Day 17: One loud bike ride

By Skip

I mentioned the other day that I had some loud brakes… well, when I went out today I tried a technique I heard about online where you put something sticky on the metal rim to quiet it down.  Had some pancake syrup on hand (not kidding) and rubbed a little on the rim.  Guess what?  It made the noise about 100 times worse.  It didn’t get worse until I was about a 1/4 mile down the road and then you could hear me coming a block away.  Talk about embarrassing!

I will need to try something else tomorrow… I only need to go to the pool and back (yes, back in the pool again) but I don’t want to scare the neighbors.  Will try to file the brakes down a little and then if that does not work I will get some new brakes on Saturday morning before my next official ride.

Today, my schedule was:

  • WU: 10 minutes @ moderate aerobic intensity
  • MS: 40 minutes @ moderate aerobic intensity
  • CD: 10 minutes @ moderate aerobic intensity

It was a really tough ride today and I was not happy with it.  First of all, it was about 95 degrees out and I went after work which means I was in rush hour traffic.  The wind on my north route was very strong and slowed me down quite a bit.  South bound was a little faster but between all the red lights I hit and the heat, it just was not a productive day out there.

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 I knew it would be hot today so I concentrated on hydrating all day long.  That was a very good thing because if I had not, I would have been in real trouble out there on the road.  I lost at least 2-3 pounds of sweat.  I didn’t do a weigh in before / after but I know my body well enough by now.

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 As you can see my heart rate was up and my cadence was just kind of alright.  Could have been a heck of a lot better.  I am noticing getting worn down a little this week as well.  My workouts are increasing a little bit and my body is letting me know it is there!  Tomorrow pool, Saturday bike, Sunday run and then my rest day on Monday…. ahhhhhhhhhh.

Filed in: Biking, Sprint Training, Triathlon • Thursday, June 10th, 2010

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