Nick

Kara

8.07.2011

Falling off the bike

Is there a graceful way to do it?

My first fall was the first time I used my bike shoes. I could not get them off of the pedals and just toppled over in my driveway at the end of my ride. This left me with a jammed pointer finger but I walked away unscathed. 

Today my Sunday ride group decided it was too wet out to meet up to bike, but I wanted to get in some mileage and didn't see myself riding well inside, so I went outside locally. It was a great ride except for my fall and seat moving due to my fall. It was wet on the ground and I had to make a stop quickly and ended up falling over - the tires skidded and were too wet. This fall left me with a bruised and sore knee, bruised arm, elbow and palm :( And my seat moved so that it was pointing the wrong way and not too comfortable. I made it through the ride because I ride around and look at houses, ha! Keeps me entertained. So is there a way to help break your fall when you are on the bike? I've ended up just giving in to the fall and down I go!


Here were my week 4 stats -I took it easier towards the end of the week pacing wise and needed a day off!

WEEK 4
Swim 4.7 miles, Bike 61.9 miles, Run 28 miles

Monday run 3 miles, swim 3200 yds
Tuesday easy 3 mile run, bike 13 miles outside
Wednesday long run 9.1 miles
Thursday spin 16 miles, run 3.35 miles
Friday - super long workout day swim 4000 yds, bike 5 miles (inside), run 6.5 miles, swim 1000 yds (FUN!!) Swimming felt very strong. I had the morning to myself and that was how I spent it! :)

Saturday OFF!
Sunday Run 1 mile, bike 27.88 miles and run 2 miles

I missed a day in the pool this week due to timing conflicts for childcare and deciding to take Saturday off.  I love swimming and it has been feeling really good lately. There was definitely one day where I felt like a brick with arms and legs, I think it was on Monday!

6 comments:

  1. Girl you are a machine!!! Seriously look at your workouts!!! My worst fear with using those clips is falling off the bike!

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  2. i stuck in my clips one day at an intersection of a main road. fell over into a flower bed. at least the mulch cushioned my fall!

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  3. no graceful way. we've all done it. eventually (soon) it becomes second nature and you don't think about it, you just clip out when you need to. i still unclip at intersections where i might have to stop just in case!

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  4. ouch, I'm sorry about the fall :-(

    I have a question about increasing my distance. I'm running 3 times a week. 2 runs are 3 or 3.5 miles now and my "long run" is increasing a mile per week. I did 6 miles yesterday and started before the sun came up so I could stay cooler (which is a joke because the temps are already 80 degrees and humidity is high then!). I felt totally wiped out! I remember feeling this way with longer runs when I was training for a half. Is this normal, will my body adjust to it? Should I be doing or eating something in particular afterwards to help this?

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  5. I should clarify that I feel wiped out afterwards and all day long.

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  6. Ouch! Not sure there is a graceful way to fall off of a bike. I haven't found one at least.

    I look at houses and yards when I run. I like to get ideas of things to do to our house :)

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