This week is a recovery week after a hard training block and so it is time for some much-needed TLC for the bikes. The triathlon bike got a clean and finally after sitting on the work bench for a few months the new bar tape was cracked open. I had been meaning to change the bar tape for ages as the tape on the bike had been on there since I built the bike up in the spring of 2007....that bar tape had seen two years of hard training and racing. So there I am watching the days TDF stage in the garage and cooling down after a short run, what better time than that to change the bar tape.
Jeez....I wasn't prepared for the wretched smell that came from the old tape once it was released from the bar. Sarah came back from the gym, wandered through the garage and immediately wondered what that damn smell was. Luckily the garage door was wide open and it was able to dissipate but I didn't think it would be that bad. Seriously, it was rancid, if the military ever need a new chemical weapon they could drop a few hundred pounds of old handlebar tape on the enemy!
Lesson for the day....change your bar tape more often.....not only will it keep your bike looking sweet, your hands will stay in shape and you won't have to go through chemical warfare!
- Post run functional strength work...this season I'm taking a more holistic view of my #swimbikerun & ensuring that strength work doesn't get skipped. . . . #triathlon #ironman #salmingrunning #IFB #triathlete #2020goals #running
- Impromptu Bowie Isolation Marathon
- Still reflecting on @gravel_worlds from this past weekend. 150miles of primo gravel in Lincoln NE with 10,000ft of climbing. It was hard but I went for it and utimately paid the price in the last hour when I cracked, really cracked. Crawled to the finish just over 9hrs after starting.....but yes it was fun! . . . . . #gravelworlds #gravelride #IFB #parvillacycles #cycling #vandessel #lincoln
- First cross race of the season at #AACX today....always a tough race when you are the race director as well but had a solid race for 4th in the Elite Masters. . . . . . #IFB #cyclocross #parvillacycles #vandessel #tifosioptics #pactimo #industrynine