Friday, January 13, 2012

If at first you don't succeed... don't do what I did



I'm ashamed to admit that it's been an entire year since I've been out on my fancy road bike. Ever since my first ever solo ride with my new shoes and clips back in January last year, in fact. When of course, I fell off. Twice.

I didn't injure myself all that badly, getting off with only a few moderately nasty scrapes and bruises. So I walked with a limp for a few days... but hey; I didn't break any bones or require stitches. However I obviously took a hard knock to my confidence, because whenever I've thought about going out for a bit of a ride around the neighbourhood, there's always an excuse, something else I have to do.

Bike Boy is happy to come out with me on the weekends and play babysitter/first aid attendant while I get the hang of it. But the weekends are HIS cycling time - he either bashes around down near the river on his mountain bike or takes his road bike out for a longish ride up the main road, and I don't want to stop him from getting his own training in. That's not an excuse. Well, maybe it is, in part...

Anyway, the thing about fitness pursuits is that you don't get better at them without practice. (Duh!) Sometimes we forget that nobody is naturally good at most things. Were you born walking? Did you catch a ball the first time someone threw it to you? Did you wow the judges on So You Think You Can Dance without ever taking a lesson? Of course not. So why do we think that we should be able to do something well the first time we ever try it, and just give up when that doesn't happen?

In that spirit, I have pledged to get my butt on my bike on the weekend and give it a go. I don't promise to ride 40km, or even 10km. But if I can master going round the block without crashing onto the asphalt, I'll call it a good start.

Have you persevered with something that you were really horrible at to begin with and mastered it? How did you get past the "It's too hard; I want to quit" phase?


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14 comments:

weraigirl said...

I hear you...sounds like me last weekend...Chris offered to come with me on my ride but I didn't want to hold him up; I want to get my bike legs back before I take him on . We went on an 80km ride one day & I beat him....was sooooo proud of myself....but I rode in his slipstream for 79 km...we have 2 very different versions of that day :) Will be trying for 30km this weekend, good luck with your ride xx

MTB Girl said...

Yay Kek, you can do it! Maybe go practice on a grassy area first if you can?

I fell on a gate start (http://www.robingriffiths.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/03/becs_british_record_in_qualifying.jpg) last night, but they made me get straight back on - probably the best thing. I was really scared getting back in the gate, but they coached and helped me through.

My advice would be to not leave it so long - get on a do a little bit of practice often. Can you use the same pedals and cleats on your spin bike? That might get you used to clipping in and out in a safe environment.

Good luck! You can do this

Kek said...

Gah! I just added a comment and it disappeared! What is up with Blogger this week? Let's try again...

Robyn, I love it "in his slipstream" - of course you were! ;)

Amanda, the pedals don't fit the spin bike unfortunately. But we're setting up the trainer in the garage tomorrow so I can practice (it's going to be awful weather anyway). Then on Sunday I'll take it out for a bit of a tootle around the block.

It's no different to Number One Son learning to dire a manual recently. He bought a brand new car, but had only ever driven autos. It took him a week of stalls and rough take-offs, but he got the hang of it. The main obstacle was overcoming his own fear - same as me. I know I can do this. :)

A-M said...

Good on you Kerryn! "It too hard I want to quit phase" comes and goes for me. I just make it non-negotiable, strap on my shoes and just get out there. A-M xx

Kek said...

Exactly, A-M! That's how I approach most of my fitness pursuits. Unlike most of the others, this particular one involves a perfectly valid fear of getting hurt.

But if all those other cyclists I see doing their training up and down our main road every day can do it, there's no reason why I can't. I'm sure they can't all be smarter/more talented than me... ;)

Right. Non-negotiable. Got it.

MTB Girl said...

Excellent plan! You can do it, they're definitely NOT more talented or smart than you - how could they be? :) Get back on that horse - I want a report back on Sunday afternoon missy!

Kek said...

Yes Boss!

It's amazing how many cyclists there are here. Our main road is a well-used training route for elite athletes. It's a long, straight, almost flat road that eventually leads up into the Kinglake Ranges. Every day I see groups in team colours, super-fit-looking single riders or couples as well as plenty of beginners and everything in between. It scares the crap out of me though, because there's a LOT of traffic.

I think I'll be sticking to the neighbourhood streets for a bit. ;)

lou lou said...

Miss K

you inspire me - bringing out a few things (that I can't fall off) and going to give them ago (when school is back anyway)


Have a wonderful day,

loulou, from hereiamloulou blog

x

Kek said...

Good for you, Miss Loulou! I look forward to reading all about it on your blog. :)

Anonymous said...

Hi it's Simone. Just leaving a comment on this post as I can on this one, but not on the one where you asked us to. Still doesn't have a twitter option though.

Kek said...

Funny, Simone...all posts prior to the changeover (including this one) are still on the old Blogger comments system. I can see the comments box on the new post though - I logged out to check it still worked when posting as a guest...

Odd. Maybe the computer you're using has some pop-up blockers or something that are affecting it? I really have no idea....

Liz@LastChanceTraining said...

No option to comment on your Intense Debate post as yet Kek x

Debstar said...

I started playing squash as the no.4(weakest) team player in G grade. Worked hard, practiced and got as far as B grade. It only took ....years.
Mind you while I got beaten often I didn't get hurt every time I played.

Maybe you need to change the pedals and get rid of the cleats. At least then you'd ride the bike.

Kek said...

Nuh-uh, no way, Deb! I will master this!

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