As I said in my last post, I was going to get a pro bike fit done after I picked up my aerobars and go out for a second try at riding. I couldn't believe how much I didn't want to go. As I was loading my bike into the car, I just wanted to run back upstairs to my condo and never looking at it again! I bit the bullet (as Matt so lovingly said "It's not called a half-let's-go-for-a-leisurely-stroll, it's called a half IRONMAN Heather, suck it up!") and packed it in, drove down to Ridley's Cycle (where they have a cheapest bike fits) and got the fit done. I was worried they'd tell me that I needed a new bike, and that nothing was workable with what I had, but luckily there were only a few suggestions. I think ideally I need a new stem (I barely know what that is), but it's not imperative, so I held off (since I just bought aerobars and a bike fit!) and got one of those water bottles with the big giant straw so that I can drink without having to grab my bottle from under me.
After the fit, I drove down the street a little and parked by the little overpass over memorial drive and set off to cycle on the PATH around the bow river. I'm amazed at how physically, I could do a lot more than I could last year. I could ride in tougher gears, I could ride up little hills in those tough gears, and I didn't get tired in my legs nearly as much. That being said, every time I got a little speed I would brake to slow down! I'm such a chicken. I rode past the shouldice (I think) soccer field, so I decided that on my way back, I would try to get into aero position in that field. What scares me about it is that I have no access to my brakes in that position, so if I have to stop suddenly, I need to get out of aero, brake, AND unclip my feet. Lots of things to remember when panicking. I managed to get in and out of it a few times in the field but once I was back on the path, I was too chicken again! Oh well. I'll get used to it, I hope. When I got back to my car, I actually almost fell again! Luckily I was on an overpass when I decided to stop (so I wouldn't have to go down the overpass and make a sharp turn) and so I used the railing to keep me up. I think I need to unclip my left foot first all the time, because I tend to lean that way. I'll have to keep reminding myself to do that.
Anyway, I feel a little better about the whole thing, though I'm going to have to log some major hours on the bike to feel more comfortable. I'm going to try to to cycle a little bit outside every day that I'm home. I was VERY thankful I got my ride in early in the day because the weather turned from nice to blizzard in about 20 minutes! I was supposed to lead the run group out of the store last night because my boss was at his rehearsal dinner, but they canceled the run and I was off the hook! Phewf.
It really is funny that my water poured on me when I fell. It wasn't that funny at the time, but it's as if my bike was saying "Oh you think you can just hop on a ride? Think again!!" and stuck it to me. I'm glad you all enjoyed that part!