I had said that this was going to be my redemption race. I had said I was going to work on hills, put in more distance on the bike, and work on my transitions. Let’s see what happened in terms of cycling mileage…
Not exactly Olympic Triathlon type volume there. What happened? Let me break down my biking blues…
On July 1st, a week after completing the Muskoka 5150, for a first training ride, I got a flat tire. Which cut that ride short. I tried to fix that tire, but when I packed my bike for the next weekend, I noticed another flat; so much for my repair job.
I opted to get the tube replacement done professionally and bought a set of new tires as part of it. Things were looking good. I have an adjustable goose-neck (a.k.a headset) that lets me have my handlebars a little higher which is easier on my neck when I’m in aero-position. I had lowered it a few weeks ago to improve how aerodynamically I can ride. We were invited to my father-in-law’s place for dinner, so I opted to take my bike for what should have been a 13km ride. I found that the handlebars kept dropping every time I hit a bump – I could pull them back up to a reasonable position, but all this would do is wear out the threads on the adjustable goose-neck. I cut the ride short before I flew over the handlebars and called for a pick-up.
I tried to fix this problem by re-installing the original headset, but I must have gotten things wrong, because I ended up with handlebars that wouldn’t turn. Another stop at another bike shop.
All set up to make my final pre-race ride, right? Wrong. After 8km on Saturday, the skies opened up and drenched me, and Papa won’t risk skidding out on the road a week before the race. I ended up making that one up the next day, but Plan A of having both a ride and a brick on the same long weekend was ruined.
I haven’t done any transition practice either. I may play a little with getting my bike shoes on and off and mentally re-hearse/visualize my T1 steps this week. My final open-water swim didn’t feel particularly strong, but the numbers actually looked pretty good over 2km. Getting the wet-suit on and off wasn’t as bad as I remembered either.
|The big hill on my last ride. To get a sense of scale, look for the car in the pic.|