After falling asleep to intense thunderstorms and lightening last night, I was amazed to wake up with the sun shining through our bedroom window. This morning’s workout plan was a 30 minute bike ride and a 15 minute swim at the Park Center. However, with the sun beaming, I decided last minute to ride my bike to the gym and then swim and ride home. I was so eager to try these Apple Eggie Cups (my new name for breakfast) that I devoured the first one without even thinking about a picture.
I peeled the second one from the paper (they got a bit stuck) and then drizzled it with almond butter.
I quickly rearranged my clothes for the morning and with a huge smile on my face, went outside to prep my bike.
It was a gorgeous 60 degrees and as I pedaled along towards the gym, I imagined that this was my commute thinking about how happy that would make me. Not of course if I was commuting my current 30 miles on the highway, but if I could find a job where riding my bike each morning was possible.
The Park Center is an easy 1.5 mile bike ride through two neighborhoods. With about 1/2 mile to go, I noticed a funny noise coming from my bike. When I pulled into the Park Center, I started examining my back tire. I could hear what sounded like air, but couldn’t figure out where it was coming from.
Finally, my eyes settled on a HUGE nail sticking out of my tire. In my last 4 years of riding, I have never had a nail in the tire and I wasn’t exactly sure what to do. Part of me (ok, most of me) wanted to head inside and go for a swim. I mean, I just rode my bike in a bathing suit, that should count for something. But a small part of me knew that with air leaking, I would return after my swim to a completely flat tire. And with the BOY snoozing away at home, my rescue options were slim.
Instead, I got back on my bike heading for home. I made it 1 mile before the tire actually got flat at which point, I got off and started to walk my bike. With about 2 blocks to go, my tire got so flimsy it was falling off the bike. For fear of putting pressure on the rim and ruining the actual wheel, I decided to carry my bike the last 2 blocks home.
That has to count for an arm workout…right?
My back tire is in pretty bad shape, so I flipped my bike up side down in the garage and headed inside for a shower and a green smoothie. The BOY was already planning to do me a huge favor by taking my road bike to the shop today, so when he woke up, I asked him to strap this one onto the car too. I know that I won’t last long with both bikes out of commission, and I need my hybrid from Bike the Drive this weekend. Although I missed my swim, it might be for the best as I have had a bit of a cough all weekend. Plus, I got to enjoy some quiet down time this morning for a smoothie and blogging before going into work.
Have you ever had a nail in your tire?
Car or Bike?
This whole incident reminded me of our flat tire in Florida last year!