Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Off to the bike shop at lunchtime...one of the Shimano gear-shifters got jammed pretty hard with dirt & grit getting into it and boogering it up some. They worked it out so that it's pretty close to 100% fine. Straightened out the wheel and fender. Some chunks of the rubberized handlebars got scraped out. But all appears well and running smoothly. No charge either! One of the perks of paying for a higher-priced bike from your friendly neighborhood bike shop! :-)
Just wish the same could be said for Yours Truly! Right leg is very stiff at the knee and there's another goose-egg on my hip as well.
All of this makes me a little nervous about the big ride I want to nail on Sunday. Whenever I push myself to the next level there's always a degree of self-questioning: Am I REALLY up for this...? There was even a little of that on Sunday when I clocked all those miles. Pushing through the envelope and proving myself capable is part of the thrill of moving forward.
But there is always a part of me that has a little niggling doubt. These aches & pains aren't doing much for my confidence!
Going to do a lot of stretching to work this out because I really REALLY want to nail this ride!!
I want to balance the following thoughts:
We are all capable of much more than we think we are.
Pushing myself to a point of doing harm to my body.