Once I had decided that I would like to go along on the monthly event there were a couple of issues:
1. Should I ride my own bike? Problem, my own bike is a mountain bike and although I do ride it on the road, I am often over taken by "roadies". There was no way I wanted to do a 50km group ride being the only lady on a mountain bike and most probably struggling to keep up the pace.
2. But if I chose to use a road bike I wouldn't "know" the bike. Bikes are all different and I know mine well, it is a bit like riding a horse, I suppose. Each one has its own was of changing gears for example.
Putting these concerns aside, Cyclery Northside kindly offered to lend me the use of a road bike for the weekend so I could try it out and they also specially fitted the loan bike for me. It was a long complicated job, involving many measurements, taking nearly a couple of hours. I certainly did not realise the science that goes into bike riding and how important it is for the bike to be just right. The service was incredible.
|Getting the Bike Measurements Right|
Here I am being fitted for the shoes, like Cinderella, only not a glass slipper and I my big feet are lot lot more like the Ugly Sister's.
It was another long complicated procedure to adjust the cleats for my pedals.
|Adjusting the Cleats|
By the way, I had my favourite breakfast for supper (oats , nuts, etc) and some extra nuts and am planning to have a piece of peanut butter toast when I wake up.
Finally, The Cyclist is setting up my Garmin on the bike so I can record how it goes. I hope the ride itself is a whole lot easier than preparing for it!
Would you ride a road or a mountain bike?
Do you always get all your training equipment checked the night before a session?
What would you eat the night before a ride/ long run?