This morning I got a chance to ride my real bike again, which was nice. I just went around the loop in the park and worked on keeping my cadence up at 80 or above. I have to say that on those hills on the north side of the park, that's a bit harder than it sounds. I definitely got more used to shifting this time and am getting the hang of that. I still like to coast a little bit on the downhill, but I'm also working on shifting to a higher gear and pedaling.
Because it was wet outside, I had to give my bike a mini-bath when I got home, which wasn't the most fun thing I've ever done. The good news was that I didn't really get dirty on the ride. I did learn today why bike shoes don't have laces (since mine almost got caught in the gears). After tucking them into my shoes I was fine for the rest of the ride. The bad news is that when I was hanging up my helmet and getting ready to hit the shower, I noticed that my back tire is flat. I didn't have time to really inspect anything this morning, so I'll have to take a closer look when I get home. I guess the upside of this is that I might learn how to change a tire sooner than I was thinking I would.
I also went to the doctor this morning and found out that the pain in my left heel is due to some tendon not being happy with me running and also has something to do with the way my foot is shaped. The doctor said that I need to take an anti-inflammatory and also not to do any weight-bearing activity for the next 2 weeks. Biking and swimming are fine, but no running. She's also having new custom orthotics made, which should be ready in about 2 weeks as well. I guess it's nice because I don't have to feel too bad about taking it easy next week on vacation, but I'm also going to have to try to swim and bike a little bit more while there.
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