Before I could ride today I had to replace my cut tire. I picked up a new yesterday at a local bike shop. The one I picked it up at wasn’t my first choice but the first one I went to didn’t have a single road tire hanging up so you could browse through them. I wasn’t going to play a 1000 question game with an employee to find what I was looking for. So I left there and headed to a shop where I knew they had tires I could browse through. Putting the new tire on was a snap.

Today called for a 1.5 hour endurance ride. Normally I would have ridden in the morning but I wanted to watch the final stage of the Tour de France live. Plus I wanted to sleep in some because I was tired and had been fighting a head ache since last night. I was pulling for Farrar to get the win but I think Garmin started too early and with Renshaw’s perfect leadout of Cavendish he didn’t stand a chance. Sad it’s over but looking forward to Team Radio Shack next year.

I headed down to White Rock Lake at about 4:30 so I could finish up my ride a little early. Turns out I was smart to go early (raining as I write this) but it was a lot hotter than I thought it would be and the wind was a killer. I checked the weather before going out the door and Weather Channel online said the wind was 2 mph out of the South. As soon as I started riding I noticed the wind. It must have been blowing 10-15 mph straight out of the east which makes for a nasty head wind on two hills. Ouch!

Overall today’s ride was very hard. Not at all what I expected. It could have been the wind but I felt it was more than that. At times I felt like I was struggling when riding into the wind and the first time up on one particular hill absolutely destroyed me. Those who ride White Rock Lake know what hill I’m talking about (or maybe you don’t). It’s the one that’s on Northcliff Drive (appropriately named) at the Bath House Cultural Center. It’s relatively short at a few hundred feet but it pitches up as soon as you turn onto it and pitches up even more about halfway up. That hill always pushes me to the limit when I ride it. I’m not sure why. I’ve thought that perhaps it’s my gearing because I only have a 7-speed cassette and I may not have enough gears to make it easier. Who knows.

Here are today’s numbers:

Total Time (h:m): 1:30
Total Distance: 22.64 miles
Avg Speed: 15.0 mph

You’ll notice that I changed the theme today. I was getting tired of the old one and wanted to have a little more flexibility with my header graphic (which still needs a few changes). Thanks to those who sent emails and tweets to provide feedback.