Sunday, September 28, 2008

Lack of Posting, but No Lack of Excitement

I do apologize for not posting more lately. Things have been hectic in all aspects of life - at home, at school (for Chad) and at work. I am getting more and comfortable with my responsibilites at my new job, so that is good. Things have been so busy that I feel like I have been there for a long time, but I've only been there a couple of months.

One thing that I am really, really, really excited about is this little thing that came in the mail on Thursday...A Specialized Allez road bike. My super generous, loving, sweet kind, beautiful (we are identical twins after all) and did I say generous sister Megan mailed her bike all the way to Kentucky. She bought it a few years ago and did several duathlons and road races, but when she moved out to L.A., she realized that she wasn't using it and that I would probably love to use it for triathlons and duathlons. And by "realized," I mean that I hinted at this fact for years. But to make a long story short, I ended up paying her peanuts for this really nice road bike that I am so grateful to have.

On Friday, Chad and I ventured into Lexington to a local bike shop to pick up some road bike shoes. I ended up buying a pair of Shimano SH-RO85's. Walking out with those shoes made me feel like a real road biker, but let's be honest - I have no idea what I am doing when it comes to cycling.

So this afternoon, Chad talked me into taking the bike outside for some street experience. I was pretty terrified, because I imagined that I would be able to practice clipping in and unclipping the shoes from the pedals for at least a good week before ever actually riding the bike. But Chad (who also got a new bike this week) wanted to take a quick ride through the neighborhood. So I got out into our driveway and clipped into one pedal and headed for the street...right as a car turned the corner onto our street and headed in my direction. So I slammed on the front brake and fell to one side - of course it was the side I was clipped into. So, down I went and somehow my free foot/leg got stuck in the spokes of the back tire - so Chad had to free me from the contorted, tangled mess that I had created. I got back up, made sure the coast was clear, clipped into one side and headed down the street. It took me a good three blocks before I got the courage to attempt to clip into the other pedal, which I was able to do with surprising ease. The rest of the ride was uneventful, but really really fun. Now, if I could just figure out how to shift the gears...

Now that I have the sweet ride, I am looking forward to training for some triathlons and duathlons in the Spring.


Megan said...

Hola! I'm glad the first ride went well! Haha, and I can't stop laughing about imagining you stuck it spokes. Also, watch out for that chain ring when you fall, cause its basically a spinning wheel of mini-knives! Oh and the gears aren't tough to change - just flip with your thumbs until you feel you have the right one! The left side makes big changes, while the right side lets you fine-tune. Kinda confusing, I know. Anyways, gotta go - love you!

jen said...

Cool, congrats on the new bike!! It's beautiful.

I had a hard time getting used to my road bike at first too. It's a little intimidating being clipped in, and then speed can be a bit scary too. Add traffic into the mix and I'm a nervous nelly. But it didn't take long for me to adjust and start to love it! You sound like you're going to have no problem slipping into cyclist mode. Have fun and stay safe!! :)

Anonymous said...

Hi!!! I haven't visted in forever! But wow, congrats on the bike!! Hope you enjoy it! :)