Woke up to a rainy, dreary day. I slept until 7, which is pretty late for me! Felt like a nice warm bowl of oats. Gingerbread oats, to be exact!
With a wee bit of fluff 😀
Then we packed up some old computer stuff to recycle at Best Buy. Then it was off to get me some clipless pedals for my bike! I really would like a new bike all together, but budget wise for now I am just upgrading piece by piece my current one. We stopped at Blue Sky Bicycles in Saratoga. There were a lot of drool worthy bikes there, and some affordable ones, as well. But, I was on a mission for shoes and clips. The staff was incredibly friendly and helpful today. Surprisingly, the best shoe for me is a mountain bike shoe.
The cleat is sunken below the bottom of the shoe, which makes walking off bike easier.
It also is not as stiff soled as a road bike shoe, which would fit more of the type of biking we do from a comfort perspective.
The pedals that I got to go with are a dual pedal, with the clips on one side:
and a regular pedal on the other.
This way I can hop on the bike to go to the gym without having to wear the clip shoes. Yay!
I would rather have a different color shoe, but these fit the best. I cannot believe how comfy they are. I was expecting something super tight and rigid, but these feel great!
After this, we went on to Chipotle for lunch. I had a chicken salad. Skipped the rice so I could get sour cream and cheese (love those 2 items).
I also needed bike shorts. I am confessing to you all that I do not have padded bike shorts. I have biked 50 miles with no padding and it doesn’t bother me! It’s either my bike seat or my personal padding, I don’t know. However, with a 100-mile ride planned, I think I had better pad it up.
Hello loose skin 😀 I tried on this bike jersey, too. Not real crazy about this, but I liked the color. Didn’t get the shirt. I did get the shorts. It’s like wearing a diaper.
Plus these cool larabar-type nuggets made by a local company.
Got home and put the clips on the bike (as seen in above pictures).
My and the new shoes!
Work it, baby! They do give me a stubby leg look (okay, I had that look before…. never mind…). Short test run followed. I did good getting in and out of them. You just need to twist your foot a little to the side and it pops right out. The hardest part is getting the 2nd foot in the clip while going. That will just take practice. It forced me much more to the front of my foot than I normally ride, so that will take getting used to. The other thing? I am going to have to raise the seat on my bike! The height of the clip combined with the extra height of the shoe and being more on the forefoot and I probably need an inch raise or more. I thought I was going to eat my knee. It felt so weird.
I really like these shoes. It is supposed to improve your efficiency by 30% and I believe it. Even with not having full strength in my leg, I could tell how much more power I had and an evenness to my pedal stroke.
Dinner time! Small baker with ground beef and BBQ sauce and laughing cow. It was quite good!
Too bad the weather is so bad today, or I would go back out and try the pedals again.
I will be having a cookie tonight:
With a cup of tea.
Have a happy Mother’s day tomorrow! I am taking my mom out for a bagel 😀