Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Test New Equipment During Normal Conditions

Well last night's ride was ... well not one of my best. I set out about 5:15 after meeting a weird new neighbor (ask me about her offline sometime) in pleasant weather ,app. 55 degrees, with no wind and mildly overcast. The mildly overcast part should have been a tip-off.

Well anyway it started raining about 3 miles into the ride. I figured that since it only drizzled for a little while when I came back from DC (and weather moves east), that this was the same storm I drove through earlier in the day that it would be a short storm. Well it was still raining when I went to bed around 10:30 last night. Riding in the rain is not nearly as much fun as it sounds.

Anyway, I muddled through and got in 18 of the 30 miles I had hoped to ride last night. I did learn something new last night though. Don't try out new equipment in the rain. I purchased clipless pedals yesterday, and I must say they are great, but they definately take a bit of getting used to. I could feel that I was putting more power into the bike. I was expecting though that the getting out of the clips would be the hard part. Turns out getting into the clips is a bit of a issue. No fun when you're coming off the line at a stop light. But I'm imaging that I will get a bit more adept at it in the near future. I didn't have nearly as many pedal induced mishaps as I expected.

I only fell over once. At the corner of Hilltop & Spa I stopped at the line took my right foot out and stopped. And then for some reason I can't quite figure out, I think I leaned to my left. Well noramlly I would have put my foot down to stop the fall, but foot .... wouldn't .... come ... out. This realization was at precisely the same time as I was falling. I think I flailed a bit before I hit the road. Fortunately there was no traffic on the road and I think there were only a few people behind me who got to watch this strange guy plop onto the ground with his foot still stuck to his pedal. Funny in hindsight....kinda funny at the time.

Anyway, I'm going to try to get some decent rides in this weekend. Will probably head up to Baltimore for one of their longer hilly rides.

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