This morning I took a 10 mile ride that I frequent. I’m already getting ahead of myself, lets start at the beginning. I think in my last post I was still in the process of adjusting the Power Grips to my feet. Well, I decided to make one more adjustment before I leave on my daily ride. That done, I start the ordeal of getting on my trike and doing the horizontal dance of getting my feet inserted into the Power Grips.
I really think this would be more easily accomplished on an upright than my recumbent trike. On my recumbent trike your butt is positioned in a curved seat and not really free to twist and turn. To insert your feet on a recumbent you must push your butt to the outside of the trike, twist your knee to the inside, twist you heel to the outside while holding the pedal in the correct position with your toe and insert your foot under the confound strap at just the right time before it rotates out of position again. Tomorrow I’ll tape the pedals in the correct position until I get my feet inserted into the pedals and break the tape loose when I start riding.
My intent, this morning, was to ride with a slow cadence and purposely pedal in circles. The long driveway from my house to the county road is East Texas sand and road base which offers enough resistance to the pedals to make pedaling in circles doable. Once I hit the pavement of the county road I have to upshift to maintain this resistance. I guess that’s a good thing.
If I concentrated on pedaling in circles, it made me ride faster. I wish I had the physical conditioning to ride at this faster pace. I guess that will come. I rode this 10 mile route almost 2 mph faster than I have in the past. I was using muscles in my legs that I have not used for this purpose in a long time. As I wright this, about 30 minutes after my ride, my legs still burn from extra effort. I guess with time, these new muscles will strengthen also.
I also find one other thing somewhat uncomfortable. When I twist my heel out, it releases the pressure around my foot from the strap. It feels like 1000 pins sticking in the bottom of my foot at that time. I wonder if this would become more painful on longer rides.
As you can see, it improved my ride although I find several things really irritating about the Power Grips. At least on my recumbent trike, mounting the pedals is irritating. About halfway through my ride I stopped for water. I stayed on my pedals rather than removing my feet from the pedals to keep from going through the process of putting my feet into the pedals again. I have to develop a better technique if I keep using the Power Grips.
I’ll write another report in a week or two after adjusting to their use.