Seems every time I look at Strava someone is riding a freaking century in Maui or setting a PR on some climb so now that I'm finally back from the opulence that is 'Thanksgiving with the family' and my damn foot has healed up from my last run it's time to ride!
I was WAY motivated. So what if it was raining. So what if it was cold. So what if it was windy. I WAS GOING TO RIDE.
I got all geared up in my finest raincoat, shoe covers and rain mits and struck out. 1.5 miles later I got this.
Damn. Oh well, it has been ages since I got a flat so I accepted my fate and got to fixing. Then after getting maybe 40 PSI in my tire my pump blew up. Double damn.
ASIDE - it probably serves me right for clinging on to an antique like this POS here.
The barrel was cracked and held together with electrician's tape, the gasket has been greased a million times and still does not push much air and the rubber washer that seals the pump at the head was so old and dry it broke in half as I was pumping. Since I was so close to home I just rode back, used my floor pump to fill my tire and grabbed a real frame pump.
By this time 30 minutes had elapsed, I was already pretty wet, my hands were greasy and my motivation had ebbed just a smidge.
Still, I got in a ride - my first in a long while - and it was pretty spectacular outside. Leaves were (still?!) falling in droves and as I headed north along the east side of the lake I was getting pelted by a pretty constant deluge.
Crossing the I-90 floating bridge was a bit of a chore with my deep section rims; I was getting moved across the path by the wind a little too easy for my liking… That felt good to finish up.
My back was pretty tender after today, I'm hoping that was primarily from the shitty bed I slept in two nights ago. Otherwise my legs were about as tired/fresh as I expected them to be. A bonus was that I did not get cold! In fact my hands were almost dry when I finished up. In the shower after I noticed that my knees upper shins were in fact pretty red and chilly but it did not bother me out on the bike. Nice.
|Body Weight||12:30 PM - 179|
|Breakfast||7:15 AM - Smoothie 2.0|
|Workout Food||large bottle w/3 scoops Perpetuem, 2 shots gel|
|Time of Day||9:00 AM|
|Weather||50, rain, wind|
|Equipment||Single Speed Bike|
|Clothing||Sugoi shoe covers, Roubaix knickers, Craft long sleeve undershirt, short sleeve jersey, arm warmers, raincoat, OR Gripper gloves, OR rain mits, cap|