I can see the appeal of riding on the road as it's fast and you can keep up a good pace.
So moving along when I heard I had been approved for a running blade by the Challenged Athletes Foundation, then discovered that Arctic ONE where interested in what I was up to and wanted to help support me in my endeavours, well the next step was accepting the challenge of doing something I had never done before and that was a triathlon.
|Out on Bike Swanky's Demo De Rosa Idol|
Paul over at Bike Swanky was very positive from the start and listened with great interest as I explained almost my whole story, from taking ill to, having an elective amputation and then going on to be sponsored and supported by both Pace Rehabilitation and Brian Bartlett over at Left Side Inc
Then of course there were all the other people and companies, charities in between.Kath n Kedan over at Bike Bag Dude , Challenged Athletes Foundation and of course Arctic ONE . Of course there are many more people who I owe a great deal of thanks to, however if I mention everyone it will be like one of those Oscar winning speeches.
Originally I ordered a Blue and White De Rosa Idol with Paul at Bike Swanky, unfortunately
De Rosa though they have the bike advertised on their website don't have the bike available until the 2015/16 season. This left me a little fed up to say the least as I had set my heart on that particular colour option. I then discussed options with Paul as I was becoming a little, or should that be a lot, stressed. I needed to get sorted with a bike so I could practice and get some road time in, before my Tri down at Dorney Lake on the 23rd August. Well today Paul arranged for a demo De Rosa Idol to be sent up to me to try out. I wasn't sure what size to go for, eventually opting for the 54.5, which actually works out as a 56. Today I have found a few teething problems on my first ride out, one of which is that I am just not used to riding a road bike. They are so light that I appear to wobble all over the place when setting off. Another huge concern that I have discovered is that my prosthetic foot actually catches the front tyre if I have the pedals level and turn the front wheel to the left. The catch is so bad that I have actually wrecked a brand new pair of Bont cycling shoes I managed to pick up, so proper gutted. I'm now thinking I maybe should have opted for the 57cm frame and will be talking to Paul about this as well as a proper bike fit.
Today's ride was a relatively short one on the Idol, really I just wanted to see how I would get on, what with the style of the bike and as I was also trying out a new check socket that i had just received from Pace Rehabilitation. I'm not even sure how far I went as my dam Strava app on my phone isn't working. I haven't been able to log any activities for a few weeks now.
Anyhoo first impressions of the bike are good I just need to feel more confident, especially with the riding position.
I did manage to gain quite a bit of speed, did some out of the saddle climbing and fairly motored up some hills and along one of our local bypasses. I'm non to keen on all the nutters in cars here abouts, riding on the roads is much more dangerous than any trail lol
I called in to see my Aunty Claire and Uncle Dave then rode home, the worst part of my journey being on the dual carriage way at Stanley...OMG is that road bumpy. you don't notice it in a car, but on a bike I think I rattled a few fillings loose...
|Trying out my new check socket|
|Down Wilka's Bank Wheeeeee!|
|Down past Quakies|
|Up the Moor Bank|
|Near the top of the Arch|