Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Interval interupted

I had to do some tricky scheduling to get in my 3x10 interval work on Tuesday, and it was really cold when I started. But it was all going to work out. Even though I have a hard time convincing myself that it's crucial to hammer hard when it was hard enough riding easy, I was doing it. Interval 1: success Interval 2... Well under way.

Then along comes the cyclist's favorite. A flat. I was annoyed, but it's no big deal I think, until I discover my spare is defective. That's OK too, I have a patch kit. Except the glue is dry. And I'm on the closed-to-cars Empire Mine Road, and a mile and a half from any auto-accessible intersection. In road cleats. And Tricia is a work. And my daughter is in San Francisco.

Fortunately for me, my college colleague Ken answered his cell and was willing to come get me. So I rode on my flat — it felt awful — to the intersection where he picked me up. What a hero!

Of course, he can't understand why I won't put 2 pounds of Kevlar anti-flat bands on my road bike. I just can't understand why I had a bad tube and dry glue.

Now I'm 1.2 repeats behind, and the rain is coming. I sure hope Thursday works out better, even it's on the trainer.


  1. I've had that happen to me too - not intervals, but out in the middle of freaking nowhere with a flat and a spare that broke at the valve (!?!? I know, right?) I had to call my buddy who has, of all things, a smart car. Luckily though, I was on my folding bike though, so I could still fit it in the back and get home...otherwise I think we would have had to rig up a towing system.

  2. Anonymous7:21 AM

    Slime tubes in the winter. :-) My poor Cervelo doesn't understand why it's so heavy, but it's worth it to me to not have a flat.

    Good luck with your training ride today!


  3. Georges Pelpel4:59 PM

    Time for tubeless !


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