Notes from a diminishing Clyde: 24 miles...almost!
Today was the day I was going to break 24 miles at lunch...a neat jaunt out some rural roads to a golf course that will be sponsoring an LPGA event tomorrow, as well as around an airport that is prepping for a big weekend airshow. At about mile 20, I noticed a dishearteningly familiar small yellow blip on the front tire with every rotation and thought "Oh great...a tire thorn". The air seemed to be holding fine, and I knew I ran the risk of a fast leak while still 4 miles out if I removed it. I elected to ride home and monitor the situation carefully. Sure enough, about a mile from my destination, a sound like a hand clap and the subsequent deceleration - a blowout large enough to put your thumb inside. 23 miles, 91 minutes, and a half mile walk home. Not exactly the triumphant finish I had been dreaming of, nor the ensuing victory lap round the hood.
My spirits were dampened, but not dominated: the elusive 24 mile goal will live to be broken another day!
Just recently broke the 25 mile barrier myself and appreciate the sense of accomplishment.
Seeing as I'm in the 60+ league along with being a Clydesdale I have set myself a personal goal of 25 miles at an average speed of 15 MPH with one 6 minute stop. Only part of that that I have been able to achieve is the 25 mile part and have only done that once. Most of the time it's 20 miles at the most. The rest I'm still working on.
Great job on the ride! Not much you can do about a blow out that large unless you carry a full spare tire with you. You did learn something, you learned that you have more than enough fitness to blow by the 25 mile mark. In fact, the next time you venture out for a big day set your target miles to 30. Bring plenty of water, a snack and be prepared to set the bar high.
Thanks for the feedback, all. As a follow up, I logged in 20 and 21 miles after replacing the tire over the weekend, so 25...make that 30, miles is squarely in my sights. Last week was >100 miles total, which is more than I have ever done over a 7 day stretch in my life! And I feel GREAT! I can't even spell "century", but have that as a long term goal, perhaps...