also including covering no less than 30 miles on the bike. I’d like to ride my age by June (still), and think that is completely obtainable.
These notes from my customers are a good reminder that I do pretty much rule.
Thank you so much for your help and support throughout our physical inventory – you were great.
I’ve been pretty busy lately and distracted otherwise. These two things keep me from writing as much as I prefer, but I am far from complaining. Mostly because I bought a new car. While not brand new, it is new to me. And with my last car being with me since 2003 (and 305,297 miles), it’s kind of a big deal.
Saturday bike ride that turned out to a 8 mile push/walk with some friends. After party that turned into an after, after, after, after party of day drinking and laughing. Sunday chores and rest. Monday was work by not horrible. Tuesday was a great ride after repairs on the bike and 214.5 on the scale. Wednesday sucked until I got home and had parts for the new bike in the mail that Dad sent.
So, yea. So far a good week.