I have a friend who was born with heart issues. He has had open heart surgery twice and is now 30yrs and doing good. He just got married a month ago and all the sudden a huge infection popped up in his chest. He had to go back in and get opened up again. Everything went well, and he is back at home recuperating.
I went to see him yesterday, and since he lives about 50 miles away, I drove down and took the bike. My In-Laws live on the opposite side of town and I thought why not ride from their house to his. About 14 miles one way.
So I get riding and cruise along the MUP with no problems. Hit downtown with little traffic and bang through the University of Nebraska campus without issue. Tackle a few rolling hills North of campus and before I know it, I am at his house.
I hang out for an hour or so and eat a small fruit/nut bar, even though I was offered a nice sandwich chips and cottage cheese! I fill up my water bottles and go out for the fun ride back. FLAT REAR TIRE! Crappola.
His wife gives me a ride to the closest bike shop and drops me there with the bike. I go in with wheel in hand and a mechanic asks if I want to patch or replace? I say heck with it, just swap out the tube. So I look around and realize they are having a 10% off everything sale. COOL!
So thinking that I didn't want to need a ride next time I flat, I browse the frame pumps. I found a nice pump with pressure guage for $25. They were conveniently located with the Cyclecomputers. Well heck I need one of those too!!! I found a nice Cateye with cadence for ~ $40. Oh look, here comes the mech. with my fixed up tire. He said here you go, thanks for stopping in
While I pay, I am looking at all the Clif bars and goo sitting there. I feel good, no need for any of that. 10% discount on everything including the new tube. Total bill, $74. Funny.
~8 miles back to my in-laws. I am ready for it, having had the ride cut in half from the flat tire! So I head out and ride on the sidewalk to get to the MUP. I hit the trail feeling great and moving along near 20mph. I get to where the trail turns and heads back east. All the sudden I feel terrible. I slow way down and breath deeply. I know this feeling! At this point I only have about 3 miles to get to the house. I know I can do it, but I don't want to get hit by a car because I can't think straight.
I take a second under a tree to catch my breath and gather my thoughts. I have plenty of water, so I dump 1/2 a bottle on my head and down my shirt. Better. I grunt out the last couple miles and stagger inside to find some sugar. Good thing they have a candy drawer
I snack on a couple bite sized chocolates, a hard boiled egg and a large sugar free Red Bull. Take a quick shower and head home.
Don't worry, I learned a couple valuable lessons today. I will not make the same mistakes twice!!!