What can possibly go wrong?
Two days ’till my next race. After the in-race problems I’ve had this year on teh bike, I’m trying to take fewer chances. I had a good think on Wednesday about what could possibly go wrong this time, and as a result I’ve:
- Bought a CO2 tyre inflator. In previous races, I’ve gone out without a spare tube, levers, or a pump. Not this time!
- Adjusted and tightened the aero-bars. They needed to be just a little further forward to be comfortable.
- Moved the cycle computer from the stem to the front of the aerobars, so that I can look at it by glancing down with my eyes only.
- Taken the bike out for a short test ride, to check everything stays in place - especially that CO2 bottle that’s now under the saddle! I live in the NorthEast of England, so I’m accustomed to weather that’ll freeze your butt off, but all the same, I’d rather avoid coating my undercarriage with solid CO2.
- I’ve also resisted going out for any longer rides - my shoulder’s still sore, and I want to do nothing to aggravate it.
- Started laying my kit out . . . we don’t want to forget, say, the helmet do we?
When it comes down to it, my goal for Sunday is really very simple - to finish the race. Time and position in the field are irrelevant. If I keep telling myself that, maybe I’ll start to believe it . . .
- Type: Cycle
- Date: 08/24/2007
- Time: 08:11:50
- Total Time: 00:17:00.00
- Distance: 5 miles
- Average Speed: 17.65 mph