…another post in a series of updates on Fat Tire Festival training rides.
If today’s ride can be summed up in one word, I would have trouble choosing between “calamity” and “trainwreck” … It started off with my skipping the usual route through the sports fields, since some sort of day camp had transposed several hundred kids onto them. My start was interrupted by the realization that I’d forgotten to leave my wallet in the car, and my first climb by the realization that nature was calling. Crossing the fields at the highest point on the course, I went for a drink and realized the Nalgene-type bite valve on my hydration pack was in the “off” position – and managed to pull it clean off the hose when I hit a bump trying to twist it to “on”.
This resulted in a brief shower as I grabbed a handful of brake and dragged the bike to a stop, then pinched off the tube. After five minutes’ worth of searching left me empty-handed, I tried blowing air into the tube and pressing on – only to get drenched a few more times. After climbing the next hill, I opted to dump most of the water and cut the ride down to one lap of the course. About 50 ounces of water lighter, I pushed through the rest of the first lap.
- Date: July 12th, 2010
- Distance: 5 miles
- Time: 32:13
- Elevation gain: 645 feet
- Thoughts on starting: This is going to be a good ride. Has to be. It’s too nice a day for anything else.
- Thoughts on finishing: This is why we train! To work out the kinks!
Of course, when I got home, I checked out the Fat Tire Festival web site and made a startling realization: The sport-class race is actually three laps of the course, not the two I’ve been planning for! This weekend…will be very interesting!
(The middle photo shows my bite valve search effort…)