There’s Always a Silver Lining

Jul 15, 2014 | My Iron Year, Training Daze

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Lynne Tapper

I am a lifelong endurance athlete with the dual goal of training and racing until my bones turn to dust and sharing that passion with as many people as possible.

After my long solo 80-mile bike ride, I ran an hour the next day and then on day three, rode 50 miles home from Lakeville, CT in a mix of sun and rain. I was just under 4 miles from home and I was thinking about how proud I was of all that I had accomplished. I was so close to home, I could smell it!

And then…something didn’t sound right on my bike. At first I thought it was just the pavement. Unless you hear a sound that mimics a gunshot, you never want to admit that you got a flat! But, you never want to ride too long on a flat or you could damage your rims.

Crap! I had a flat on my rear tire (the harder one to change). I was less than 4 miles from home, it was raining, I was pretty tired and it was literally the busiest section of route 4 in Farmington.  For those who live in the area, this is the part that is always backed up to the entrance of 84, almost all times of the day.

I pulled over as soon as it was safe and thought about what to do next. I knew I could change it. But, I also knew that it was late, it was raining and I was tired. Leland was not home, so I called Janice (my dear friend and business partner).  I caught her at home (which was in and of itself a miracle, I found out later) and she jumped in her car to rescue me.  In the meantime, I started to change the flat.  All went well until I started to inflate the tire.  For some reason, my cartridge jammed and I couldn’t get the tire to inflate.  I was still proud of myself for being able to change the flat.  As I tell my athletes all the time, it’s empowering to be able to take care of your bike and not feel so helpless.

The flat, the rain and the long 3 days, did not dampen my spirits.  Training is about getting through the tough situations, seeing how you’ll react, and finding the strength to keep going.  I learned so much about myself today and that was worth the price of a few new inner tubes.


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