I got a call from The Good Doctor last night at about 9:00 asking if I was up for a ride – yeah! His back still hurts but biking isn’t the cause so he still wanted to go.
I told him about how I discovered that my bike had mechanical issues that were making me go slow. I don’t know if I wrote about this or not but the last 3 times I rode with him I was killing myself and only averaging 13 – 13.5 mph. It was making me crazy.
When we met up this morning just about the first thing he said was “slow down! I can see the difference” Woo hoo! I felt great and rode well.
He went short because he wants to take it easy on the back so I went on and did the normal loop which is about 23 miles. I tried to ride well but was not going all out or at race pace for most of it. I did, occasionally, pump it up but mostly I was just enjoying the morning.
I got home and looked at the Garmin – 15.8 mph average. PRAISE THE LORD! Seriously. My race day goal is 16 mph and I feel like there is some chance I can do that. Phew!
I do so hate to blame the bike for poor performance but when that turns out to be the case it is such a relief. I also have the advantage of having spent 2 weeks riding on a bike that had some resistance to rolling. This has turned out to be a good thing. A very good thing, indeed.