Yesterday my B2R Trail shoes arrived along with a pair for my wife and a pair of the road shoes for my running partner Jeff. All in all it took 3 weeks for them to arrive which is very good given the distance they had to travel and having to clear customs before being delivered. As Jeff is also the local Post Master we opened our shoe boxes in the post office like kids at Christmas with new bikes. Jeff even took his shoes and socks off then and there trying them on in the post office. After admiring and weighing them (and getting a few funny looks), as we both could'nt believe how light they are, we arranged to meet later in the afternoon at the local oval to take them for a spin.
When I arrived home I took the photo that you are looking at now and sent it to my sister in Adelaide who I have given "The Cool Impossible" to as a gift. Her Message back was "OMG! Very different, once you've transitioned, the others will feel so odd" and then I messaged to her that's exactly the point and what is supposed to happen. To realize how weak our feet and legs are, how lack of muscle equilibrium holds us back and how through the philosophy's explained in the TCI can truly open the door to our own Cool Impossible.
Now I know that Eric suggests that one transitions into these puppies but I just had to go for a run on the road in them. I don't think anything could have stopped me, Iike I said, I was like a kid at Christmas with a new bike. So I ran the 4km or so to the local oval where I completed phase #1, day 1, of week 5 of the Strategic Running Foundation. As I ran to the oval I felt, I think for the first time, every muscle in my foot and leg and though uncomfortable it was'nt so bad that I had to stop. I didn't find the Zero Drop an issue and liked the way you naturally run with better form, however they do at the same time illustrate exactly how weak your feet are.
On the road the feeling in my feet and legs was similar to what I experience when I do the slant board excercises but not as intense and when I arrived at the oval running on grass cushioned my feet and they felt great to run in.
After finishing our session I was driven home and shortly thereafter my calves began to ache and I thought I would be very sore today, however to my supprise they weren't sore at all just a little stiff. However, not wanting to push my luck, I didn't run in them today and will leave running in them again until Thursday.
Jeff has also reported that his calves are fine after his first run in the road shoes on grass.
Thank you Eric for all the hard work putting these together and making them available to everyone, there a great shoe.