Yesterday was an extremely busy day for me, I started out the morning at 5AM, ate and digested breakfast then went for an hour or 3 mile run. During lunch I completed my swimming and to top it off, in the evening I went for a quick couple of mile bike ride. A fairly full day! The more I ride Zero, my bike, the more confident I get in handling and pedaling the bike. Besides muscle endurance for pedaling though, I realize I have a few other issues to work out.
So far, I have not ridden for long distances. But I dehydrate easily and have found I need something to sate the thirst. Well there are two options when you are on the bike, the first being stop, get off the bike and take a drink and the second being drink while on the bike. Well, I must be the most uncoordinated person in the world as I have not figured out how to master the juggling of steering with one hand and get bottle and drink with the other. The one time I tried it last night ended with me in the bushes as the bike careened out of control. I was going slowly and it did not happen as nobody was there to see it happen. I walked away with a simple scrape and long moments of head scratching as I realized I need to figure this out.
One solution would be to get a water bladder to wear on my back with a hose to allow easy hydration. Not a bad solution even though these are often shunned by the cycling elite, but, from what I have read, most triathletes use the bike section as a time to get some gels or eat some food. So obviously I need to learn the skill of riding with one hand and getting fluid and drinking with the other while moving at a decent clip.
Another thing to learn and to master, guess I will have to find a parking lot or deserted place where I can practice this till I get the hang of it. Probably good to practice riding with only one hand for a bit till I feel confident in my ability to steer while doing other things on the bike. Everyday there is always something new to learn and figure out. In my old life, the couch potato life, it was easy, insert but on couch… pick up remote and turn on TV… begin wasting away! I digress… Til next time.