Yup, flat number 4 in the past week. This time on the rear tire in the same place as the last one (first 2 were front tire). When I got home I took the tire completely off, inverted it and inspected it thoroughly to see if there was anything still stuck in it. Nope. Just good luck I guess! Although I have to say I'm seriously considering laying down the money for a new set of tires before my first race.
But other than the flat it was a really wonderful day for a ride. It was about 50 degrees when I started so I was all bundled up. Went out with no HRM, no bike computer, no Garmin, no training buddy. Just wanted to ride. Got in about 50-55 miles with one extended (5 mile) hill climb. It was really nice to just ride without purpose for once.
Also, last night I started reading the book:
Body Mind Mastery: Creating Success in Sport and Life by Dan Millman
Today I really tried to use some of the suggestions for getting "in the zone", relaxing, and analyzing thoughts and moods while training. It has actually really helped me already in understanding and overcoming some of my frustrations that I've started having with my progress and expectations. I highly recommend it.
Tomorrow I'm headed off to Florida for the third leg of the trip. I'm really excited to see Lanny and Kathy again and to ride with them and my Shaker cycling buddies Craig (and Donna) and Mark later in the week. Weather should be awesome and we have an absolutely jam packed week scheduled. I hear there will be an air boat trip of the Everglades, a boat trip in the Gulf, an afternoon of kayaking and a lots of biking, running and swimming. Oh, and did I mention WINE????
But I will really miss my roommates for the past 2 weeks. Constant comic relief, those guys! I wish I could fly out to Phoenix next month to watch them race at IMAZ. It will be an awesome day for team HTFU.
Please, please don't make me go back to Cleveland! I hear it's COLD there
A Few Good Swims
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