And thus, as with every other competitive athletic event in my life (i.e. marathons), I'm riding in El Tour! Since the event is so close, I am only doing the 40-miler. However, this distance will surpass anything I've done on a bike so far. My friend Heather messaged me on Saturday night and asked if I would be interested. Sure, why not?
I met Heather and her fiance Tony for a 20 mile ride on Sunday morning. We took a leisurely ride through the foothills of Ahwatukee. Leisurely, except for the massive hills and three flat tires. I even managed to pop a tube while I was inflating it. On closer inspection, I did find small piece of glass lodged in my tire, but that little bugger was hard to discover! Running my hand on the inside of the tire found nothing. I had to inflate my old tube, dunk it in a bucket of water, find out where the puncture on the tube was and then closely inspect the corresponding point on the tire. I never have to do this much work for running! Well, except run.
Finally, I took the last step to being a serious cyclist:
|Installing my cleats.|
|Awesome bike shoes! There goes my super easy bike to run transition. Hopefully I'll make up for it with sheer speed.|
I installed clip-less pedals!
Now I get to practice falling on my butt. It's me... you know it's going to happen.