I was bragging to my boyfriend Thursday night about how I just seemed to take to the clipless pedals because I haven’t had one of those “initiation falls” at a stop sign that I have been hearing about.
I was really excited, probably more excited than I really needed to be because I am very clumsy, and if anyone was going to forget to unclip at a stop sign, it would definitely me be. But I had to mention that it hadn’t happened to me yet.
Friday after work I grabbed my bike, ran outside and clipped in. I toppled over in my own driveway, not even moving. At all. I looked around to see if anyone saw. The streets were empty. I checked my bike. It was OK. The only thing bruised was my ego.
I rode some hill repeats on Saturday, I was feeling really strong and capable. On one of the repeats, I climbed to the top of the hill and as I was making a turn, I fell over. I don’t even know what I did wrong. Laying down, still attached to my bike, I unclipped and looked around for witnesses. Again, no one. Cool. The bike was OK too. Just a wee little scrape on my knee, no one will even notice.
But alas, karma wasn’t done slapping me around for my smack talk.
I met up with my friend Molly to ride the Pirate Triathlon bike course with her and her friend Lauren. We approached a stop sign at a busy intersection, they stopped and unclipped, waiting for the cars to go by so we could cross.
I took a different approach. I stopped and tipped over. Equally effective, and it actually helped traffic to clear because people had to stop their cars so they could point and laugh. After Molly and Lauren were done laughing at me they asked if I was OK (I was, more importantly, so was my bike).
So I am officially initiated. I hope for the last time in a while!
I hope everyone had great races this weekend, I am looking forward to everyone’s race reports.