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Ironman Mont Tremblant Training: 1 Flat Tire, 2 Children Bribed, & 100 days to go!

(Beautiful view at the 40 miles)

It was a crazy week! I’m actually not sure what week of Ironman training it is anymore, as I am in so deep that now I am just counting the days left until the race. Ironman Mont Tremblant is in less than 100 days now!

The week started off pleasantly with me getting off work early last Monday. I was able to get in my 3000 yard swim before the kids got out of school. This was a huge relief as I was not sure where I was going to squeeze it in later! My husband was out of town so I was flying solo and had every workout planned with zero flexibility!

My Brick was on deck for Tuesday: 80 mile ride followed by a 4 mile run and I needed to get it done before my little ones arrived back home on the school bus. I got up at 5am and got all of my fuel and fluids ready, then leisurely sipped on coffee while folding a load of laundry. At 6:30am, it occurred to me that my bike was on the trainer and I should get it off before waking everyone up for school. I took it off the KickR and realized my front tire was completely flat! Many foul words came out of my mouth at this time, as I knew it would take me forever to change it! I have had the good fortune of only having one flat tire in the 4 years that I have been cycling. The day that flat happened, as serendipity would have it, the owner of a local bike shop (Cyclemania) passed me at the exact moment I realized my tire was flat. He stopped to help me and “lickety-split” in 5 minutes I was good to go! So, I panicked a bit, as my time was limited. I took the tire off, got my flat kit and took the 2 plastic things (levers) out and tried to get the tire off. After working up a sweat and realizing I had no idea what the hell I was doing, I gave up. At this point, it was 7am and time to get the family going for school. I came up with a list of options: a. do the 80 miles another day, but between work & family commitments, I did not have a chunk of time to do it b. Wait until the bike shop opens and have them change it, but that was 10am and I would not have enough time to do the ride c. Watch a You tube video and finagle through it myself! Nothing sounded good!

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(The book I bought later that day! 🙂 )

I got Ben (9) & Carly (6) up and told them that I would give them 5 bucks each if they got ready, got dressed quickly, and would take the bus to school instead of me taking them. I know this is wrong on many levels, but I was in a pinch and I’m not perfect! They were all over it and ready 20 minutes before they needed to be! As I was packing there lunches, I came up with another idea on how to get help with the tire: Call my Coach! I had planned on meeting with her this month to practice changing a flat and review some basic bike mechanics. However, it was 715am, and I did not want to be a pain in the rear…but I decided to send her a text anyway :-). She responded quickly and told me to bring the bike to her studio at 8:40. I took it there: ( and she showed me how to change it quickly! She even gave me the wheel off her bike to use if I had problems later that day! Her kindness and patience that day turned my feelings of stress and craziness around into gratefulness. I was able to get 74 of the 80 miles in that day and I did my 4 mile run on the treadmill after the kids got home. The day did not go as planned, but I enjoyed my time on the bike, knowing that despite all of the chaos, I had learned something new and I was so appreciative of my coach’s kindness!

(Finishing my Ride!)

When was your first flat tire? Who taught you how to fix it?

Angela Campos

Saturday 16th of May 2015

I feel very fortunate to have a coach who is so supportive! The IM training is time consuming, particularly biking, but I love it! I'm becoming an expert on time management these days!! :-)

Cynthia @ You Signed Up For WHAT?!

Wednesday 13th of May 2015

That's great that your coach came through and helped you out! And I love how you bribed the kids - too awesome! I always think about training for a full IM but I would have no time to do an 80 mile ride. Someday....