|Out on the NCR Trail yesterday|
That being said, the NCR trail is FLAT and I am totally not all about going on hills. I fear hills on the bike. Even worse though, the NCR trail doesn't have traffic and eventually I'm going to have to get out there and try riding in traffic if I want to get better with hills, and if I want any type of variety. There just aren't enough places in Maryland to go bike riding that don't have cars. Riding around cars totally terrifies me.
I think that for now, my next step should be getting cages for my bike pedals so that I can start working my way towards clipless pedals. I'm really not sure what the progression should be - what should I train myself on first - riding in traffic, riding on hills, or clipless pedals? I wonder about this all the time, so I've been sticking with the status quo, which is riding on the flat, traffic-less trail with regular pedals. Eventually, I"ll need to switch it up.
Regardless, I don't run into stationary objects anymore, and I am feeling pretty darned comfortable on the bike, so that is all good news.