Flip flopper

I am considering wearing my flip flops for the bike portion of my next triathlon. Why?

I should start by saying I don’t have fancy clipless pedals, and I have no intention of getting them anytime soon. Because I like to ride my bike around without having to wear silly looking shoes. Because you don’t get much more efficiency from them. And because I like to move my feet just a bit backwards and forward for comfort on a long ride. To each her own, but no special bike shoes for me.

The last two triathlons I put on my running shoes after the swim, wore them on the bike ride, then obviously kept them on for the run.

It’s kind of hard to put socks and shoes on wet feet, though. If I waited until I was done with the bike, then my feet would be dry and it would be easier to put on socks and shoes for the run. Plus, if it’s hot, it might be nice to have nearly nekkid feet.

In researching googling what might be good or bad about this, one thing I saw was that a big advantage to cycling shoes is that they have stiff soles. This allows for more efficient transfer of energy from your foot to the pedal than with soft soles. Running shoes, with their softer soles, can sometimes cause problems or foot injuries for cyclists. (Probably for more serious cyclists than I, but anyways.)

But my flip flops have really stiff soles! Stiffer than my running shoes for sure.

Bonus: If I wear flip flops on my bike, I will dramatically lower expectations for my performance. “Oh, that girl is wearing flip flops. She is clearly doing this for fun, not to win. I should refrain from judging how slow she is.”

I’m really not seeing a downside here. What am I missing?

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Oh, hello.

Since we last spoke I …

  • Got a glorious new bed and moved it into a different room in our home.  It’s a bigger room, but like our old bedroom, it contains only a bed, two nightstands, the dog bed, and a ton of natural light.  It’s so zen I can’t stand it.
  • Went to my company picnic.  Got a ridiculous rug burn on my elbow from the inflatable slide.  Felt awkward in my Tyr Maxback while my coworkers hung out in bikinis on the swim beach.  But…one, I could hardly dress more modestly at work unless I wore a hijab.  Two, it was free entry to the Boulder Reservoir!  Damned if I wasn’t going to sneak in a free open water swim.

  • Discovered doing a six minute run/one minute walk combination means I can run much farther and crazy faster.  Like, 2-3 miles at 11-12 minute miles vs. 5 miles at 10 minute miles. What? I KNOW.
  • Feeling much better about the 6.4 mile run in my Olympic triathlon coming up.  Less doomed, more just regular dread.
  • Received many of the RSVPs I worried about so much are starting to come in for my sister’s wedding.  My bridesmaid dress will be here soon, and I want to find a big gold statement necklace to wear with it.
  • Finished another book.  I’m at 16 down out of a goal of 25 for the year.

 The summer has been silly busy.  I look forward to things calming down in the fall.