Thursday, July 06, 2006

Roll with it

I've been told by everyone who has completed an Ironman to be ready to adapt and change with whatever challenges the day presents to you. In the spirit of "rolling with it" here is what I have encountered thusfar this week:

1. Rained on Wednesday and missed my usual evening ride. I have not missed that ride in 27 consecutive weeks (rain, freezing temps, 100 degree days). Done it all but this week it rained and I decided if I crashed due to rain and was injured for the race I would never forgive myself. Got in a decent 1 hour ride on the indoor trainer instead.

2. Bike transport company has scheduled pick up for Lake Placid race 5 days earlier than I anticipated. Now I will have trouble getting in my last two rides in Dallas before flying to New York.

3. Locked myself out of the house for 2.5 hours yesterday after my brick workout. Managed to get a nice nap by laying on the concrete porch. Tried to call Jen's cell phone from a neighbor's cell phone but couldn't remember the phone number. Too bad it is printed on my Road ID bracelet (that I was wearing). Smooth...

4. Bike Stem Recall. The stem on my bike (the part that connects the main part of the bike to the handlebars) has been recalled because it has cracked and fallen off in 4 cases...all resulting in rider injury. Now I have to get the stem swapped out in time for the race and try not to mess up the way the bike is set up considering I have ridden almost 3000 miles this year with that stem. Great.

Just remember, these are easy challenges compared with what I will face on July 23rd. "Roll with it."

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