...that's what he said.
That and, "In 15 years I've NEVER seen that!"
He was referring to my bike - the cranks to be precise.
Today, as Justin and I started our N.S. Tri course preview ride, I headed up a small hill... nothing too crazy. CRUNCH! I looked down, something was definitely wrong but I couldn't tell what it was. Two minutes later, CRUNCH! This time when I looked down I saw the problem.
My left crank was WAY out of whack... it had come around trying to level itself with my right crank and now I was bobbing and lunging in a strange way trying to maintain forward momentum.
As it turns out I had crushed the grooves on the inside of the Dura-Ace crank to the point where it rotated around. And that was on my left side!
Later, at the bike shop, I felt quite enormous pride once the guys began to call me "an animal". So much so that I decided to memorialize the moment with a photo or two (see below). My elation subsided when I learnt that a DA left crank arm lists for $225... I am hoping for a deal ;)
Anyway, Jay and Stephen have hooked me up with a sweet FSA Crankset for the race and to tide me over until the DA crank comes in... thanks guys!
Check out the photo - note the wonky crank alignment:
Anyway, Justin and I drove the course instead and then went for a swim. My second of the day...
After some work, 3 o'clock rolled around and I was at I.F. for my Friday afternoon training session with Rob. We had concocted an epic workout...
- 32 x 1 minute treadmill intervals (level 9, incline 1)
- 30 seconds of exercises between each interval
- See the board for the exercises (also note the credit to Brent McMahon as this was modified from a workout he shared with Insidetriathlon.com).
The workout is obviously designed to push you to a faster run time (or get to the battlefield faster, as mentioned above.) You are supposed to pick a speed that would result in a 10k PB. It was tough but fair - I was never nervous about making it but it was mentally and physically quite draining - and very rewarding. So draining that Rob and I couldn't figure out how far we ran... (32 minutes at 9 miles/hour) seems easy now, I know, I know... I think we killed a few million brain cells...
Have a great long weekend! I'll leave you with a picture of how a fun vehicle looks... make yours look like this this weekend!