Rode the bike to work again today. After yesterday I decided to hook up a gopro to the back of the bike to record the trip. Some cars get a little too close for comfort. It turned out to be a pretty cool video.
I increased the speed by 1200% so the hour long ride is only 5 minutes.
And of course it’s raining with no end in sight. I guess it’s going to be a wet ride home.
The hardest part about training for a triathlon is finding the time to train. I decided to try and take the bike to work a few days a week. This morning was the perfect morning for it. I did my best to stay off the busy rush hour streets. My legs are still sore from Saturday’s ride but I made it in just fine. I still need to get used to clipping in after a stop. It takes me way to long to get going at the stop lights.
I picked up some clips and shoes today. I didn’t think having cycling shoes would make a big difference. I’ve been riding with tennis shoes the past three days without any problems. Well, I would slip off the pedal every now and then. And my heel would rub the frame here and there. When I was at the bike store picking up a water bottle I notice their shoes and clips were on sale. So I had to at least check it out. Ended up getting a set at what I felt was a good price. Took about 30 minutes to install them and fine tune the adjustments. Now for the test ride. “Clip, clip” oh yeah. What a huge difference they make. Before it was me riding a bike, now “clip, clip” man and machine become one.
Went out for a nice long ride this morning. Was just going for a 20 mile ride, but I wasn’t in mood to stop. So I keep going and finished a 73 mile ride. Everything was going great until I started to burn. I guess putting on suntan lotion before each ride needs to be on the check list. Sometimes you just have to learn the hard way. I pretty much did a really big loop and traveled through 4 cities. I stopped at the Virginia Beach ocean front for lunch.
Took the bike out for a 14 mile ride then switched over to a short run. I wanted to get a feel on transitioning from bike to run. I couldn’t believe how different it felt. My legs were like jello and I didn’t have any energy left for the run. I did a little over a mile but ended up walking most of the time. I’m glad I tried this, now I know I have to work on getting my body used to switching between sports. Also during the bike ride I came across a few deer in the road pictured below.
I was worried about the cost of this bike. As soon as I got out on the road I knew I made the right choice. It was like flying above the road. I couldn’t believe how fast you can go. Let’s just say I’m hooked.
I didn’t get out last night. We decided to take advantage of an evening without kids so we went out to dinner.