Do I Really Need To Fall?

So, I have a couple rides under my belt — but that’s nothing to get cocky about. What I don’t have under my belt is my first fall.

I’m still struggling with how to shift gears without making that awful noise that tells every cyclist in a 10-mile radius that you have no idea what you are doing. The last thing I want to worry about is falling! And each time I ride and I don’t fall, the anxiety rises one notch higher.

A few weeks ago, my husband and I were riding up in the Hudson Valley in Columbia County. As we were coming into the final third of the ride, we noticed a foal (baby horse)!

It was so close and so cute … I’ve never seen a foal in real life. We turned around and I decided I wanted a photo … and guess who forgot she was clipped in?

I was so excited about the foal it didn’t even cross my mind that I was attached to my bike … that is, until I was lying on the ground squirming around like a bug on its back!

My first fall!!! Thank God! It wasn’t so bad — although being clipped in while you are laying on the ground is a tad awkward.

As I wrestled with trying to unclip, one of the large horses came to get a better look at me squirming around. The horse must have been curious about my ridiculous bike outfit and wondered why I was lying on the ground with a bike attached to my feet!

I’m sure the horse got a good laugh.

I have been told over and over that “everyone falls” and part of me thought that I would be the one that didn’t. Ha! I don’t think I’ll ever forget my first fall … and I’m happy to know now that it isn’t that bad. It was the horse’s fault!

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Categories: Taking my Body Back

5 Responses to Do I Really Need To Fall?

  1. Catherine says:

    You weren’t injured and the horses couldn’t laugh…if you’ve got to fall, that’s the way to do it.

  2. Jon says:

    Falling while clipped in is usually more of an ego bruiser than anything else. Happens to me about once a year… hopefully when no one is looking.

    “If you worried about falling off the bike, you’d never get on.” ~ Lance Armstrong

  3. Christopher says:

    1st fall …. had the clipless pedals a month or so, feeling good about not falling. I rode 30 miles down a river trail here in Orange County that goes under the streets so you don’t have to stop the whole way. Came out of the end of the trail and up to a red light. Coast past a pretty girl in a yellow VW convertable … and fall over right in front of her!

    I say, if you’re not leaving a little blood on the pavement now and then, you’re not trying hard enough.

  4. Barb says:

    Welcome to the club! We’ve all been there—even more than once!

  5. Jean says:

    Now it’s over and that anticipation can lift off of you and turn into something sparkly in the air. Tom Petty’s Free Falling comes to mind.

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