I may have mentioned once or twice that while I deliver a kick ass spin class on a pretty regular basis, I am not much of a road biker. (Check out this post from last summer to see how I roll.) The fact is, I am kind of a wimp about it. Recently I had the opportunity to sign up for an amazing 100 mile road ride that takes place in my area each May and is dedicated to a worthy cause. Check out the details here—> Ride For Missing Children. My dedication to the cause made me think that I was ready to face my fears and head out for the open road. During the actual ride, there are police escorts and you are riding two by two in a huge line of riders (500 or so), so I figured I’d be totally safe. Well, I guess I forgot to take into consderation the amount of time that I need to spend training, which again, I’m totally cool with, but the training rides don’t include police escorts and a friendly companion.
So for starters, I needed to come up with an actual road bike. No problem. I have a friend that is approximately the same size that let me borrow her bike. Since the weather here in Central New York has been unseasonably warm, I decided that I would take the bike out for a little practice spin before the snow really sets in. The bike has clipless pedals, which I am totally proficient at using-ON A SPIN BIKE! I guess I failed to consider the difference being on the actual road would make when clipping and unclipping! So a good deal of my weekend was spent riding around my lawn in circles, clipping and unclipping and nearly falling over. I’m sure the neighbors think I’m completely crazy, and my kids and their friends had a great time laughing and taking video, which may or may not have been posted to Facebook. I am actually getting pretty good at it, but not nearly good enough to take it on the road just yet. I’m thinking that next I need to take it to an empty lot somewhere just to make sure I won’t fall into the middle of traffic!
Any advice from seasoned road bikers would be greatly appreciated, because some time between now and May 18th, I’m going to need to figure it out!