Clipless pedal success!!
I clipped into my bike for the very first time this morning. Surprisingly, it wasn’t scary, in fact, it was fun!
I met Courtney at the trail head this morning for a 60 minute ride and a 30 minute run. It was nice having her there for my first ride because she was able to give me a little tutorial of how to clip in. Basically, it’s like snapping into skis with a ski boot – you kick in toe first and the click down until you click.
It didn’t take long until I was circling the parking lot with clipped in feet. Just a few kicks of my heel to practice un-clipping and we were off on our ride.
I felt pretty hardcore riding with the clipless pedals. At first I wasn’t sure I could tell the difference, but a few miles in I realized my legs were naturally pulling themselves into a circle (instead of pulling up and down) and it felt a little easier to go faster. It was great! (Here’s the shoes I got)
The trail only had one stoplight to pause at – and the first time around I had no problem stopping and starting – but the way back was another story. There was a little construction going on at the intersection and just before Courtney and I rode through, the workers had pulled a string across the crosswalk. I wasn’t sure if we could ride over it or not and instantly panicked. I started wobbling, but thankfully my heel kicked out instinctively and I was able to stop myself before I fell.
First ride – no falls! But I know it’s going to happen sooner or later!
We rode out 30 minutes, turned around, and rode 30 minutes back to the start. We spent the whole time talking and not worrying about speed.
After a quick change of shoes and gear, we headed right back out for our run. This time it was 15 minutes out and 15 minutes back.
The run was rough! It was 8:30 at that point and the trail we were on had ZERO shade. Talk about HOT! HOT! HOT! The big downside when training for races in the summer. :/
Before I met Courtney I had a piece of toast with almond butter and apple butter and after I left her I headed down the road to a new coffee shop that had just opened up not too long ago for breakfast.
Alba Coffee was small and quaint with an extensive coffee and sandwich menu.
However, at first I wasn’t impressed. The pastries on display weren’t fresh and the menu was lacking the yogurt and granola combo my heart was set on. I also raised an eyebrow when I saw the guy make my iced coffee by pouring hot coffee over ice.
Surprisingly, it still tasted ok.
I ordered my iced coffee and an egg and bacon bagel sandwich and sat down, not expecting much. But then something awesome occurred – the owner (who had a big smile on his face from the moment I stepped inside) changed my mind about everything. He was just such a happy, go lucky man who was so excited to start his first business with his wife. They’re originally from England and opening the coffee bar was their dream. 🙂
He was sweet, kind, totally attentive, and he makes a pretty mean egg and bacon bagel sandwich.
It won’t be the coffee or food that will bring me back to Alba’s – it will be the super sweet owner. Just goes to show you how important good customer service is when winning repeat customers!
After my breakfast I had a massage (thank you Groupon!) and returned home.
Lunch was cool and refreshing (as our AC drama continues….:/)
The yogurt and granola I was craving at breakfast
Only it was Lemon Chobani (obsessed!), Uncle Sam’s Cereal, and Fresh Strawberries
And big salad of favorites
- Mixed Greens
- Candied Pecans (Thanks Monica!)
- Green Beans
- Balsamic Vinegar
Happy Friday everyon!