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Joining the Ranks of Arte Johnson and Chevy Chase

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Rainman: "I'm an excellent driver."
Me: "I'm an excellent faller."

Remember how I fell on the treadmill way back when? Well, Monday evening at our first group cycling practice for the sprint triathlon, I fell on my bike....

We were climbing some pretty good hills (which surprised me, this being the first meet. Plausible explanation: "Low traffic area.") I haven't spent enough time on my new bike on hills (read = 0), and am obviously unfamiliar with the gears. I was in much too high a gear for the hill, was standing on my pedals (clipped in) and just gave out of forward motion. Over I went like Arte Johnson on his trike (for those of you too young to understand the reference, I'm trying not to hate you :) ). I untangled myself, got up and, knowing I couldn't get started midhill, I pushed to the crest of the hill. When I reached the top and got back on, I found my chain to be off and jammed between the chain ring and the pedal. I finally got it unjammed and - with the help of one of the coaches - got it back on. The coach also encouraged me to lower the gear on the forward crankset for hill climbing. This action would have come naturally on my old bike, but on the new one, I kind of froze with indecision while struggling up the hill, afraid to make the wrong move, so made none!

I finished the route with my greasy hands and bleeding knee and elbow, did the cool downs and stretches with the group, and humbly made my way home.

My bike has its first scar. With my history, I have a feeling it will not be its last!

Happy pedaling!

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PICKIE98 8/16/2013 2:14AM

    "Live from New York, it's ...."

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    I hope that you are enjoying the summer and that your days are richly blessed filled with joy. I've been away from Spark for a while, I have been searching for my "voice" and was finally able to blog again today. Today's revelations have been a real eye opener - if you have a chance check it out. Look forward to hearing from you soon. All the best - "SprinkleChez"


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CLAIREINPARIS 7/20/2013 2:54PM

    Good for you for not giving up! I hope your knees and hands aren't too painful. emoticon

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MICHELELYNN777 7/17/2013 10:20PM

    I'm glad you weren't too badly hurt and could finish your ride. I'm not so sure I want to get a bike now~lol! I know your next ride will be better with what you've learned.
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GOLFGMA 7/17/2013 7:25PM

    You finished and that's important and, If I know you, you will know every gear on that bike the next time it goes out! Proud of you for entering the triathlon for I know I would never have the courage to do that. Keep us posted on your progress!
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ALIHIKES 7/17/2013 11:09AM

    Loved the image of Arte Johnson falling off his trike! And glad that you kept on biking. (I fear I might have limped home!) emoticon

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