Saturday, August 09, 2008

DANGER WHEELS! A Race Report.

Today was my third annual participation in the Annual Socorro Chili Harvest Sprint Triathlon, which I did with Sweet Baboo and mini-Baboo. Like to give a shout out to the Sanchez's, Kim and Ray, who were nice enough to chat with me and ask my advice, which is AMAZING; I'm AMAZED and confounded that somebody would ask me my advice on anything!

There a lot of Outlaws there and a couple bloggers: Courtney, Lisa, Cindy, SWTriGal, and lots others.

Now, last week I threw a tempter tantrum about my blown tire at Barb's race. I hated my Look pedals, because they make me fall, and I hated the tires, because I wasn't able to change them. Well, Sweet Baboo took me out to the garage yesterday and talked me through changing a tubular tire. Then, I changed the other one.
It was so easy! Why were people telling me that you had to cut them off? Wussies.
I popped that sucker off easy cheesey, then pulled of the old glue strip and then put on a new one, and then two brand new tires, and inflated them, and changing one, timewise, took the same amount of time it takes to change a tube on a clincher.

My flat kit now has a pre-stretched tubular and glue strip. Now I'm all empowered, and stuff. I'm certainly not afraid of tubeless tires any more.
Plus, my brand new tires are YELLOW. Here's the result:


Did you know in nature that the colors red, yellow, and black are colors that are Aposematic? They signal danger.

Rrrrrrr. Watch out for me, I'm danger kitty.

(Okay, well, actually the danger is that I'm so slow that you'll have to find a safe to pass and/or not trip or swim over me.)

But anyway.

I can't compare my times to last year because this was held on a completely different course, and because I did a half marathon 6 days ago, so my legs are, how shall we say it, a bit COOKED.

But, I did this race in 2006 and was about 3 or 4 minutes faster this year that I was back then. The course has a few long climbs on it - they aren't steep, but they're long. And the road is bump-p-p-py, but if you don't mind the jarring, and your water bottles are secure, then it's not so bad. The run is mostly flat, and the swim is a seeded start in a warm pool. It's a nice little sprint, well supported.
Sweet Baboo didn't do as well as he would have liked. We'll excuse him, this time, being as he did an ironman 6 days ago.
Mini-baboo had a hard time of it, being as he's 17 and believes that once you're fit, you NEVER, EVER, HAVE TO WORK OUT AGAIN. LAY OFF MOM, I SAID MY RUNNING WAS FINE! WHY ARE YOU BUGGING ME ABOUT THIS? I SPENT MOST OF THE SUMMER WORKING, MOVING FURNITURE AND CHANGING TIRES, AND I'M TELLING YOU, I'M READY FOR THIS SPRINT!

Oh, I almost forgot (added later) I got 2nd place master's Athena, and I think 3rd place overall Athena.

I like my bike again.

But I still hate the pedals.

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16 comments:

  1. Your bike looks hawt!

    Great job today...it was fun hangin' with you.

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  2. Aposematic is the new black. Love it.
    I had a hard time with that style pedal too. I switchd to the crank bros quattro pedals and love them becuase you can get in on mor than one side and they don't feel so heavy.

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  3. Not sure how you did it, but your bike is EVEN COOLER THAN BEFORE and I so heart your bike. (The wheels are sweet)

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  4. Congrats on your race. Glad you are more comfotable with your tire changing. If it makes you feel better I haven't had to change my tubies yet either. My offer still stands about buying your clips & pedals.

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  5. Oh, are we state champs again?

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  6. Yout bike rocks!! So intimidating.

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  7. Wow - Those tires look nice with the bike and the tape. No wonder you like your bike again. ;p

    It was good to see you today.

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  8. That bike has official bad a$$ status! Great job on your race today!

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  9. Great bike! ... love the colours :)

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  10. Wow! Congratulations!! The bike looks totally rad :)

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  11. Wait... once you're fit you have to keep working out!? Oh crap. That is where I went drastically wrong.

    Nice bike. I'm very jealous. It is super sweet.

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  12. Nice! If only you had known... and been prepared... but anyhow - way to go on that race, too!

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  13. I LUV my Look pedals and I tried a couple of different kinds. What's not to like? How is it that they make you fall? Perhaps it's just the tension or float or whatever that is?
    I don't really know anything about pedals and I used to fall trying to get into them. Then I learned how to do it correctly and rarely have a problem.
    If you need more info, email me offline.

    Terri

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  14. OH! You so ROCK! AS if you didn't already know that.

    I hate those young 'uns who breeze by in the sprint run only to be walking later...dude..if I could just coach you for a minute...you could totally be Carl Lewis.

    Oh, you don't know how that is, do you?!?

    Like Michael Phelps but OUT of the water.

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  15. Hey Misty! Thanks for the shout out! It was good talking with you in Socorro. Hopefully we'll see you and your dangerous wheels again soon. Take care, Kim and Ray Sanchez

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