Yes, that’s right. I stacked it. I was walking back to my car from work and was a little distracted walking up some steps and the next thing I knew I was on my hands and knees! Thankfully no-one saw (that was the first thing I checked), and I only landed on my handbag, a box I was carrying and a few minor bones – so nothing important. As I brushed myself down and strutted back to my car as if nothing had happened I started to think about my new road bike.
You see, when Charlotte convinced me to join her in attempting the Outlaw Half I decided to finally take the plunge and add a road bike to my collection, alongside my lovely mountain bike. The trouble is, as you can probably already tell from the first paragraph and my aptly named blog spin-off, I am very… very… clumsy. Not only does my clumsy nature put me in day to day danger (my fiancé even has a “clumsy George” song) but it doesn’t exactly bode well for tiny little skinny tyres and dropped handlebars. IF I make it through the 1.2 mile swim, I then have 56 miles of treacherous pedalling to do, followed by a half marathon! So just how am I going to make it through training, let alone the actual race?
The bike I decided to get is from the same range as my MTB, the Boardman Comp Fi. Unfortunately, this range appears to be coming to an end, which is a real shame as the bikes are of a really good spec and quality. On the flip side though, it does mean I managed to pick mine up for a bargain price as an end-of-line and ex-display model. Lucky me!
Taking my first trial pedal out on the road on my shiny new lightweight bike I set myself to getting used to the different riding position, as well as the slimline tyres and click gears (now that’s something different!). Even my better half had a go up and down the road on it and was gobsmacked by just how light and fast it really is. Going from the top handlebar position to the drop bars is something that will take me a lot of practice, and I’ll be putting together a core strengthening program to help assist me with this because moving my hands down one at a time could easily throw me off balance if my core isn’t strong. One exercise that I know will help is the walking plank which I will aim to incorporate into my daily schedule.
For now though, I’ll just aim to complete each training ride without incident.
Pray for me…
Countdown to Outlaw: 165 days
Fear factor: 8/10