So my starting point actually started when I rode a route that started outside of my city on a regular bicycle route that I’ve taken in the past. I changed up my ride so instead of the usual 33, I rode only 31 miles, I was in a time crunch and needed to wrap it up quickly. Since I rode this route frequently it was anything but exciting but it did teach me a few things which I’ve since been able to correct and now am happier when I ride.
Oh this is a big delay blogging about the ride from when I rode the route because it wasn’t so much the location of my ride but getting the mileage under my belt. There is actually a good reason why I didn’t start my ‘Big Plan’ at my house. I did not envy the idea of riding from my house to the outskirts of the city because it turns out that city drivers tend to be disrespectful to cyclists. That’s all I’ll say about that because most of the drivers are very considerate but the bad drivers really stand out in my memory.
So I did learn several things as I did my first leg of the ride which turned out to be 31 miles. What did I learn? I’m glad you didn’t ask, so let me tell you anyway. I learned that I can not ride with clipless pedals until they come out with a midsole cleat bike shoe. I once again shattered or severely injured my sesamoid bones and that delayed me from riding for a short time. Another important lesson learned was that I can not pull on my pedals the way most cyclists say you should pedal. So I tried the push/pull of pedals but all it did was strain my legs even more and put the wrong type of pressure on my knee.
Then I had the problem with ‘hot foot’ which happened because I used clipless pedals and bike shoes. Until they come out with a mid-sole cleat on bike shoes, I’ll just stick to BMX style pedals with velcro straps on the pedals. I tried these before but switched back as I tried to do the push/pull pedaling but it didn’t work out for me and my knee was twice the size it should be at the end of the ride. Also I severely hurt my foot which set me back time wise in riding.
Out of the numerous times I’ve done that route before, this time had to be one of the most uncomfortable rides I’ve done in years. In a way it was good because it showed me that I needed to make some adjustments to how I ride before I started out on the open road. This meant that I would need to do a few short rides around the neighborhood or short distances to determine what worked best for me.
The one thing I had hoped would happen would be for me to get my burn on. Confused? Good. By get my burn on, I usually will sunburn on my nose one time during the year and then I don’t have to worry about getting sunburn any more, well that is not the case this year. Each time I’ve gone out this year my nose has gotten sunburned and a few days later it starts to peel.
So bad ride but I will need to work out the problem of my knee, my foot and my nose before I hit the open road.
This was only a start and not the end of the riding for me.