Specialized Snowflake goes clipless

August 24, 2012 at 7:27 pm

Last night’s dinner:

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They had the most beautiful yellow squash at Parkesdale Farm Market last weekend, so last night I sautéed one of them with some peppers, onions, and Garlic Gold nuggets to go with my Tour de Pizza. So glad I thought of that! Much better than just a salad on the side.

I achieved my goal of cleaning off my desk last night.

Before:

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After:

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I know it still isn’t perfectly neat, but I went through all those piles of paper and now I can actually see the desktop. Nothing in my house is ever perfectly neat. The shoes are still there because I need to try to glue the sole back onto the upper of the left one. I love those shoes…hope I can save them. The sole just came detached near the back. I’m going to use Gorilla Glue or something.

This morning I somehow overslept, so I had to drive Mack to school. Crazy eyes in the early morning:

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Our most awesome PTA president, my friend Linda, was risking her life standing in the middle of the car line trying to encourage people to sign up for PTA.

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And that’s why she was PTA President of the Year last year! She is truly amazing.

After I dropped Mack off I stopped for a second to take a picture of the sun rising over Tampa Bay…

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This is how it looked after I worked some Instagram magic on it:

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Once home I sent Cal off to his bus stop with the car pool (thanks Tanya), and made breakfast…

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featuring:

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So good.

Then I went to the gym for twenty minutes on the elliptical…

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then Bodypump.

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I wore my Chevy Go For The Gold Challenge t-shirt, obviously.

After I got home from the gym I did a little laundry, messed around on the computer, and had lunch.

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After lunch I ran to Target before having to pick Mack up from school. I forgot to take a picture at Target, but here’s what it looked like the last twelve times I went there and remembered to take a picture:

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People are going nuts about Tropical Storm Isaac’s approach and the shelves were almost bare of batteries, water, and bread. The usual pre-storm insanity. Here’s the cone of uncertainty as of a few hours ago:

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After I picked up Mack we went home for a little while so he could have a snack, then we loaded Specialized Snowflake into the car and headed to the Trek Bicycle Store of St. Petersburg.

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Yesterday I dropped Star the Trek off there for a tune-up, and today I was going to drop Snowflake off for the same thing. Allen gave Snowflake the once-over for me…

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and declared him (Snowflake is a male bike of course) good to go. No need to leave him there over the weekend for anything. I had planned to get toe cages put on the pedals, but Jayce and Allen said that I would need to buy new pedals because the ones on the bike were not compatible with toe cages. I mentioned that eventually I was going to go clipless, so they suggested just doing that now. Why buy new standard pedals only to replace them soon?

I have been scared of the clipless pedals, but I really do want to learn how to use them. I know it makes you so much more powerful as you get torque on the way up AND on the way down, so I decided to just go for it. Yikes.

I decided to go with the pedal on the far-right below.

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Not only was it the cheapest, it also can be used as a normal pedal just by flipping it over. Chad sometimes rides my bikes and he definitely won’t be using clips. By the way, why do they call them “clipless” when really they are the opposite of “clipless”? I have no idea.

Of course, getting the clipless pedals also meant I needed bike shoes.

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Are they cute?

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Those are borrowed socks, by the way. I hadn’t anticipated shoe shopping, so I wore flip flops to the store. Well, I own these now, so I guess I have to figure out how to use them!

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Mack helped Jayce get the bike onto the trainer so I could practice clipping in and out.

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Allen talked me through it and Mack went camera crazy.

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Okay. So now Star and Snowflake are all tuned up and ready to go.

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Everybody at the Trek Store was super nice and helpful as always. They never make me feel like an idiot for my newbie cyclist status. Anne (the owner and my friend) was there too, but I didn’t get a picture with her. I mentioned that fact to her and she said, “That’s okay, I didn’t do anything for you today anyway.” Well, that’s not true because as always I enjoyed talking with Anne while I was there. Here’s a picture of her anyway from one of my many other visits to the Trek Bicycle Store of St. Pete:

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She reassured me that EVERYONE is nervous about using clipless pedals for the first time, and that everyone gets the hang of it. While I was practicing on the trainer Allen said that I was doing better clipping in and out than most people do at first. Maybe so, but doing it on the trainer where you can’t fall is nothing like doing it while you are riding and the pedals are moving. At least if I wipe out it will be good material for the blog, right?

Jayce and Allen helped me get both bikes back into the car. I wasn’t sure they would fit, but we managed to get them in there. Mack and I ran home and dropped the bikes off then picked up Cal and Cameron from the bus stop. By the time I got home it was time to make dinner.

I made turkey burgers, sweet potatoes, and green beans for the boys, but made a chicken burger for myself because we had one straggler chicken burger in the freezer. My dinner:

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Not fancy, but darn tasty.

Now the boys are out on the family evening walk. I stayed home to write this post and now I need to get my gear together for a crazy event I’m doing tomorrow with my friend Nikki.

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Wish me luck!