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Monday, September 14, 2009

This past week has been full of interesting things. DW (TAMZTIME) decided to fix some new Spark recipes since she can’t tolerate eating chicken daily. It was tough for me to work in these new meals since I’ve rationed out my daily calories amongst my meals. In the end we had a pretty good turkey meatloaf and a Mexican enchilada made with ground turkey. We enjoyed the enchilada meal with a salad on Thursday evening. Friday night brought me back into my normal eating since the girls were gone for the night. When I woke on Saturday to weigh in and gear up for the weekend bike ride I noticed something odd…I gained 3 pounds this week. Huh? After several minutes I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s quite possibly water weight from the high sodium dinner Thursday.

After gearing up and dressing for the days biking challenge I was off to the event to ride. The nice part was this ride was in my hometown and would provide a flat route with little challenge. I assumed that we could ride this 63-mile route in under 4 hours; boy was I wrong. While unloading my bike I notice my rear tire is mostly flat, but think nothing of it. Before even getting going my HRM was unwilling to cooperate and I decided to just abandon trying to adjust it any longer. Anne (AMCG2002) and I were cruising along warming up and chatting when someone darts out on our left to pass. I recognize this person as one of the trainers from the YMCA that I am a member of. We both do a quick double take and he decides to hang with us for the remainder of the ride. About 20 miles in brings the first rest stop and I check the tire. It’s down enough PSI to dent it with my thumb. I decide to put some air into it and keep an eye on it the rest of the day. The three of us pull away from the rest area and within 3 miles, PFTSSS, the tire blows. The last time we tried to change a tire it was a failed experience and had to stop a fellow rider for help. This time I was determined we could do this on our own. It took over 30 minutes to change, but we did it and I felt good about it. We utilized a trick cyclist use of folding a dollar twice to reinforce the tire in the soft spot. The tire didn’t look good, but was holding air and we were off moving again. We made a quick stop at the 2nd food break and were under way again. Not more than 3 miles (again), PFTSSS, rear tire goes again. This time the tire looks much worse than before. On our first stop the support vehicle gave us his cell number “just in case.” While I started tearing down the bike Anne calls to have them join us. We get the tube replaced and are just waiting for support to see if they have a patch for the tire. Once they arrive we put a patch in place, fill with air and we’re on our way, again. Safely back to our vehicles I look at the tire and decide it’s not going to last much longer. So much for our quick, easy 63-mile tour.
Bad tire.
DW & DD return from their day and DD is heading to a sleep over. I start calling places in Columbus to find the tires for my bike. One place had what I was looking for, but they closed at 6pm; it was almost 5 now. DW is exhausted from their big day, but decides to ride along anyhow. Traffic wasn’t bad considering the big football game in town. I get to the store with about 20 minutes to spare. I ask to make sure they’ll fit my rims with no troubles and they tell me that the only thing I’ll notice is these tires will be faster then the old ones; no complaints there. Late Sunday morning I start putting these new tires on and it’s quite the job. A friend actually had to take his to the bike shop to have them installed, but I wanted to do this on my own. It took some patience, not my strong suit, and strength, but they were on and looking flashy. Much like a kid I had to take them for a ‘test’ spin. Thirty-miles later and 1300 calories I deem these tires worthy of the effort.
New Shoes!

This weeks challenge is to make sure those 3 pounds disappear PLUS a bit more. If not, it was no fluke and “Lucy, you got some ‘splainin’ to do.”

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    You know what I liked most about this blog?? well other than the flashy tires...is the fact that no matter what happened next, you dealt with it. Handled it well.. and still had a nice ride, and you learned how to work on your bike...and ended up with cool new tires.... I'd say it was a pretty good day:)

    See you do have patience..lol...

    Spark Hugs,
    4290 days ago
    While it didn't sound like a plan, it sounds like some skills were learned.

    I don't think that there will be any splainin.

    4292 days ago
    There will always be days like this. They happen. The fun thing is, you learned something from it that will help you be stronger in the future (tire changing, sodium, etc) . . . it's all helping you get where you need to go!

    Those tires look awesome. I'm debating getting a set of road 'wheels' for my hybrid bike for the rides I'll be doing next year . . . (instead of buying an entirely new bike, though you know I want a full on road bike. hehe darn those budgets!)

    Hope the week gets better for you. :)
    4292 days ago
    There will always be days like that. That's what makes you appreciate the ones that are better. I hate fixing tires and have never done one successfully. I don't seem to be able to get the tire back on without pinching the tube and pfftt. The more you do it, the easier it will be.
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    I know your ride Saturday didn't go as well as you'd liked, but you got it in and went with the flow and honestly that's good for you. Like you said, your patience isn't your strong suit, but you conquered it and moved on and hey...got new tires out of it...Merry Christmas by the way;)!!!
    Considering I also gained 3 lbs last week, like you said, let's just chalk it up to the week's recipes with sodium in it that we couldn't get rid of before weigh in.
    You're doing great and such an inspiration to others!
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    4292 days ago
    Sometimes your body will hold on to sodium (and then water) because you need it for rebalancing. I notice too that when I stray from the usual, my body will gain a little bit of water weight, not sure why. Keep drinking that water and it'll go soon.

    Shredded tires stink, but man, do those new dogs look good on your ride. :)

    4292 days ago
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    PFTSSS ... I HATE that sound. ROFL

    Actually I would not get wigged out over three lbs, but I think you are doing the right thing.

    4292 days ago
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    Sounds like a fun day but at least that didn't happen during your 100 mile.

    Hope that 3 lbs vanishes for you, I'm sure it was the sodium too. I really watch my intake especially the last couple days before weigh in, I need all the help I can get.
    There are a lot of good recipes on spark, but I'm much the same as you and need to pre-plan my day around them. You'll have to go over the recipes together, decide what you want to try, then you'll know ahead of time.
    4292 days ago
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