Bike to Work, day 74: Ouch

August 19, 2008

I was just shy of shattering my record this morning:

26:14, 6.5mi
67ºF, Odo 1954mi
avg 14.9mph,  max 25.2mph

My Kenpo uniform is quite heavy.  I’ll be carrying it up to Manchester after work today.

Extra weight, probably not enough real food or water, and a strong headwind made today’s ride to Manchester brutal.  Oh wait, I forgot 100 miles Saturday, 45 Monday, and then today’s 31.  My legs were not strong today.

1:38:44, 24.7mi
78ºF, Odo 1979mi
avg 15.0mph, max 32.3mph

Half way home my back tire flattened out.  You could think this was the cap on a bad day, but no.  No, this was a great moment in my day, because I just kept walking.  I don’t even know why at first.  But then I saw a beautiful thing: a farm stand.  I bought some fresh fruit (a peach and some chopped pineapple) and then sat down to tackle my flat.  I set to fixing it slowly, without letting myself get frustrated.  So the wind was constantly in my face, so my legs had nothing in them, so the traffic is heavy, so what?  This I can control, and it will be relaxed and enjoyable.

It was the best pineapple I’ve ever tasted.  Ever.  I ate chunks between each step, keeping my spirits up and the work easy.  What a wonderful way to turn a bad experience into the best part of my day.

Though this is not my first flat, it is the first time I’ve used my CO2 pump.  The stem frosted over and the tire was inflated in seconds.  So cool!

The rest of the ride was painful, and painfuly slow.  I threw in the towel at 25 miles to use the bathroom and grab a bite to eat and a ride back to my car (about 5 more miles across town).  Thank God for family.

Tomorrow morning we’ll see how badly my leg hurts and judge weather or not I ride to work.  We sparred at karate, and took a full on kick to the shin.  If it’s just sore but not injured I’ll ride on it.