I think there’s literally a cloud following me around. Bike the Drive this year was a wet one. But I braved it on the LeMond and headed downtown. Last night, when I got home, I noticed the rear tire flat. I found a hole in the tire. A hole enough to make hitting bumps a problem. And in the city it’s not easy to avoid. I made the eight-mile ride from home to the start line and, within two blocks, psssssssssssssssssssssht again. *sigh* I thought I wasn’t going to make the ride. I had a spare tube and a patch kit. So I decided to use a patch on the tire itself, put in the new tire, and hand inflated the tire. At about 105psi (on the way to 130psi) someone called out to me about a CO2 cartridge. I knew I should’ve gone to Performance last night. I will go today after my well-earned breakfast.
So… 30.5 miles. I rode downtown, started south and took a break at MSI. Then came all the way up north, turned around at Bryn Mawr, and came home. So it wasn’t all on LSD but, hey, I did thirty miles. I just wanted to get the bike (and my soggy shoes) out of the rain. I went as fast as I could. I didn’t reset the timer, but I think I did 22.5 miles in 1:15 hours, which is an average of about 20mph. Which is quite fast for me. I usually average 16-17mph on a century.