A Good Ride Despite the Flat

September 1 ride


73.42 km

  • Elevation Gain

    674 m

  • Time

    3h 50m**


(including pep talks and tube changes)


Finally, today I felt strong on the bike. I had been having trouble not having energy when out for rides.  I was slow at the beginning, usually had a decent mid section, and was just beaten by the end.

Today was different.

  • I had a good pace at the start and didn’t blow myself up.
  • My breathing wasn’t ragged.
  • I climbed pretty well.
  • I had the speed when I needed it.
  • I was in decent control of my bike.
  • We had a big C group of really nice people.
  • The group leader took breaks to do some coaching/mentoring
  • We practiced our paceline skills.

Sadly, near the end, my tire started to go down and I lost contact with my group. If I had recognized this, I could have called them back to help me.  Sadly, I let them go thinking it was me getting tired again and since we were close to home, I could just limp it.


I cleaned up all my trash before I left the scene.

A little bit down the road, I found myself with a flat. This was particularly bad as I am not a good tire changer.  Luckily, two Newmarket Eagles (Pauline and Steve) stopped to help me even though they had done a long 100 km ride and were probably more knackered than I was.  I had gotten the tube out, but hadn’t checked the tire or the rim for things that could cause a leak (nails, glass, or other debris), and might have struggled getting the tired seated correctly.

Of course, the ride home from the incident was painfully slow. I had spent whatever energy I had left struggling with the tire change until they came along. I hope I haven’t bent my rim.

I’ve got a Notre Dame football game starting soon, so short and sweet this will have to be.

About Anthony

I am: equal parts rebel, romantic and shockingly average Joe. a writer trapped inside of an ESL teacher's body. an introverted attention seeker. a teacher who hopes one day to be called "Captain, my Captain." an intellectual who can do some very dumb things. a person whose Japan experience, despite being so long ago, still exerts a strong influence upon him. a lover of books, music, beer, hockey and Pizza.
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4 Responses to A Good Ride Despite the Flat

  1. Todd says:

    That’s one of my favourite areas to ride. I have been thinking about going up there over the weekend – I’ll have to watch the weather. The heat doesn’t bug me but storms are no fun.

    Looks like you had a fantastic ride!

  2. Hunida says:

    Yay! So nice that Pauline & Steve were able to help you. ♡

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