How does one learn how to ride a bike? I am not talking about staying up on the two wheels (although that does help), but I mean stuff like learning how to take a drink, or clip out of the pedals.
When I first bought my bike, I started training for a half iron-man. The miles were not an issue, but I never got down how one drinks while riding on the bike. Excuses such as not being thirsty are all good on a leisurely ride, but anticipating a half marathon when one gets off the bike means hydration. So, during the race, I stopped three times on my bike (as in pulled over to the side of the road) and had some liquid. Call me cautious, but really I am just clumsy and figured averting the inevitable crash I convinced myself I would have was a time saving event, and so I have never learned or attempted to drink while moving on a bike.
Similar to drinking liquids, I am unable to un-click on my left side. The problem is that I have not been able to start off with my left foot clicked in either. So there is this awkward thing I do when I stop at a light (which I avoid at all costs) which is un-click right foot, put right foot down, un-click left, put left down, click in right and wait at the light. A short light means that this process is only half completed before the light has turned green. Then I panic, and probably cuss.
I tell myself that I need to learn how to be more efficient and less awkward at lights and be able to drink while moving, but when? how? It is not like I make time for 'practicing' such things. How did you learn, or are you just more coordinated, braver, and generally more mechanically inclined than me?