Sunday, November 13, 2011

Not 1, Not 2, Not 3, Not 4.....

....but 5 flats today on a 35 mile ride?! Seriously? How is that possible? I mean really? People need to quit throwing glass out their car windows on the side of the road, it really screws up bike rides.

It wasn't me that flatted 5 times, however one of those 5 flats was mine. We went out riding today with a bunch of the IM CdA group (7 of us that were up for it today) for a nice, leisurely, aerobic, low intensity ride. Don't you know that never happens!  We met at Kailua Beach and decided to head northbound since last weekend we had such a dry beautiful ride out on the windward side of Oahu. Well today was another story. 
Totally felt like this when I flatted

It wasn't dumping rain on us, but the roads were wet, wet, wet and with the wet roads brought terrible road conditions. I swear when the roads here get a tiny bit wet #1 people drive like there's 5 feet of snow and ice covering the ground...hello people, it's just a little water, you would NEVER survive on the east coast and #2 the water must bring all the tiny pebbles, debris and glass right in our path, great! So much for a calm Sunday ride.   

The ride went alright I guess, considering we had to stop a million times for flats, oh yeah and Franzy's water bottle cage fell off of his bike on the ride today too, so all-in-all not an awesome ride and we didn't even get to go the super scenic route that I like so much, oh well there's always next time.

On the positive side of things, I did get to change another flat and sooner or later I will be good at it. Maybe next time I won't have 6 people standing around me in a circle, breathing down my neck, telling me what to do and making me super anxious (thanks for all the suggestions, love you all!).  One of my goals for the next 8 months is to become confident in my tire changing ability.

I CAN and I WILL learn how to change a tire quickly and proficiently before CdA!! 

1 comment:

  1. I flatted like 6x last year (on different rides) and got to the point where I would start my watch and time myself in changing it! Super practice! :)