Being completely out of money and facing the hardship of summer, was made all the better by a dear friend from my running group. She upgraded her pedals and bike shoes, and gave me her old set. This means I am now clipless for the first time.
I practiced clipping in and out in my living room, using the back of the couch to keep me stable. After a few minutes, I felt fairly comfortable with the motion and decided to try clipping in while riding in my living room.
The problem with this method was that I didn’t have enough room to actually start pedaling and clip in without the bike toppling over on me. My 11 year old son gave me a small pep talk, and on went the helmets and outside we went.
I was able to clip in on the first try, and took a short lap around the neighborhood. Then, we hit a stop sign and I was able to very easily clip out my landing foot. I did not fall or feel stuck at all. In fact, I felt the exact opposite!
I felt strong, efficient and more in sync with my bike. My clipless pedals make me feel like I am flying! I really can’t wait to get some actual mileage on my bike later this week.
Now, I am pumped and confident and have to go get ready for swim time with my training buds!