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Training wheels

Occasionally Brain and I don’t get along.  I try, I really do, but Brain is just not that easy to work with; it frequently seems to have a mind of its own and is often very uncooperative.  Selfish, even, if I may say.  And I may since it’s my blog, not Brain’s, so I can write anything I want.  Other than the obvious, of course.  I don’t want to start posting manifestos against governments or threatening stupid people who don’t know what a turn signal is, Mrs. Idiot Lady who couldn’t decide to move into the turn lane until the last possible minute, no, I’m fine, really, and thank you Baby Jesus in your little manger full of pokey straw that I have good brakes.  Because threats and that kind of thing could get a person in trouble.

I hope your cat pees on your new couch.  Repeatedly.

The truth is, Brain has  been dead set against this whole biking thing from the beginning.

“You’ll crash.”

“You’ll break your arm and then what?  How will you work?”

“How long does it take to heal if you break your hip and need surgery?”

For the love of all that’s holy, will you SHUT.  UP.

As you both know, I got Matilda back from RB’s last week.  She was so pretty, shining and proud with her new Barrel Guide Adjuster for the Front Derailleur, her cleaned and adjusted chain, her new black and red outfit.  I stood her up at the back of Babs, saddled up and held on (to Babs, not Matilda).  I practiced.  Clip in, clip out.  Clip in, clip out.  Right Foot did ok.  Left Foot needs some remedial help.

I looked down the driveway.  I looked down at Matilda.  Back at the driveway.  Back to Matilda.

“The driveway is pea gravel, you pea-brain,” intoned Brain.  “You know what your knees will look like when you tip over?”

“SHUT UP!” I begged.

“Remember when Traitor #1 broke his elbow off?  You could do that if you fall.”

“OMG!  I … no … I … won’t.”

It did suck when T-1 broke his elbow off, him being in Paris and all that, having surgery and I couldn’t be there.  It does stand out in my mind and it is just the card Brain could decide to pull.

Getting Matilda all fixed up, practicing clipping – that was a good start.  I should stick with that for today, I decided, and I put Matilda in the storage room.

I’m pretty sure she hung her head just a little.  But probably not.  Probably I just imagined it.

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8 thoughts on “Training wheels

  1. Astrid Huyt on said:

    Pokey straw!

  2. It’s weird how your Brain says the same darndest things that mine does. So far, mine has scared me plenty about biking and clipping and breaking appendages. Maybe one day, I will rebel. You are my inspiration. ; )

    • Brain does not always have my back. You’d think your brain would be on your side; it would try to help you be your best, but frequently it just gets stuck in a loop of fear or intimidation and hauls you right along with it.

  3. I loathe clipping! For our first attempt, the partner and I went to a crowded park. Smart. She ended up in the flower beds with the bike on top of her. It looked like the bike was attacking her as she wrestled with it under a bush. I laughed but had my day when I fell in T2 of a local tri in front of the cheering crowd. We both gave up clips.

    • See? That’s what Brain keeps telling me is going to happen. Bike Wizard is fond of saying it’s not IF you fall, it’s WHEN. Thanks, big guy, that helped. When I first got the bike, and I’m probably repeating myself, sorry, I rode in circles in the neighborhood, practicing. I fell – and while I was there on the pavement I watched the pickup truck that just passed me fade away in the distance right where my head was, and its tires had been about 5 seconds before I fell. Brain would have shut up for sure, then. Scared the hooey out of me. That’s why it’s been 3 or 4 years with the ‘sissy’ pedals. On a serious note, tho, watching my father the past couple years, and my mother still, I don’t want to go without a fight. I don’t want to start stopping my life as I age. I want to try to grow. It took me years, and weeks, to face the bike but I did finally do it. You’ll probably see this again in a post 🙂

  4. Terrie…I know I’m sometimes cavalier about this, but…remember…you only have to unclip ONE foot to keep from falling over. If your right foot is “good to go”, you’re gold. As long as you are falling to the right… lol…sorry. Always put the “good” foot down every time you stop. Once it’s on the ground, you can unclip the other foot. Until clipping/unclipping is second nature, wear long sleeves and tights to cover your elbows and knees…just in case. If you are really shaky, buy a couple pair of knee pads (Home Depot has some inexpensive ones) and wear one pair on your knees and one pair on your elbows. You can do it. In no time at all, riding with clips will be second nature.

    • No – not cavalier at all! I love your input and do not want you to stop! I’ll be posting, hopefully tomorrow, the “rest of the story” (which ends happily!) but it’s been kinda busy around here between work (I work from home) and simultaneously having all the windows in the house replaced before the remains of Isaac arrives, the loss of my office for a day and a half while they worked in here, etc.

      Seriously, thanks for the input and for following me!! You inspire me.

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