I set out yesterday for a 75 minute bike ride at a comfortable pace. The temperature was cold at first, but it started to warm up as the morning progressed and the sun came out. It was a nice, uneventful ride on a spring morning until 16.5 miles in. That's when I realized that my front tire was flat.
"No big deal!" I thought. "I've changed a bike tire before, and I've got everything I need in my saddle bag. I'll be back on the road in 10 minutes."
I hopped off the bike and confidently removed the wheel and started taking the necessary tools out of my pack. Then, I started trying to get the tire off of the rim. I made sure I was using my tire wrench properly, but for some reason, I just couldn't get it under the bead of the tire.
After several minutes, I gave up. Either I'm just not strong enough or the tire wrenches that work on my mountain bike tires do not work on my road bike tires. I was very frustrated and annoyed that I could not just change that tire myself. I was going to need help.
And I was going to have to walk home.
Fortunately it was only two miles, and it was nice outside. However, I did pass a couple walking the opposite way on the bike path. The man saw me and my bike and said, "You're supposed to ride it, silly!" To which I responded, "Not on a flat tire, you're not." I should have made him stop and help me get the tire off instead. ;)
Friday, March 26, 2010
Endurance Swim - 800 yards total
4x25 warm up, 8x25 sprints, 5x100 base
Saturday, March 27, 2010
Tempo Run - 30 minutes with 8 minutes at tempo (approx. 3.25 mi), 2x100 strides, drills
Total approximately 3.5 miles.
Sunday, March 28, 2010
Endurance Bike - Approx. 70 minutes (16.6 miles)
Would have been more biking and less walking, if it hadn't been for that flat tire. :p