Some sound race day advice from Pro-Triathlete April Gellatly
We prepare our bodies for race day through training. Spending countless hours swimming, biking, running, but what have you done for your bike lately? Your bike has needs. This isn’t a one-sided relationship. You take care of your bike, and it will take care of you.
Carmel Cammack, an Army helicopter pilot since 2006, has been riding since 2010 and been participating in Triathlon since 2012. The following event happened during a ride on a road where she rides on almost a daily basis.
My latest and greatest life lesson came on May 28th during a morning training ride. Without much consideration for the effect of the sun on the drivers with whom I share the back country roads, I set out eastward at 6 o’clock for an hour and a half ride with Princess, my bike. I remember getting situated along the right shoulder of the road and tucking my head to keep the sun out of my eyes. The next four and half hours remain only in fragments. I woke up lying on my back looking up at a man on a cell phone standing beside a Chevy Suburban.
Before the expansion of Mega Malls, The Internet, and Chain stores there existed a very under-appreciated locally based “shop”. No matter what you were into, be it books, beer, records, bikes or coffee, there there was a place for you. A place where you knew the owner, you knew the patrons, and you knew the employees. And just as important, they knew you.
Not so long ago I showed up for a ride with some friends and was asked very seriously something like “I can’t believe you are riding your race wheels on a training ride.” I think it was my last chance to ride my TT bike before an upcoming race, but nonetheless the question of riding deep dish carbon wheels everyday stuck in my mind. I’d already noted that a few of the guys in my local group were riding 45mm and 58mm carbon wheels on a daily basis.
So, just what are the pros and cons when it comes to riding carbon wheels on a daily basis?