The weather has been so strange that I hadn’t been on the road on my bike all winter. I’ve done spin classes, which I know are good for my fitness, but I need time on the road to get confident with my bike handling skills. We’ve only had a couple of decent weekends, but I was out of town with each one. This was the first that I could actually ride. We did a ride in Bastrop yesterday. I didn’t love the course, but I loved being back on the bike.
I had trouble clipping in at first, and it took me a while to find my biking legs, but once I did, it felt really good to be on the bike. I pushed pretty hard when I wasn’t in a crowd, and I even managed to spend some time in the aerobars towards the end. It’s sad to say, but each season, I feel like I have to relearn how to ride. I even have to relearn how to eat and drink on the bike. I didn’t try that yesterday, but I will next weekend.
From now until Coeur d’Alene, my weekends need to be all about the bike. Last year at Coeur d’Alene, I had a miserable time on the bike because of the wind. I still ended up with my second fastest overall time because I had a good run, but I’m hopeful that this year I can have a good bike and a good run. The bike is where I can really gain time.
For the first time ever, I’ll be paying attention to my power on the bike. I don’t have a power meter. Those are expensive, and I’ve never wanted to invest in one, but my new program has trainers that measure power. This week, I officially start my triathlon training at Austin Aquatics and Sports Academy. I’d been swimming and doing strength work there until now, but this week we kick off the triathlon program. We’ll be doing a bike assessment on Tuesday, so I’ll have a baseline to measure my progress against. That’s exciting.
It’s all pretty exciting to me. I even got new biking shoes and gloves today. Dave and I both needed some things, so we went to Jack and Adam’s. I don’t know really how often you are supposed to replace biking shoes, but this is only the third pair I have ever purchased, so I’m averaging about six years a pair. Something tells me that’s probably too long. Anyway, my feet were getting numb on the bike towards the end of last season, so I made the decision to get shoes now. We’ll see how they feel. Dave got them for me, so I’m calling them my lucky shoes.
I’m feeling really lucky all around. I’m back on my bike. My new program is starting. I get to go back to Coeur d’Alene in a few months. And I’ve got Dave. I’m super lucky.