This weeks RAGBRAI training didn’t start like I planned it to. I had planned on riding 100 miles this week – and doing a round trip to and from work on Monday and another later in the week.
Monday started off bad – I overslept, I forgot to bring my clothes to the office so I had to ride with a backpack – and my tire was flat. After changing the tire, I finally made it on my way at about 8 AM. I only made it to the trailhead on the east side of Chaska when I heard another TOOINNNNNNGGGG!!! Since I just heard the same noise a few days before, I knew what that meant. I blew another spoke – the second in 20 miles. This time I just turned around, called my wife for a pickup, and started limping home.
When I took it to Erik’s Bike Shop that night, they commented that they’ve had a lot of trouble with that wheel and that they’d warrantee the wheel on the spot. I could either wait for a new replacement or they would give me full credit towards a new wheel. Being that I didn’t want to wait, I jumped on the replacement cost. This also gave me a chance to buy a new brain bucket and some other important accessories.
Monday’s ride: 5.91 miles, 38:12 for a really crappy average speed of 9.2 mph.
Friday went tons better – I had a new wheel, new helmet, new gloves, new inslulated water bottle (see – I told you I needed new gear) – and a slight headwind. I didn’t set any records on the way in, but most importantly – I didn’t feel wiped out when I got there. I felt so good on the ride home, I set a new personal best time & best pace (either direction), AND best outbound leg speed. I also could have kept going when I got home.
I think I’m ready.
Inbound: Total time: 1:34:38, Average speed: 15.5 mph, Total Distance: 24.49 miles
Outbound: Total time: 1:27:10, Average speed: 17.2 mph, Total Distance: 24.7 miles