Flashback to last week and you may remember that I ordered some replacement parts for my bike. Well, they arrived and I thought I would take time last night to get them installed. The installation went fairly well at first. However, after I got the bike back together things didn’t seem quite right. The bike wasn’t shifting very well – skipping gears and autoshifting. After looking into it further, I realized that I ordered the wrong parts. The parts I ordered weren’t compatible with my shifters. So, my options were to order replacement parts again (about $50) or upgrade my shifters (about $300). I decided to go with the $50 option and ordered the correct parts from Tree Fort Bikes. So far, I have been very impressed with Tree Fort Bikes. After I get the parts, I will hopefully do my first Vendor Review outlining my experience with them.
I went to bed last night
semi very frustrated that my bike was going to be out of commission until the new parts arrive. I couldn’t even put back on the old parts because I didn’t have the correct pin for the original chain. This morning was supposed to be a 1:15/20 minute brick workout too. Being dedicated stubborn, I decided that I was going to try and ride my bike any ways. It is technically rideable and shouldn’t do any damage to the bike to ride it as is. However, I found that it was nearly impossible to ride comfortably. Every time I would get into a groove, the bike would auto shift up or down a gear. The auto shifting made it nearly impossible to climb because the harder I pushed, the more it wanted to slip gears. So, after a single lap (6 miles) around the lake, I head back home frustrated and disappointed. I could have still gone out for the run portion of the workout, but I was too pissed to even think about at the time.
Flash forward to the afternoon. I just finished up a day long work meeting and needed to get out. I was really itching to run. So, I headed out in hopes of doing a long-ish run. I ended up with a great 10 mile run at an 8:00 min/mile pace. I felt great the entire way and didn’t feel like I was pushing hard at all. In hindsight, this long of a run probably wasn’t a great idea with a the River Bank Run 25k looming on Saturday, but mentally, I needed to get a solid workout in. Besides the River Bank Run is a C race at best for me this year. I’m treating like a long training run rather than a race and am not looking to set any land speed records or anything.
So, what started off as a day with a failed workout, turned into a mental victory with a long run. All in all, a great day in the end. Tomorrow is an easy day with just a swim followed by race day on Saturday. Time to rest.