In my family, I run and my husband bikes (cycles?).
My husband can’t run with me because it bothers his knees, but when my son went off to college last August, he got me a bike to help distract us from our empty nest.
Now that I’ve had my bike for a few months, my husband has been encouraging me to take my cycling to the next level and learn to use clip-in shoes. It is something that I want to learn, but I am hesitant because I’ve heard that learning to clip in (or clip out!) can be hard. As soon as I hinted that I was willing to give it a try, he started showing me bike shoes on-line. I really liked these–probably because they look like running shoes!
My husband put my bike on the trainer so I could learn the mechanics of clipping in and clipping out, but I knew it would be much harder when my bike was moving. We live at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac, so it’s a pretty safe place to practice. Good thing, because my first try was an utter failure. I stopped, failed to clip out, and fell over–hard!
I was stunned and didn’t know whether to laugh at my stupidity or cry at my wounds. My husband was horrified, but after a bandage break I was ready to keep trying. I kept reminding myself that I need to clip out if I feel like I am falling over. After a few more successful tries on my street, I was ready to venture out into my neighborhood. We rode around for about 20 minutes, and I only fell over one more time. 🙂
This weekend I was eager to practice again. My legs were still bruised and my knee wasn’t completely healed, so I put on some capri pants.
Once again, I practiced in my cul-de-sac before I braved the rest of the neighborhood. I decided that I would ride up and down every cul-de-sac and make myself clip out and stop at every corner. Altogether I was practicing for about an hour and I didn’t fall once. 🙂
Now I need to practice in real conditions on the bike path. I know I will be nervous but the only way to get over it is to get through it.
When is the last time you did something that scared you?
Do you ride with clip-in shoes?