Biking shoes might not seem like a necessary bike accessory to the average commuter cyclist. However, the more competitive cycling racer will disagree. While cycling computers and other accessories can help you train, the fact remains that cycling shoes can help you on race day.
Have you ever seen runners take running practices with weights on their ankles and wrists? This isn’t just to build up the muscles in those areas (though that helps) it’s to help train the body to run with that extra weight on it. This is great because on race day you don’t wear the weights on your body and it helps you to run as if they were there. This makes you faster, stronger, and feel lighter, making the race easier for you and on your body than a “normal” ride.
I have done this on several occasions and it actually helps quite a bit! Regardless of the nerves that you feel on race day you can feel almost weightless…literally. Bulky shoes can help you train and cycling shoes can help you race! Regardless of what you eat the night before and how much sleep you get, you can approach the starting line with confidence and a light hearted air!