Yesterday, I took Bella out for her second time on the road. I decided I should have some photographic evidence of it, so I drafted my husband to come take a couple pictures. I rolled her onto the road and got onto her.
I've been doing pretty well with the clipless pedals. I know that everybody supposedly falls, but I can clip out pretty easily and pretty quickly. I avoided a fall on my first ride when I started tipping the wrong way by clipping out fast.
I told my husband that I wouldn't be falling for the sake of a picture, but he should take a few pictures while I rode off. I clipped in on one side, grinned at him as he made some smart alec comment...
...and promptly fell over.
I guess it had to happen.
The ride after that went well. I started on the pathways and quickly realized that it's not a good place for a road bike. I may not be fast compared to other road bikers, but I'm fast compared to all the pedestrians, casual cyclists and children that frequent the pathways. Plus, they just aren't predictable and don't follow any kind of rules. I rode on the roads through town after that. I think I'll head onto the highways soon. It'll be nice to avoid the constant starts and stops in town.
I'm loving the outdoor rides! I was starting to worry that I didn't like biking as much as I should, in order to do triathlons. I think I was just getting into a slump with the trainer rides. I feel the same way when I do too many runs at the track.
This week is full fledged Oly training now, so no more neglecting my bike. Not all of them will be outdoors on Bella. Some will be on Heidi (the hybrid) with the kids in the chariot. If need be, there will be some on the trainer too, but now that I've got the taste for outdoor riding, I'm going to do it as much as I can.