Thursday, July 19, 2012
Anatomy of a Failed Ride
Here's a list of contributing factors -
1. Started off in a hydration deficit. Due to some epic meetings during my work day, I was unable to hydrate in even my normal, albeit less-than-optimal fashion.
2. Didn't take my Camelbak. I felt like the ride was too short to pack it. Instead, I relied on one water bottle that is not very well insulated. Frugality fail. *
3. Wore my usual kit when I should have transitioned into lighter-weight stuff. I wore the one jersey that I own (probably medium weight) because of the pockets because I wasn't going to wear the Camelbak. Here's where my frugality almost bit me on the ass. **
4. The ride started at 6pm. It was 100 degrees.
5. No parts of the ride were in the shade.
6. I had a flat which took a while to change (I had to rely upon the kindness of other riders - I had all the necessary supplies, but none of the skill). Tube change took a while. ***
7. Failure to listen to my gut which was telling me to turn around after getting the flat fixed.
8. Wicked, hot cross-winds on both parts of the out-and-back.
9. Failed to get adequate sleep/restoration the night before. I've been riding for several days, consecutively.
10. Didn't really have a strategy in place to deal with such an issue. Felt like I had no choice but to keep going.
* Am going to the lbs and buying an insulated water bottle TODAY.
** Am going to the lbs and buying a sleeveless, lightest possible weight biking jersey TODAY.
***Saturday night I'm going back out to stay with Talia and Noah. Noah will be conducting tire changing seminars for me and Talia. Neither of us feel like we could have done this in the field.
Take good care of yourself. Be kind to others. The heat can kill you.