Wednesday's ride was a lot better with regards to clipping in and out. I didn't have any near wipe outs either! The wind was wicked on the way home. There were some clouds rolling in and I was worried I was going to get dumped on, but luckily that never happened. It almost felt like I was standing still at points on the ride. My quads burned on the uphills, but I have noticed my ability to climb hills is really improving. I've noticed a major benefit to being clipped in going uphill, and I can start to see how shifting my weight in the saddle gives me more power up those hills. As I was close to home and riding the very large shoulder on Stoney Trail a pick up truck drove past me with a German Shepherd in the back who was barking his head off at me. For a minute it looked like he contemplated jumping out of the back of the bed to come get me. Luckily he thought better of it. Yikes, that's why there is a bylaw here against having unrestrained dogs in the back of pick ups! I really wanted to attempt a brick when I got home so I had my running shoes at the ready in my garage to try for a quick transition. My dog was so excited that I was home that I was worried that if I didn't go inside to say hello he'd:
- Bark his head off the entire time I was gone and tick off my neighbours.
- Be so excited (and then ticked off that I didn't come inside) that he'd pee on the carpet.
Yeah, my dog is a little nutty like that. He is a rescue that I've had for four years now that hasn't quite gotten over his separation anxiety issues. So instead I went inside, said hello, took him for a walk and proceeded to laze on the couch to watch So You Think You Can Dance instead. I swear, I had the best of intentions... I did at least get a stand alone run in early Wednesday morning!
And finally, I am officially signed up for both a tri swimming clinic and a tri cycling clinic at the Y over the fall. I'm so excited!