1. BE PREPARED… I carved out some time last weekend to practice something that I vowed to do before Spring … learning the art of changing a flat before taking my cycling to the streets. I learned how to do this on my hybrid at a mini seminar a couple months ago (although I have not practiced since, whoops) but it’s way harder with these narrow road tires! They are much smaller, which means it’s a tighter squeeze with way less wiggle room.
I made out pretty well, actually, until it came time to get that last lip of tire back on the rim. I think this took longer than the entire rest of the process and I ended up with red, blistered thumbs from all the pinching and squeezing.
I tried again later in the day and the process was much easier and faster. Hopefully practice will make perfect! The thought of doing this on the side of the road (especially in a race!) is a nightmare. I’ll keep my fingers crossed that I don’t ever need to use my new skills out on the roads. Wishful thinking, I know…
Now I just need to master the art of getting my back wheel off and on.
2. OVER THE HILL… My Mom turns 50 next week! This Saturday we’re throwing a big bash to celebrate – on St. Patty’s Day, no less.
It will be a late and potentially indulgent night and I’m planning ahead so I won’t have to do my long run Sunday morning. Tomorrow I’ll be running to work, something that seems to have become a once-per-training-cycle tradition. 30+ kilometres in a straight line, starting at 4:30AM, followed by a “shower” in the sink and full work day. Luckily my sidekick P has agreed to another of my schemes and is willing to keep me company for a while in the middle.
3. MORNING FAIL… This morning I was up early and ready to hit the 5:30AM public lane swim (no Masters this week due to March Break). I got up, suited up, made a tea… and then realized I had no way to get to the pool. You’d think I might have come to this conclusion yesterday when I needed to make arrangements for a ride to work since the car is in the shop. Doh!
Any other time I would have taken advantage of being awake to go for a run, but I have my clinic run tonight and my long run coming up tomorrow morning. Clearly the only option was to crawl back into bed.