We Have All Done It…
So we have all heard at some point the invaluable piece of advice; “Do not try anything new on race day!”
However, at some point, we have all done it with usually disastrous consequences.
So I thought I would share mine with you.
My Shiny New Aero Rims…
I was taking part in an Ironman distance triathlon and in the build-up to this … well, 2 weeks before I got myself some nice new shiny Aero Rims to put on my trusted steed.
When they arrived I got them on my bike and tool them for a spin ….. I loved them, smooth and quick … my personal best for my bike split was nailed to the back of my mind.
So at this point I’ve done everything right I have put new equipment on my bike and tested it before race day, all good.
Race day arrives and all is going as planned, the swim which is not my strongest discipline passes without a hitch and i enter T1 bang on schedule feeling good.
That Familiar Noise…
Now for the bike…. My favourite bit so I head out on the bike course and I am 45mins into the bike when I hear the all to familiar PHSSSSSSSSSS noise…. A flat,
No Problem I jump off the bike and reach for my spares in my saddle bag and pull out a tube and start to replace it……
Now, this is where the wheels fell off ….quite literally!
Whilst I had replaced the wheels and tested these I had not replaced my spare inner tubes and as my new wheels had a deeper section rim the valves I had in my spares tubes were too small. ARGHHHHHHHHH
80 Minutes of Shame…
I then sat at the side of the road for 50 mins my head in my hands as I watched athlete after athlete pass me by… then came the fancy dress athletes at the back ….The final straw, a man dressed as a donkey (for goodness sake), passed me and waved smiling at me at the side of the road with my new shiny aero rims. I awaited the “bike doctor” to lend a helping hand and give me a valve extender. I was finally back on the road some 80 mins later, I was cold fed up and frustrated with myself. Only my pride and the image of a man dressed as a donkey beating me to the finish line, made me get back on the bike.
Lesson Learnt, Be Prepared
So lesson learnt the hard way! When changing things on your bike or any equipment for that matter near to race day, just take a minute to think about how that change influences and interacts with all your other kit, or you could suffer the same fate as me ….with my new shiny aero rims.