Olympic distance training hurts…
I normally do transitions pretty sedately Well, they are quick-ish but I use road bike shoes so I always put them on a take them off in transition. But I’ve been having pins and needles on the run after long bike rides and so one theory of mine is that my road shoes are a little too tight. So I bought some tri shoes.
It then seemed a bit silly not to attach them to my bike when I do the Windsor Triathlon next weekend. So I got some elastic bands and had a go at practising on the path in front of my house. The kids came out to help as well!
All was going well. I could take my feet out of the shoes and dismount. Easy. I could run and jump on to the bike. Not as easy. I get a little scared jumping on to the saddle! I aim to land my right thigh on the saddle as there is less scope for unexpected pain! That went well. Putting my feet in shoes while moving was a little harder but do-able.
I was then down to my last two elastic bands and so I thought that I would have one more practise. I ran. Fine. I jumped. Fine. I landed on the saddle. Fine. I started pedalling. But unfortunately, my bike was in a big gear. My foot slipped off the shoe. The shoe hit the ground. The pedal stopped going around because of the shoe was still hitting the ground. Then I fell off. I fell to the left and kind of fell on top of the ground.
Afterwards, my daughter said that she thought I was going to cry. I said that I was too busy trying not to swear. LOUDLY!
The bike was fine but I’ve got blood coming from: little finger on my left hand, palm of right hand, thumb of right hand, two places on my right knee and two toes on right foot. I also have a sore right foot, sore right knee and sore right thumb.
That never happened when I trained for Ironman. Olympic distance training hurts…