16 3 / 2014
As I’m not running at the moment (hip has flared up again!) I made the most of the beautiful weather and started my training for the Bikeathon and London to Windsor bike rides. My main intention was just to get so time in the saddle and to try out my new clipless pedals so I rode mostly on the roads so there wasn’t too much risk of me losing my balance by sudden stops or turning sharply.
I was so nervous turning out of my drive that I was shaking but all the way down the road I just played around with clipping my feet in and out of the pedals. It is soooo strange (and slightly terrifying!) being clipped in and I expected to have a few hairy moments but there were none. Once I got going I could immediately feel the benefits; as I climbed a few incredibly steep hills I could pull up on the pedal as well as push down; there was no chance for my feet to slip off the pedals, and it was easier to get the pedal in the correct position before pushing off.
I am converted!
08 3 / 2014
I put clipless pedals on my bike today and rode around in the garden for half an hour or so to get used to them.
I was quite surprised how easy it was to get out of them. I only panicked once when I went around a tree, over-balanced and couldn’t work out why my foot was still attached to the pedal!
I’m not quite ready to make a tit of myself on the roads with them but I’ll have to soon because I just signed up to the London to Windsor bike ride which is 55 miles!
02 3 / 2014
I spent like £100 on cycling stuff today.
For years, literally, I’ve wanted to get some SPD pedals and proper cycling shoes with the cleats and I finally found some that were recommended and within my budget.
I also got some new tights :) Can’t wait for them to arrive so I can go riding with my buddies and train for my 30-mile bikeathon!
23 2 / 2014
I had the most excruciating pain in my hip out at the 5k point in a 10k training run today, so much so at one point I was close to passing out and/or throwing up. It wasn’t muscular pain, it was right in the joint. Something seriously felt wrong.
There was no rhyme or reason for it, it just came on as I was running along a perfectly flat stretch of pavement. I tested it several times with short periods of running but each time the pain returned. I gave up running and walked all the way home, almost 3 miles, limping and in agony.
As soon as I sat down at home the pain disappeared. Now, a couple of hours later it feels as if nothing had happened. Strange, huh?
The moral of the story: always take your phone with you on training runs. Anything could happen.