Clip Bike Pedals and Sunday morning Prayer
Sunday, July 01, 2012
Growing up, Sunday morning was church, no ifs ands or buts, unless you were significantly sick. Which is why Sunday mornings are so great for cycling: very little traffic cause everyone is either sleeping in or at church. And Church does meet later than 8AM. Today's plan: ride the course for the triathlon. WIth the ride over, the route, about 12 miles. I rememebered to downshift and unclip from the pedals well in advance of the stop light. Last Sunday, I didn't downshift, too high a gear, didn't unclip fast enough, sprawled in the street, prayers flowing, of course. This morning, as I reached to push the button for the light, I realized my hand was shaking like a leaf! OK, I can do this. Quick prayer, of course. Kept on. The inclines I was concerned with: no biggie, just a little winded. Cars were nice, streets pretty clean. Passed horses and cows. Didn't get another red light until I was almost finished with the tri bike route. So, at the light, I checked I was in an easy gear. Pedal down, right foot to the side. The pedal wouldn't let go. One of my big fears, again this Sunday. Prayers now flowing copiously. No traffic, so I continued across the intersection without benefit of the light. Tried, again, to unclip. No use. I called my road crew (husband with minivan) to meet me, then rode the bike through the parking lots until he got there. Now, prayers of thanks. I could probably have gotten myself home, repeating over and over, don't use right foot. After last Sunday's spill, and OPTIMIST1948's broken elbow from falling off her bike, I went for caution. A screw had come loose from the shoe's clip, so the clip was pivoting instead of releasing. The missing screw was found at home. With some loc-tite, all should be well.