my "experienced" group ride was impressed that I was able to keep up with them with a toruing vintage bike, and toe straps when I first rode with them. I've been told that cycling shoes would add at least 1 mph to my top speed, and improve my performance overall. But I've been experimenting with clipless systems since early March, and I still haven't been able to figure out why this foot pain starts to creep up at mile 4. It's pissing me off that I can't use my cycling shoes because of this, and I've been wanting to race for a while now.
Also, to be honest. I actually feel slower riding in clipless shoes. I don't know why, I just feel more free in toe straps and tennis shoes. But anyhow, if you were in my situaiton of not being able to use clipless shoes, and having to race with toe straps, what are some things that you would do?
In the mean time, I will do my best to get this stupid foot pain bullsheet solved ASAP.